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Wednesday, December 23, 2015
CT MIRROR REPORTS ON MR. JONATHAN SLIFKA, GOVERNOR'S LIASON TO THE DISABILITY COMMUNITY: IS HE FOR REAL OR WHAT? YOU DECIDE.
Mark Pazniokas, July 15, 2015, reports as follows in "The CT Mirror":
"Call it a bad omen, dark humor or simply farce. On his first day as the governor’s liaison to the disability community, the only elevator that could take Jonathan Slifka, who uses a wheelchair, to the governor’s office was inoperable.
The man whose new job was to provide the disabled with access to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy arrived at the State Capitol, a landmark constructed a century before passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, to find himself without access.
“You’ve got to be kidding,” said Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, arriving just behind Slifka.
Bigger challenges lay ahead..."
Sunday, February 15, 2015
According to Arielle Levin Becker of The CT Mirror,
"Patricia Rehmer, the state’s commissioner of mental health and addiction services, is stepping down for a “new opportunity” outside state government, a source said Sunday.
Details on Rehmer’s departure were not immediately clear. She was not available for comment Sunday.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy reappointed Rehmer in December, and she went through a legislative confirmation hearing earlier this month.
Rehmer has led the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services since 2009. She has drawn praise from legislators, mental health advocates, and treatment providers, who cite her advocacy for people the agency serves and efforts to preserve services in spite of tight budgets."
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