CTCDD: CTCDD Meeting 3-15-11

CTCDD Meeting 3-15-11

The 168th meeting of the CT Council on Developmental Disabilities was held on Tuesday, March 15, 2011, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Institute of Technology and Business Development/Central Connecticut State University, New Britain.


Council Members Present: Joyce Baker; Stephen Belske; Darlene Borre; Larry Carlson; John Curtin; Fred Frank; Gabriela Freyre-Calish; Michelle Johnson; Hayley Kelley; Bill Knight; David King; Jennifer Lortie; Zuleika Martinez; Sabra Mayo; Perri Murdica; Dwayne Paul; Sarah Rafala; Frank Reed, Vice Chair; Monica Smyth; Guy Sullivan; Anita Tremarche; Chair; and Patricia Tyler.


Excused Absence:  Kathryn duPree; Maryann Lombardi; and Peter Morrissette.


Absent:  Mark Keenan.


Guests Present:  Shaun Levy, Inclusion Officer, Americacorps, CT Commission on Community Service, Department of Higher Education; Trevor, guest of Sabra Mayo; Lorraine DeFreitas, Meeting Assistant; and three (3) personal assistants.


Staff Present:  Margaret Cohan, Mary-Ann Langton and Ed Preneta.


Ms. Tremarche called the CT Council meeting to order at 11:00 a.m. 


          Ms. Tremarche asked if Mr. Levy would like to introduce himself.  Mr.Levy said he was an Inclusion Officer for Americorps on the Commission on Community Service in the Department of Higher Education.  He was encouraging the participation of people with disabilities in Americorps.


          Ms. Tremarche asked for a change in the order of the agenda to move discussion about the New Director as the first topic under Committee Reports, and the Legislation, Policy and Planning Committee report as the second topic under Committee Reports, to allow Mr. Reed, who was not feeling well, to leave early.

          Mr. Knight moved to move discussion about the New Director as the first topic under Committee Reports and the Legislation, Policy and Planning Committee report as the second topic under Committee Reports.  Ms. Smyth seconded.  The motion passed unanimously.




          Mr. Curtin moved to approve the minutes of January 11, 2011.  Ms. Lortie seconded.  The motion passed with Ms. Kelley, Mr. Frank and Mr. Paul abstaining.


Budget Update


          Mr. Preneta reported that $74,585 remained in the 2010 budget to pay the final payments of 7 Council initiatives.  Any unspent funds will be returned to the Council and reallocated in the 2011 Budget.  The Council carried $151,869 of 2010 funds into 2011 and committed all those funds in the 2011 Budget.

            The Council’s 2011 Draft Budget includes $151,869 of 2010 funds and $708,997 of an anticipated 2011 federal allotment.  The Council’s Draft 2011 Budget is 2.3% less than the 2010 Budget.  The President and the Congress will not settle on a federal budget until March 18, 2011 or later [Update:  The President and Congress will not settle on a federal budget until after April 8, 2011.]



          Staff salaries, benefits and payout                       $341,722

          This amount is less than originally projected due to the delay in hiring a new Director.  This amount includes a higher starting salary for the new Director than originally projected.  It also includes a 3% raise as of July 1, 2011 for our Disability Policy Specialists.  This budget allows for a post-retirement contract for up to 60 days with the current Director.

Office                                                                        $8,473

          Out-of-state travel                                            $11,691

          Initiatives                                                         $391,994

            The amount projected per initiative is just an estimate based on current experience with each initiative.  The Council may choose to increase or decrease the amount per initiative as a result of site visit evaluations and changing priorities.  The Council may choose to eliminate initiatives or add new initiatives.  In order to return most Council initiatives to a single funding and reporting cycle, applications will be for a funding period ending December 31, 2012.  Applications will vary from 18 to 21 months.  This will allow the Council to split the funding of initiatives between 2011 and 2012 funds but it also means the Council will be committing 2012 funds during 2011.  This budget does not allow funding for any initiatives that are surely to arise during the course of the year.


Council’s 40th Anniversary Conference                         $13,500

Council member support                                            $48,108


This is $4,892 more than originally projected to cover amending our current contract to cover greater than anticipated transportation costs.


O’Brien Workshop                                                                         $1,473

National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities

dues                                                                                          $5,954

Webmaster                                                                                 $2,500

CT General Fund (5% of our allocation)                                            $35,450

                                                          Total Expenses                  $860,865


Old Business


Committee Reports


New Director

          Mr. Reed reported that there will be a delay in filling the position of Director.  While an offer was made to a candidate, the candidate, and other candidates, expressed concern with the salary range associated with the position.  The offer was withdrawn.  The salary range was increased.  The position vacancy was re-posted.  Candidates on the original list of eligible applicants have been notified.  New applicants have until March 18, 2011 to apply.  The Department of Administrative Services expects to have a list of eligible candidates by April 15, 2011.  The Transition Committee will conduct interviews.  A new Director may not be on board until the end of May 2011.


