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Layoff notices go out to 89 UConn Health Center employees

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

The layoffs continue in the state of Connecticut amid the budget shortfall.

On Monday, 89 layoff notices went out to UConn Health Center employees.

Last week, Malloy released his revised midterm budget adjustments for the fiscal year 2017. His new adjustments were to close the $922 million budget deficit without raising taxes. 

To reduce the budget, the governor said he is proposing cuts to the state workforce by 2,500. Malloy said the 2,500 number is not strictly layoffs with the rest will be made up of retirements and an unfilled positions.

According to a press release, the 89 layoffs were for positions associated with the Department of Correction’s inmate medical care program.

So far, 351 state workers have lost their jobs. The Department of Children and Families let 113 employees go. Four jobs are gone from the Department of Economic and Community Development, and 68 people with the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services lost their jobs. The Department of Social Services parted ways with 77 employees.

In a statement from the inmate medical care program, Correctional Managed Health Care said it "is now facing unprecedented budget cuts. This has led for the need to reorganize part of its workforce by reducing hours and eliminating a few positions. The reorganization of its workforce will save CMHC approximately $1 million for next year’s budget."

Layoff notices were issued to Correctional Managed Health Care staff, primarily at New Haven CC and Garner CI. In total, CMHC said it expects four to five permanent staff to be separated from state service.

"CMHC is reducing the nursing hours at New Haven CC and Garner CI from 80 hours per pay period, thereby effectively laying off staff from their current positions and providing these same staff with opportunities for positions for 72 hours per pay period. There is no change in total number of positions.

Additionally at Garner CI, CMHC is reducing hours for social workers and professional counselors from 80 per pay period to 70 per pay period. To accomplish this, those individuals will be laid off from the 80 hour positions and will be provided the opportunity for 70 hour positions. Employees will have a few weeks to elect their new positions. Per diem staff, durational staff, and employees in their Working Test Period at Garner CI and New Haven CC in these classifications are being separated at this time as well.

CMHC is also eliminating two employee classifications, Clinical Social Worker Associate (CSWA) and Psychiatric Social Worker (PSW). Some of these employees will have opportunities for positions as Clinical Social Worker (CSW)," the statement continued.

To read the full budget proposal, click here.

For a fact sheet on the Executive Branch workforce reductions, click here.

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