Conn. allows some inmates to go to nursing home

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's sickest state prison inmates will be released and moved to a nursing home early next year in an effort that state officials say will save millions of dollars in health care costs.

As part of its wide-ranging state budget legislation signed into law in June, state lawmakers gave Correction Commissioner Leo Arnone the discretion to release severely incapacitated inmates from custody for "palliative and end-of-life" care.

Opponents of the plan had expressed concern about potentially violent inmates being placed in public nursing homes.

But department spokesman Brian Garnett says the inmates will be going to a nursing home that will be used solely by forensic patients of the state Departments of Correction, Social Services, Mental Health and Addiction Services and Public Health.  More

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