(June 1) – Gov. John Hickenlooper signed two bills by Rep. Dave Young aimed at increasing the transparency and effectiveness of programs that help Colorado’s most vulnerable citizens.

Signed this morning at Rocky Mountain Human Services, SB16-038 requires community centered boards that provide case management services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and receive more than 75 percent of their funding from government sources to submit to an audit. The audits will determine whether these boards are effectively and efficiently fulfilling their obligations to the served community. After months of working with stakeholders, the bill was strengthened to create a balance between the needs of local nonprofits and the need for transparency and accountability for community centered boards.

“Transparency is critical for Colorado to know that money spent on community centered boards is actually finding its way to services for these vulnerable folks,” said Rep. Young. “We have a responsibility to the taxpayers to ensure that these dollars are providing crucial services for the people who need them and to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of these services. I sincerely appreciate the hard work of the many stakeholders who came to the table to make this work.”

SB16-202, signed this afternoon at the Arapahoe House in Thornton, requires managed service organizations that provide substance use disorder treatment for designated regions of the state to evaluate the sufficiency of substance use disorder services for various populations in their geographic areas.

“Through this law, we will be able to get a better handle on how we treat substance use disorders across the incredibly diverse geographic regions in Colorado,” said Rep. Young. “This will help us make these services work effectively for the people who need them the most.”

The bill also requires the managed service organizations to prepare a community action plan to address the most critical service gaps for their geographic regions and to lay out a plan for using state funding to provide substance use disorder treatment in critical areas. These efforts will enable managed service organizations to continue to provide and improve regional, quality, evidence-based substance use disorder treatment and other behavioral health services to populations who would otherwise not have access to such services.

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