Department of Developmental Services Commissioner Morna Murray will be leaving her post in early 2017, nearly two years after taking the helm of the agency that helps people with intellectual disabilities.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Thursday that Murray informed him she plans to pursue other professional opportunities.
Murray joined the Democratic administration in February 2015. She previously headed the Connecticut Community Providers Association, a trade association for community-based health and human service providers.
Malloy says DDS has seen "transformative change" under Murray's watch, including an increase in the number of individuals directing their own care.
In August, Murray released a plan to privatize 40 group homes and other services for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. State employee unions argued the move would decimate state services to the disabled.
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