(Watch) Sen. Kissel advocates for Suffield family and services for those with autism

March 9, 2023

CT’s Autism Waiver program has waitlist of more than 10 years; advocates ask lawmakers for help

A Suffield family is asking the state to invest more money in a program that is supposed to provide services for those with autism.

As the I-Team found, the waitlist is thousands of people long, but only a small number are receiving help.

“It’s an astronomically high number for people that have real special needs and a real use for government services,” says State Senator John Kissel. “Unfortunately, we’re being outpaced by even neighboring states like MA so we can do a lot better here in CT. The waiting list is not unusual here in the state of CT. Unfortunately for us and for those that are on that list.”