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Finding Care In A State Of Fiscal Uncertainty

Jun 15, 2017

As Connecticut lawmakers continue to try and work out a new two-year budget, the parents of children and adults with developmental disabilities worry about the services they might lose.

This hour, we hear from these families and learn what’s at stake.

We also talk with a pediatric ER doctor about why emergency departments are still overrun with young patients. We dig into the story of one mother whose autistic son spent more than one month in the emergency room.

Are you the parent or family member of someone with an intellectual or developmental disability? Are you concerned that budget cuts will leave your loved one without the services he or she needs?

GUESTS:

  • Dr. Steve Rogers - Medical Director of the emergency department’s behavioral health unit at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
  • Michelle Ahern - West Hartford Resident, mother of a son with autism
  • Tom Fiorentino - Board President of The Arc Connecticut
  • Velma Williams-Estes - Meriden resident, caregiver for a daughter with down syndrome
  • Laura Fucci - Milford Resident, mother of a daughter with autism

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Chion Wolf contributed to this show.