CTCDD: Policy Meeting 4-3-12

Policy Meeting 4-3-12

 

CT Council on Developmental Disabilities

Legislation, Policy and Program Committee Meeting

April 6, 2012

Conference Call

 

Members in Attendance:  Bill Knight, Chair; Zuleika Martinez, Vice-Chair; David King; Laura Marcinauskis

Absent: Gabriela Freyre-Calish; Mark Keenan

Staff Present:  Cathy Adamczyk

 

1.     Welcome and Introductions:  Mr. Knight called the meeting to order at 5:09 PM once a quorum was established. Each participant was greeted individually. 

 

2.     Motion to approve the agenda:  A motion was made by Ms. Martinez to approve the agenda. Ms. Marcinauskis seconded the motion.  The motion carried unanimously, and the agenda was approved.

 

3.     Approval of the minutes from February 6, 2011:  Ms. Adamczyk informed the committee that upon review of her handwritten notes from the February 6, 2012 meeting, Mr. King was the person who seconded the motion to support the portion of the Governor’s Bill that would establish the DD Council in state statute, and to oppose the portion of the Governor’s bill that would consolidate the Office of Protection and Advocacy with the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunity.  It was incorrectly stated that Mr. Knight seconded the motion.  It was also Mr. King who seconded the motion to enter the entire draft minutes dated 1/11/2011 into the minutes as part of our historical record.  The minutes incorrectly said it was Mr. Knight that seconded the motion. Ms. Martinez made a motion to amend the minutes to reflect the corrections and approve the minutes as amended. The motion was seconded by Mr. King. Ms. Marcinauskis abstained.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

4.     Proper Etiquette and Guidelines for Participation on a Conference Call:   Keeping in mind everyone’s busy schedules, the Chairs, Mr. Knight and Ms. Martinez, decided to forego the mock conference call suggested in the 2/6/2012 committee meeting. Instead, it was decided to have a discussion of proper etiquette and guidelines for participating on a conference call during the actual Committee meeting.  The following was discussed:

a.     Everyone must announce that they are on the phone call as soon as they arrive.

b.     If someone leaves the call at any time for any reason, he/she must disclose this information to the group before leaving; this includes time away from the phone even if it is only for a minute or two.  The person taking minutes will record the time when the person is leaving, and the time when the person comes back (if they return).

c.      When speaking, always identify yourself so everyone knows who is talking.  Ask to be recognized by the Chair before commenting.

d.     Mute your phone to reduce background noise.

e.     When taking a vote, each person must individually voice whether they are voting “yay”, “nay”, or are abstaining.

f.       As with any committee meeting, Robert’s Rules of Order are followed during a conference call.

 

5.     Update on Legislative Bills:

a.     H.B. 5016:  There was a public hearing on 3/08/2012.  This is the bill to consolidate OPA and CHRO. The Council testified on two occasions in opposition.  There has been no action since the last hearing.  However, the appropriation is in for a separate Office of Protection and Advocacy, which is good news.

b.     H. B. 5027:  Filed with Legislative Commissioners’ Office on 3/22/2012. This is the bill to establish the DD Council in statute.  Indications are looking good that it will pass. It is awaiting a file number.

c.      H.B. 5347:  Filed with Legislative Commissioners’ Office on 3/26/2012. This is the bill about reporting instances of seclusion.  It appears to be moving forward.

d.     H.B. 5433:  There was a public hearing on 3/8/2012. This is the bill regarding unionization for PCA workers.  It died in the Labor Committee.  It could be raised in the House or Senate. 

e.     S.B. 138: Filed with the Legislative Commissioners’ Office on 3/27/2012, File number 119.  This is the aging in place bill.  We testified in support of this.  It is moving forward.  It is on the Senate calendar.

f.       S. B. 247: 4/2/2012—Joint Favorable Substitute (JUD);  Filed with Legislative Commissioners’ Office (LCO),  This is the physically helpless bill. It seems to be moving forward.

           At 5:42 PM, Ms. Martinez stepped out. 

 A discussion took place asking for clarification of what a Council member                       can/can not do in regard to talking to legislators.  It was pointed out that in their official capacity as a Council Member, they are not allowed to lobby.  They can inform and educate.  On their own time, as private citizens, they can lobby.  They must be very clear when speaking to legislators that they are speaking only on behalf of themselves when engaging in any activities that can be construed as lobbying.

            Ms. Martinez returned at 5:46 PM.

6.     Next Steps:  It was decided to keep track of the bills we are following.  In addition, Ms. Marcinauskis will get information from Beth Leslie on the following bills, to see if the LPP Committee wants to pursue any action on them:

a.     SB 381: AN ACT CREATING A TASK FORCE TO STUDY LOW-INCOME ADULTS AND MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION.  To establish a task force to study the Medicaid for Low-Income Adults program and the administration of medication by unlicensed personnel who work for home health care agencies.

b.     HB 5367: AN ACT CONCERNING COMPETENCY TO STAND TRIAL. To: (1) Allow the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and the Department of Correction to coordinate the custody and treatment of a defendant who presents a significant security, safety or medical risk, and (2) allow a court to receive notice if a defendant is released from commitment to the Commissioner of Developmental Services prior to the expiration of the statute of limitations for the crime with which the defendant was charged.

03/05 Public Hearing 

c.      SB 205: AN ACT CONCERNING INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR THE BIRTH-TO-THREE PROGRAM.

d.     SB 206: AN ACT CONCERNING HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR PEDIATRIC AUTOIMMUNE NEUROPSYCHIATRIC DISORDER ASSOCIATED WITH STREPTOCOCCAL INFECTIONS

e.     SB 214: AN ACT CONCERNING PERMANENT ABSENTEE BALLOT STATUS FOR THE PERMANENTLY DISABLED. 

 

f.       SB 281: AN ACT CONCERNING A REPORT ON THE SURVEY OF ACCESSIBILITY IN AND TO STATE BUILDINGS

g.     HB 5353: AN ACT CONCERNING INDIVIDUALIZED EDUCATION PROGRAMS AND OTHER ISSUES RELATING TO SPECIAL EDUCATION.

 

h.     HB 5432: AN ACT CONCERNING SCHOOL-BASED ARRESTS

i.       HB 5437: AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEFINITIONS OF MENTAL RETARDATION AND INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY. 

7.     Motion to Adjourn:  Ms. Marcinauskis made a motion to adjourn.  Ms. Martinez seconded the motion.  The motion carried unanimously.  The meeting was adjourned at 6:12 PM.

 

Respectfully submitted by Cathy Adamczyk

 

 



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