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 for the most up to date member action-events!

Nonprofits Week II at the Capitol: April 23 – April 26
The Alliance Annual Legislative Reception: April 25
Board of Director Days at the Capitol: May 1-3
Visibility Shifts: May 1-May 9
Sine Die (End of Regular Legislative Session): May 9 (midnight)

Upcoming Hill Days in Washington, DC
April 25 – National Council for Behavioral Health Hill Day
June 6 – National Council of Nonprofits 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 see below for the legislation The Alliance has testified on in 2018:

SB 521
AN CONCERNING THE ADMINISTRATION ACT OF THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTION

HB 5531
AN ACT CONCERNING ENHANCED EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR INCARCERATED INDIVIDUALS

HB 5578
AN ACT CONCERNING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE CONNECTICUT SENTENCING COMMISSION WITH RESPECT TO THE SEXUAL OFFENDER REGISTRY

HB 5257
AN ACT CONCERNING REPORTS OF ABUSE OR NEGLECT OF PERSONS WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY OR AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER

HB 5255
AN ACT CONCERNING THE AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER ADVISORY COUNCIL

SB 296
AN ACT ESTABLISHING A PILOT PROGRAM TO SERVE PEOPLE SEEKING RESIDENTIAL SERVICES FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES

SB 463
AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEVELOPMENT OF A FACILITIES AND RESOURCES PLAN FOR PERSONS WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES

SB 172
AN ACT CONCERNING ACCESS TO TREATMENT FOR OPIOID USE DISORDER IN CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES

HB 5418
AN ACT RESTORING ELECTORAL PRIVILEGES TO FELONY CONVICTS WHO ARE ON PAROLE

HB 5256
AN ACT REQUIRING THE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES TO COLLECT AND MAINTAIN DATA CONCERNING THE TRANSPORTATION NEEDS OF MEDICAID RECIPIENTS

HB 5250
AN ACT CONCERNING RELEASED FELONS’ VOTING RIGHTS

HB 5251
AN ACT ESTABLISHING BENEFIT LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANIES

SB 1
AN ACT CONCERNING EARNED FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE

HB 5387
AN ACT CONCERNING PAID FAMILY MEDICAL LEAVE

HB 5332
AN ACT CONCERNING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

SB 316
AN ACT ESTABLISHING A CHILD CARE FACILITY NEIGHBOR RELATIONS TASK FORCE.

HB 5288
AN ACT CONCERNING ATTORNEY’S FEES IN WRONGFUL PROPERTY TAX ASSESSMENT ACTIONS.

HB 5163
AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH’S RECOMMENDATIONS REGARDING VARIOUS REVISIONS TO THE PUBLIC HEALTH STATUTES.

SB 168
AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEPARTMENT OF DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES’ RECOMMENDATIONS REGARDING GROUP HOME LICENSING VISITS AND HB 5155 AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEPARTMENT OF DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES’ RECOMMENDATION REGARDING WAIVER OF LICENSING FEES FOR PRIVATE PROVIDERS

SB 187
AN ACT CONCERNING THE TRANSFER OF A CHILD CHARGED WITH CERTAIN OFFENSES TO THE CRIMINAL DOCKET AND THE GROUNDS FOR DETENTION OF AN ARRESTED CHILD

SB 223
AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TRAINING PROGRAM FOR MENTAL HEALTH AND POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER ISSUES IMPACTING VETERANS INVOLVED IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM

HB 5035
THE GOVERNOR’S PROPOSED BUDGET ADJUSTMENTS – PRIMARY & SECONDARY EDUCATION SUBCOMMITTEE (SDE, OEC)

HB 5035
THE GOVERNOR’S PROPOSED BUDGET ADJUSTMENTS – HUMAN SERVICES SUBCOMMITTEE (DCF, DSS, DORS)

HB 5035
THE GOVERNOR’S PROPOSED BUDGET ADJUSTMENTS – HEALTH SUBCOMMITTEE (DDS, DMHAS, DPH)

HB 5035
THE GOVERNOR’S PROPOSED BUDGET ADJUSTMENTS – JUDICIAL & CORRECTIONS AND CONSERVATION & DEVELOPMENT SUBCOMMITTEES (DOC, DECD, DOH, DOL)

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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

Priority Legislation – Information Packets
The Alliance compiles background information on priority legislation to respond to questions raised from legislators during the public hearings. This section will be updated as public hearings begin.

 

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, 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