CTCDD: CTCDD Meeting 7-15-14

CTCDD Meeting 7-15-14


CT Council on Developmental Disabilities


July 15, 2014

Beth El Temple, West Hartford

10:00 AM to 3:00 PM


The 189th meeting of the CT Council on Developmental Disabilities was held on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM at Beth El Temple, West Hartford.


Presiding: Bill Knight, Chair;


Recorder of Minutes: Molly Cole, Director


1.      Present:  Chris Blake; John Curtin; Michelle Johnson; Mark Keenan; Bill Knight; Joyce Lewis; Zuleika Martinez; Sabra Mayo; Shelagh McClure; Margaret McDermott; Melissa Morton; Antonio Orriola; Jim Rosen; Brenda Stenglein; Robin Wood       

2.      Staff:  Molly Cole, Cathy Adamczyk

3.      Meeting Assistant:  Ellen Wright meeting assistant

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

5.      *Approval of Agenda:  Shelagh McClure moved to amend the agenda to move the Executive Session to the morning to accommodate a quorum and to address the issue of the OPA director appointment.  John Curtin seconded the motion.  Zuleika Martinez moved to approve the amended agenda and Meg McDermott seconded.  The agenda was approved as amended.

6.      *Approval of Minutes of 5/13/14:  Sabra Mayo moved to approve the minutes of May 13, 2014.  Tony Orriola seconded.  The minutes were approved unanimously with no amendments. Mark Keenan and Brenda Stenglein abstained. 

7.  Mission Moment:  Bill Knight presented the mission moment.  This is Billís last regular Council meeting and the Annual Meeting in September will be his last meeting.  Bill discussed his unexpected leadership role on the council, which has been both challenging and rewarding.  He has a long history of advocacy work, going all the way back to the ADA signing in Washington D.C.  None of his advocacy was anticipated but all has been rewarding. 

8.   Report from the Director:    Molly Cole reviewed her report for May and June and the budget report.  This included a report from Shelagh McClure on the NACDD national conference in Washington D.C. 

9.  Report on Site Visits:  Molly Cole reviewed the site visits and recommendations.  Shelagh McClure moved to the second payments for UConn UCEDD Emergency Preparedness training, New Britain Emergency Medical Services and Supporting Employment With Technology.  John Curtin seconded the motion and it was approved unanimously.    The Council was not asked to allocate the second payment for the governors Prevention Partnership grant since that grantee must submit revisions to their project prior to a funding approval.   

10.  Appointment of New Director at OPA.   The Council was provided an overview of the events leading to the appointment of Craig Henrici as the new Director at the Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities.  The issue is not the qualifications of Mr. Henrici but the lack of engagement with the disability community in making this appointment.  Shelagh McClure moved that the Council send a letter to the Governor indicating that this process demonstrated a lack of sensitivity to the process of engaging the disability community and the DD Network needed to be part of this process.  Brenda Stenglein seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.   

11.  Adjourn to Executive Session:   Shelagh McClure moved that the Council adjourn to Executive Session to conduct the evaluation of the Executive Director.  Tony Orriola seconded and the motion carried unanimously.  The Council adjourned to Executive Session at 11:08 AM. 

12.  Re-convene:  The full Council re-convened at 11:45. 

13.  New Funding Initiatives:  Molly Cole reviewed the activity on new funding initiatives:

  • PWCL:  The Council approved $20,000 in May for this initiative and a proposal and MOU will be completed by October 1.
  • CTBLN:  Molly Cole met with the Director of CTBLN and they will submit a proposal to Proposal Review by September
  • ARC CT HOUSING:  Leslie Simoes will submit three concept papers for possible funding end of July.  These will be sent to Proposal Review for discussion and determination of next steps.
  • TRANSPORTATION:  The Transportation RFP was discussed by the PRC.  They are drafting an RFP for on demand transportation including a planning period and a demonstration period.  This will be issued in the fall.  Planning period will be January to October 2015 and demonstration could be one to two years beginning October 1, 2015-September 30 2017.    Shelagh McClure moved to send a letter to Dot, DMV and the Department of Consumer Protection asking them to include disability issues in the study which is due to the legislature on 2/1/15.  Sabra Mayo seconded and the motion carried unanimously. 

14.  LUNCH:  The Council adjourned for lunch and reconvened at 12:45. 

15.  Family Support Conference:  Molly Cole discussed plans for a large Family Support conference next fall (2015) which will also commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the ADA and the 40th Anniversary of the IDEA.  Ill Knight moved to allocate up to $25,000 for the conference and John Curtin seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.

16.  Membership Committee:  There are two anticipated vacancies for self-advocates on the Council.  Any self-advocate is welcome to apply.  The Committee will be interviewing candidates on August 5 at OPA from 10:00 TO 4:00.  Elections of a Chair and Vice Chair will be held at the Annual Meeting in September.  Anyone wishing to nominate themselves or another Council person should contact Sabra, Jackie or Molly.  A ballot will be presented at the meeting and nominations will also be taken from the floor. 

17.  Council Retreat:  The Council retreat will be held October 7-8 at the Sheraton Rocky Hill.   The Council would like to invite Jon Slifka to the retreat.  The retreat planning committee is:  Tony Orriola, John Curtin, Chris Blake, Sheila McClure, Kathy Wolkner and Bill Knight. 

18.  Annual Meeting:  The agenda will include presentations by the funded initiatives and a possible presentation by Beth Bye, who has been invited. 

19.  Adjourn.  John Curtin moved to adjourn the meeting and zuleika Martinez Seconded.  The meeting adjourned at 1:52 PM.



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