CCDC Strategic Plan 1/1/2012-12/31/2015

This is an overall guidance document, not a contract and is subject to change by the Board of Directors at any time with or without notice.    This plan was ratified by the Board 12/20/11 after several months of planning and discussion.

 

Overview of plan:

CCDC has always been an organization rooted in values that we hold about disability and society at large.  For this reason, the values, including how we interpret those values and the practical implication is at the beginning of the document.   The mission and vision follow.  Our vision is divided into two areas:  As is typical, we have a vision for CCDC.  However, our purpose for being is about making life better for people with disabilities in Colorado, not just to perpetuate our organization.  Therefore we have a vision for the state of Colorado.  Obviously we do not believe that CCDC alone is or will be responsible for how people with disabilities fare in Colorado, but as a leading organization we believe we must be accountable for outcomes. How well we work as a united community can and will affect our desired outcomes.   Following the mission and vision are measurable goals.  The plan ends with a document for the board will use to make all decisions about which issues and projects CCDC takes on during the next three years.  This document will help CCDC balance the need to respond to what happens in the community with sustainability.

*PWD means people with disabilities

Outline of Plan:

Part One:  Values

Part Two:  Mission and Vision

Part Three:  Goals and Objectives

Part Four: Decision Making Process


Values – CCDC bases all activities on the following values: 

Value: Nothing About Us Without Us

Meaning:  People with disabilities must have meaningful involvement and decision-making power regarding rules and policies that impact our daily lives.  This must occur on individual and systemic basis.  Input provided by the disability community must be respected and used by state agencies. 

Practical implications:  PWD serve on policy making boards, PWD slots on task forces,  PWD slots on non profit boards including foundation boards,  Leadership training, funding and staff key to make this happen.

No care/treatment/any plan about the life of PWD should ever occur without the PWD as the central decision maker (For minor children, while parents appropriately have legal authority, children with disabilities should learn how to control their lives and need to be taught advocacy skills)

Value:  Leadership development that empowers people to have a greater sense of pride, self direction and personal responsibility

Meaning: PWD gain the skills and confidence to be leaders.  Established leaders’ mentor and supporter younger people for leadership roles in the community.

Practical implications: Leaders demonstrate civil engagement and give to their communities in meaningful ways.

Value:  Intentional diversity provides opportunities for individuals and strengthens organizations. 

Meaning:  CCDC needs a leadership base including board, staff and members who are diverse in race, ethnicity, culture, age, education, class, sexual orientation/identity, and disability.  CCDC welcomes and needs a variety of perspectives.  In order to create public policy robust debate is appropriate and necessary.  We have always been cross disability and must continue to be intentional and assure diversity of disability in all settings.

Practical implications:  CCDC actively and affirmatively engages with communities of color to create strong coalitions; CCDC must confront racism, classism, etc., in our everyday work.  CCDC strives to create an internal atmosphere where we welcome debate and use it productively.

Value:  Cross-Disability

Meaning:  People with different types of disabilities have more in common than not. This does not preclude work on single disability issues

Practical implications:  CCDC assures that people with all types of disabilities are included and opposes policies that pit one disability group against another.

Value:  Interdependence: CCDC promotes a culture that enforces civil and human rights without allowing for the abdication of personal responsibility.  CCDC believes that people with disabilities strive to reach the highest possible level of self sufficiency and should be supported and encouraged to do so, with the understanding that interdependence is a necessity for people with and without disabilities.

Meaning:  PWD may need supports/services/enforcement of rights. The current system mandates dependency.  Due to limitations of the current system, CCDC recognizes that some people require benefits.  However we believe that everyone has a responsibility to contribute what they are able to society.  Benefits need to become the means to an end, not the end.  PWD should be expected to contribute—everyone needs meaning in their lives and that means having responsibilities.

Practical implications:  Positions we take reflect this value. CCDC engages in systemic advocacy and policy changes to make this value a reality. CCDC will try to assist those who want to contribute to do so in a meaningful and useful manner.  This will include working with other disability organizations and keeping a “skills bank”. It will be a success any time someone with a disability contributes, whether it is to disability or not, and whether CCDC or not.

