"RELEASE: New ad states nonprofits can save CT $300 million"

“Shifting more human services to community nonprofits can save the state $300 million over the biennium and avert cuts to critical services for those who need it most. That’s a win-win for Connecticut.” – Brett Broesder, Campaign for Tomorrow’s Jobs

Hartford, CT (July 26, 2017) – Today, an advocacy group is launching a new statewide ad campaign stating that community-based nonprofit human service providers can help Connecticut solve its budget crisis by saving $300 million over the biennium, and can do so without cutting life-saving services.

The 30-second online video ad features narration by counselors who help people coming out of prison, a mother and her adult son with developmental disabilities, and men and women at a community center for people getting substance abuse and mental health treatment.

“Nonprofits have a proven track record of taking on some of Connecticut’s toughest challenges,” said Brett Broesder, co-founder and vice president of the Campaign for Tomorrow’s Jobs, the advocacy group responsible for the ad. “Now, nonprofits provide the state with an opportunity to save $300 million over the biennium while protecting vital services for those who need it most. That’s a win-win for Connecticut.”

Nearly one month into the new fiscal year, Connecticut’s General Assembly has yet to produce a budget. Without a state budget in place, the governor signed an executive order to manage a multi-billion-dollar projected deficit that includes spending cuts for nonprofit providers, prompting more than two dozen to cease from providing vital services as of July 1, 2017.

"Nonprofit community providers serve over half a million people each year," said Gian-Carl Casa, President, and CEO of the CT Community Nonprofit Alliance. “As state lawmakers and the governor continue working to reach a budget agreement, we ask that they also act to convert state human services to the nonprofit sector, saving another $300 million in the biennium that they can reinvest in programs.”

To arrive at the estimate of $300 million in savings over the biennium, the CT Community Nonprofit Alliance calculated the difference in the per-person cost between the status quo and if nonprofit providers took on those services.

For example, for group homes serving the developmentally disabled, it's $152,000 per person. If half of the 888 people still in state care that's a difference of almost $100 million over the next two years. For Local Mental Health Authorities, the cost difference is $7,300 per person, for a total possible savings of $68 million over two years.

For more information on how Connecticut can save $300 million over the biennium – and as much as $1.24 billion over the next five years – by using nonprofits to deliver certain human services, click here: http://bit.ly/2t7hS3e.

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