News Release

February 27, 2006

Contact: Carolyn Pennington, 860-679-4864

Cash & Counseling Program

Legislative Forum Scheduled for March 7

FARMINGTON, CONN. – A special legislative forum to discuss how a cash and counseling program in Connecticut could benefit older adults and residents with disabilities will be held on Tuesday, March 7, from 10 a.m. to noon in Room 1D of the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.

The Cash & Counseling approach provides consumers with a flexible monthly allowance that is based on an individualized budget. This allows them to direct and manage their own personal assistance services and address their own specific needs. Eleven states, including Rhode Island and Vermont, currently offer the program.

The featured speakers for the forum will be Paul Choquette and Dianne Kayala, the Project Coordinator and Project Director for the Cash & Counseling program, Rhode Island Department of Human Services. They will describe how the program is working in their state and how cost effective it would be for Connecticut.

The forum is sponsored by the Developmental Disabilities Network and State Representative Faith McMahon, a member of the legislature’s Human Services Committee. The Developmental Disabilities Network is a partnership of the Connecticut Council on Developmental Disabilities, the Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities, and the University of Connecticut A.J. Pappanikou Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service at the UConn Health Center.

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