Program to assist persons to obtain disability benefits
(1)When adequate funding is available, the committee shall invite nonprofit entities to submit a proposal for a program to aid persons with disabilities in accessing disability benefits. To qualify, the nonprofit organization must be based in Colorado and governed by a board that:
(a)Is composed of persons with a demonstrated commitment to improving the lives of recipients with disabilities;
(b)Contains members who understand a range of disabilities; and
(c)Contains a majority of members who are persons with disabilities, persons with immediate family members who are persons with disabilities, or persons who are care givers to a family member who is a person with disabilities; or:
(I)and (II)(Deleted by amendment, L. 2022.)(III) Has a contract with an organization that meets the above criteria to assume the disability perspective.
(II)The term of each contract is up to three years. The committee shall include evaluation criteria in the contract with metrics that must be met at least once a year to continue funding.
(I)A system for evaluating whether a person with a disability is reasonably able to navigate the application process to obtain disability benefits, health care, and employment;
(II)A system for prioritizing the need of applicants based upon the evaluations;
(III)A plan for assisting persons with disabilities in navigating the processes of obtaining and retaining disability benefits, health care, and employment;
(IV)A plan for establishment of working relationships with state agencies, county departments of human or social services, health-care providers, the United States social security administration, and the business community;
(V)A policy of preferential hiring of persons with disabilities;
(VI)Reasonable standards for accounting control of expenditures; and
(VII)Metrics to evaluate the program’s quality and cost-effectiveness.
(c)The committee shall not discriminate against a contracting entity for advocacy concerning persons with disabilities.
(d)To the greatest extent possible, the committee shall ensure through one or more contracts pursuant to this section that persons with disabilities are served statewide.
(3)The entity awarded a contract under this section shall make quarterly reports of expenditures to the committee. The committee shall include in the contract a method and format for making the reports.
Section 24-30-2204 — Program to assist persons to obtain disability benefits - repeal,
https://leg.colorado.gov/sites/default/files/images/olls/crs2023-title-24.pdf (accessed Oct. 20, 2023).