CEO DiMauro thanks legislators for fighting budget cuts

As the president and CEO of a nonprofit, community-based agency, I would like to commend Sen. Gayle Slossberg (District 14) for her unwavering support of the residents we serve with mental health and addiction disorders, as demonstrated by her role and efforts on the Appropriations Committee to restore much of the $160 million in spending cuts that Gov. Malloy proposed to make in every area of health and human services.

Proposed cuts, such as $25 million from outpatient mental health and addiction services for approximately 55,000 individuals in Connecticut, would have left some of the most unwell and at-risk families with nowhere to turn for help. In Bridges' primary service area alone, some 1,500 adults would have lost vital services that enable them to work, parent and maintain healthy and productive lives. Sen. Slossberg voted to restore $18 million of that cut, making the ethical choice to stand up for our state's most vulnerable citizens.

I sincerely thank Sen. Slossberg and the other elected officials who continue to make half a million individuals in the state and many here in our community, a priority.

— Barbara DiMauro President and CEO, Bridges Milford

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