Value:  Interdependence: CCDC promotes a culture that enforces civil and human rights without allowing for the abdication of personal responsibility.  CCDC believes that people with disabilities strive to reach the highest possible level of self sufficiency and should be supported and encouraged to do so, with the understanding that interdependence is a necessity for people with and without disabilities.

Meaning: PWD may need supports/services/enforcement of rights. The current system mandates dependency.  Due to limitations of the current system, CCDC recognizes that some people require benefits.  However we believe that everyone has a responsibility to contribute what they are able to society.  Benefits need to become the means to an end, not the end.  PWD should be expected to contribute—everyone needs meaning in their lives and that means having responsibilities.

Practical implications:  Positions we take reflect this value. CCDC engages in systemic advocacy and policy changes to make this value a reality.  CCDC will try to assist those who want to contribute to do so in a meaningful and useful manner.  This will include working with other disability organizations and keeping a “skills bank”. It will be a success any time someone with a disability contributes, whether it is to disability or not, and whether CCDC or not.

Value:  Civil and Human Rights

Meaning: The ADA, Fair Housing Act, and other civil rights law must be fully enforced and enforceable.  Civil rights for PWD means that laws, rules and policies support full with the same amenities offered to PWD as to others.  This includes effective communication and the modification of policies, practices and procedures. Living in the community with supports is a civil and human right.  Segregated and institutional environments are discriminatory.  This includes people inappropriately in the criminal justice system.

Practical implications: CCDC educates PWD on the meaning of civil rights laws and enforcement options. CCDC promotes effective enforcement. CCDC directly enforces civil rights laws through litigation and promotion of any penalties that can deter non-compliance. CCDC engages in testing and monitoring to assure compliance with civil rights laws. CCDC and other disability organizations work to assure that the Olmstead Decision is enforced.  CCDC and other disability organizations will take an action to stop the criminalization of disability. If a person with a disability commits a crime and is competent, that person should pay his or her debt to society.  The individual must have the same opportunities for community corrections and rehabilitation as non disabled inmates. 

Value:  Disability is Part of the Human Experience Disability affects people of all ages and the aging process itself often causes disability.

Meaning: Everyone experiences disability in some way in their lives, either temporary, through family member, etc.

Practical implications:  Need to break down the barriers and fear on both sides.  Disability is not a tragedy. 

Value: Full Citizenship

Meaning:  PWD have all the rights and responsibilities of full citizenship, As such, they deserve a basic level of rights and enforcement of those rights, but also need to be allowed, encouraged and provided the resources by which they can contribute to society. PWD and our allies, have the duty to enforce these rights and promote responsibilities.

Practical implications:  We need to mentor our youth to expect a full life and need systems to expect that also, this means services should be flexible and revolve around life, not the other way around.  This also means PWD need to take responsibilities of full citizenship, for example CCDC actively encourages all PWD and our allies to vote and will engage in non-partisan registration and GOTV activities. CCDC believes part of disability community leadership means assisting people who want to contribute to do so in a meaningful way.


Mission Statement:  CCDC ADVOCATES FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE FOR PEOPLE WITH ALL TYPES OF DISABILITIES.  

This plan has a two part vision, one for the organization and one for people with disabilities throughout Colorado


VISION FOR CCDC - CCDC Will:

 

  • Be the lead private organization assuring compliance with disability civil rights laws, regulations and policies.
  • Be the “go to” organization for disability policy in Colorado. 
  • Have a competent core of leaders/advocates available to hold policy making positions on statewide and local levels. 
  • Develop leadership in the disability community.
  • Be the catalyst for innovative ideas and cohesive activism within the disability community. 
  • Be a financially healthy, inclusive, forward thinking non-profit organization.

 

VISION FOR Colorado:  Colorado will be the best place for people with disabilities to live because:

  • Colorado will have a strong array of community based supports for people who need long-term services.  These supports will promote full participation by people with disabilities in the community supporting employment, civic engagement, and complete integration.  Supports will be provided in the most integrated and least restrictive setting and will always have options for client control.  People requiring services and supports will be able to move between levels of control and independence as their needs and conditions change.  The atmosphere for support services will be supportive and will promote personal responsibility in a positive manner.
  • Colorado will be the most accessible state in the nation in terms of public transportation, public accommodations and state and local government. 
  • All branches of state and local government and their contractors will have effective communication protocols in place that are used and enforced.  Effective communication protocols will be accessible for people with any type of disability that impairs either receptive or expressive communication. 
  • All governmental decision making regarding programs or services that is likely to have an impact on people with disabilities will be made with meaningful involvement by the disability community.
  • Colorado will have the highest percentage of people with disabilities who vote in the nation.
  • Colorado will have increasing numbers of people with disabilities employed each year.
  • Colorado will have a decrease each year in percentage of people with disabilities living in poverty.
  • People with disabilities in Colorado will have equitable access to technology as needed for individual independence.    
  • People with disabilities will have equitable educational opportunities.

