OPA: Administration
Administration
 General Info & Directions
 
 Executive Director Message
 
 Aging in Place: Principles and Action Areas
  On October 30, 2008, the DD Network sponsored a syposium of "Aging in Place" for people with disabilities. Over 80 people attended. Faciliated small group discussions led to the identification of key principles and next step/action areas.
 
 Acronyms
 
 Pilot Study Published in the Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities
  A Pilot Study Analyzing Mortality of Adults with Developmental disabilities Residing in Nursing Homes in Connecticut has been published in the Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, Volume 7, Number 3, pp 177-181, September 2010
 
 Disability-related policy recommendations
  At its December meeting, the P&A Advisory Board discussed a number of disability-related policy recommendations for the incoming administration of Governor-Elect Dan Malloy. The Governor-Elect has established a number of Working Groups to make suggestions on specific subjects to the Policy Committee of his Transition Team. (check out www.transition.ct.gov) In addition, the Board voted to write to the Governor-Elect urging appointment of a senior disability advisor. Click here to review the letter and recommendations, which are addressed to specific Working Groups.
 
 Agency Closed
  In accordance with the Governor’s emergency orders, the Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities is closed. If you wish to report suspected abuse and neglect of a person with Intellectual Disabilities, you may call 860-297-4300 and press 2 when the welcome message begins, this will transfer you to the AID Unit voicemail, then press 1 to leave a message. OPA’s investigative staff will be checking the voice box throughout the day. Please leave a call-back number or other contact information
 
 A.D.A. Agency Notice and Coordinator
 
 Settlement Agreement between the USDOJ and City of New Haven
  This matter was initiated by two complaints filed pursuant to title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The complaints allege, inter alia, that from at least 2008 to 2011, the City of New Haven’s Livable City Initiative which oversees and has responsibility for housing and code enforcement (also known as the “Livable City Initiative”) and the New Haven Police Department (hereinafter “NHPD”) failed to effectively communicate with people who are deaf or hard of hearing in that they failed to provide interpreters during investigations, meetings, enforcement actions, arrests, and detentions. The complaints further allege that the City has failed to establish and enforce sufficient policies and training for its personnel regarding how to obtain interpreters, when to obtain interpreters, and how to interact with people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
 
 Annual Report 2012-2013 On the Use of Physical Restraint and Seclusion in Connecticut Schools
  The Annual Report on the Use of Physical Restraint and Seclusion in Connecticut, produced by the State of Connecticut State Board of Education, is shared here as an Adobe file.
 
 Where to file a U.S. Dept. of Justice A.D.A. Complaint on-line.
 
 Bill to reduce use of restraint and seclusion in schools passes House and Senate!
  Bill to reduce use of restraint and seclusion in schools passes House and Senate. The bill, Senate Bill 927, passed the House and Senate with only one no vote. The bill applies to all children, not just those receiving special education services, and no longer allows seclusion to be part of a student's education plan. Beginning July 1, 2015 restraint and seclusion will only be used by trained professionals and will only be used in emergency situations. Also, life threatening prone restraints which can make breathing difficult or impossible, are prohibited.
 
 Testimony on OPA Transition
  The testimony submitted to OPM on the transition of OPA to a non-profit entity.
 
 Request for Information for new Protection and Advocacy System
  The Request For Information (RFI) for Connecticut’s protection and advocacy system for persons with disabilities is available on the OPM website. The deadline for responses is no later than 3:00 pm on November 1, 2016. The website contains detailed information regarding the RFI process.
 
 Addendums to OPA - RFI
  On the Office of Policy and Management’s (OPM) website, at the bottom of the page you will find two addendums related to the Protection and Advocacy System for Persons with Disabilities Request for Information (RFI) that was released September 1, 2016. The first addendum makes some minor changes to Section H of the RFI. The second addendum revises the answers to questions 5 and 10 that were originally submitted.
 
 Public Hearing Notice
  Notice of Public Hearing and Request for Public Comment regarding the Redesignation of Connecticut's Protection and Advocacy System for Persons with Disabilities.
 
 PUBLIC NOTICE OF INTENT TO REDESIGNATE
  Federal law requires the Governor to designate a state or private agency as the P&A/CAP and provide assurances to the federal government that the agency, among other things, has the authority to seek legal, administrative and other appropriate remedies, including remedies against the state, to ensure the protection of the rights of individuals with disabilities in the state, and is independent of any agency that provides treatment, services, or rehabilitation to individuals under the Rehabilitation Act. The designation may be removed (re-designated) only for good cause.
 
 Written Comments & Testimony
  Written comments provided to OPM regarding the P&A Redesignation.
 
 Abuse Investigation Unit Relocated to Department of Developmental Services
  Effective March 17. 2017, the Protection and Advocacy Abuse Investigation Division has been relocated to the Department of Developmental Services and the telephone number for making reports of suspected abuse or neglect has been changed to 1-844-878-8923. If you would like to report a situation in which abuse or neglect is suspected concerning an individual with an intellectual disability between the ages of 18 and 59, please cal1- 1-844-878-8923. Calls are fielded by the Abuse Investigation Division during normal business hours Monday through Friday. If you receive a message at that number please leave your name and a telephone number where you can be reached and an Investigator will contact you as soon as one becomes available to field your call. If you are calling to report a death resulting from alleged abuse or neglect, please use the same contact number 844-878-8923 and indicate in your message that you are calling to report a such suspicious death. Please note that there is a weekend call back system for responding to death reports. If you are leaving a message after hours please make sure we have contact phone number for where you are currently as well as where you can be reached during the next business day.
 
 Final Designation Announced
  FINAL REDESIGNATION OF THE CONNECTICUT PROTECTION AND ADVOCACY SYSTEM AND CLIENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES. Having received public comment and conducted a public hearing the Governor determined that he will designate a non-profit entity Disability Rights Connecticut (DRCT) to serve as the new P&A and CAP, effective July 1, 2017.
 
 Fatality Review Board (FRB)