Constance Garner

Senior Policy Director - Washington, D.C.

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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).

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  • George Washington University, Ed.S. in Policy
  • George Mason University, M.S. in Nursing
  • University of Pennsylvania, B.S. in Nursing
  • Speaker, "Community Can't Wait: A Panel Discussion on the Need to Access HCBS," 2021 Disability Policy Seminar (April 20, 2021)
  • Speaker, "It’s Not My Law, It’s Your Law," Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation Spring 2021 Virtual Conference (April 14, 2021)
  • Speaker, “Pivotal moments in recent history and lessons for the future of Social Insurance,” National Academy of Social Insurance’s 2020 Robert M. Ball Award virtual event (June 23, 2020)