Karen Westbrook

Karen Westbrook

Policy Analyst

Karen is a policy analyst whose work is driven by her belief that service and support systems for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) should empower individuals to assert choice and control over their own lives, encourage independence, and promote full participation in their communities. Karen is skilled at working with public agency staff to develop policy and operational solutions to implement, improve, and transform Medicaid home- and community-based service (HCBS) programs. She conducts policy research and analysis, navigates complex federal and state administrative procedures, and drafts Medicaid state plan amendments, waiver applications, and waiver amendments. In addition to supporting clients in their systems transformation efforts, Karen has led stakeholder engagement opportunities in small workgroups and large town hall settings, presenting complex policy issues to audiences with varied interests, concerns, and expertise.


Prior to joining HSRI, Karen was a policy analyst and policy program manager at the Idaho Division of Medicaid, where she worked to develop and prepare for the implementation of a new resource allocation model for the state’s HCBS program for adults with IDD.


When not at work, Karen enjoys exploring the Pacific Northwest, mountain biking in the summer, and skiing in the winter.



  • LLM in U.S. Health Law and Policy from the University of Washington School of Law
  • JD from the University of Oregon School of Law
  • Bachelor of arts degree from Centenary College of Louisiana
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