Posted on January 25, 2024
HARTFORD – House Republican Leader Vin Candelora (R-86) recently appointed Torrington’s Nicole Milo to serve on the state’s Council on Developmental Services. The council provides recommendations to the governor and General Assembly on the overall effectiveness of the programs and services administered through Department of Developmental Services (DDS). According to Candelora, Milo will be integral in helping the council form recommendations that seek to eliminate barriers preventing residents with an intellectual disability from accessing critical resources.
“Nicole was highly recommended to me to fill the council position based on her personal experiences and knowledge of the topic’s complexities. I have great faith that she will provide a fresh perspective on the intricate issues the council will face in the coming months,” said Candelora.
The council is also working from a blueprint the legislature approved last session, from its passage of Public Act 23-137, An Act Concerning Resources and Support Services for Persons with an Intellectual or Developmental Disability. According to State Representative Jay Case (R-63), whose district includes a portion of Torrington, the recommendations of the council will help streamline the goals outlined in the newly approved law seeking to expand employment opportunities, increase housing options, and to eliminate waiting lists for services.
“Nicole understands the true needs of individuals with disabilities. She tirelessly advocates for her own son and has spent countless hours volunteering and connecting with others in our community to ensure developmental resources are readily available. I have confidence that she will provide great insight to the council as they formulate ideas to better serve the I/DD community,” said Case, the Ranking Member to the legislature’s Human Services Committee.
The council is expected to hold its first meeting of 2024 in the coming weeks. Milo’s term is effective through June 30, 2025.