Bipartisan Coalition of Lawmakers Seek to Improve Access to Autism and IDD Services

A bipartisan group of lawmakers gather in support of legislation meant to improve access to IDD services. Photo credit: Hugh McQuaid, CTNewsJunkie

West Hartford resident Darlene Borre was among those who testified Thursday, regarding the severe lack of programs in the state for people who need 1:1 staffing.

By Hugh McQuaid, CTNewsJunkie.com 

Connecticut residents seeking services for autism or intellectual and developmental disabilities may face waiting lists with as many as 2,000 names. Others may be disqualified from services based on an IQ score. Those were among the concerns lawmakers hoped to address through a bipartisan bill debated Thursday.

The wide-ranging proposal, raised for a public hearing in the Human Services Committee, attempts to tackle the issues on a number of fronts from encouraging state agencies to use their funding to reduce waiting lists to promoting an adequate workforce to serve the IDD population.

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