YOUR VIEW: Gerratana a champion for those with ASD

Published on Thursday, 2 August 2018 19:36
Written by

Lynn Ricci, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer, Hospital for Special Care, New Britain

To The Editor:

Accountability matters to state Sen. Terry Gerratana, especially when it comes to meeting the needs of Connecticut residents with intellectual or developmental disabilities, including children and adults living with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

As a legislative leader she holds state agencies, providers, educators and her colleagues accountable for investing in services that demonstrate consistent, positive outcomes.

As a compassionate advocate she takes the time to get to know the unique strengths and challenges of families facing complex conditions and dedicates her energies to empowering individuals to take a role in shaping state systems and policy.

As the needs of families impacted by ASD, including families struggling to find resources for children with highly acute emotional and behavioral issues, have resulted in children getting “stuck” in emergency rooms, Sen. Gerratana stepped forward to champion expansion of effective resources.

Thanks in large part to her efforts, families living with ASD will soon have access to an expanded service continuum that includes new inpatient beds and new resources to help keep children with ASD successfully and safely at home in the community.

Sen. Gerratana has been instrumental in securing an investment of $10 million to expand Hospital for Special Care’s Inpatient Autism Unit, the only one of its kind in Connecticut, support development of the state’s first Autism-specific Partial Hospital Program and enhance outpatient care resources.

Families across the state depend on Hospital for Special Care’s patient-centered, multidisciplinary approach to ASD care. Thanks Sen. Gerratana’s tireless efforts these cost-efficient, highly effective services will be available to more children and adolescents, their siblings, parents and caregivers.

She is a true champion for the families we serve.

Posted in New Britain Herald, Editorials on Thursday, 2 August 2018 19:36. Updated: Thursday, 2 August 2018 19:38.