ILC Funding At Risk

Connecticut’s Independent Living Centers:

Easing the state’s budget problems by helping individuals with disabilities -- including veterans, seniors and children – live independently in the community where they earn and spend money, pay taxes and avoid costly nursing facilities and other state services.

Restore Funding for Independent Living Centers to $528,680.

This modest investment in Connecticut’s ILCs has already saved the state more than tenfold in a program that transitions individuals out of nursing facilities (Money Follows the Person) – just one of many cost-saving programs we provide.

With only $105,700 in state funding per center – cut to $40,000 in the current fiscal year – the ILCs are a single point of access to services, regardless of the nature or type of disability, promoting self-reliance and independence through services that help individuals:

  • Develop lifelong independent living skills;
  • Find and maintain housing in their community;
  • Develop job readiness skills and accessing employment;
  • Transition out of nursing facilities through Money Follows the Person (MFP) and other ILC programs.
  • Gain access to services that prevent the need for placement in a nursing facility;
  • Connect to appropriate technology to support independent living;
  • Access health care & community supports, recreation, transportation and other resources, and services that promote independence;
  • Get benefits counseling;
  • Advocate for themselves and others;

With restored state funding, ILCs can maximize federal and private funding sources, and deliver highly effective services.  ILCs by the numbers in 2015-16:

  • 17,000 – Individuals who received information and referral services on disability related topics. (FY16)
  • 233 – Transitioned out of nursing facilities through MFP, saving the state more than $10.3 million, while improving the quality of life for those individuals. (FY16)
  • 2,533 – Received independent living skills training, peer counseling, advocacy, youth & educational services. (FY16)
  • 422 – Received services that prevented need for costly emergency health, transportation and residential supports (FY16).
  • 558 – Helped to get and keep affordable, accessible housing. (FY16)
  • 128 –Received support services to get and keep jobs. (FY16)
  • 737 – Individuals able to stay in their homes through funding for structural modifications, security deposits, first month rent, personal assistance & transportation. (Since 2011)

Connecticut’s Independent Living Centers

Empowering people with independent living skills and services

Budget cuts have already reduced services and increased costs for the state by limiting access for the estimated 347,109 individuals living with disabilities in the state.

  • FY16 budget the Legislature cut from $528,680 to $372,000. After holdbacks in July, individual centers received only about $40,000 each.
  • ILCs forced to reduce service areas from all 169 municipalities to only 25 cities and towns.
  • Staff reductions – in most cases from eight to 10 employees per ILC to one or two-full time and a small number of part-time positions – significantly reducing services to consumers.
  • First-ever waiting lists established, with wait times as long as six – 12 months.
  • Increased state reliance on expensive nursing facilities for individuals who cannot get housing and other supports.

 

The Independent Living Centers are one of the most cost-effective programs the state of Connecticut supports.

Restore funding for the centers and do the right thing for Connecticut’s most vulnerable citizens and for the state’s bottom line.

The Connecticut Independent Living Centers:

Independence Unlimited
151 New Park Avenue, Hartford

Independence Northwest
1183 New Haven Road; Naugatuck

Disabilities Network of Eastern CT
19 Ohio Avenue; Norwich

Access Independence
80 Ferry Blvd; Stratford

Center for Disability Rights
369 Highland Street; West Haven