Alliance 2021-2025 Public Policy Priorities


The Alliance Board of Directors adopted the Alliance Planning for Legislative Asks Now (PLAN) Committee’s five-year public policy agenda for 2021-2025. This agenda is not an exhaustive list of issues important to Alliance. Rather, it includes the high-priority goals we have identified as important to achieve in the next five years through a variety of mechanisms, including legislation, regulation, and waiver amendments. The priorities are divided into ongoing priorities and our five-year strategic priority areas. Alliance will engage with our partners in the disability community as well as other interested stakeholders to fulfill the goals of this policy agenda.


Read the Alliance Five-Year Public Policy Agenda HERE.

Alliance’s three ongoing priorities are to:

  1. Enhance system capacity for IDD services though long-term solutions

    • 2021 Legislation: Tie IDD Provider Rates to Inflation- END THE WAIT Bill

  2. End the DD Wait List

    • 2021 Legislation: END THE WAIT Bill

  3. Continue to implement person-centered practices


Alliance’s six Strategic Policy areas will aim to:

  1. Create Individualized Budget Allocations for Waiver Participants

  2. Advance Competitive Integrated Employment Outcomes

    • 2021 Legislation: Phase Out Sub-minimum Wage in Colorado Bill (HB 20-1263)

    • 2021 IDD Community Work:

      • Follow the Employment First Advisory Partnership's development of recommendations per HB 20-1263

      • Collaborate with the Office of Employment First on provider training and education

      • Participate in the U.S. Office of Disability Employment Policy's National Expansion of Employment Opportunities Network (NEON) Project

  3. Eliminate Referrals to State-Operated Services by Strengthening Community Supports

    • 2021 IDD Community Work:

    • Colorado Behavioral Health Task Force

  4. Increase Affordable Housing for People with IDD

  5. Increase Access to Technology

  6. Improve Data Collection Related to IDD Services

2021 Alliance PLAN Committee Community Work Groups:

  • IDD Housing Work Group

    • Alliance Members: Cindy Opheim (Chair) - Cottonwood Community Alternatives; Bob Bush - Wellspring Community; Doug McNeill - Laradon; Gina Coufal - FRIENDS of Broomfield; Molly LaMere - Mosaic; Peter Bell - Ascendigo Autism Services; Rebecca Novinger - Imagine!;  Jodi Merrill-Brandt - Community Advantage/ResCare

    • Invited Guests: Cassandra Keller, Colin Laughlin, & Kara Masteller - HCPF; Ann Watts - DOLA

    • Request more information HERE.

  • Individualized Budgets Work Group

    • Alliance Members: Kristie Braaten (Chair) - DDRC; Courtner Seder - PDI; Gina Meek - Colorado Bluesky; Jeff Newman -CCI

    • Invited Guests: TBA

    • ​Request more information HERE.

  • Emergency Response in Communities (ERIC) Work Group

    • Alliance Members: Tara Kiene (Chair) - Community Connections, Inc;  Erin Eulenfeld - Foothills Gateway Inc.; Robyn Weinstein - Karuna Care Services; Donna Nazarchyk - Bethesda; Lynette Johnson - Laradon; Denise Belk & Caitlin McTague- Belk Model; Amy Grogen & Darcy Tibbles - Developmental Pathways; Briana Kurt-Hurst - Sample Supports; Cindy Dutton - Continuum; Jodi Merrill-Brandt - Community Advantage/ResCare

    • Invited Guests: Corry Robinson - JFK Partners; Doyle Forrestal - CBHC; Amy Beccera & Amanda Lighthiser - CDHS (Regional Centers); Cody Hickman & Lori Darrington - HCPF; Mary Anne Harvey & Allison Butler - Disability Law CO; and Christiano Sosa and Heidi Haines- The Arc of Colorado

    • Request more information HERE.

  • Employment Work Group

    • Alliance Members: Jodi Walters - Parker Personal Care Homes (Chair); Catherine Bradbury - Bethesda; Cheryl Wicks & Vanessa Lehman - Mosaic; Diana Holland - DDRC; Jean Hoffmann & Jennifer Biggs - Community Link; John Klausz - Mountain Valley; Kay Harden & Richelle Reed - Sample Supports; Leeah Key - ECSDD; Melisa Kraai - PPCH; Robert Hunter - NMCS; Roxane Miller-Freutel - Jewish Family Service; Tiffany Cron - Envision; Tom Knost - Continuum

    • 2019-20 Phase Out Sub-minimum Wage in Colorado Work Group

      • Lead agencies: The Arc of Colorado, Disability Law Colorado, and Alliance

      • Alliance Members: Jodi Walters (Alliance Lead), PPCH; David Pump, PDI; Jan Irvin, Foothills Gateway; Jeffrey Near, Imagine!; John Klausz, Mountain Valley; Roman Krafczek, Easterseals; Roxane Miller-Freutel, Jewish Family Service; and Tom Knost, Continuum

    • Request more information HERE.

  • Data Collection Work Group

    • Alliance Members: Kevin Harding, Imagine!; Britt Hegler, Mosaic; Donna Nazarchyk, Bethesda; Jean Hoffmann, Community Link; Keith Frambo, DDRC; Matt Payne, CCI; and Tom Knost, Continuum of Colorado

    • Invited Guests: TBA

    • Request more information HERE.


Due to limited space, non-member participation on these committees are by invitation only. Alliance members, you can find the PLAN Committee webpages in the Alliance Member Portal.



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