Divisions & Forums

 

The CCPA Public Policy and Strategy (PPS) Division is a decision-making body comprised of Executive Directors or top administrators of each CCPA member agency. Together, CCPA staff and members develop association wide-public policy positions and strategies in response to the latest policy developments affecting community providers within the state. Our advocacy efforts focus on ensuring that providers’ funding needs are met, communicating providers’ concerns and perspectives at the state level, and advancing legislation and policy that allows providers to effectively address the health care needs of the communities they serve.

PPS Division members work with Patty McQueen of Communications Strategies on strategic media planning, media relations, crisis communications, and media production, among other related activities. Cain and Associates, LLC assists the Division in analyzing all public policy proposals and initiatives pertaining to the state budget, health and human services agency budgets and financial policies. These experts join CCPA’s governmental relations firm, Rome Smith & Lutz, to form a highly experienced and cohesive policy and strategic consulting team.

For more information about this Division contact Morna Murray, President and CEO at mmurray@ccpa-inc.org.

This division is comprised of top administrators from agencies that provide mental health or substance use services for adults.

Co-Chairs: 

  • Kimberly Beauregard, President and CEO, InterCommunity
  • Ray Gorman, President and CEO, Community Mental Health Affiliates

Meeting Occurrence: Monthly, third Wednesday, 9:00 – 11:00 AM

For more information about this Division contact Brunilda Ferraj, Senior Public Policy Specialist at bferraj@ccpa-inc.org.

Attendees include top administrators and leaders of agencies that provide mental health or substance use services for children.

Co-Chairs:

  • Alice Forrester, Executive Director, Clifford W. Beers Guidance Clinic
  • Susan Walkama, President and CEO, Wheeler Clinic

Meeting Occurrence: Monthly, second Tuesday, 9:30 – 11:30 AM

For more information about this Division contact Brunilda Ferraj, Senior Public Policy Specialist at bferraj@ccpa-inc.org.

This division is targeted to leadership staff and agency policymakers from Developmental Disabilities providers.

Co-Chairs:

  • Martin Schwartz, President and CEO, Kennedy Center
  • Barry Simon, President, Oak Hill

Meeting Occurrence: Monthly, fourth Tuesday, 9:00 –11:30 AM

For more information about this Division contact Katie Rock-Burns, Senior Public Policy Specialist at krock@ccpa-inc.org.

This joint forum of CCPA and CT Nonprofits members is targeted to business managers/finance personnel from DD providers. 

Steering Committee:

  • Robert Bowsza, Director of Administration and Finance, Harc
  • Jerry Brennan, Director of Administration and Financial Services, Kuhn Employment Services
  • Amy Brown, Comptroller, Ability Beyond
  • Mark Kovitch, CFO, Keystone Human Services
  • Dennis Palmer, Comptroller, Oak Hill 

Meeting Occurrence: Every other month, third Tuesday 9:30 – 11:30 AM

For more information about this Forum contact Katie Rock-Burns, Senior Public Policy Specialist at krock@ccpa-inc.org.

Chief Financial Officers from both children’s and adult behavioral health organizations attend the Behavioral Health CFO Forum.

Co-Chairs:

  • Dennis Colwell, CFO, Clifford W. Beers Guidance Clinic
  • Kathleen Sheehan, CFO, Bridges… A Community Support System

Meeting Occurrence: Every other month, second Thursday, 9:30 – 11:30 AM

For more information about this Forum contact Brunilda Ferraj, Senior Public Policy Specialist at bferraj@ccpa-inc.org.

This forum is attended by Clinical Directors or their designees from agencies that provide clinical services to children or adults.

 Co-Chairs:

  • Christine Dauser, Director, Yale Child Study Center
  • Marty Schwartzman, Director of Child & Family Services, Bridges… A Community Support System

Meeting Occurrence: Monthly, first Monday, 9:30 – 11:00 AM

For more information about this Forum contact Brunilda Ferraj, Senior Public Policy Specialist at bferraj@ccpa-inc.org.

Attendees include any CCPA member responsible for ensuring corporate compliance in their organization.

Co-Chairs:

  • Mary Nescott, Chief Quality and Compliance Officer, BHcare
  • Gayle Wintjen, General Counsel, Oak Hill

Meeting Occurrence: Every other month, third Tuesday 9:30 –11:30 AM

For more information about this Forum contact Katie Rock-Burns, Senior Public Policy Specialist at krock@ccpa-inc.org.

The HR Managers Forum is designed for executive directors, human resource managers, department directors and managers, as well as other individuals involved in personnel matters.  CCPA co-hosts this meeting with Schuster-Driscoll, an employee benefits, financial services and insurance firm.

Meeting Occurrence: Every other month, fourth Wednesday 9:00 – 11:00 AM

For more information about this Forum contact Alex Lewis, Training and Member Services Coordinator at alewis@ccpa-inc.org.