Group Homes

The notion of living in small homes situated solidly within community neighborhoods is one we are all familiar with. Families are a natural organization, as are groups of people acting collaboratively. In the late 1960’s in America, many people — children and adults — who had been living within large, often remote institutions were assisted in moving home by advocates who pressured state governments to alter their ways of thinking. These advocates, often themselves individuals with special needs, along with their guardians, family members and friends, lobbied both the federal government and states to change the way in which funding was orchestrated. They asked society to develop smaller living settings that permitted people to come and go more freely, and depend on the kinds of natural supports (such as neighbors, visiting nurses, the YMCA, and religious organizations) that non-disabled people rely on. With the powerful help of Eunice Shriver, Hubert Humphrey and Robert Kennedy, all of whom counted a person with developmental disabilities as a beloved family member, the de-institutionalization movement became a reality. In Connecticut during the 1980’s and 1990’s, thousands of people left training schools and mental health hospitals and took up residence in towns and cities close to their birthplaces. Many, especially those with challenging behavioral disorders, looked to IPPI for help.

Group homes provide active, comfortable and safe places for a small number of adults to live—typically three, four or five people, with two or three well-trained staff present to provide assistance and oversight. Individual residential solutions for each person are made possible because each resident has available an enriched daily schedule of preferred activities. Each person contributes to the home; each person receives the kinds of supports needed to be active, healthy, happy and experience growth.

  • The Institute provides residential services to adults with intellectual disabilities, Woman Knittingautism, pervasive developmental disability, physical impairments and those with dual diagnoses.
  • All residents must be eligible forservices through the Department of Developmental Services and the Medicaid Waiver (link to DDS).
  • The Institute presently has twenty homes located primarily in the Western and Southern regions of the state.
  • All homes are licensed by the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) and funded by DDS and the Department of Social Services.
  • Homes range in size from two to six residents.
  • Staffing ratios vary depending on the residents’ needs.
  • Annual Individual Plans of Service (ISPs) are developed by the interdisciplinary team consisting of developmental disability professionals, registered nurses, board certified behaviorists, psychiatrists, physical and occupational therapists, and residential and day staff.

For more information on this program contact:
Gail Skrzypiec
Interim Project Director
Community and Residential Services
203.317.2700 Ext. 132

 

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