- Ranked 9th in promoting independence
- Ranked 14th in tracking health and safety
- Ranked 9th in promoting productivity (employment)
- Ranked 24th in reaching those in need
I’m not sharing this to celebrate or offer an “attaboy,” however.
It must be pointed out that Colorado achieved these positive rankings despite the fact that, according to the Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities’ “State of the States in Developmental Disabilities,” Colorado:
- Ranked 33rd for tax burden
- Ranked 48th in fiscal effort
And yet we continue to struggle to completely understand the optimum service delivery design for the I/DD system in Colorado. Too many people either don’t know how successful this state is in outcomes versus effort, or they are just ignoring the facts. I have yet to see an example of a state with a better record when it comes to providing consistently positive results for such consistently little economic effort. Yet having said this, these results are not because of design effort, but rather of mission driven organizations squeezing every ounce of value out of very limited resources.
I have to wonder, with what we are currently able to do, and what we have done in the past, can we continue to improve the lives of those we serve in the face of a significant lack of funding when compared to other areas of the country? I also wonder, when the next report comes out of United Cerebral Palsy, will we looking at completely different rankings?
Then again, what do I know?