Parents to lawmakers: Open records of Colorado nonprofits serving people with disabilities

Twenty Colorado nonprofits that spend public dollars to serve people with disabilities should be required like government agencies to provide detailed financial records and other information on request, parents and advocates told state lawmakers Monday.

“We’re not asking for more money from the state to care for our son,” said Darlene Beals, mother of 19-year-old Alan, who has Down Syndrome. “We’re asking for tools to check on community-centered boards for services already approved.”

Under SB 16-038, community-centered boards (CCBs) receiving more than 75 percent of their annual funding from public sources would be subject to the Colorado Open Records Act (CORA). The bill, introduced By Sen. Irene Aguilar, D-Denver, also would have the State Auditor conduct performance audits of CCBs at least once every five years. Continue…