We are told there is a new budgetary reality in Connecticut. This is certainly true for nonprofit community providers like STAR, Inc., Lighting the Way, the leading Fairfield County provider affiliated with the state and national Arc movement. STAR provides a variety of services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and routinely deals with the budget cuts and economic pressures of the new reality.
A different reality exists at Southbury Training School (STS), where the outmoded institutional status quo wastes increasingly scarce resources. In our new budgetary reality a decision to permit this waste to continue is a decision to deny services to thousands of individuals who are either unserved or underserved by the Department of Developmental Services (DDS).