Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – A final legislative report comparing the costs of public and private services for the disabled says Connecticut’s dual system is very costly and recommends eventually shifting to a fully private system.

But the analysts for the General Assembly’s Program Review and Investigations Committee did not recommend closing some key state-run facilities, including the sprawling Southbury Training School or the five regional centers that now provide 24-hour residential care.

The report recommends continuing with plans to offer the severely mentally disabled clients at Southbury the choice to move off campus into a community program. More than 20 people in recent months decided to leave Southbury, which no longer accepts new admissions. About 425 people live there.

As more people leave, however, there is an issue with how to handle the staff.

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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