HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Rocky Hill residents and lawmakers are lobbying against a state plan to move 95 mentally ill patients and disabled prisoners to a nursing home.
The Bristol Press reports (http://bit.ly/XmUI0K ) that Rep. Tony Guerrera of Rocky Hill and Sen. Paul Doyle of Wethersfield led more than 100 protesters on Wednesday to Gov. Daniel Malloy's office. They delivered a petition signed by more than 4,000 opponents.
The state departments of Correction and Mental Health and Addiction Services announced the plan in early December. State officials say the plan would save $5.5 million by moving inmates to nursing homes because the federal government pays half the cost of their care in such facilities.
Opponents say the Rocky Hill site is unfit because it's in a residential neighborhood.
Information from: The Bristol Press, http://www.bristolpress.com