HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — An operator of group homes for developmentally disabled residents in Connecticut says it will lay off 342 workers and close homes in 18 towns by the end of the year.
REM Connecticut Community says it's acting in response to reduced state funding, The Journal Inquirer reported.
"We have undertaken many rounds of negotiations with the Department of Developmental Services to arrive at a solution as we view the closure of a program as a last resort," REM Executive Director Paul Cataldo said in a notice to the state Department of Labor. "Unfortunately, the landscape has not improved."
The Department of Developmental Services said in an email to The Associated Press that a state audit found costs incurred by parent company National Mentor Holdings were not allowable based on state cost standards. It directed REM to reduce its budget.
A representative of REM did not immediately return a call from the AP seeking comment.
The department is working with other agencies in Connecticut to take over the administration of the homes. Family members will be included in the selection of new agencies, and REM will be held responsible for the proper care of those they support until a new agency assumes management, the department said.
Services provided for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities include autism spectrum disorders, developmental delays and other issues involved in independent living. Homes are also provided for children with emotional, behavioral and mental health challenges.