2010 Goals

CCDC will continue to address theme issues that permeate all programs and areas while we operate seven programs and address specific issues identified by our membership.

 
Theme Issues:
Nothing about us without us means robust representation with adequate notification and timely information. This means that we oppose anything that does not involve adequate inclusion of people with disabilities in policymaking positions. Specifically we will do the following activities:
  1. Encourage each member to ask their legislators to make a commitment to ask the question “what did you do to involve the people affected” each time they are asked to carry or support legislation involving people with disabilities. (quarter one)
  2. Make and keep a list of all disability related boards and commissions and support qualified people with disabilities to apply. (ongoing)
  3. Continue monthly contact with DORA and Board and Commission at Governor’s Office (ongoing)
  4. Develop way to contact with each person representing us on Board to get and publish monthly reports. (operational by July 2010)
No retaliation—this has to include schools and agencies with a process to follow and a way to report and punish those that do retaliate.   Specific Activities will include:
  1. Make sure advocates address the potential of retaliation in letters to prevent it-ongoing
  2. When retaliation occurs make it as public as possible. Ongoing
  3. File complaints under Medicaid retaliation law. Ongoing
  4. Develop and publish retaliation brochure: Draft and comments in first quarter, funding for publication 2nd quarter, on website by 3rd quarter
  5. Add a section of web site dedicated to retaliation: Development in 2nd quarter, implementation in 3rd quarter
 Accountability-this continues to be a problem where money is spent supposedly on our behalf and then wasted. If we had control we could assure better use of funds. Then they blame us for costing too much. Specifically we will do the following:
  1. Promote increased transparency in programs that receive state funding. Require those that that take government money (state funds) liable under the open meetings/open records act.
  2. Assist those that need help to navigate the programs while advocating for policies that will make navigation more accessible. File ADA requests for reasonable modification of policies and complaints on program access issues.
  3. Ask policymakers at each opportunity: What steps will they take to make providers accountable?
  4. Continue to try to get list of how all dollars are spent including local mil levy dollars.
 
2010 Priorities:
  1. Fix the serious problems with the management of the Consumer Directed Attendant Support Services program. While the state did re-bid the fiscal agent management problems remain serious and the transition has been a nightmare. Making this a working sustainable program remains a high priority of the membership. 
  2. Assure that the Colorado Delegation supports adequate Medicaid funding whether in health care reform or as a stand alone bill. This means no abrupt end to the federal match rate that is currently in place per the stimulus package in December of 2010.
  3. Focus on increased accountability for single entry point agencies and community centered boards.
  4. Boards and Commissions: Continue to make concerted effort to apply for Boards and Commissions at the state level. Local groups will make concerted effort to obtain seats on boards of mental health centers, independent living centers, community centered boards.
  5. Continue working with state on emergency preparedness and including disability New and Emerging issues
  6. Publish a white paper with a presentation on the disability community position on budget cuts.
  7. Work with other organizations to create an application assistance program.
  8. Develop issue committees for topics such as veterans that could meet by conference calls. Ideas for committees included veterans, emergency preparation, and assistive technology. Any committee should report monthly and Joe needs committee reports in the board meetings.
 Program Goals:
 
Legal Program:
Goal: Continue to enforce disability rights through class action and individual litigation.
Measurement: Number of cases initiated (either demand letter or litigation)
Goal: Continue testing and monitoring program to determine the extent of reported problems and to follow up on settled cases. 
Measurement: Number of investigations, number of volunteers trained and used as testers and compliance with any post settlement agreements for monitoring.
Goal: Continue role as leader in legal community through attorney participation on selected committees, writing and signing of important Amicus Briefs’, and commenting on the legal impact of proposed regulations or legislation.
Measurements: Advice provided and amicus brief requests
Goal: Provide basic legal information to people with disabilities through having attorneys available to speak to groups, answer question and provide limited support to advocates. 
Measurements: Number of people reached and questions answered. 
 
CRPD:
Goal: Continue to represent parents with disabilities who are facing discrimination that is putting his or her ability to parent in jeopardy.
Measurement: Number of cases taken, time with child either maintained or increased, and problems solved or serviced provided. Measurement may also be in stopping other form of discrimination such as housing or medical care that impacts ones ability to parent.
Goal: Continue to educate courts, judges, attorneys and social services about issues faced by parents with disabilities
Measurement: Number of people educated
Goal: Continue to provide comment on policy and legislation that will affect parents with disabilities directly and through service on selected boards and committees on the state and national level:
Measurement: Number of policies affected, as well as meetings and hearings attended.
 
