CTCDD: CTCDD Meeting 5-11-10

CTCDD Meeting 5-11-10


The 163rd meeting of the CT Council on Developmental Disabilities was held on Tuesday, May 11, 2010, at the Institute of Technology and Business Development/Central Connecticut State University, New Britain.  The meeting was also a Council retreat.


Council Members Present: Stephen Belske; Larry Carlson; Kathryn duPree; Gabriela Freyre-Calish; Hayley Kelley; Bill Knight; Maryann Lombardi; Jennifer Lortie; Zuleika Martinez; Sabra Mayo; Tom McCann; Peter Morrissette; Perri Murdica; Dwayne Paul; Leslie Prior; Frank Reed, Interim Vice Chair; Nancy Taylor; Monica Smyth; Anita Tremarche; Acting Chair; and Patricia Tyler.


Excused Absence:  Joyce Baker, Fred Frank and Sarah Rafala.


Absent:  Leo Germain, Mark Keenan, David King and Al Piehl.


Guests Present:  Guest of Sabra Mayo and two (2) personal assistants and a meeting assistant, and Karen Flippo, retreat facilitator provided by the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities.


Staff Present:  Mary-Ann Langton and Ed Preneta.


Ms. Tremarche called the CT Council meeting to order at 10:10 a.m.  Mr. Reed provided brief comments on the background and experience of Council leaders..




          Mr. Knight moved to approve the minutes of March 9, 2010.  Ms. Taylor seconded.  The motion passed unanimously.


Budget Update


          Mr. Preneta reported that there was not much change to the budget report distributed with the agenda.  Since distributing that report, the Governor and the CT General Assembly settled a state budget that does not include an early retirement program.  The “Able Lives” website has been transferred from CT Public Broadcasting to the CT Council and resides on a separate server that can be accessed from the CT Council’s website.  The $240 annual server cost for hosting “Able Lives” has been absorbed into the CT Council’s contract with its webmaster.  The Proposal Review ad hoc Committee made decisions on several initiatives that will be reported later on the agenda.  With these decisions, the CT Council still has a little over $110,000 in undesignated funds that can be used with initiatives.


Old Business


Committee Reports


Advocacy, Public Information and Education Committee


          Mr. Paul reported that SB 315 on “physically helpless” died and that a communications firm has been awarded funds.  He said he has been serving as Acting Chair and that his Committee needs a Vice Chair.  The Committee is meeting by teleconference at 3:30 p.m. on May 18, 2010.  He hoped that a Chair and Vice Chair could be elected.  Mr. Paul expressed interest in continuing to serve as Chair.

          Ms. Lortie expressed interest in serving as Vice Chair.

          A ballot will be prepared for the Committee’s next meeting.


Legislation, Policy and Planning Committee


Ms. Kelley reported that a number of materials have been shared with the Committee:   A second letter on the Judge Rotenberg Center was sent to the Governor in April.  Since then, international groups have raised significant concerns regarding abuse at the Judge Rotenberg Center.  The Committee has a draft one-pager on “Knowing the Warning Signs” on the use of aversives, restraint and seclusion; a sample “No Consent” letter for parents;  the CT restraint and seclusion law and the amended law; a draft position statement on aversives, restraints and seclusion; and the Department of Developmental Service’s policy statement on behavior modifications.  The CT General Assembly would not take up further amending state law this year.  She said her Committee also needs to elect a Chair and Vice Chair.  Ms. Kelley said she was interested in continuing to serve as Committee Chair.

Mr. Knight said he was interested in serving as Committee Vice Chair.

A ballot will be prepared for the Committee’s next meeting.

Ms. Lortie asked when the next Committee meeting will be held and Ms. Taylor asked how the Committee will be staffed.

Mr. Preneta said that he is working on re-grouping the staffing of Committees will be in touch with the  Committee Chair to schedule a meeting.


Membership and Support Committee


Mr. McCann reported that his Committee will begin recruiting Council members during June with interviews scheduled for July 22, 2010.  The Committee already has one interview scheduled.  The Council will need 2 parents and 2 people with disabilities.  Nancy Taylor and Tom McCann are retiring.  The Council will have vacancies for 2 parents and 2 persons with disabilities.  Ms. Freyre-Calish can be reappointed for a second term.


Other Reports


Proposal Review ad hoc Committee


            Ms. Taylor reported that the following awards were made:

Communications Firm   First Experience Communications    $45,000

WeCAHR                      Aging in Place                                   $40,000

CT Legal Services          Medical Safeguards                           $40,000

HART                            Transportation                                  $15,000

No awards were made for Internships, Parent Training or Youth Advocacy, thereby, leaving over $110,000 for new initiatives.

There was considerable discussion regarding parent training, youth advocacy and internships.  Ms. Tremarche, Mr. Reed and Ms. Smyth volunteered for a task force to propose a recommendation at the June 15, 2010 Council meeting on how to use undesignated funds to address these initiatives.


Site Visit Schedule


          Mr. Preneta circulated a schedule of site visit evaluations and asked Council members to volunteer to participate on site visit teams.


Transition Committee


          Mr. Reed reported that the Committee added Mr. Knight to its membership.


Bylaws Task Force


          Mr. Reed reported that this task force has settled several items:  abstaining; agenda; call of a meeting; electronic meeting and voting, email meetings, teleconferences and videoconferences; and enabling agency representatives to chair committees.  The task force is still working on issues regarding staff and management which may or may not be in bylaws.  There is talk of writing a new policy and procedures manual.  The task force still has to address making the Proposal Review ad hoc Committee a standing committee and determining which bylaw rules apply to committees.  If bylaws are ready for Council review on June 15th, they can be voted on at the September 14th meeting.  It could take longer.

          Ms. Tremarche hoped the bylaws could be settled by the September meeting.

          Mr. Reed moved that the Council hold a special Council meeting on July 20, 2010 to specifically address bylaws.  Ms. Mayo seconded.  The motion was passed unanimously.

          A Council meeting to specifically address bylaws has been scheduled from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., on Tuesday, July 20, 2010, at the Institute of Technology and Business Development, New Britain.


New Business


          Ms. Tremarche turned the meeting over to Ms. Flippo to lead the CT Council on exploring the Council’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.  Charts from this exercise are attached and are made part of these minutes.


          The meeting adjourned by consensus at 3:00 p.m.



                                                                   Respectfully submitted,




                                                                   Ed Preneta


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