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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                    Connecticut Department of Public Health

August 5, 2011                                                                Contact: William Gerrish

                                                                                         (860) 509-7270



Hartford – The Department of Public Health (DPH) today clarified that it will continue to regulate funeral homes, funeral directors, and embalmers. Earlier this week, DPH announced that as part of its budget reduction plan it would no longer license funeral homes, funeral directors and embalmers. This was inaccurate.


While DPH is streamlining processes and reallocating resources in response to budget cuts, it has no plans to stop licensing and inspecting funeral homes, funeral directors, or embalmers.


The Connecticut Department of Public Health is the state’s leader in public health policy and advocacy with a mission to protect and promote the health and safety of the people of our state.  To contact the Department, please visit its website at or call (860) 509-7270.