 

 Goals – CCDC aims to attain these goals over the next 3 years: 

  1. Be financially stable and solvent.
  2. Increase membership of the organization.
  3. Increase the number of qualified leaders in the disability community.
  4. CCDC will enforce civil rights and other laws relevant to our mission.
  5. CCDC will be a leader on public policy issues affecting persons with disabilities.  
  6. CCDC will be compensated for our expertise and will have a fee for service program. 

 

Objectives – CCDC will accomplish the following over the next three years: (Italics indicate the primary staff position responsible, however we see ALL staff, board, leaders and members as responsible for the success of our aggressive agenda)

GOAL ONE:  BE FINANCIALLY STABLE AND SOLVENT

1A: Create a realistic Development Plan by January 2012, (Development Committee of BOD)

1B: Develop three new foundation funding partners in 2012 (and maintain all existing foundations) (Development Coordinator/Executive Director)

1C:  Increase fundraising profits by 25% each year (Development Committee of BOD/ED)

1D: Increase number of individual donors by 10% each year (Executive Director/Development Coordinator, BOD)

1E: Eliminate debt by January 2013 (All staff and board)

1F:  Create an endowment plan by 2014 (Board of Directors)

1G:  Create a savings program with a goal of 3 months of operating in the bank by December 2013 (Controller, Executive Director, Board Executive Committee)

1H: ALL volunteers and staff will be accountable and will document all work, in kind support via CCDC established protocols. (All staff and leaders)

GOAL TWO INCREASE MEMBERSHIP:

2A:  CCDC will acquire 100 new members from outreach events or individual advocacy cases in 2012 (All staff and leaders)

2B:  CCDC will have a 50% renewal rate in 2012 (Community Liaison)

2C:  CCDC will proactively communicate with members and will evaluate the effectiveness of various modes of communications as we expand our social media and avenues of communications.  (Executive Director)

2D: CCDC will develop markers for increased outreach by December 01 for the following year each year. (Advocacy Coordinator)

2E: CCDC will review membership data, web traffic, inquiries and social media data at monthly staff meetings.  CCDC will develop format for analysis by July 2012.  CCDC will begin presenting data to board by August 2012.  After being able to review social media practices in 2012, CCDC will revise the social media plan throughout the duration of this plan. (Operations Manager)

2F: CCDC will conduct outreach events in at least four non-metro communities in Colorado each year to support local activity. (Advocacy Coordinator and Community Liaison)

2G: CCDC will work with other disability organizations to develop and implement a skills and interest database to welcome new members into our community at the time they reach out for assistance. (Advocacy Coordinator and Community Liaison)

2H: CCDC will work with other organizations to actively promote voter registration and GOTV activities to assure our people are actually voting.  Voter registration will remain connected with membership and GOTV activities will be defined in coordination with other organizations in conjunction with all state, local and national elections during this plan period. (Advocacy Coordinator and Community Liaison)

GOAL THREE:  INCREASE THE NUMBER OF QUALIFIED LEADERS IN THE COMMUNITY

3A:  CCDC will revamp the advocacy certification process to increase credibility by offering certification in specific areas and assuring recertification at reasonable intervals.  Certification criteria and processes will be fully implemented in 2012 and a recertification process and schedule will be implemented in 2013.    This will include implementation of a criminal background check process for people seeking to be certified as an individual advocate.  The board will create a policy and appeal process to assure that qualified advocates are safe with flexibility to protect those who have suffered discrimination in the past.  The Board will implement a policy by July 2012 and will evaluate at 6 month intervals through 2014.  (Advocacy Coordinator)

