Social service providers taking a wait-and-see approach on budget cuts

Morna Murray, president of the Connecticut Community Providers Association, says social service professionals are scrutinizing Gov. Malloy’s budget cuts announced Thursday that total about $55 million from a projected shortfall of $100 million in the stte budget that runs through June 30.

“We agree with the Malloy Administration that in difficult times the safety net of social services should be maintained, particularly as we continue to learn more about the mental health history that lead to the tragedy in Sandy Hook,” she said in a statement this morning.

“We are carefully reviewing the rescissions recommended this week. We are concerned that cost-effective services for at risk and vulnerable children and adults with behavioral needs, disabilities, or suffering from abuse and neglect be protected during a period of ongoing economic recovery. Community providers are already the state’s solution to budget shortfalls, and we look forward to working with the Administration.”