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STATE SENATOR

Ted Kennedy, Jr.

Listening to You

Expanding Job Opportunities for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

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As the chair of the General Assembly’s Intellectual and Developmentally Disabled (I/DD) Caucus, I was excited to host a forum on creating meaningful and competitive employment opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. I have been fighting for years on important issues for people with disabilities, like the issue of housing. Now, we’re fighting for their rights for more job opportunities. I was so excited to learn from businesses across Connecticut about the success they have had in hiring and promoting people with disabilities, and the value that these talented individuals add to their workforce. The I/DD Caucus is also prioritizing S.B. 296, which will expand housing and community hiring opportunities for people with disabilities.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Announces Support for S.B. 384

I was joined by the members of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to champion my efforts on supporting Senate Bill 384, a bill that will help ensure mental health parity in Connecticut. S.B. 384 passed the Insurance Committee unanimously, and now heads to the Senate floor. Suicide is a major public health problem in Connecticut.

  1. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for teen and young adults ages 15-34.
  2. Suicide is the 4th leading cause of death for adults age 35-54, and the 7th leading cause for adults ages 55-64.
  3. Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death overall. In 2016, we lost 397 Connecticut residents to suicide.
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Over 90 percent of individuals who ultimately die by suicide were living with diagnosable mental health condition at the time of their death, and our state needs to do everything possible to promote access to mental health and addiction services.