Deb Migneault MSW ‘04 Participates in Governor’s Bill-Signing Ceremony

Special projects coordinator and community liaison for the Connecticut Commission on Aging, Deborah Migneault MSW ’04, recently participated in a bill-signing ceremony with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy for a bill that enhances the rights of grandparents seeking visitation rights with their grandchildren.
In the photo (l to r) are Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, State Rep. Joseph C. Serra; Speaker of the House Christopher G. Donovan MSW ‘80; and Connecticut Commission on Aging Special Projects Coordinator/Community Liaison Deb Migneault MSW ’04.
(Photo Credit: Nancy Coatta.)

Deb, who has been with the Connecticut Commission on Aging (CoA) since July 2006, served as the administrative coordinator for the General Assembly’s Grandparents’ Visitation Rights Task Force which studied the issue and provided recommendations to the General Assembly.

Legislators adopted the legislation (HB5440) during the 2012 session and sent it to Gov. Malloy for his signature.

Among those also participating in the June 15 bill-signing ceremony in Gov. Malloy’s office were Speaker of the House Christopher G. Donovan MSW ’80 and State Rep. Joseph C. Serra, who served as chairman of the task force.

Among her many other responsibilities with the CoA, Deb leads the state’s Money Follows the Person Workforce Development Subcommittee. Last winter the subcommittee completed a strategic plan that provides recommendations for developing Connecticut’s home- and community-based long-term services and supports workforce. The plan is available on the CoA’s website at

Most recently, Deb was named to lead the administrative support function for the new General Assembly Task Force to Study Aging in Place.

This panel will provide recommendations on how the state can encourage “aging in place” after studying issues including transportation; zoning changes to facilitate home care; enhanced nutrition programs; improved fraud and abuse protections; expansion of home medical care options; tax incentives; and incentives for private insurance, among others. More information, and updates on this group’s work, may also be tracked on the CoA’s website.

CoA Executive Director Julia Evans Starr, MSW, said “Deb is successful in her work because of her training, knowledge, energy and dedication to helping our state find workable solutions to the challenges inherent in a burgeoning population of older adults.”

Located at the state Capitol, the CoA was created in 1993 as an independent, non-partisan research and public policy agency of the Connecticut General Assembly.