3B: CCDC will develop new protocols to connect new people with others, even if informally, to allow new leaders to debrief and get support from peers to increase their confidence.   (Advocacy Coordinator/Executive Director)

3C:  CCDC will form a task force to create a social media plan by January 2012 (Executive Director/Operations Coordinator)

3D:  CCDC will hire a part time or contract person to implement the social media plan 2012 (Executive Director)

3E:  CCDC will split the advocacy training class and create an advocacy training class and certification focused solely on public policy by July 2012 (Advocacy Coordinator)

3F:  CCDC will improve our tracking of legislative contacts.  CCDC will either hire or restructure staff so that someone on staff will be coordinating and tracking contacts on a weekly basis.  CCDC will develop or purchase an electronic solution for this tracking by January 2013 (Executive Director/Operations Coordinator/Advocacy Coordinator)

3G: CCDC will have 15 certified policy advocates on board by December 2012 (Advocacy Coordinator)

3H: CCDC will have 15 new certified individual advocates by December 2012 (Advocacy Coordinator)

3I: CCDC will work with other organizations to create unified skill bank.  Process will begin in first part of 2012 and database will be completed by July 2012 and piloted for 6 months.  Evaluation will be in late 2012 or early 2013.  (Advocacy Coordinator, Community Liaison)

3J: CCDC will create a functional process to document any accommodations required by our advocates to do their work.  The process will involve a form, sample letter to agencies, and will specify for each advocate their process for getting reasonable accommodation and effective communication needs met by CCDC and other agencies.  This will be a part of all certification and recertification for each advocate.  This process will be created by September 2012 and will be evaluated throughout 2013 and refined if necessary in 2014.  The refined product will be offered to partner agencies who wish to use people with disabilities as paid or volunteer advocates. (Advocacy Coordinator)

GOAL FOUR:  CCDC WILL ENFORCE CIVIL RIGHTS AND OTHER LAWS

4A:  CCDC will continue the operation of our legal program. (Legal Program Director)*

4B:  CCDC will hire a 2nd full time attorney in 2012 (Legal Program Director)

4C:  CCDC will proactively bring legislation as needed and as possible to create better statutory enforcement of state laws. (Executive Director)

4D: CCDC will engage with the legislative and executive branch to fix due process problems at the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing. (Executive Director)

4E:  Apprise membership of LP activities, e.g., through website, alerts and social media sites. (Legal Program Director/Legal Program Assistant)

4F:  Consistent with case obligations, inform media and general public of LP developments and activities. (Legal Program Director/Legal Program Assistant)

GOAL FIVE: CCDC WILL BE A LEADER ON PUBLIC POLICY ISSUES AFFECTING PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

5A:  CCDC will continue to publish our legislative spreadsheet more than 75% of all weeks of the legislative session.   (Operations Coordinator)

5B:  CCDC will publish position statements on at least 10 bills of import each legislative session.  CCDC will publish one position paper each quarter on our website on a current and emerging issue.  Executive Director)

5C:  CCDC will provide written policy analysis on proposed rules to policymakers on issues of import to the community on at least 60% of the rules that are relevant in front of the Human Services and Medical Services Boards (to extent we have funding) (Executive Director)

5D: CCDC will develop a tracking tool to track our communications, recommendations with eventual policy outcomes by 2013. (Operations Coordinator)

5E: CCDC will provide representatives to serve on boards who will agree to represent a cross-disability and statewide perspective and who will agree to be available to listen to input and explain the issues of the broader disability community in between meetings. (Contingent upon funding) (Advocacy Coordinator/Executive Director)

5F: CCDC will develop a model using social media to have representatives communicate with members about the activities of these boards (Operations Coordinator/Executive Director)

5G:  CCDC will lead a major statewide effort relating to voter education or GOTV in 2012 (Advocacy Coordinator/Community Liaison)

5H: CCDC will proactively bring rules and legislation as needed through the grassroots citizen process. (Executive Director)

5I: CCDC will work with other organizations to assure that all important committees and boards are covered and that specific organizations are assigned leads.  This work will include development of community principles for sign on by multiple organizations and sharing of information among leaders.   Process in place by January 2012 and evaluated and refined every other month throughout the year.  Formal revaluation at 2012 state meeting. (Executive Director)

GOAL SIX:  CCDC WILL DEVELOP A FORMAL FEE FOR SERVICE PROGRAM FOR TRAINING AND OTHER SERVICES THAT ENABLE US TO SHARE OUR EXPERTISE WITH GOVERNMENTS AND BUSINESSES WHO’S WORK REQUIRES KNOWLEDGE OF OUR COMMUNITY AND/OR LAWS. .

