As Senior Policy Director, Connie Garner focuses her practice on policy development, implementation, and advocacy strategy related to vulnerable populations. In addition, she continues to serve as the Executive Director of “Allies for Independence” – a nonprofit coalition dedicated to addressing long term service and support needs in the disability and aging community. Her areas of expertise include health care, disability, mental health and substance use disorders, long term care and education policy.
Connie's current consulting work involves advising state programs, health insurers, and provider groups on needed services and supports as they begin to include vulnerable populations in Medicaid managed care. Another primary area of consultation involves the implementation of mental health parity, and working with health insurers in the development of alternative payment models to address the national crisis of mental health and substance use disorders (MHSUD).More »