Hwang named a ‘Champion’

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Martin D. Schwartz, president and CEO of The Kennedy Center, left, presents state Rep. Tony Hwang with a Connecticut Community Providers Association (CCPA) 2013 Community Champion Award.

State Rep. Tony Hwang received one of three Community Champion Awards presented by the Connecticut Community Providers Association (CCPA) at its recent 44th annual conference in Hartford.

Elected to the General Assembly in 2008, Hwang believes that “everyone deserves an opportunity to live with dignity and a sense of belonging in our community.” An advocate for individuals with disabilities, Hwang has been vocal in championing the need to increase funding to private providers who support them.

During the 2013 legislative session, Hwang worked with CCPA to sponsor and pass Senate Bill 761, which, as Public Act 13-227, makes permanent a pilot program from a 1977 law that promotes expanded employment opportunities for people with disabilities and economic disadvantages.

Hwang was nominated for the award by Martin D. Schwartz, president and chief executive officer of The Kennedy Center.

“This public act he introduced is a proud testament to what Connecticut can offer its very deserving yet vulnerable individuals, and just one example of the support and advocacy that Tony has offered to our provider community and the individuals that we serve,” Schwartz said. “We thank Rep. Hwang for his critical leadership, and look forward to having the opportunity to working with him in the upcoming session.”

The Connecticut Community Providers Association (CCPA) is the premiere state trade association representing organizations that provide health and human services and supports for children, adults and families in the areas of mental health, substance use disorders, developmental disabilities, child and family health and well-being, and other related issue areas. Community providers deliver quality health and human services to 500,000 of Connecticut’s residents each year.

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