HARTFORD - While a $10 million study of highway tolling was the most notable item on Wednesdayâ€™s State Bond Commission agenda, the commission also approved funding for several items affecting locally based agencies.
The commission approved $10 million to finance a grant-in-aid to the Hospital for Special Care in New Britain to help with expansion of its inpatient facilities for youth with autism-spectrum disorders.
HSCâ€™s Autism Center provides outpatient services at the hospitalâ€™s Research & Education Center as well as inpatient services at its Autism Inpatient Unit.
HSC is the only patient-centered specialty practice for autism in the country and one of 10 with dedicated inpatient specialty units in the country.
â€śThese funds will allow the Hospital for Special Care in New Britain to expand critical services for children and families impacted by autism spectrum disorders,â€ť state Sen. Terry Gerratana, D-New Britain, said last week. â€śI am proud to support the great work being done at HSC and their mission to meet our communityâ€™s health needs.â€ť
The expansion will include 12 inpatient bed units, a partial hospital program to serve 10 youths and related support, training and therapy space.
Before the vote, state Rep. Patricia Billie Miller, D-Stamford, said the money is much needed.
â€śI want to commend the staff for the work that they do,â€ť Miller said. â€śThese monies will allow them to be more affective in serving the individuals that are there.â€ť
In other action with area impact Wednesday, the commission approved:
nFunding for two requests from Klingberg Family Centers: for $565,000 to complete the Klingberg Conference Center and for $60,000 to replace a boiler at Raymond Hill School.
â€śWe are very grateful for this support from the state,â€ť said Dr. Steven A. Girelli, president and CEO of Klingberg Family Centers. â€śThe funding for the Conference Center will allow us to complete the work that was begun with bonding funds two years ago to expand parking and to reconfigure space in the main building on our New Britain campus.â€ť
nA $750,000 grant to the Town of Berlin for the planning and design of a new community and senior center. A task force will be set up by the town to provide input from all stakeholders of the community, in order to make decisions on what it should look like, what amenities and services it should include and where it should be located.
â€śWe have been talking with our town officials on the need for this project for a while, and this funding will allow the town to finally move forward with the project in earnest,â€ť said House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz, D-Berlin. â€śOur entire community will be able to enjoy the new center when it is completed. It will be a wonderful new facility for our town, and this planning grant is a big win for local property taxpayers.â€ť
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