Public Policy

Stronger Together.

The Alliance is a strong and persistent voice before the state and national government for the hundreds of mission-driven nonprofit organizations we represent. Together we enact change and garner influence through our unrelenting public advocacy and lobbying efforts. The Alliance speaks forcefully as a group, providing members with the benefit of having a consistent presence at the state level.

2018 Election Program

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The stakes are high for community nonprofits this election season. Connecticut will have a new Governor, administration, state agency commissioners, constitutional officers and legislature. These state officials will have the ability to shape public policy for coming years.

Before new and re-elected candidates are sworn into office, it is essential to engage with them to highlight the important work that you do, the issues that impact you, and the people you serve.

As you plan activities, keep the following dates in mind:

August 9: Voter Registration Deadline* (Primary Election)
August 14: Primary Election Day
September 25: National Voter Registration Day
October 30: Voter Registration Deadline* (General Election)
November 6: Election Day

*For further detail on registration deadlines (absentee, in-person, etc.), click here.

Click here for The Alliance’s 2018 Election Headquarters, where you’ll find all the resources you need to make your voice heard between now and November.

Legislative Action Center

Upcoming Action Events

Throughout the year, The Alliance organizes opportunities to meet with legislators, constitutional officers, the media, and other interest groups to gain attention and support. Check back for the most up to date member action-events!

Upcoming Hill Days in Washington, DC
October 3 – ANCOR Health Hill Day

Testimony

The Alliance monitors and tracks hundreds of proposals throughout the legislative session. We provide testimony on priority legislation as well as the information, analysis and resources for members to do the same. We will work with members to help their staff, clients or Board members testify at public hearings.

Please click here for the legislation The Alliance has testified on in 2018.

Publications

Below you will find documents published by The Alliance throughout the legislative session, including our public policy agenda, issue briefs, and 2018 legislative briefing booklet, among other resources.

2018 Legislative Briefing Book: Community Services are Essential to     Maintain Connecticut’s Quality of Life
2018 Public Policy Agenda
2018 Legislative Session ReportMembers only – Email for your copy!
FY19 Budget AnalysisMembers only – Email for your copy!
2017-2018 Legislative DirectorMembers only – Email for your copy!

Outside Resources

The Public Policy Outside Resources include helpful advocacy training materials, capacity-building information, and related action guides:

Resources on How the New Federal Tax Law Impacts Charitable     Nonprofits
New Federal Tax Law – Now What for Nonprofit Board and Staff     Members
Federal Funding for Community Mental Health Services
The Cost of Mental Illness: Connecticut Facts & Figures
Impact of Potential ACA & Medicaid Changes on CT
2016 Guide on Nonpartisan Election Season Activities for Nonprofits
Tips for Writing a Letter To The Editor
Advocacy: Turning the Gears of Democracy
An Overview of the Legislative Process in Connecticut

The Alliance partners with a number of national organizations that support our mission and the missions of our members. These organizations; ANCOR, National Council for Behavioral Health, and National Council of Nonprofits, provide information and resources that may also be beneficial to members.

 

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Divisions

The Alliance has five Divisions that meet regularly with designated public policy staff to collectively promote and protect their programs and services. Members who participate in Divisions meet monthly, receive regular updates and analysis on important policy, and gain strategic guidance focused on their needs. The Divisions provide a network and community for our members to share success stories, discuss concerns, and solve problems affecting their work.

Public Policy Committee

Meets on the first and third Thursday of every month from 9:30 – 11:30 am at the Rocky Hill office.

The Public Policy Committee is a special committee of the Board of Directors, open to all members, that establishes advocacy strategies and develops legislative priorities that advance the best interests of The Alliance, its member organizations and community nonprofits in Connecticut. These meetings provide members in-depth analysis of the state budget, state agency actions, legislative proposals, and federal issues that impact community nonprofits.

For additional information, please contact: Jeff Shaw, Director of Public Policy, JShaw@ctnonprofitalliance.org

Arts & Culture Division

The Arts & Culture Division is currently under reorganization to meet the growing demands of the membership.

Membership is comprised of leadership from organizations that provide services related Arts, Culture and Tourism, some of which are funded by the Arts & Culture Division within the Department of Economic & Community Development (DECD).

For additional information, please contact: Julia Wilcox, Manager of Advocacy & Public Policy, JWilcox@ctnonprofitalliance.org

 

Community Justice Division

Meets on the third Wednesday of every month from 1:30 – 3:30 pm in the Hartford Office.

Membership is comprised of leadership from organizations that provide services related to Adult, Criminal Justice, and/or Re-Entry Service Systems. Providers are primarily funded by the Department of Correction Services (DOC), the Court Support Services of the Judicial Branch (CSSD), and/or the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS).

For additional information, please contact: Julia Wilcox, Manager of Advocacy & Public Policy, JWilcox@ctnonprofitalliance.org

Adult Behavioral Health Division

Meets on the fourth Thursday of every month from 9:30 – 11:30 am at the Rocky Hill office.

Membership is comprised of leadership from organizations that provide mental health or substance use services for adults. Members of the Division are primarily funded by the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) and provide a wide range of services to Connecticut’s citizens across the state.

For additional information, please contact: Ben Shaiken, Manager of Advocacy & Public Policy, BShaiken@ctnonprofitalliance.org

 

Children’s Division

Meets on the second Tuesday of every month from 9:30 – 11:30 am at the Rocky Hill office

Membership is comprised of leadership from agencies that provide services for children and families. The Division meets quarterly with the leaders of state agencies, including representatives from DCF to discuss the state budget and other issues of concern to providers.

For additional information, please contact: Brunilda Ferraj, Director of Policy Research & Organizational Initiatives, BFerraj@ctnonprofitalliance.org

 

Intellectual/Developmental Disability Division

Meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month from 9:30 – 11:30 pm in the Rocky Hill Office.

Membership is comprised of leadership of organizations that provide services related to individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD.) Providers are primarily funded by the Department of Developmental Services (DDS), Department of Social Services (DSS) and the Office of Early Childhood (OEC).

For additional information, please contact: Julia Wilcox, Manager of Advocacy & Public Policy, JWilcox@ctnonprofitalliance.org