CTCDD: CTCDD Meeting 9-11-12

CTCDD Meeting 9-11-12



CT Council on Developmental Disabilities

September 11, 2012

The 177th meeting of the CT Council on Developmental Disabilities was held on Tuesday, September 11, 2012 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Cromwell CT.


Presiding: Frank Reed,  


Recorder of Minutes: Molly Cole, Director


Members Present: Frank Reed, John Curtin,  Jacqueline Jamison, Michelle Johnson, William Knight, Jennifer Lortie, Laura Marcinauskis, Zuleika Martinez, Sabra Mayo, Frank Reed, Monica Smyth, Brenda Stenglein, Cathy Wolkner


Members Absent:  Maryann Lombardi, Guy Sullivan, Dwayne Paul, Mark Keenan, Peter Morrissette


Staff: Molly Cole, Mary Ann Langton, Cathy Adamczyk,


Guests: Joanne Reed, Alicia Kucharczyk, Pending appointee from BRS; Ada Suarez, Pending appointee from OPA; Christine Sullivan, Pending Appointee from UCEDD; Rhonda Kempton, SDE; Tom Boudreau, pending appointee from SDE; Shirley Ricart, WeCAHR grantee; Wendy Kwalwasser, DCF Grantee; Esther Rada and Sandra Trionfini, Ct Legal services, Grantees;  Jim McGaughey, OPA; Gretchen Knauff, OPA; Deb Resnick, CT Birth to Three; Aileen McKenna, CT Birth to Three; Daria Smith, SILC; Nanfi Lubogo, PATH; Tony LaCava, DRC; Larry Robinson, DRC; Joe Eckert,DRC;  Yohanna Williams,DRC; Victor Xavier, DRC; Stephanie Mastrolillo; Lisa Fayer, DDS; Barbara Slone, SERC; Debbie Malaragno, SILC; Joan Barnish, DDS; Commissioner Terry Macy, DDS; Nadine Gilray, DDS; Michael Selvaggi, Parent;


1.     Call to Order.  The Meeting was called to order at 10:15.


2.     *Approval of Agenda: Mr. Curtin moved that the Agenda be approved. Ms. Johnson seconded.  The motion carried unanimously and the agenda was approved.


3.    Overview of the Council activities in 2011-12.  Molly Cole provided an overview of the Council and Council activities during a year of transition.  This included the five year plan, the Council retreat, DD Network events, Partners in Policymaking training.  She emphasized collaboration and partnership as a way to maximize limited resources. 


4.    Presentations:  Three Council Grantees presented information on their projects.

Wendy Kwalwasser:  Parents with Cognitive Limitations

Shirley Ricart:  Ageing in Place

Sandra Trionfini and Esther Rada:  Medical Safeguards


5.     Questions/public discussion:  There were several questions for the representatives of Ct Legal services regarding guardianship/ conservatorship.  Additionally, there were comments regarding the importance of collaboration and partnership with the ILC’s. 


6.    Recognition of outgoing Council members:  The following members were recognized for their contributions to the Council and were given certificates of appreciation (mailed to those not present):  Jennifer Lortie, Peter Morrissette, Monica Smyth, Guy Sullivan, Maryann Lombardi.  Frank Reed was recognized as the outgoing chair, and was thanked by the audience for his efforts on behalf of the Council.


7.    *Approval of Minutes from June, 2012.  Monica Smyth moved to approve the minutes from 6/12/12 and Zuleika Martinez seconded the motion.  The minutes were approved unanimously. 


8.    *Approval of the Budget for 2012-13.   Ms. Cole reviewed the proposed budget for 2013.  Bill Knight moved that the budget be approved.  Jacqueline Jamison seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.


9.    *Election of Officers for 2012-13.  Ballots were given to each Council member.  Mr. Knight, candidate for Chair, and Ms. Wolkner, Candidate for Vice Chair, each introduced themselves to the Council.  Council members were instructed that they could either elect those on the ballot OR write on the ballot a nomination from the floor, which could be themselves or another council member.  The ballots were collected and tallied.  Mr. Knight and Ms. Wolkner were elected unanimously.


10.           Updates.  Ms. Cole discussed the Council retreat to be held on October 14-15 at the Sheraton Four Points Hotel in Meriden.  The retreat will be held from Noon on Monday the 14 through 3PM on Tuesday the 15th.  Orientation of new Council members will be held from 10 until noon at the same location on Monday the 14th.  Any council member may attend orientation.  Full details of the event will be sent to the Council.   


11.           Committee Reports: 


Proposal Review:  Ms. Smyth indicated that the committee had not met since 12/11.  However, Mr. Reed stated that there was a meeting in May of 2012. Ms. Smyth did not receive the announcement of that meeting and did not believe that there was a quorum at that meeting.


*Executive Committee:  Mr. Reed discussed the Executive Committee meeting held on 9/10/12 to address the PATH request for an expedited review of their proposal in light of the October date of their conference.  (NOTE:  Mrs. Lubogo, Co-Director of  PATH,  left the meeting and was not present during this discussion.) Mr. Sullivan has indicated that he would convene the PRC within the week to review the proposal from PATH and make a recommendation to the Executive Committee.  However, if for any reason that is delayed, the Council needs to determine an appropriate mechanism to approve this funding.  The Council reviewed the PATH proposal during the meeting.  The Council agreed that the evaluation component of the proposal needed to be strengthened and that this could be addressed in the MOU.  Additionally, they agreed that if the conference did not attract the additional 50 participants to be funded by the Council, then the $2200 of funding allocated for that purpose should be used by PATH to support their Parent to Parent data base and/or additional training.  The Council would not seek a refund of those dollars. Monica Smyth moved that the Council offer conditional approval of the PATH proposal, subject to the audit and approval of the Proposal Review Committee the recommendation of the Executive Committee.  The MOU will be reviewed and voted upon by the Executive Committee.  Michelle Johnson seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. 


Small Work Groups.  There being no other committee reports, and in the absence of Mr. Sullivan to discuss the agenda item regarding the June 12th meeting,  the Council adjourned to small work groups. Housing, Emergency Preparedness and Employment work groups convened to address updates and next steps.


*Adjourn. Mr. Curtin moved to adjourn the meeting.  Ms. Mayo seconded.  The motion carried and the meeting adjourned at 2:52 PM. 


* Indicates vote by the Council



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