Nonprofit Alliance Suggests Budget Savings, But Butts Heads With Union

Nonprofit Alliance Suggests Budget Savings, But Butts Heads With Union

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Instead of coming to the state with their hats in their hands, a group of nonprofit community providers are asking the state to change the way it serves those with disabilities and mental health or substance abuse disorders.

The CT Community Nonprofit Alliance estimated that the state could save $1.3 billion over the next five years if they turned state-run services over to the private sector. The Alliance represents more than 500 community-based organizations that provide these services to individuals.

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Gian-Carl Casa, president and CEO of the CT Community Nonprofit Alliance, said they feel like they’re getting encouragement from both sides of the aisle.

The state is running a $1.469 billion deficit, so the choice, according to Casa, is taking care of as many vulnerable individuals as possible or maintaining the status quo. He said a majority of residents who receive state assistance are being cared for in the nonprofit system.

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