CTCDD: CTCDD Meeting Minutes 5-13-14

CTCDD Meeting Minutes 5-13-14


CT Council on Developmental Disabilities


March 11, 2014

Beth El Temple, West Hartford

10:00 AM to 3:00 PM


The 188th meeting of the CT Council on Developmental Disabilities was held on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM at Beth El Temple, West Hartford.


Presiding: Bill Knight, Chair; Kathy Wolkner, Vice Chair


Recorder of Minutes: Molly Cole, Director


1.      Present:  Chris Blake; John Curtin; Michelle Duprey; Jacqueline Jamison; Michelle Johnson; Bill Knight; Alicia Kucharczyk; Joyce Lewis; Zuleika Martinez; Sabra Mayo; Shelagh McClure; Margaret McDermott; Antonio Orriola; Jim Rosen; Ada Suarez; Chris Sullivan; Kathy Wolkner;        

2.      Staff:  Molly Cole, Cathy Adamczyk

3.      Meeting Assistant:  Sherry Williams McCravey

4.     Guest Speaker: Peter Lewandoski, Assistant General Counsel, Office of State Ethics

6.   Call to Order:  Bill Knight called the meeting to order at 10:00 AM. 

5.      *Approval of Agenda:  Joyce Lewis moved to approve the agenda.  Molly Cole requested that the Council amend the agenda to include a discussion of HR 3717 and a request from the Office of Protection and Advocacy that the Council sign on to a letter opposing this federal legislation.   Shelagh McClure moved to amend the agenda and Sabra Mayo seconded. The Council voted unanimously to amend the agenda. John Curtin moved to approve the amended agenda and Zuleika Martinez seconded.   The amended agenda was approved unanimously.

6.      *Approval of Minutes of 3/15/14:  Shelagh McClure moved to approve the minutes of March 15, 2014.  Meg McDermott seconded.  The minutes were approved unanimously with no amendments. . 

7.      Presentation, Office of State Ethics:  Peter Lewandowski, Assistant General Counsel, Office of State Ethics presented an overview of the State Ethics rule and led a discussion of how these apply to Council members and Council staff.

8.   Report from the Disability Policy Seminar:  Sabra Mayo and Chris Blake reported on the Disability Policy Seminar they attended in April in Washington D.C.  Highlights included hill visits with Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal.  One of the critical issues facing Councils this year is the restoration of funding to pre-sequester levels, and they made this ask of the Congressional delegation. 


8.      Report from the Director:  Molly Cole reviewed her report for March and April 2014 and reviewed the six-month budget report with the Council. 

9.  Discussion of HR 3717.  The Council reviewed the information on HR 3717 and the proposed sign on letter from James McGaughey at the Office of Protection and Advocacy.  They discussed the potential negative impact on people with mental health needs in Connecticut.  Michelle Duprey moved that the Council sign on to the letter to the Connecticut Congressional delegation that will be sent by James McGaughey.  Sabra Mayo seconded.  The motion carried with Michelle Johnson opposed and John Curtin abstaining.

10.  Proposed change in funding cycle.   The Council discussed changing the funding cycle for Council projects from a calendar year (January 1 to December 31) to the funding cycle for the federal grant, which is October 1 to September 30.Shelagh McClure moved that the Council adjust the funding cycle beginning on October 1, 2015 and that the funding cycle for 2015 will be 9 months of 21 months. John Curtin seconded this motion and the motion carried unanimously. 

11.  Funding initiatives for 2015.  The Council reviewed the current funded initiatives and the requests received at the public forum in March.  The Council discussion focused on initiatives that reflect the three priority areas established by the Council in 2013: Housing, Transportation and Employment. Shelagh McClure moved that the Council retain the three priority areas and fund initiatives as follows:

  • Employment:  Molly Cole will meet with Ct Business Leadership Network to develop a proposal to the Council on employment.
  • Housing:  Molly Cole will reach out to the ARC to discuss development of a planning grant to the Council that will build on current efforts in housing at the ARC.
  • Transportation:  The Council will develop an RFP for proposals to encourage volunteer networks and web-based applications that can demonstrate methods of improving access in pilot communities in the state. 

John Curtin seconded the motion and it carried unanimously. The Council discussed second year funding for the bullying grant and the DDS employment grant but deferred a vote until after the site visits on these initiatives. 

Sabra Mayo move to fund $20,000 to the Parents with Cognitive Limitations workgroup for the proposed initiatives discussed in March.  Joyce Lewis seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.  This funding will commence upon receipt and approval of a full proposal from the workgroup.

12.  Adjourn.  Michelle Duprey moved to adjourn the meeting and Tony Orriola seconded.  The meeting adjourned at 2:40 P.M. 



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