CALA Highlights
Bill Boles

Good day CALA members, supporters, and industry sponsors! As we begin our new fiscal year, I would like to call to your attention some of the highlights of the past year.  CALA has been fervently working on the improvements, initiatives and issues that you pointed out in your membership surveys. I would like to express my gratitude to every member who took the time to assist in creating tremendous momentum to get these things accomplished.

One of the monumental initiatives was the promulgation of the QMAP Privatization bill.  Corky Kyle, Clark Gripe, and other members of the board worked a tremendous number of hours collaborating with the CDPHE to write the bill and to garner support in the Colorado Legislature. This bill was also supported by other senior care associations, CHCA and Leading Age.

This work, in addition to the continuing education bill that CALA sponsored demonstrated our ability to navigate the process of creating legislation that is pertinent to your practice of owning and managing assisted living communities. Working together we can improve our mission to care for seniors while building a stronger grassroots infrastructure for our industry. 

The spring conference this year has to be one of the best educational opportunities that we have ever presented during my time at CALA. The expanded two-day format provided some very specialized and pertinent topics of discussion for executive directors and administrators. I am looking forward to raising that bar for our 2016 fall and 2017 spring conference.

Progress cannot be made without the effort and involvement of our members. This is an election year and you are vital to the election process and your involvement with lawmakers who are vying for office. You have the ability to partner with those individuals to raise awareness and to make our industry a priority among those on both sides of the isle. CALA will provide several different forums and strategies for you to be involved. 

Another area we need your involvement is in building membership for our association. Through our experience in providing assisted living-centric legislation, people want to be involved in the process, you want to participate, you want to comment, you want to be active, you want to be heard. The best way to do this is to become a CALA member. Our dues are the least expensive among all the senior care associations. We cannot function without you. Give us a year and the opportunity to earn your continued support, you can influence change!

In addition to members, we need assisted living owner/administrators to become part of the association leadership team. As the board continuously seeks to go beyond our perception of what we feel the industry needs, we need your involvement, your years of experience, your mission driven perspective, and your creativity to provide leadership on the CALA board. 

I am very excited for 2017, the current board has a tremendous amount of energy and momentum and we have heard your voice, to help us become the very best Colorado Assisted Living Association that has ever been.

You can find more information on the CALA website and if you have any questions you can contact me using the information below or Corky Kyle, Executive Vice President, CALA at 303-263-5422,


William J. Boles, Jr.
President, CALA

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