Nonprofits Take To The Capitol

Apr 5, 2011

Connecticut's nonprofit service providers are trying to figure out how to improve their working relationship with the state in order to save money and enhance services.  Advocates for the state's non-profits gathered today/yesterday at the state capitol to talk about a recently released report that looks to answer this question: "How can we as a government smooth the path so that the non-profits can actually provide the services without having to worry so much about the bureaucracy and the red tape." That's Deb Heinrich.  She's the non-profit liaison to Governor Dannel Malloy. "And there are a variety of very specific things that we can do with regard to contracting and licensure that we effect in the executive branch and we can start working on right away to smooth that path." Peter DeBiasi is the co-chair of the state Commission on Non-profit Health and Human Services.  He says there are lots of ways to improve administrative efficiency. "Those include timely execution of purchase of service contracts between the state and the non-profit community based providers. It also includes timely payment of contract funds to non-profit community based providers and it also includes streamlining contract compliance forms and reporting requirements." Heinrich says it's her plan to make as many of these changes as possible.