Gov't Affairs/Public Policy
Through the years, The Council on Developmental Disabilities has responded to gaps in services for people with disabilities wherever they are found. Our public policy efforts have led to changes in laws, services and expectations that have reshaped the culture and landscape for all Kentuckians with developmental disabilities. We actively monitor public policies, legislation and regulations that impact our constituents and their families. We negotiate with Executive Branch officials and communicate with legislators, seeking to amend and propose policies and legislation to best serve the interests of the people we serve.
Our public policy successes include:
- Organizing the Coalition for Quality and Choice (1999). This coalition of 52 organizations successfully secured an unprecedented increase in expenditures to serve Kentuckians with disabilities.
- Helping lead the movement to pass Adult Protection Registry legislation to prevent the abuse, neglect and exploitation of older adults and individuals with disabilities in our state. After a six-year push, the Registry became law in spring 2014.
News at the federal level
News from the current legislative session
Click here to read our most recent policy brief from the 2017 Legislative Session. Click here to learn more about kinship care, which is addressed in Senate Bill 29 -- we support & applaud Kentucky Youth Advocates for its leadership on this issue.
Click here to read the public policy brief from the 2016 Legislative Session.