Independent Living Centers FY24 Request: $3.2 million for CURRENT SERVICES
While less than we’d sought, a $233,000 increase proposed by Appropriations Committee will begin the long process of restoring service areas.
Connecticut’s five Centers for Independent Living (CILs) help people of all ages, with all types of disabilities, live independently in the community. They operate with a mix of state, federal and private funding.
The CILs have had few funding increases in their 36 years of operation. The CILs were flat-funded in FY23 at $2.36 million in total state funding. While they have received small increases, the centers remain 35% behind inflation. An increase of $840,000.00 would begin to restore lost funding and expand access for consumers.
This level of funding is the result of many years of funding cuts.
The funding cuts have already forced layoffs and limits on services, including waiting lists up to 12 months.
Due to COVID-19, the CILs experienced a 51% increase in requests for services, and we anticipate further increases in the future.
Without access to services, individuals with disabilities, who rely on the Centers to find and keep housing, jobs, benefits and to navigate other daily living challenges, could be forced into far more expensive nursing facilities.