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Assisted Living Advocacy

Government Relations Committee

Our Government Relations Committee has invested many hours of work to lay out a plan of becoming directly involved in the legislative process here in Colorado. We hope you will join in getting involved in our grassroots efforts. It will take every one of us doing our part to make our voice heard at the State Capital.

We want your involvement. Please consider joining CALA if you are not a member and volunteer on our Legislative Committee.

For Representative Names, Emails, Phone Numbers, and to see current legislative activities visit the Colorado State Legislature Website

Schedule a Visit…

At Your Assisted Living Residence

At Your Legislator’s Office

The most effective way to convey your views to your local legislators and positively affect the outcome of the legislation is to first invite them to visit your Assisted Living Community. This provides a wonderful opportunity for them to learn more about Assisted Living, and meet the residents living in their respective districts.

If this is not possible, you may consider scheduling a visit with them either in their office or home district. Although a face-to-face visit may be time consuming, it is often the best way to ensure great results. Personal visits tend to put a human face and perspective to Assisted Living in Colorado.

When scheduling a visit, call your local legislator’s office and request an appointment. If they are unavailable, ask to meet with a member of their staff who handles the issue. When meeting with the lawmaker or staffer, point out how the pending legislation will affect your Assisted Living Community, your residents and their families, your employees, and the district as a whole. Personal stories can help achieve greater results. When possible, you will want to invite the local media. Your local legislators will appreciate the coverage. Remember to always be polite, and follow-up with a personal letter thanking the lawmaker for their time, and offering future assistance if necessary.

CALA is the only Colorado Association that is solely dedicated to supporting Assisted Living in Colorado

  •    Assisted living communities range in size from a small 2 bed home to a 495 bed community.
  •     Assisted living communities are a mixture of private pay, medicaid, and long term care insurance.
  •     There is a great deal of diversity in assisted living and therefore we must be cautious in developing ‘one-size fits all’ regulations.
  •     We are committed to providing quality services to our residents and ensuring that they have a safe environment.
  •     To be responsive to consumers, we believe that oversight of assisted living must remain at the state government level rather than with the federal bureaucracy.
  •     Autonomy, independence, choice, dignity and customer satisfaction are paramount.

Grassroots in your community

Invite a legislator to special events at your community and to visit your location. You represent something very important to legislators – VOTES! Remember, you are their constituent. They want to hear from you.  It’s up to you to educate legislators so when they come to the Colorado State Capital they understand assisted living and our issues.

Place a Phone Call

If your time is limited, or you need to get in touch with your legislator immediately, it’s time to place a phone call. Your call will more than likely last less than a minute, and you may not even speak with your legislator directly, so in order to maximize your effectiveness consider these tips:

  • Identify yourself as the Constituent
  • Be brief and clear – Limit your call to one subject
  • Give a bill number if possible
  • Mention the action you would like the lawmaker to take on the issue at hand
  • Ask your legislator for their position on the issue at hand
  • Be courteous
  • Ask for a response
  • Always convey your availability for follow-up and/or future assistance

Also, it is always a good idea to have a prepared message on hand in the event that neither your legislator nor their legislative aide is available to take your call (Writing it in advance is always helpful.) Be sure to speak slowly and clearly, leaving your name, address and reason for your call.

Write a Letter...

A letter can make a difference. Legislators often say that as few as ten letters from their constituents on any issue is enough to make them STOP and take notice. In addition, personally written letters are most effective, and they allow you to present your position without interruption. Your letter should contain the following components:

A brief statement identifying the issue and/or bill number of concern

An explanation of why you are interested in/concerned about this particular issue and/or bill

A personal statement about how the issue and/or bill will affect you, your Assisted Living Community, your residents and their families, your staff, and the district as a whole.

FACTS, including supporting information and data reinforcing your stated position

An invitation to contact you to discuss the issue and/or bill in more detail

A request for reply if one is necessary

A statement of appreciation for the consideration of your position

Tips for writing your Legislators:

Write the letter on your company or community’s letterhead

State the purpose of your letter in the first paragraph

Keep the letter to one page

Address only one issue per letter

Keep a copy of the letter in your files and send a copy to the CALA office

How to address your correspondence

To a state Senator:

The Honorable (full name)

Colorado State Senate

200 East Colfax Avenue

Denver, CO 80203

Dear Senator (last name):

To a state Representative:

The Honorable (full name)

Colorado House of Representatives

200 East Colfax Avenue

Denver, CO 80203

Dear Representative (last name):