Connecticut Assisted Living Providers Name Sen. Kissel “Legislator of the Year”

November 29, 2004

State Senator John A. Kissel is being recognized by the Connecticut Assisted Living Association with their “Legislator of the Year” award. Sen. Kissel is being credited for his continual support for assisted living options for adults and senior citizens. He is the sole recipient of this award and will be honored at the annual meeting of the membership of the Connecticut Assisted Living Association on Tuesday, Nov. 30 th , at 5:30 pm at the Hawthorne Inn in Berlin.

“Assisted Living is one of the most complex issues currently facing our state. The aging population in Connecticut is continuously growing, thus we need to find new options for assisted living care, ” said Sen. Kissel who serves as the Ranking Member of the legislature’s Select Committee on Aging. “I am very pleased and honored to receive this recognition by the Connecticut Assisted Living Association. I have a great deal of respect for this organization and their efforts to help those who need assistance.”

T he Connecticut Assisted Living Association (CALA) was formed in June of 1995 as a trade association to represent the Assisted Living industry in Connecticut. CALA’s mission is to promote the growth of Assisted Living in the state including the development, marketing and operation of communities. CALA provides education and training while fostering ethical standards and the best business practices. CALA also serves as a legislative advocate and information resource for its members.

According to Christopher Carter, Executive Director of CALA, Sen. Kissel’s sincere interest in finding new options for assisted living makes him a valuable asset to their mission in making sure proper residential care and alternatives are provided to those in need of long term care.

Senator Kissel was recently reelected to a seventh term in the state Senate representing the towns of Enfield, East Granby, Somers, Suffield, Windsor Locks, and parts of Granby and Windsor. He currently serves as Ranking Member of the legislature’s Judiciary Committee, Human Services Committee and the Select Committee on Aging. This is the second major honor Senator Kissel will be receiving. Last week the Connecticut Police Chief’s Association announced that they would be honoring him with their “legislator of the year” award on Dec. 15 th in Portland.