CTCDD: CTCDD Meeting 11-10-15

CTCDD Meeting 11-10-15


CT Council on Developmental Disabilities


November 10, 2015

Temple Beth El, West Hartford

10:00 AM to 2:40 PM


The 198th meeting of the CT Council on Developmental Disabilities was held on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 from 10:00 AM to 2:40 PM at Temple Beth El in West Hartford. 

Presiding:  Shelagh McClure, Chair; Anthony Orriola, Vice Chair

Recorder of Minutes:  Donna Devin

Members Present:  Chris Blake, April Burke, Michelle Duprey, Michelle Johnson,     Alicia Kucharczyk, Joyce Lewis, Shelagh McClure, Margaret McDermott, Megan O’Neill, Antonio Orriola, Patricia Richardson, James Rosen, Brenda Stenglein, Christine Sullivan, Kathy Wolkner, Robin Wood

Members Absent:  Michelle Chase, John Curtin, Ann Gionet, Maryann Guerra, Jacqueline Jamison, Ada Suarez

Staff:  Molly Cole

Meeting Assistant:  Peggy Johnson


1.Call to Order:  Shelagh McClure called the meeting to order at 10:00 AM. 


2. Approval of Agenda:  Kathy Wolkner motioned to approve the agenda. Patricia Richardson seconded the motion. The agenda was approved unanimously.


3. Approval of Minutes of 3/10/15:  Michelle Johnson motioned to approve the minutes. Chris Blake seconded the motion. The minutes were approved.

Abstained:  Robin Wood.


4. Introduction of Council Members:  Council Members introduced themselves

to Megan O’Neill and Patricia Richardson, the newest members who were present.


5.   Approval of Revised CTCDD Calendar:  The 2016 Annual Meeting will probably be held at Beth El Temple in West Hartford. The Council plans to shorten their 2016 Spring Retreat to one day instead of two. Michelle Johnson pointed out that the Orientation Meeting for new members was held on Tuesday, October 20, 2015, not on October 13th as printed on the CTCDD Calendar.

      Joyce Lewis motioned to approve the CTCDD Calendar. Margaret McDermott seconded the motion. The CTCDD Calendar was unanimously approved. It will be sent to the CT Secretary of State’s Office and posted on the Council website.

6. Review, Discussion and Approval of Goals, Summary of Next Steps: 

Molly Cole stated that at this point, the Council needs to be comfortable with the direction and objectives of the plan as they are listed and decide if there are things they want to add or change. She stressed the importance of having goals that are measurable and actionable. .

The Council was informed they are required to have a goal for self-advocacy which should focus on  building  the self-advocacy movement. Joyce Lewis suggested a goal be renamed from Self-Determination to Self-Determined Lives.

There was talk about an objective that dealt with activities for people transitioning into adult healthcare. CT-KASA is funded by the Council and the kids in the organization worked with the Department of Public Health to develop a fairly comprehensive training plan on transition into adult healthcare.

The goal to Defend and Promote Civil Rights met with much approval from the Council, but it still needs objectives that are more measurable.

Patricia Richardson commented that because the On Demand Transportation goal crosses the life span of people, one of the objectives for it could be to survey other state agencies to see if there are goals in place where their funding could be combined with the Council funding. She thought there might be ways to do a collaborative effort to support of the transportation goal.

Robin added that she really liked the fact that the transportation goal would have a local impact and thinks it would be great for the Council to report on what their communities are doing and how it’s tying into influencing their communities to become “livable” communities. It would be very beneficial for communities to share their concepts.

Jim Rosen recommended an objective for promoting adaptive technologies. The Council has initiatives through Community of Practice and N.E.A.T., and they were encouraged to think about how they want to collaborate on an assistive technology objective. Following the meeting, Molly is going to sort through all of the revisions and edit the plan. The Council may expect to receive the revised plan in time for the next Council meeting in January. Survey information will be in before then.

7.   Review, Discussion and Approval of 2020 Document:  It was brought to the Council’s attention, that in the beginning of October, DDS put out a call for recommendations on the future of Southbury Institution. They will be accepting recommendations until December 31, 2015. These recommendations will be presented to the Governor in April of 2016.

      April Burke motioned to approve the 2020 document. Meg McDermott seconded the motion The Council unanimously approved the document.


8.   Executive Director’s Report:  Molly Cole presented her report. The Council received its Federal funding. The staff continues to look for opportunities to save money and cut back on costs wherever it can.


9.   Discussion of collaborative meeting with SILC in January:    Arrangements have been approved for the planned collaborative meeting with the State Independent Living Council during the next CTCDD Council Meeting, Tuesday, January 12, 2016. Chris Blake asked if the directors of the centers could attend the meeting, not just the board members. Molly will mention it to Daria Smith, the Executive Director of SILC.

      Molly said the meeting will last an hour to 90 minutes. Shelagh requested a show of hands from members if they were okay with playing host to SILC at the next Council meeting. All members approved of the visit.


10.  Council Committees Discussion: The Council reviewed the committee structures. Molly encouraged the Council to tie the work of the committees to the Council five year plan goals. Alicia Kucharczyk touched on the need for the committees to have a clear purpose. The APIE committee has struggled with a lot of different issues and too many priorities.

      Shelagh McClure felt that certain areas of the Council needed a standing committee, but others did not. It was decided the Membership committee would meet only on an as needed basis and its members would serve on other committees.  The proposal review committee needs to meet as often as there are funding decisions on proposals and requests for proposals.


11.  Council Committee Meetings:  During this time, Council members broke up into committees. Everyone was given the option of switching committees. The committees are: Advocacy, Public Information & Education, Legislative Program and Policy, Membership, and Proposal Review.

        Shelagh stated that because of the lack of enrollment in the APIE committee, it wouldn’t be disbanded, but was merged with the LPP committee, effectively forming three committees.


12. Approval of 5 Year Planning Survey:  The group reviewed the proposed Survey Monkey survey for public input on the five year plan.  The Council recommended the  addition of several questions to address neutrality, and edited an additional question to avoid over commitment of Council resources. The survey met with unanimous approval.

13.  Adjournment of Meeting:  Kathy Wolkner motioned for adjournment. Joyce Lewis seconded the motion.  The meeting adjourned at 2:40 PM.

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