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Funding and staffing shortages force womens recovery to close [Video]

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Due to staffing shortages and lack of funding the program will close for the foreseeable future.

HARTFORD, Conn. — A local group from the New England Health Care Employee’s union called for action on International Women’s Day Wednesday from Connecticut lawmakers and Gov. Ned Lamont for funding to staff the Sisters Together Achieve Recovery or STAR program. 

The STAR program shut down during the pandemic, but due to staffing shortages and lack of funding the program will close for the foreseeable future. Advocates are calling for Lamont to use some of the states multi-billion-dollar budget surplus to fund the program. 

“This crisis can be addressed and saving lives requires restoring and expanding services, and with Governor Lamont’s leadership,” said Rebecca Simonsen with SEIU 1199. 

Lamont’s Communication Director, Adam Joseph told FOX61 in a statement “The Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and the Department of Children and Families are still providing outstanding services and care to …

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