The Arc Connecticut Testifies About Excessive Overtime at State Institution

The Arc Connecticut recently testified before the state legislature regarding revelations of excessive overtime costs at Southbury Training School, an institution for people with I/DD, encouraging the state to move away from this institutional model of care and to use the savings to provide more services to people with I/DD in the community. The Southbury Training School paid $12.3 million in overtime to its 615 staff members in the last fiscal year. One direct care worker with a base salary of $60,225 received total compensation of $237,886.  The average cost per resident on the Southbury campus was $360,000, more than twice the cost per resident in the private sector, according to an analysis from the state of Connecticut.  Learn more about the issue here.