Statement: Pueblo Regional Center CMS report

Colorado WINS is issuing the following statement in response to a disturbing Center for Medicaid Services report on conditions at the Pueblo Regional Center for the developmentally disabled.

“This report is concerning for everyone involved, and any kind of abuse is intolerable,” said Executive Director Tim Markham. “The vast majority of PRC staff are hardworking, dedicated public servants, and we appreciate DHS management’s quick communication with those workers about the CMS report.”

“We will continue to advocate for adequate staffing and improving staff retention for the safety of residents and workers alike through the Partnership with DHS. One of the ways we can help is by facilitating communication from front line staff about problems so they can safely report concerns. Effective, early communication is critical to protecting both residents and workers in the future.”

“And we agree wholeheartedly with the Governor when he says that, ‘compensation for these difficult jobs is very low.’ In order to recruit and retain the best quality public servants the compensation issue must be addressed. We’re confident that the Governor and his team have heard the workers on this and will make compensation a priority.”

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