Posted on April 24, 2020 by admin
Friends and Neighbors,
Governor Lamont this evening announced Executive Order 7EE.
The Order requires all managed residential communities and nursing homes provide daily status reports requested by the Connecticut Hospital and Long Term Care Mutual Aid Plan. The Order also allows the DSS Commissioner to waive certain Medicaid authorization requirements, Medicaid bed reserve day requirements for residents on leave from intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities, and requirements for certain signed medical deliveries.
To watch the full video of the governor’s afternoon press conference, please click here:
Executive Order No. 7EE enacts the following provisions:
The governor’s full press release can be read here: https://portal.ct.gov/Office-of-the-Governor/News/Press-Releases
The Executive Order can be read here: https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/Office-of-the-Governor/Executive-Orders/Lamont-Executive-Orders/Executive-Order-No-7EE.pdf
State launches program to coordinate housing solutions for individuals re-entering society
The Connecticut Office of Policy Management (OPM) – in partnership with the Department of Housing, the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness (CCEH), United Way 2-1-1, the Department of Correction (DOC), and housing and homeless service providers across the state – is launching a new program to coordinate housing solutions for individuals re-entering the community from incarceration.
OPM has awarded an initial grant of $148,500 to provide flexible funds to assist re-entry clients, who would otherwise be discharging to homelessness, identify and secure alternative housing solutions. CCEH will be administering these funds, which are flexible and can be used for housing related costs such as moving expenses, security deposits, and rental assistance in order to prevent homelessness.
Key homeless service providers across the state have expanded their capacity to assist these clients prior to discharge, working with DOC, CCEH, United Way 2-1-1, and Court Support Services Division within the Connecticut Judicial Branch to coordinate solutions and reduce inflows into homelessness. The Transitions Clinic at Yale also offers important medical and mental health support coordination for individuals re-entering the community. Under this grant, funding for cell phones for reentering citizens is included to help individuals connect with telehealth providers such as Transitions to coordinate their healthcare needs remotely wherever possible and help prevent unnecessary use of hospital emergency rooms for non-emergency healthcare needs.
Regional lead agencies include Supportive Housing Works, Community Health Resources, New London Homeless Hospitality Center, Thames Valley Council for Community Action, Mental Health Connecticut, United Way of Greater New Haven, and New Opportunities.
This program is part of a larger, statewide multi-agency effort to improve outcomes for re-entry clients and decrease the intersection between the criminal justice system and homelessness. CCEH, OPM, and DOC conducted a data matching project that was released in 2019 and found that 20 percent of individuals in shelters had been incarcerated within the last three years.
More information can be found here: https://portal.ct.gov/Office-of-the-Governor/News/Press-Releases
Updated DOL Information
The Connecticut Department of Labor (DOL) publishes and provides updates on their website in response to the coronavirus pandemic. They are currently working to process an unprecedented number of claims. Unfortunately, the large number of new claims is taxing the system and delays are being reported.
The Department of Labor (DOL) frequently updates their website FAQs/Q&As frequently.
More information can be found here: http://www.ctdol.state.ct.us/DOLCOVIDFAQ.PDF
Governor Lamont Announces Members of the Reopen Connecticut Advisory Group
Panel of Local Health, Business, Workforce, and Education Experts Will Provide Recommendations to the Lamont Administration and Legislative Leaders on COVID-19 Strategy
(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont today announced the members who will serve on the Reopen Connecticut Advisory Group – the panel of local health, business, workforce, and education experts organized by AdvanceCT that will consult with his administration and legislative leadership on the reopening of Connecticut’s economy and education system as the nation emerges from the unprecedented public health emergency caused by COVID-19.
Each member was chosen because of either their expertise in the field of medicine and science; their experience as a member of Connecticut’s business community; their representation of the workforce; their proficiency regarding the needs of the state’s at-risk populations; or their leadership role within the education system.
Members of the advisory group, along with Governor Lamont’s Chief of Staff Paul Mounds, Jr., will be meeting weekly with the leadership of the Connecticut General Assembly for advice and counsel, including Senate President Pro Tempore Martin Looney, Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff, Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano, Speaker of the House Joe Aresimowicz, House Majority Leader Matt Ritter, House Minority Leader Themis Klarides.
For more information and the full list of Panel members, please go to: https://portal.ct.gov/Office-of-the-Governor/News/Press-Releases/2020/04-2020/Governor-Lamont-Announces-Members-of-the-Reopen-Connecticut-Advisory-Group
As of 4:00 p.m. tonight – Thursday, April 23rd – the state has diagnosed a total of 23100 cases of Coronavirus. Updated virus totals and Town-by-Town statistics can be accessed here: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus
The total statewide number of COVID-19 associated fatalities is 1639.
Latest COVID-19 Testing Data in Connecticut
Updated 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 23, 2020
Total patients who tested positive: 23100
Fairfield County: 10008
Hartford County: 4303
Litchfield County: 751
Middlesex County: 545
New Haven County: 6064
New London County: 419
Tolland County: 359
Windham County: 129
Pending address validation: 522