DENVER — Ever since last December and the release of the Rocky Mountain Human Services Audit — some have wondered — should Community Centered Boards (CCB’s) have their records released to the public.
AS we reported at the time, Rocky Mountain Human Services was found to have been allocating taxpayer money to help pay for employees Costco Memberships and home internet bills.
Stacy Warden says all CCB’s need to be held accountable. Warden’s son Noah has severe Cerebral Palsy.
“Noah is severely disabled so he requires 24/7 care,” Warden said.
For assistance, Warden goes to another CCB in the state Imagine! where she claims officials have overcharged her family for services, wasting taxpayer money.
“That’s a very troubling thing as a parent to see that,” Warden told FOX31 political reporter Joe St. George.
For that reason, as well as the Rocky Mountain Audit, Warden is supporting a bill in the general assembly that would make CCB’s compliant to Colorado’s Open Record Law.
“I was amazed at what percentage of community centered boards actually get from federal state and local government,” State Senator Irene Aguilar said.
Aguilar is sponsoring the bill that will be heard in committee on Monday.
CCB’s have already spoken out against it. At a prior meeting Imagine! representatives said it would be too costly for them to open up their records. Representatives sent Fox 31 this statement Friday:
Imagine! is committed to fiscal responsibility and is financially sound. This is demonstrated by annual independent auditor’s reports, and our low administrative costs (around 10% of our overall budget). Families who have questions about their services are invited to address their case manager and chosen program approved service agency (of the 117 providers available in our area). Families in our services who have questions related to the operations of Imagine! can bring them to my attention, or to the attention of our volunteer Board of Directors, which includes family members and people receiving services. Our Board of Director meetings are open to the public, and we have our upcoming annual public forum on March 29. People in our service area who prefer anonymity may choose to use our ethics hotline available at our website. I invite Fox 31 news to visit Imagine! and learn about the many technological solutions we put forth for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and the service system. We are currently demonstrating WaiverMarket ; an online solution for individuals and families to select service providers. We are also demonstrating an Aaron Tuneburg funded project of alert systems and remote monitoring for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in their homes.