CTCDD: Proposal Review Meeting 5-7-10

Proposal Review Meeting 5-7-10


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The Proposal Review ad hoc Committee of the CT Council on Developmental Disabilities met on Thursday, May 6, 2010, at the Institute of Technology and Business Development/Central Connecticut State University, New Britain.


Committee Members Present:  Joyce Baker; Dwayne Paul via teleconference; Frank Reed, Council Interim Vice Chair; Monica Smyth; Nancy Taylor, Chair; and Patricia Tyler.


Excused Absence:  Gabriela Freyre-Calish.


Guests Present:  One personal assistant.


Staff Present:  Ed Preneta.


Ms. Taylor opened the meeting at 11:40 a.m.


Mr. Preneta noted additional materials brought to the meeting.  One document was a corrected page 8 for the application for funds from WeCAHR.  He also provided spreadsheet that showed all initiatives funded and executed to date and initiatives pending awards and execution.  Mr. Preneta noted that if the Committee made one award to a Communications Firm, and awarded all other applications for funds, a balance of $65,000 would remain, with no applications for Parent Training or Youth Advocacy.


Ms. Tyler noted that despite the wide distribution of the request for proposal, applications seemed to be clustered from the western part of the state.  Mr. Paul noted that entities awarded funds will provide the Council with reports based on the timetable in their applications and as demanded by the Council.


Ms. Taylor began discussion on applications for Council funds.  The following decisions were made:


Housatonic Area Regional Transit (HART), Danbury to study the demand for transportation enabling social integration in the community.      $15,000.  The decision to award funds was unanimous by consensus.


Western CT Association for Human rights (WeCAHR), Danbury to pilot a regional aging in place program.               $40,000.  Following discussion on the likelihood WeCAHR will find at least 60 people with developmental disabilities who are aging and already living independently in the community, Ms. Tyler moved to award funds.  Mr. Reed seconded.  The motion passed unanimously.


The CT Council received six (6) applications from communications firms:

Donley Communications’ Response, New York, NY

Dornenberg Group, Bloomfield

Effective Public Relations Strategies, Harwinton

Elkinson & Sloves, Farmington

First Experience Communications, Glastonbury

Mintz & Hoke, Avon.


Ms. Tyler moved to award funds to First Experience Communications.  Ms. Taylor seconded.


Mr. Paul and Mr. Reed will meet with First Experience Communications at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 11, 2010, just before the Council’s Meeting and Retreat at the Institute of Technology and Business Development, New Britain.  They will explore questions about the amount of time of Council members and staff are expected to spend with First Experience and who at First Experience will service the account once the Council awards funds.


The motion passed unanimously.


Ms. Taylor asked for discussion on the response from the Northwest Chamber of Commerce to the Committee’s questions on the Chamber’s original application for funds.  The Committee did not have confidence that the proposal would actually result in the employment of people with developmental disabilities and have a lasting impact on the system of employment of people with developmental disabilities.  By unanimous consent, the Committee decided not to award funds.  While an application is also expected from the New Haven Chamber of Commerce, the Committee decided to re-think internships and the system of employment of people with developmental disabilities, including exploring Project SEARCH.


Ms. Taylor asked for discussion on the application from CT Legal Services to pilot a regional demonstration of a medical safeguards program.  Ms. Tyler moved to award funds.  Ms. Smyth seconded.  The motion passed unanimously.


The meeting adjourned at 2:00 p.m.


Respectfully submitted:




Edward T. Preneta





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