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CTNJ/Opinion:  Modest funding for independent living centers is smart state budgeting

Daria Smith.

Daria Smith is Executive Director of the Connecticut State Independent Living Council.

A young mother, partially paralyzed in a car crash, was living in a nursing facility and dependent on the state to pay thousands of dollars in support each month. With the help of an independent living centers, she was able to find an apartment that suited her needs and gain the necessary skills to live there on her own. Today, she is living in her own home, working at a local store, and caring for her child.

This program alone — called Money Follows the Person and administered through Connecticut’s five regional independent living centers — has saved the state more than $11 million in Medicaid nursing facility costs, while improving the quality of life for hundreds of individuals who have moved into their communities.

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