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CT mom fights state to keep disabled son in group home

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A mom is fighting to keep her disabled son in this group home (WFSB) A mom is fighting to keep her disabled son in this group home (WFSB)
NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

A New Haven mom is going all the way to court to keep her disabled son in his group home, that he’s called home for roughly 20 years.

Lindsay Matthews said her son needs around-the-clock care, but with state run group homes getting transferred over to private care, she’s worried about the quality.

Now she’s suing the state and refusing to turn over his medical records.

"My son is being taken care of by state workers only. There is a staff in there, around the clock, to care for him as usual,” Matthews said.

Staff members, like Dolores Foreman.

"Just his smile, his expressions, his laughter. Even when I talk to him, that tickles my heart,” Foreman said.

In looking to balance the budget, the state Department of Developmental Services announced it would transfer state run group homes, like the one Matthews' son George lives in on Brook Street in Hamden, to the private sector.

In the process, this is expected to save the state millions of dollars, but Matthews is refusing to sign off on turning over her son’s medical records.

"I have refused to sign HIPPA to give the nonprofit agency access to my son's medical records and therefore not be able to care for him,” Matthews said.

For now, state workers continue to care for her son, but the state has filed a petition to obtain those medical records.

"If they can do that, then they can take steps to get him out of the home that he's been in for almost 20 years, to transfer him to somewhere else around the state,” Matthews said, which is something she and her son’s long time caregivers are against.

"What's the rush to the bottom, especially when we're talking about human lives and money…What is this about, lives or money,” Matthew said.

The state Department of Developmental Services did not respond to Channel 3’s request for a statement.

As for the issue of the medical records, a probate judge will hold a hearing next week.

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