Legislation, Policy and Planning Committee

          Mr. Knight reported that the Council testified on 8 proposed bills regarding the Section 1915(i) Medicaid Waiver, aging in place, sexual assault, group homes, absentee ballots, out-of-state residential treatment of children and special education.

          Mr. Reed read a request for the Council to sign onto a letter supporting Senate Bill 918 An Act Concerning Sexual Assault of Person Whose Ability to Communicate Lack of Consent is Substantially Impaired.

          Mr. Knight moved to move considering signing onto the letter to New Business.  Ms. Smyth seconded.  The motion passed unanimously.

          The motion was reconsidered as appropriate for action under the Committee report.

          Mr. Knight moved to amend his motion to consider signing onto the letter as part of the Committee report.  Mr. Paul seconded.  The motion passed unanimously.

          Mr. Curtin moved that the Council sign onto the letter.  Ms. Lortie seconded.  The motion passed unanimously.

          Mr. Reed asked Ms. Tyler to take the lead on organizing a presentation at a future Council meeting by state agency representatives responsible for handling reports of abuse and neglect.


Advocacy, Public Information and Education Committee


          Mr. Paul presented on Frist Experience Communication’s proposed Marketing and Public Relations Plan for the Council which would cost $90,000 over the period of July 1, 2011 through December 12, 2012.  He asked the Council to adopt the plan.

          By consensus, discussion of the plan and decision-making was moved to New Business.


Membership and Support Committee


Ms. Mayo reported that Stacey D’Angelo and Leslie Prior resigned from the Council siting child, family, school and work commitments prohibiting them from committing time to the Council.  In addition, five (5) Council members were retiring, four other members (4) may be reappointed and three (3) Council members will be asked about their continued interest in serving on the Council.  The Committee will be meeting in the Spring to assess Council member attendance, retiring Council members and vacancies to fill.  Ms. Mayo noted that average Council attendance was 81%.


Proposal Review Committee


          Mr. Sullivan reported that his Committee will be meeting on March 28, 2011 to review applications for another round of funding from initiatives whose memorandums of understanding expire after March 31, 2011.

          Ms. Baker resigned from the Proposal Review Committee.


New Business


Retreat – May 10, 2011


          Ms. Tremarche asked Mr. Preneta to request a technical assistance grant from the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities for a facilitator to help the Council write a new 5 Year State Plan at its Retreat scheduled for May 10, 2011 between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at the Institute of Technology and Business Development, New Britain.


Thank You and Good Bye


          Mr. Preneta reported that he said “Thank you” and “Good bye” at the Council’s 40th Anniversary Celebration on March 2, 2011. 

          Mr. Preneta said that the Council’s original transition plan was to have a new person hired and on board by the middle of March so that he could assist that person with transition.  He planned for his retirement accordingly.  While there will now be a significant delay in hiring, Mr. Preneta cannot change his retirement plans.  Beginning on March 16, 2011, Mr. Preneta will be working closely with staff to teach them day to day operations so that they can handle the office in his absence.  He is gradually shifting from a role of responsibility to a role of supporting staff to be responsible.  As of April 1, 2011, his out-of-the-office phone and email message will direct inquiries to other staff .


First Experience Communication Marketing and Public Relations Plan


          Mr. Paul moved that the Council adopt First Experience Communication’s Marketing and Public Relations Plan for the Council for the period of July 1, 2011 through December 31, 2012 at a cost of $90,000.  The Council would commit $60,000 of 2011 funds and $30,000 of 2012 funds.  Ms. Kelley seconded.  


Voting “Aye”:               Voting “No”:

Ms. Baker                     Mr. Curtin

Mr. Belske                     Ms. Freyre-Calish

Mr. Frank                     Mr. King

Ms. Johnson                 Mr. Knight

Ms. Kelley                     Ms. Martinez

Ms. Lortie                     Ms. Smyth

Ms. Mayo                      Mr. Sullivan

Mr. Paul                        Ms. Tyler

Ms. Rafala                    Ms. Tremarche


The motion failed.


          Ms. Smyth moved to adjourn.  Ms. Knight seconded.  The motion passed with Mr. Paul opposed.


          The meeting adjourned at 2:10 p.m.


                                                                   Respectfully submitted,




                                                                   Ed Preneta













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