CT Council on Developmental
March 8, 2016
Temple Beth El, West Hartford
10:00 AM to 2:45 PM
The 200th meeting of the CT
Council on Developmental Disabilities was held on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 from
10:00 AM to 2:45 PM at Temple Beth El in West Hartford.
Presiding: Shelagh McClure, Chair;
Antonio Orriola, Vice Chair
Recorder of Minutes: Donna Devin
Members Present: Chris Blake, April Burke, Michelle
Chase, John Curtin, Ann Gionet, Jacqueline Jamison, Michelle Johnson, Alicia
Kucharczyk, Joyce Lewis, Shelagh McClure, Margaret McDermott, Antonio Orriola, Patricia
Richardson, James Rosen, Brenda Stenglein, Kathy Wolkner
Members Absent: Michelle Duprey, Gerri Hanna,
Megan O’Neill, Ada Suarez, Robin Wood
Staff: Molly Cole, Cathy Adamczyk
Meeting Assistant: Peggy Johnson
Guests: Ellen Gregory, a self-advocate and
nominee who is awaiting approval of her appointment to the Council.
Carly Bobenski, the Council’s new
1. Call to Order: Shelagh McClure called the
meeting to order at 10:00 AM.
2. Approval of Agenda: April Burke motioned to
approve the agenda. John Curtin seconded the motion. The agenda was
3. Approval of Minutes
Michelle Chase motioned to approve the minutes. Tony Orriola seconded the
motion. The minutes were approved.
4. Introduction of Ellen Gregory, New Council Member: Ellen Gregory is from
Bristol and is awaiting Council appointment.
She will attend meetings as a non-voting member until her appointment
from the Governor is received. Shelagh
McClure and the Council welcomed her.
5. Budget Issues and
Legislative Actions: Shelagh McClure reviewed a
packet of testimony that has been submitted during February and early March on
the Council’s behalf. She summarized the Council’s stance on a list of bills
currently before the State Legislature:
- Senate Bill #294 – An Act Concerning Individuals with Intellectual Disability SUPPORT
- House Bill #5176 – An Act Concerning Community Residences
- House Bill #5044 – An Act Making Adjustments to State Expenditures for the Fiscal Year
Ending June 30, 2017 OPPOSE
- Senate Bill #17 – An Act Implementing the Governor’s Budget Recommendations for Human
Services NO POSITION
- House Bill #5016 – An Act Concerning the Governor’s Recommendations Concerning General
- House Bill #5050 – An Act Modernizing Parking Signs for People with Disabilities SUPPORT
- House Bill #5128 – An Act Concerning Funds Appropriated to the Department of Developmental
- Senate Bill #9 – An Act Concerning Transparency in Public Spending NOT YET HEARD
6. Update on 2020
Campaign: Focusing on the 2020 Campaign,
Shelagh reminded everyone that the Council already elected to set aside funds
in their budget to roll out a media campaign. Molly Cole shared that the new
initiative for the Campaign this year is public awareness; mobilizing the
public and getting them to sign on...
The Council will engage Bernard Kavaler Bernard to film 2 minute videos
clips highlighting the impact of the 2020 Campaign’s policies and the
possibilities of leading a great life in the community. Outreach presentations
will be made in April at the CT Family Support Council legislative Breakfast
and at two other planned meetings. Allan
Bergman will assist in these presentations. Council members were tasked with
approaching groups and organizations with which they are affiliated and
educating them about the 2020 Campaign.
Guest, Carly Bobenski: Carly is the Council’s new Facebook
Administrator. Everyone was encouraged to send Carly items to be posted and to
share the link with as many people as possible to create traffic.
8. Five Year Plan:
The Five Year Plan Goals and
Objectives were reviewed and further refined. Shelagh McClure asked for
a motion to accept the changes as the Council’s portion of the Five Year Plan’s
goals and objectives. April Burke made the motion and Meg McDermott seconded
it. Everyone accepted the plan, with the exception of John Curtin, who
abstained. The goals and objectives are being forwarded to the public, so they
can comment on them. After 45 days, the plan will go back to the Council along
with the opinions of the public. At that time, it will be decided how to
incorporate the public comments into the plan.
9.Director’s Report: Molly Cole gave the Director’s
Report and Budget Report.
10. Collaboration Update: A reprint
of the ‘Into the Community – Lifestyle
opportunities for individuals with disabilities’ booklet and a flyer for
The CT Cross Disability Lifespan Alliance 2016 schedule of meetings was given
to all Council members.
11. Discussion of Retreat: The
Council retreat will be held on Tuesday, April 5th will be held at
Temple Beth El in West Hartford. It will start at 9:30 AM. Discussion items
will include the 2020 campaign
activities and outreach, and talking
points for that campaign, issues regarding the Office of Protection and
Advocacy, the Partners in Policymaking Reunion.
12. Adjournment of
Shelagh McClure motioned for adjournment. Kathy Wolkner seconded the
motion. The meeting adjourned at 2:45 PM. The next Council meeting will
be held on Tuesday, May 10th in a location to be determined.