Posted on March 26, 2019 by admin
HARTFORD — State Representative Kathleen McCarty (R-38) was recently named a “Legislative Champion for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities by the Connecticut Department of Developmental Services’ Council on Developmental Disabilities’ (DDS) first legislative breakfast in Hartford.
Only four individuals, including Rep. McCarty, from the Legislature received this award. It recognizes their staunch advocacy for family members of individuals with disabilities.
“I am so honored to receive this recognition,” said Rep. McCarty, who has also received leadership awards from the Eastern Connecticut Regional Mental Health Board for her hard work and dedication to closing the gaps in mental health services across the state. “I understand the hardships that Connecticut residents face when advocating for care for their loved ones with disabilities. I will continue doing my best to increase access to quality care for all.”
This year Rep. McCarty introduced a bill to the Public Health Committee, House Bill 5911, to establish a task force to study certain programs for individuals with intellectual disabilities, including employment services, and identify areas in need of improvement.
The Connecticut Council on Developmental Disabilities works tirelessly to promote the full inclusion of all people with disabilities in community life and offers financial support to participation of self-advocates in conferences and other leadership activities. Those in need of services can contact their Hartford Office toll-free at (800) 653-1134.