Connecticut Governor Announces Budget Proposal to Support ID Partnership Initiative
In a recent news release, Connecticut Governor Malloy announced that his Fiscal Year 2018/2019 biennium budget proposal includes $3.8 million in funding to the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) to support the Intellectual Disability (ID) Partnership Initiative.
“It is of the utmost importance that we create and promote meaningful opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities to fully participate as valued members of their communities,” Governor Malloy said. “The new programs and services proposed under the ID Partnership Initiative will help us accomplish those goals, while at the same time continuing to modernize our system and encourage innovation in services.”
The article further states, “The multi-pronged ID Partnership Initiative aims to address the DDS waiting list and explore innovative programs that create a broader continuum of services.
The proposal allocates:
- $1.0 million in funding for services that support targeted placements off the waiting list into existing vacancies in Community Companion Homes.
- $1.0 million for pilot programs to explore best practices. Possible considerations for programs include expanding and revising respite services, programs to prevent emergency placements and emergency visits, and strengthening wrap-around services.
- $1.8 million to support rate parity among providers. This will help stabilize providers undergoing conversion of DDS grant-funded services to Medicaid fee-for-service payments. This will allow rates for the lower rate providers to be increased without having to reduce funding from higher rate providers.
- $1.0 million in bond funding to convert group homes to Supportive Housing units, Residential Care Homes, or Community Companion Homes for individuals with intellectual disabilities.
“I want to thank Governor Malloy for committing resources to the ID partnership,” DDS Acting Commissioner Jordan Scheff said. “Within it is a commitment to our provider network with an effort to help stabilize these agencies who in turn provide the vast majority of our residential supports and services. Additionally, I want to thank him for recognizing that we need to invest in our system in a way that will broaden our continuum of supports, allow for flexibility and innovation, and ensure our long-range sustainability.”