First, let me say my impression of people with the State:
These are the people you would want in State government
"Okay Val, so what's your problem?"
Well, there really aren't enough of them --- literally there are not enough state employees in upper administrative positions in agencies such as the Colorado Department of Health Care Policyand Financing and the Colorado Department of Human Services Office of Behavioral Health.
So these guys are seemingly loathe to put anything in writing, so they would much rather have meetings. Which in some cases could be perfectly appropriate. However, scheduling those meetings is a nightmare because these folks are already so overbooked.
It is not that this isn't understandable -- it's that in certain cases such as the MI ("Mental Illness") Olmstead Matter/Case we have raised -- in my opinion, Colorado is clearly violating the law by it's failure to ACT -- and I don't think claiming insufficient administrative staff satisfies the "fundamental alteration" defense under the US Supreme Court's 1999 Olmstead decision -- AND I honestly think insufficient staff is a big part of the problem.
So earlier this summer, I tried to schedule a meeting with the then Medicaid Director Suzanne Brennan and Office of Behavioral Health Deputy Clinical Director Dr. Patrick Fox -- that never came off over several months for several reasons.
Then I submitted the Table to the right to both the Attorney General's Office and with the AG's permission the Governor's Office naively thinking -- surely I'll get a written response from this. Well, no.
So the reason why I felt jerked around by the very nice people at the State when they contacted me about a meeting at the end of Feb. (no mention of the requests I had already made) it was NOT RESPONSIVE and the State sounded very much like the defendant seeking to accept the plea deal after the verdict had already been read (that is not a true analogy AND from my perspective the State's sense of timing seemed very off).
For more off the wall analogies, it is sometimes said [well, maybe more in my home state of Oklahoma several years ago--but you get the gist]that some defendants have to break into jail because the prisons are so over-crowded.
What I would say about this MI Olmstead Case is that we're not going to file it unless it is the only alternative to get Colorado to comply with the law -- AND right now it looks like Colorado is breaking into an MI Olmstead Case.