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.

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 here often for the most up to date member action-events!

Nonprofits Week I at the Capitol: March 13-17
Call-In Days to Legislators: March 15 & 16
CYL Days via Email: March 20 & 21
Statewide Lobby Day for Nonprofits: March 22
Click here to download the Leave Behind form
Click Here to download the #ForAllOfUs Lobby Day Logo
Click Here to download the #ForAllOfUs Lobby Day sticker
Nonprofits Week II at the Capitol: April 24-28
The Alliance Legislative Reception: May 25

Testimony

The Alliance monitors and tracks hundreds of proposals during 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.

HB 7322: AN ACT CONCERNING STATE AND LOCAL REVENUE
HB 7222: AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH’S VARIOUS REVISIONS TO THE PUBLIC HEALTH STATUTES
HB 7040: AN ACT IMPLEMENTING THE GOVERNOR’S BUDGET RECOMMENDATIONS FOR HUMAN SERVICES PROGRAMS
HB 7027: AN ACT CONCERNING THE STATE BUDGET FOR THE BIENNIUM ENDING JUNE THIRTIETH 2019, AND MAKING APPROPRIATIONS THEREFOR
Conversation and Development Subcommittee
Health Subcommittee Conversion Proposal Part 1
Health Subcommittee Conversion Proposal Part 2
Judicial and Corrections Subcommittee
Secondary Education Subcommittee
HB 7007: AN ACT CONCERNING INNOVATION INCENTIVE PROGRAM FOR NONPROFIT PROVIDERS OF HUMAN SERVICES
HB 7007: AN ACT CONCERNING INNOVATION INCENTIVE PROGRAM FOR NONPROFIT PROVIDERS OF HUMAN SERVICES
HB 6901: AN ACT CONCERNING THE RECOUPMENT OF STATE COSTS ATTRIBUTABLE TO LOW WAGE EMPLOYERS
HB 6885: AN ACT CONCERNING MEDICAID REIMBURSEMENT LEVELS FOR PROVIDERS
HB 6469: AN ACT ALLOWING MUNICIPALITIES TO DETERMINE THE PROPERTY TAX TREATMENT OF CERTAIN PROPERTIES
HB 6219: AN ACT CONCERNING COMMUNITY REENTRY BY PERSONS WHO WERE INCARCERATED
HB 6155: AN ACT ELIMINATING DUPLICATIVE AND BURDENSOME REQUIREMENTS FOR CERTAIN NONPROFIT COMMUNITY PROVIDERS
HB 6099: AN ACT ESTABLISHING A CHILD CARE FACILITY NEIGHBOR RELATIONS TASK FORCE
HB 5958: AN ACT IMPLEMENTING RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE CONNECTICUT INSTITUTE FOR THE 21ST CENTURY AND THE COMMISSION ON ENHANCING AGENCY OUTCOMES
SB 13 and HB 6208: AN ACT CONCERNING THE MINIMUM WAGE

SB 1012: AN ACT CONCERNING THE NEIGHBORHOOD ASSISTANCE TAX CREDIT
SB 1011: AN ACT INCREASING THE MARRIAGE LICENSE FEE AND SURCHARGE
SB 819: AN ACT RAISING THE ANNUAL CAP ON TAX CREDITS FOR THE REHABILITATION OF CERTIFIED HISTORIC STRUCTURES
SB 188: AN ACT AUTHORIZING BONDS OF THE STATE FOR SOCIAL IMPACT BONDS
SB 788: AN ACT AUTHORIZING AND ADJUSTING BONDS OF THE STATE FOR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS, TRANSPORTATION AND OTHER PURPOSES
SR 8 HR 9: Resolution Approving The Settlement Agreement In Juan F., Et Al. V. Dannel Malloy, Et Al.

Publications

Below you will find documents published by The Alliance throughout the legislative session, including our public policy agenda, issue briefs, and 2017 legislative briefing booklet, among other resources.

Fact Sheet: Why Is The Nonprofit Sales Tax Exemption Essential for Connecticut?
2017 Public Policy Agenda
2017 Legislative Briefing Booklet
Nonprofit Survey: Further Cuts Will Devastate Those in Need
Conversions: Public Sector to Nonprofit Providers

Priority Legislation – Information Packets
The Alliance has compiled background information on priority legislation to respond to questions raised from legislators during the public hearings and emphasize the importance of passing legislation this session:
Nonprofits Can Save the State $1.24billion Over Five Years: Why The Numbers Work
Deemed Status Information Packet
Innovation Incentive Program Information Packet

Memo on Federal Issues of Concern:
The Alliance compiled a list of federal issues of most concern to our member organizations to use when talking with members of Congress.

 

Outside Resources

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

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, Senior Public Policy Specialist, 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, Senior Public Policy Specialist, JWilcox@ctnonprofitalliance.org

Adult Behavioral Health Division

Meets on the fourth Thursday of every month from 9:00 – 11:00 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, Public Policy Specialist, 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, Senior Public Policy Specialist, 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, Senior Public Policy Specialist, JWilcox@ctnonprofitalliance.org