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We Need A Break -- A BREAK With the STATUS QUO in CO State Gov.
Well, we never got the Olmstead Compliance Workgroup we thought we had been promised.
The Hickenlooper Administration is so good @ being:
The Hickenlooper Administration is HORRIBLE @:
NOT Surprisingly this ALL FEEDS INTO THE HICKENLOOPER ADMINISTRATION'S UNPARALLELED ABILITY TO STONEWALL.
The Hickenlooper Administration is not all bad by any stretch of the imagination -- BUT we want a BIG BREAK with the STATUS QUO.
Gov. Hickenlooper's State of the State -- 2017
Important initiatives on affordable housing & behavioral health
"But behavioral health demands our attention at all points…
"and not just as one-off efforts when problems get too big to ignore.
"There is remarkable consensus around the issue.
"From doctors to legislators to patient advocates to sheriffs…nearly everyone is in agreement on how we can improve behavioral health outcomes for Coloradans.
"Let’s not leave it to be addressed in our jails, and emergency rooms, and prisons.
"Let’s use this momentum to bring together the work we’ve already begun to create a comprehensive, statewide behavioral health plan that makes our system easier to navigate, more efficient, and more responsive."
Why does It Matter that we comply with olmstead?
Well, the short answers are we should comply because otherwise people with disabilities:
Hi Everyone – The State is proposing an Olmstead Compliance Working Group to address the issues we have raised such as:
We had previously advised that we really didn’t care at this time whether this was in statute or not. One of the things the Working Group may want to consider for the future is whether there should be some kind of statutory authorization to deal with changes in administration.
In any case, we think it is very important that the wider disability community become involved in this effort.
At this point it is pretty unclear when this would begin or when the Gov.’s office might have an official statement.
Our telephone conference with Kyle Brown & Katie McCoughlin of the Governor's office
IT WAS A HUGE TRUST-BUILDER & WE WERE SKEPTICAL
Our Main Points
* Measurable Goals
* Reasonable Plans to bring to scale to meet the need
* Diverse stakeholder group
I don't really care if it is in statute at this time or a statute is amended to expand an existing group if we can get the above.
As some of you may know I have been skeptical. I was very pleasantly surprised.
The State should be getting back to us in early January.
Fantastic news on moving forward in colorado olmstead planning
We didn't go away
As Margaret Heffernan, an Innovation Expert from the UK advises: For good ideas and true innovation, you need human interaction, human conflict, argument, debate.
From our perspective we have had some human interaction & conflict with the State -- But we really haven't had a full argument and debate of the issues. We have had from our perspective a concerted effort from the State to suppress argument and debate of Olmstead issues.
We "think" the State has concerns about coordinating their many worthwhile (& they are extremely worthwhile) stakeholder groups with an Olmstead Initiative AND that is NOT a frivolous concern.
The way the State went about addressing this NOT frivolous concern was absolutely ILLEGAL in FAILING TO COMPLY WITH OLMSTEAD and we were not strong enough during the summer of 2016 to do any thing about it.
BUT as you can see we have NOT GONE AWAY.