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For Immediate Release- September 9, 2014
Contact: Patty McQueen 860-985-3533
Connecticut Honors Direct Care Workers
Sept. 7 to 13 is proclaimed “Direct Support Professional Week”
(Rocky Hill, CT) – The state of Connecticut will honor workers who provide direct care to individuals with disabilities and other health care needs, according to a statement signed by Gov. Dannel Malloy proclaiming next week "Direct Support Professional Week."
The proclamation cites the critical assistance that caregivers provide in community and in-home settings that enable individuals to live meaningful and productive lives, and independent contributors to their communities.
“Connecticut citizens are encouraged to recognize the dedication of direct support professionals and the important role they play in supporting the state’s long-term care system and in enhancing the lives of individuals with disabilities,” the Governor’s statement said.
Morna Murray, President and CEO of the Connecticut Community Providers Association (CCPA) said providers welcome the recognition, and thank the Governor for his support.
“Direct support professionals are the backbone of our health care system; without them, we could not help thousands of people with physical, behavioral and mental health disabilities,” Murray said. “We thank Governor Malloy for honoring their work, and we hope that the recognition will help educate the public about the work direct support professionals do every day.”
Among the issues facing direct support professionals, many of whom work with providers under contract to the state of Connecticut, are low wages. Many workers do not earn a living wage, and some fall below the federal poverty level, Murray said.
“By honoring their work, the state also acknowledges the need for the services direct support professionals provide,” Murray said. “This is an important step in making the case that our workers must be better paid.”
Connecticut will join more than 30 other states in designating Direct Support Professionals Week.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- July 21, 2014
Contact: Patty McQueen 860-985-3533
Bill Expanding Employment Opportunities for Disabled and Economically Disadvantaged Becomes Law
Governor Malloy signs bill in Capitol ceremony
(Rocky Hill, CT) – The Connecticut Community Providers Association (CCPA) today thanked Governor Malloy and the General Assembly for the passage and signing of a bill that will expand job opportunities for individuals with disabilities and economic disadvantages.
PA 14-188, signed into law in a state Capitol ceremony today, will broaden the types of services already promoted under a pilot program established in 2006 and made permanent in 2013, from janitorial services to now include other types of services such as document management, data entry, food services, call centers and landscaping.
“Expanding this program will provide hundreds of individuals across Connecticut a wider range of opportunities to work and be self-sufficient,” Kirk Springsted, Vice President of Administration for CCPA said. “On behalf of those individuals, we thank lawmakers and the Governor for their support for this important legislation.”
The Preferred Purchasing program was first established in 1977 to promote employment through state contracts. It was intended to address poor employment rates for people with disabilities. In 2011, only 38 percent of people with disabilities in Connecticut were employed.
"Helping people with disabilities and economic disadvantages gain employment is good for the individuals, and it is good for the economy of Connecticut,” Morna Murray, President and CEO of CCPA said. “We are very grateful to the Connecticut legislators who have pushed this legislation, particularly Senator Anthony Musto and Representative Tony Hwang, and all supporters who know and understand the many advantages this programs has for people with disabilities and for our communities across the state.”
In 2013, the program included 160 government contracts with 750 jobs and $2.4 million in wages earned by employed individuals. The Preferred Purchasing program is overseen by the state departments of Administrative Services and Rehabilitative Services.
CCPA, largest state trade association that represents organizations that provide health and human services and supports for children, adults and families, provides oversight and auditing for the Preferred Purchasing program.
For Immediate Release
May 2, 2014
Contact: Patty McQueen, (860) 985-3533
Statement of Morna Murray, President & CEO of Connecticut Community Providers Association on the state budget agreement announced today:
"On behalf of community providers across the state, I'm pleased that the final budget agreement announced this morning includes critical funding for mental health and addiction services, Medicaid rate increases, and residential placement for adults with developmental disabilities.
"Their inclusion in this budget shows that lawmakers have heard the concerns of providers, families and individuals about chronic underfunding of Connecticut's health and human services system that fails to pay for the actual cost of providing service, and threatens access for those most in need.
"However, we are concerned about the decision to cut $2 million from the DCF budget for congregate residential care for children removed from their homes because of abuse, neglect or other high risks, and we will continue to advocate for that funding to be restored."
For Immediate Release: March 17, 2014, 4:00pm
Joint Statement to the Members of CT Nonprofits and CCPA by the Board Chairpersons
Over the last week we experienced a bump in the road we’ve been traveling toward a potential merger. The challenge was related to a collaborative public policy process.
While we regret the occurrence and the distraction it caused, we believe our relationship is and will continue to be based on strong, mutual trust and respect. At the same time we understand there are differing views on how to best meet the commitment to those we serve.
We are committed to establishing a process that will move us forward to a renewed focus on the shared vision of a union that will establish a stronger voice for the non-profit community as well as the hundreds of thousands of vulnerable Connecticut residents we serve together. Our goal remains a combined entity that will bring great value to its members, shape public policy and help build the capacity of Connecticut’s non-profit organizations.
By all means, please feel free to contact us via email or telephone if you wish to speak further about the matter. We will shortly release FAQ’s about the merger process to provide greater detail to all interested parties as great progress has been achieved. Many thanks for your trust, faith and confidence!
Maureen Price-Boreland Gary M. Steck
Chair, Board of Directors Chair, Board of Directors
Connecticut Association of Non-profits Connecticut Community Providers Association
(860) 566-2030 (203) 574-9000 x 1102
For Immediate Release
January 28, 2014
Contact: Patty McQueen, (860) 985-3533
Statement of Connecticut Community Providers Association President & CEO Morna Murray on Virginia State Senator Creigh Deeds Public Advocacy on Mental Health Services:
“On behalf of community providers of behavioral health services in Connecticut, and the thousands of individuals and families who struggle with mental health challenges every day, we thank Virginia State Senator Creigh Deeds for having the courage and strength to share the tragic story of his son’s suicide.
“Sadly, the failure of the mental health and healthcare systems to provide the Deeds family with the services they needed in a time of crisis is not the first, and it will not be the last. A similar tragedy occurred here in Deep River just last month, and the Sandy Hook Commission continues its efforts to analyze the December 2012 Sandy Hook tragedy to identify prevention and intervention measures that are possible and needed.
“Across the country, and here in Connecticut as well, we dismantled our mental health institutions decades ago, but we have never properly replaced them with a fully-funded system of community-based residential and out-patient services.
“Senator Deeds is right in saying that some good must come from his heartbreaking story, and we applaud and support his advocacy. This is our opportunity to truly look at how we are funding and providing services, particularly at the community level where people live and work, and find ways to do it better.
“The Connecticut Community Providers Association looks forward to working with the Malloy Administration and the legislature to make Connecticut a model for the country in most effectively addressing mental health issues for all individuals.”
All press inquiries should be directed to Morna Murray, President/CEO, CCPA. Please call the CCPA office: (860) 257-7909.
The Connecticut Community Providers Association (CCPA) represents organizations that provide services and supports for people with disabilities including people with addictions, mental illness, developmental, and physical disabilities. CCPA operates three divisions, developmental disabilities, behavioral health, and children's mental health & substance abuse, and is the lead advocate for rehabilitation and behavioral health service providers, supporting services for people with disabilities at the state legislature and with state agencies.