CTCDD: CTCDD Meeting 6-9-15

CTCDD Meeting 6-9-15

CT Council on Developmental Disabilities

Council Meeting Minutes

June 9, 2015

Temple Beth El, West Hartford

10:00 AM to 2:30 PM


The 195th meeting of the CT Council on Developmental Disabilities was held on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 from 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM at Temple Beth El in West Hartford. 

Presiding:  Shelagh McClure, Chair; Anthony Orriola, Vice Chair

Recorder of Minutes:  Molly Cole

Members Present:  Chris Blake, Thomas Boudreau, April Burke, Michelle Chase,

John Curtin, Jacqueline Jamison, Michelle Johnson, Joyce Lewis, Zuleika Martinez, Sabra Mayo, Shelagh McClure, Margaret McDermott, Antonio Orriola, James Rosen, Christine Sullivan, Robin Wood

Members Absent:  Michelle Duprey, Mark Keenan, Alicia Kucharczyk,  Brenda Stenglein, Ada Suarez, Kathy Wolkner

Staff:  Molly Cole, Cathy Adamczyk


    1.Call to Order:  After establishing a quorum, Shelagh McClure called the meeting to order at 10:18 AM. 


    2. Approval of Agenda:  Sabra Mayo motioned to approve the agenda. Meg McDermott  seconded the motion. The agenda was approved unanimously.


   3. Approval of Minutes of 5/12/15:  Zuleika Martinez motioned to approve the minutes. John Curtin seconded the motion. The minutes were approved unanimously.


   4. Mission Moment:  Michelle Chase presented the mission moment.  She discussed her own background and how this has lead her to joining the Council.  She is passionate about the Councilís mission and their mandate for Advocacy, System Change and Capacity Building for people with disabilities in Connecticut.


5.   Site Visit Update and Recommendation:  Cathy Adamczyk reported on site visits that have been conducted since the last Council meeting.  These include:


  The Kennedy Center: On Demand Transportation

  The Governorís Prevention Partnership: School Bullying/School Climate

  The Arc CT: Housing Matters

  The Arc Ct: Community Connector

  Ability Beyond: Customized Employment

(Still to be conducted is ASRC:  Customized Employment)



Following discussion of the reports, the following actions were taken:


1.      Chris Sullivan  moved to grant PATH/Family Voices a no cost extension through December 31, 2015 and to approve moving $1800  from Adult Ally to  Meeting Expenses ($900) and Activities ($900). Additionally the Council should approve the nine month no cost extension for the Governorís Prevention Partnership through June 30th, 2016.   Michelle Chase  seconded and the motion carried unanimously. 

2.      Michelle Chase moved that the Council contact Ability Beyond and indicate that we will hold in abeyance any future payments to Ability Beyond until there is a response to concerns raised by the Council during this discussion.  Jim Rosen seconded and the motion carried unanimously. 


6.  Directorís Report and Budget Report:  Due to time constraints Molly Cole referred Council members to her written report and reviewed the budget for initiatives for the year 2015-16.  Molly indicated that there is ongoing review of the funding formula with AIDD and that this issue will not be resolved quickly.  The Council has not authorized any new initiatives.  After review of the budget the Council indicated that they would return to this discussion in September as part of the approval of the annual budget which should include a line item for the 2020 Campaign and a line item for Customized Employment. Additional consideration should be given to initiatives that address WIOA, and development of family leaders as part of the Community of Practice. 


7.   Update on 2020 Campaign:   Shelagh McClure provided an update.  Bill 1088 requiring the DDS Commissioner to submit a report on the plan for closure of Southbury  passed the Senate with a large bi-partisan majority.  This was an astonishing feat and the Council should be encouraged by this level of support.  The bill was not raised for a vote in the House.  The bill may be raised in the Implementer Bill during the special session. 

8.   Logo Design and Annual meeting:    The logo design contest will end on June 30th.   Council members were asked to continue to distribute the contest announcement.  They were reminded that no Council members or their family are eligible for the $500 prize. 

The Annual Meeting will be held September 8th at the Sheraton Rocky Hill.  Due to the close proximity to the October 2-3 conference, this yearís annual meeting will be smaller.  We will invite representatives of our funded initiatives to present to the Council and we will invite a few guests.  Elections of Chair/Vice Chair will be held in September.  Any Council member wishing to be on the ballot for either office should submit their names to Jackie Jamison, chair of the Membership Committee by September 1.  Nominations will also be accepted from the floor at the Annual Meeting. 

9. Finalize Goals for the 2016-2020 five year plan:  Molly reviewed the timelines for development of the five year plan.  The Council is on track.  In November they will approve the draft goals and objectives, and then send them out for public comment.  The January 2016 meeting will be a public comment meeting for response to the plan, and opportunities public comment will end in March.  At that time the council will discuss revisions to the plan based on public comment and have the plan ready to submit by August 15, 2016.

The Council approved the following:

Goal One:  The Council wil promote and support initiatives that will lead to a self-determined life across the life span.  John Curtin moved to adopt this goal and Joyce Lewis seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

Goal Two:  The council will support initiatives that build the capacity of communities by increasing opportunities for genuine inclusion and participation of all individuals.    Michelle Chase moved to adopt this goal and Sabra Mayo seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.

Goal Three:  The Council will defend and promote the civil rights of individuals with disabilities .  John Curtin moved to adopt this goal and April Burke seconded .  The motion carried unanimously. 

10.  Committee Meetings:  The Council Committees( Membership, Proposal Review, Advocacy, Information and Public Education, and Legislative)  met  from 2:00 to 2:45. 


11.  Adjournment of Meeting:  John Curtin  motioned for adjournment. Chris Sullivan  seconded the motion.  The meeting adjourned at 2:50 PM.


Submitted by Molly Cole

June 10, 2015


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