Youth Program:
Goal: Continue to encourage teens and young adults served by our advocacy program to become peer advocates and work with other youth
Measurement: Number of teens and young adults that engage in peer advocacy after receiving our services-we have two young advocates
Goal: Expand and improve our summer youth program though collaboration with VSA Colorado 
Measurement: Successful completion of youth program as outlined in CCA proposal
Goal: Do two specific outreach events with college students
Measurement: Documentation of events 
 
Individual Advocacy:
Goal: Continue to support volunteers to provide individual advocacy for CCDC members. 
Measurements: Number of volunteers providing individual advocacy and numbers of clients served
Measurement: Weekly contact of each advocate by our advocacy coordinator
Measurement: Retention of volunteers (measuring volunteer retention but not counting negatively when volunteer needs a break due to their own disability)   Measurement percentage retained
Goal: Continue to train people to act as volunteer advocates: 
Measurement: Training classes completed and number of people trained and input from trainees. (We do not want to measure how many become actual advocates because sometimes we determine this is not appropriate, sometimes they focus on representation on boards and committees or legislative advocacy and sometimes they are taking this as part of a job for another organization so that number would not be meaningful).
Goal: Improve our tracking and reporting on individual advocacy cases using our CIL database-continue improvement and more effective use of CIL by having advocates fill in all categories that we request.
Measurement: More frequent auditing of database and individual retraining sessions provided to individuals
Measurement: Weekly check in with each advocate from our advocacy coordinator with our advocacy coordinator doing the documentation from verbal reports for advocates with difficultly doing own reporting
Measurement: Each intake documented in CIL at the time of intake and each case has measureable goals 
Goal: Provide a monthly report of CIL data to Board to show ongoing accountability and trends. 
Goal: Develop and implement a system to measure and document information and referral services we are providing
 
Grassroots Organizing:
Goal: Continue to support local groups in Greeley, La Junta/Rocky Ford, Salida, Pueblo, Colorado Springs, Denver, Sterling, Fort Morgan, Mesa and Grand Junction. 
Measurement: Existence of these groups, staff reports of support provided to groups
Goal: Continue to check in with leaders in other communities to see if there is interest in forming a group. 
Measurement: Documentation
Goal: Assess the feasibility of starting groups in other unrepresented communities upon request.
Measurement: Timely response to any requests
Goal: Increase our membership through group outreach to other natural allies
Measurement: Number of activities we do with other natural ally
Measurement: Number of new members and number of renewing members
 
Training and Education:
Goal: Continue to provide training for non profits and businesses on a fee for service basis
Measurement: Number of trainings, frequency we are asked back after we provide training and evaluations of the training events
Goal: Explore offering trainings for the general public aimed at target audiences as a fee generating community education program
Measurement: Commencement of at least one and no more than 4 pilot seminars that we develop and advertise
Goal: Continue to use our website as an educational tool for the general public and our membership
Measurement: Existence of dynamic website, user comments on website, and increased traffic
Goal: Continue to participate in fairs, festivals and community events where we can provide community education and materials
Measurement: Number of events we attend, number of people reached at events and number of materials (estimate) given out at each event.
Goal: Continue to develop and distribute educational materials for people with disabilities
Measurement: Number of new materials developed, number of materials distributed
 
Policy and Legislative:
Goal: Continue to support volunteers to serve on numerous boards and committees throughout the state so that there is a disability voice in policymaking.
Measurement: Presence of CCDC volunteers on various boards and committees. 
Measurement: Policy changes or stopping policies due to the presence of advocates on various boards and committees.
Goal: Provide all relevant appointing authorities with names of qualified disabled individuals for various boards and commissions. We have done this, see above
Measurement: Number of referrals we make to appointing authorities.
Goal: Continue to push for regulatory changes that will increase efficiency, promote improved quality and benefit people with disabilities.
Measurement: Number of regulatory changes implemented or stopped at our recommendation.
Goal: Work with the legislative and executive branches to minimize the impact of the budget cuts to the most vulnerable of the population of people with disabilities and to provide common sense solutions for cost savings in disability programs.  
Measurement: Preservation of the most critical disability programs and cost cutting measures that are implemented at our suggestion.
Goal: Continue to use volunteer lobbyists to go to the capitol most days of the legislative session and to attend interim committee meetings off session.
Measurement: Number of days that we have a presence at the Capitol
Goal: Continue to offer our legislative alert explaining all bills and their impact on persons with disabilities, supporting persons with disabilities to make calls and to impact legislation. 
Measurement: Publication of alerts, position papers and weekly bill charts 
Measurement: Number of members that follow up on action alerts (this is often an estimate based on feedback that we get from legislators)
Goal: Provide specific suggestions for amendments on bills that will have unintended consequences, support bills that will help our community and oppose bills that will hurt our community and address our specific legislative agenda as outlined below.
Measurement: Number of amendments written into bills at our urging.

Internal Improvement Goals for each CCDC Program Area:
  • Individual Advocacy—Create web based training 
  • Legislative—Connect every legislator with an advocate: Julie will send out a chart to fill in the blanks
  • Policy—Increase our numbers on boards and commissions and make sure that representatives report back. Marilyn Davis will help track this.
  • Youth Recruit at college level
  • Reports on all Boards including the Legal Services Corporation Board. Julie will make reports as part of her monthly reports. All members that serve on boards will be asked to do monthly reports and they will be consolidated in one place on the website.
  • Create a bulletin board for sale items on web site—this will be a way for members to showcase their products and creations and to make money for CCDC

 

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