The Connecticut Community Providers Association is getting a new leader: Morna A. Murray, an attorney with experience advocating for programs at the federal level.

Murray most recently served as vice president and counsel at First Focus, which advocates for children and families in federal policy and budget issues. She previously worked for Robert P. Casey, a Pennsylvania Democrat, during negotiations on the federal health reform law, and served as director of youth development at the Children’s Defense Fund in Washington D.C.

The organization Murray will lead represents the nonprofit agencies that contract with the state to provide services to people with disabilities, mental illness, substance use disorders and other challenges. The nonprofit providers have been struggling to make do with flat state funding.

Sheila Amdur, a longtime advocate for mental health services who has been serving as interim CEO, will stay on for a transition period, according to the association.

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