by Peter Urban | Jan 22, 2018 8:14pm
Posted to: Child Welfare | Congress | DC News Junkie | Federal Budget | Health Care | White House
Congress agreed to end a three-day-old government shutdown voting on Monday to approve a temporary spending measure that will keep funds flowing for another three weeks.
The short-term “continuing resolution” passed the Senate 81-18 and the House 266-150 drawing opposition from more liberal Democrats including Connecticut Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy.
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by Barth Keck | Jan 19, 2018 6:30am
Posted to: Analysis | Child Welfare | Congress | Education | Immigration | Opinion | White House
I am a father and teacher. I am deeply disturbed by President Donald Trump.
My dismay is not political. Instead, it involves his narcissistic and boorish behavior, underscored most recently by his characterization of Haiti, El Salvador, and African nations as “shithole countries.”
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by Peter Urban | Jan 18, 2018 1:01pm
Posted to: Child Welfare | Congress | DC News Junkie | Education | Juvenile Justice
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Chris Murphy on Wednesday said he fears the Trump administration may take “a giant step backwards” when it comes to addressing school discipline policies that fall heaviest on minorities and disabled students.
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by Christine Stuart | Jan 15, 2018 6:29am
Posted to: Child Welfare | Consumer Protection | Federal Budget | Health Care | Mental Health Care | Insurance | Labor | Legal | Public Health | Disability Care | Poverty | Transportation
(UPDATED Monday, 1:15 p.m.) HARTFORD, CT — Michelle Chase uses the state’s non-emergency medical transportation service to get her developmentally disabled 3-year-old to her doctor appointments. But since Jan. 1, she’s had to wait two or three hours for the state’s new transportation contractor, Veyo, to arrange her rides.
She’s not the only one.
Continue reading "Rough First 2 Weeks For State’s New, $140M Medicaid Transportation Vendor" »
by Jack Kramer | Jan 3, 2018 6:29am
Posted to: Child Welfare | Courts | Legal
HARTFORD — During a recent legislative hearing the Department of Children and Families and other entities defended their actions concerning the starvation death of an autistic, non-verbal Hartford teenager, stating it was up to the legislature to change laws to help prevent future tragedies.
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by Abby Anderson | Jan 2, 2018 1:07pm
Posted to: Child Welfare | Civil Liberties | Education | Juvenile Justice | Law Enforcement | Opinion | Nonprofits | Public Health | Poverty | Public Safety | Middletown
As we’ve consistently said during the two-year period since Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced that Connecticut’s prison for boys, the Connecticut Juvenile Training School (CJTS), would close, the goal should not be simply to close a building. In fact, in many ways CJTS is a symbol. It symbolizes what we believe about youth, their capacity to change, and their worth.
In calling for CJTS to close, we are NOT calling for the kids to simply be released home or to be kept in pre-trial detention. We are calling for the development of a juvenile justice system that works for even the most challenging youth with the most unacceptable behaviors.
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by Christine Stuart | Dec 21, 2017 12:30pm
Posted to: Child Welfare | Congress | Health Care | Insurance
HARTFORD, CT — It doesn’t look likely, but Connecticut’s congressional delegation is taking every opportunity to remind their Republicans colleagues who control Congress that they should fund the community health centers and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
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by Susan Bigelow | Dec 14, 2017 11:30pm
Posted to: Analysis | Child Welfare | Courts | Education | Opinion | Public Health | Poverty | Public Safety
Of all the failures of our systems that led to the death from malnutrition of Matthew Tirado, a nonverbal autistic boy from Hartford, the judicial hearing held in December 2016 is what sticks with me. The Department of Children and Families argued to close Matthew’s case, without providing any evidence for why, and the judge agreed. The hearing took less than a minute. Two months later, Matthew was dead.
This week the Office of the Child Advocate, an essential watchdog agency that reviews cases like this, released its report on Matthew. It’s a hard read; Matthew and his younger sister suffered years of abuse. It culminated in their mother locking cabinets so Matthew couldn’t eat — she claimed he would eat until he made himself sick. He was forced to eat oil and ketchup and what he could find in the garbage, getting worse and worse until his reluctant mother, who knew he was starving, finally called for medical help. It was too late. Matthew died two hours later.
Continue reading "OP-ED | Matthew Tirado’s Lesson: Disabled Children Need a Voice & DCF Must Change" »
by Christine Stuart | Dec 12, 2017 2:18pm
Posted to: Child Welfare | Courts | Education | Juvenile Justice | Hartford
HARTFORD, CT — A teenage boy with autism and intellectual disabilities who died from starvation, dehydration and child abuse was absent from school for years and known to the Department of Children and Families and the Juvenile Court System, which closed his case weeks before his death.
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by Peter Urban | Dec 1, 2017 3:30pm
Posted to: Child Welfare | Congress | DC News Junkie | Federal Budget | Town News | Public Health | Poverty | State Budget | Taxes | White House
A tax write-off for Connecticut homeowners with crumbling foundations that was recently approved by the Internal Revenue Service may be in jeopardy under legislation now being debated by the U.S. Senate.
A Senate Republican proposal to overhaul federal tax policy would eliminate the tax deduction for property casualty losses except those stemming from federal declared disasters.
Connecticut Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy have raised concerns about eliminating the deduction but as Democrats who oppose the overall bill, they have little chance to amend it. The bill remains under debate and Republican leaders are focused on making changes to insure that the Senate Republican majority can approve it without the need for any Democrat support.
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