6A:  CCDC will find a consultant to provide us with a business plan for our contract services by March 2012 (Executive Director/Operations Manager)

6B:  CCDC will publish a booklet to market ourselves as the effective communication expert by the end of 2012 (Executive Director)

6C:  CCDC will create a train the trainer program to assure adequate professional trainers to fulfill contracts by October 2012 (Executive Director/Advocacy Coordinator)

6D:  CCDC will formalize and computerize our training evaluations by December 2012 (Operations Manager)

6E: CCDC will either hire someone or reconfigure current staff to manage trainings and contract work by July 2013. (Executive Director with help from controller and Operations Manager)

6F: CCDC will host a national conference as a fundraiser likely on the topic of effective communication in 2014 (All staff and Board Committee)

6G:  CCDC will develop and implement a funded pilot program regarding promoting effective communication in some context by 2012 (Advocacy Coordinator and Executive Director)

6H:  CCDC will renew 2 existing contracts in 2012; CCDC will secure at least two additional contracts on effective communication, document testing or consulting in 2013 (Executive Director)

CCDC will run the following programs to achieve our vision:

  1. Legal Program
  2. Advocacy Program
            1. Individual advocacy
            2. Systems advocacy /Public Policy
            3. Education and Consulting  Program
  3. Training
  4. Consulting
    1. Document testing
    2. Policy Review

Practical considerations –

The issues upon which CCDC will focus will be based on the above values and the following practical implications.  As CCDC assesses our involvement, activity or leadership in a particular program, project, coalition or campaign the following criteria will be used:

  1. The goal or desired outcome is consistent with our stated values.
  2. The project is economically viable-CCDC has the financial and human resources or has specific plan to acquire the resources to engage in activities.
  3. The work has the potential to result in a meaningful and positive outcome. 
  4. The work is important enough to take priority over other issues.  The outcome is likely to be important to a reasonable number of people, although we may assist one person so that the case might be used to help others.

 

 

Decision-Making Process

 

Board Deliberation Sheet:          

 

Date discussed at Board__________

 

 

Proposal: Check One

 

___Project

 

___Campaign

 

___Coalition

 

___New Program

 

___Other (explain)

 

 

CCDC Role:

 

___Sole organization

 

___Lead organization

 

___Active member of coalition

 

___Member of coalition requiring some staff time or resource

 

___Member of coalition lending our name and minimal resources

 

 


Person making request:

 

___Staff (if Staff has this been approved by Executive Director?)

 

___Board (if Board has this been cleared for discussion by Board President?)

 

 

 

1) The goal or desired outcome is consistent with our stated values.

___Nothing about us without us

___Cross Disability

___Leadership

___Civil Rights

___Full citizenship

___Inclusive

___Variety of Strategies

___Intentional diversity

___Disability part of human experience

___Balance between needed supports and personal responsibility

 

2) The project is economically viable-CCDC has the funds or has specific plan to divert the funds to engage in activities.

Project budget

Income

 

Expenses:

 

Staff time:

Staff member:

Number of hours anticipated:

 

Justifiable under existing budgeted program?   ___Yes ___No

If yes, which program?

 

If no, from where will funds be diverted?

 

If no diversion, how will funds be raised?

 

 

1)                 The work has the potential to result in a meaningful and winnable outcome. 

___yes ___no

If yes please summarize explanation

 

 

 

 

 

2)                 The work is important enough to take priority over other issues.

___yes ___no

 

 

3)                 The outcome is likely to be important to a reasonable number of people (even if we assist one person that case might be used to help others-the point is that we do not use organizational resources to address issues important to a small number of individuals.) 

___yes ___no

 

 

 

 

 

Summary of discussion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vote to proceed

 

___Yay   ___Nay     ___Abstain   ___Absent or excused

 

 

 

If proceeding, frequency of review

 

 

 

____ Monthly   _____Quarterly   _____Twice a Year _____Annual

 

 

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