The Connecticut Association on Independent Living (CACIL) is a statewide, not-for-profit membership association composed of Independent Living Centers across Connecticut. CACIL's mission is to improve the quality of life, safeguarding the rights, and ensuring equal opportunities for all people with disabilities, as well as promoting the Independent Living philosophy both within the disability community and to the public. CACIL assists the centers to remove barriers to the independence, inclusion, and integration of people with disabilities in Connecticut.
Centers for Independent Living (CILs) are unique disability-led, cross-disability, locally administered not-for-profit organizations, providing advocacy and supports to assist people with disabilities of all ages to live independently and fully integrated in their communities. CILs have served as the voice of the disability rights movement in Connecticut since its inception more than thirty years ago. CILs assist individuals in navigating complex service systems and advocate to ensure access to their chosen services and supports. Core programs include information and referral services, peer counseling, individual and systems advocacy, independent living skills training and transition services for both youth transition and nursing facility transition. CILs are responsive to the unique needs of each community. Other services vary from individual center to center but generally include: assistance with housing, education, employment, benefits, assistive technology, medical needs and personal care attendant services among others.
CILs have been at the forefront of transitioning and diverting people from institutions for more than 2 decades and have played a critical role in piloting CT’s Nursing Facility Transition Project. In addition CILs are helping the state rebalance the long-term care system through the federally funded Department of Social Services’ Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration Project (MFP). The work of CILs to transition and divert people with disabilities from costly institutional placements saved the State of CT more than $10 million last year alone. CT's CILs continue to identify and assist individuals in nursing facilities who wish to live in the community.