Connecticut nonprofits are in an abusive relationship… with the state

Connecticut nonprofits are in an abusive relationship… with the state

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For almost a quarter of a century the state has depended on private nonprofit organizations to provide services to people with disabilities in Connecticut. This includes services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness and addictions.

For over two decades, the average increase to the contracts with these providers has been less than one percent per year. We in the nonprofit community are profoundly disturbed to see that the chronic underfunding and additional reductions for essential human services continue with Gov. Dannel Malloy’s proposed budget.

Just try to imagine what the state would look like had its annual revenue grown by less than one percent over the course of two decades. There is language in this latest state budget to cut “increases caused by inflation.”  The state seems to be in denial that inflation exists for us and the people we serve. Denying the reality of inflation is like saying gravity does not exist and the nonprofit agencies and the vulnerable people we serve should be able to just float above the problems that we confront.

I’ve been asked many times why nonprofit human service agencies are not going out of business if things are so bad, so I thought I would share the scary truth. We are in an abusive relationship with the state where 20 years ago we had three meals a day and now we are down to only one—grateful for the little we get with nowhere to go.

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CT Mirror
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