HARTFORD — Families and employees of people with intellectual abilities and employees of the Department of Developmental Services came out in Hartford Thursday to take a stand against recent budget cuts.
Two unions, CSEA and SEIU 1199, filed an injunction Thursday to stop Governor Dan Malloy‘s plan to privatize state services. Malloy announced this summer that the state planned to privatize 40 group homes that used to be run by the state. Families and DDS employees said there’s simply too much to lose and they’re taking their fight to court.
In August, Malloy announced about 600 layoffs to the department. He said it’ll save the state $70 million.
Last month, New Haven mom Lindsay Mathews filed a lawsuit on behalf of her son George Griffin. Griffin, 51, has lived in a group home in Hamden known as “Brook Street” for more than two decades, and for much of that time he has worked with the same state workers. He has physical and intellectual disabilities that require around-the-clock care.