Nonprofit service providers left out of Lamont's group home deal call it an injustice

Written by Julia Bergman | CTPOST

June 14, 2021

The nonprofit community agencies that contract with the state to provide a wide array of social services were quick to applaud nearly $200 million in new funding for nonprofits in the two-year state budget approved last week — a meaningful plus-up that providers said would help address their longtime quest for increased state support.

That helped some of them, including workers at group homes for people with intellectual disabilities, who came within a day of striking earlier this month. But it leaves many agencies, and workers, out.

On Monday, a day before the state Senate and two days before the House were set to make the budget final, the Connecticut Community Nonprofit Alliance decried that the budget does not include increases for Medicaid-funded mental health and addiction programs in the state.

“We are extremely grateful for the increases provided in the budget for other sectors of the nonprofit community and it’s our hope that this is an oversight, a mistake rather than a choice,” Gian-Carl Casa, president and CEO of the Alliance, said during an online news conference Monday.

The budget includes Medicaid increases for private nonprofits across the board, but much of that money was diverted to settle strike actions earlier this month with the group home workers. Other workers in t