2018 LEGISLATIVE AGENDA
The CT Council of Family Service Agencies (CCFSA) is an innovative and efficient provider network offering high quality, outcome-driven human services focused on strengthening CT’s families and communities. We support policies that strengthen family service agencies and the essential services our members provide to more than 180,000 people in CT each year. As a result of CCFSA’s rigorous standards, we represent the most highly qualified CT providers producing the strongest outcomes in the areas of child welfare, mental health, intellectual disabilities and substance use services. CCFSA’s statewide human service delivery network strengthens communities across the state through collaboration of local service providers under one centralized administrative system for program management, fiscal oversight and data/ quality assurance. Together we are working to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty.
State and national public policy should promote a partnership between government and nonprofit human service agencies that collectively supports the stability, self-sufficiency, health and hopeful future of children and families. CCFSA promotes the following public policy priorities for 2018:
1. Funding should support a stable human service delivery system through reimbursement models which cover the costs of providing quality services to vulnerable children, families and individuals.
Public policy, government contracts and funding should be provided to allow individuals and families to: • Access vital services such as behavioral healthcare, case management, housing, employment, early care, education, child development, residential and day supports for people with disabilities, nutrition services, foster care, healthcare and other human services;
• Move from dependence to self-sufficiency;
• Reduce poverty and increase equity;
• Minimize crisis by funding prevention and early intervention services.
2. Government should support high quality programs and services that strengthen CT’s families and communities. • Funding should be targeted to effective statewide services that strengthen families, particularly those like CCFSA’s TANF Case Management Program, which uses a 2 Generation approach to break the cycle of poverty among the highest need families across CT;
• Resources should be prioritized to support the health and stability of families related to housing such as the Housing Mobility Counseling Program, which helps reduce generational poverty by supporting families in accessing appropriate housing for their families.
CCFSA SSBG Counseling Program should be expanded to address the behavioral health needs of all those struggling with poverty, regardless of insurance status.
• CCFSA should be utilized by policy makers as a resource and thought-leader in issues related to the complex needs of children and families across CT.
3. Resource allocation and program evaluation should be based on dynamic, outcome and data-driven systems.
• Funding decisions should take into account program effectiveness and should focus on return on investment in driving towards population-level results.
• Government should consider short-term and long-term impact on consumers and communities when making investments in programs and services.
4. Government should invest in models of collaboration, innovation and efficiency in the delivery of human services.
• Government policies should encourage innovative service models utilizing best practices that allow providers to achieve desired results in cost-effective ways. Public policy should support efforts to drive towards efficiency in service delivery, administration and contracting.
• Government should be flexible and creative in its approach to service delivery to foster innovation.
5. Policies should support collaboration between government and human service providers as a best practice for systems improvement.
• Administrative efficiencies should be identified and supported, such as the Licensure and Certification Workgroup efforts to streamline the provider licensing process, which was a collaboration between state agencies and providers through a Lean management process to streamline and align the licensure process.
• Recommendations of the Governor’s Cabinet on Nonprofit Health and Human Services to improve contracting, reimbursement systems, data collection and workforce development should be supported and the model of collaboration and partnership between state agencies and providers should be more broadly utilized as a best practice.
• Policies should provide flexibility in budgeting to allow contractors to make the best use of government funding, including reinvestment of savings to support long-term stability and sustainability of the system.
• Maximize access to bonding and other funding for capital improvements, technology and other long-term needs.
CCFSA is a network of select non-profit organizations serving children and families designed to strengthen our members’ quality and scope of services, enhance their leadership capacity and facilitate innovative and strategic networking opportunities. We are committed to the highest quality of care, results-driven services and excellence in program execution and operation. Through our collective voice, we advocate for government policies that support our member agency network and benefit all of Connecticut’s children and families.