CTCDD: CTCDD Meeting 9-13-16

CTCDD Meeting 9-13-16

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CT Council on Developmental Disabilities


September 13, 2016

Temple Beth El, West Hartford

10:00 AM to 3:00 PM


The 203rd meeting of the CT Council on Developmental Disabilities was held on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM at Temple Beth El in West Hartford, CT.

Presiding:  Shelagh McClure, Chair

Recorder of Minutes:  Donna Devin

Members Present:  Chris Blake, April Burke, John Curtin, Ann Gionet, Jackie Jamison, Michelle Johnson, Alicia Kucharczyk, Joyce Lewis, Shelagh McClure, Megan O’Neill, Sergio Rodriguez, James Rosen, Brenda Stenglein, Ada Suarez, Kathy Wolkner, Robin Wood

Members Absent:  Michelle Chase, Kevin Daly, Margaret McDermott, Patricia Richardson

Staff:  Molly Cole, Cathy Adamczyk

Meeting Assistants:  Peggy Johnson, Ellen Mathis

From 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM, the Council's Annual Meeting was open to the public. Shelagh McClure, Chair welcomed everyone to the meeting and asked the Council members to introduce themselves. Donna Meltzer, the CEO of the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities located in Washington, DC, gave the Keynote Presentation. Arc CT represented by Leslie Simoes and Melissa Marshall began the DD Council Projects portion of the program with an overview of their Housing and Community Connector project. The next group to present was Nanfi Lubogo and Carmina Cirioli of PATH on the CT KASA program. The morning wrapped up with Roland Harmon from the Governor's Prevention Partnership and Melissa Marshall delivering a status report on the All Abilities Alliance Initiative.

After lunch the business portion of the annual meeting commenced.

Call to Order:  Shelagh McClure, Chair called the meeting to order at 1:00 PM. 


1. Approval of Agenda:  April Burke motioned to approve the agenda. Sergio Rodriguez seconded the motion. The agenda was approved. John Curtin and Kathy Wolkner abstained.


2. Approval of Minutes of 7/12/16:  Sergio Rodriguez motioned to approve the minutes. Joyce Lewis seconded the motion. The minutes were approved. John Curtin and Kathy Wolkner abstained.


3. Election of Chair and Vice Chair:  Ballots were passed out and the Council voted on the Chair and Vice Chair for the new Council year. With the resignation of Antonio Orriola due to health concerns, Chris Blake was the only remaining nominee for Vice Chair. 14 Ballots were submitted and tallied. The resulting unanimous vote was for Shelagh McClure to continue on as the Council's Chair and Chris Blake was elected as the new Vice Chair. There were no additional nominations from the floor.


4. Report on Membership:  Molly Cole, Executive Director, gave an update on membership for the Council. She thanked the Membership Committee for their participation last week in a full day of interviewing candidates to fill 5 vacancies on the Council. Five nominations for membership have been sent to the Governor's Office for appointment to the Council. There will be a full cohort by November. An orientation for the new members will be scheduled before the next meeting and all Council members are welcome to participate in it.


Certificates of recognition were presented to 3 outgoing Council members. John Curtin and Michelle Johnson were awarded certificates for their 6 years of service on the Council. Michelle Duprey received a certificate for serving on the Council for 3 years. Tony Orriola will also be given a certificate for his 3 years of service on the Council. Gerri Hanna from the UCEDD has retired and her replacement will be present at the November Council Meeting


5. Approval of Calendar for 2016 - 2017:  Shelagh McClure, Chair, asked the Council if they would like to move the first Council Meeting of the new Council year from Tuesday, November 8th, which is Election Day, to Tuesday, November 15th. Sergio Rodriguez motioned to approve the change of Council November meeting date. April Burke seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously. A reminder email will be sent out to the Council before the new meeting date.


6. Review and Approval of Budget for 2016 - 2017:  Molly Cole, Executive Director, presented the proposed budget for 2016-2017. The budget included funding for a number of projects consistent with the new Five Year Plan.  The Governor's Prevention Partnership and PATH will continue to receive funding from the Council. A contract has been signed with Marc Gold and Associates to proceed with certification training for customized employment in January. Sergio Rodriguez motioned to approve and accept the budget for 2016-17. Michelle Johnson seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.


7. Updates on Five Year Plan, 2020 Campaign and Customized Employment:
Molly Cole, Executive Director, gave the update on the Council's Five Year Plan. She submitted it on August 16th before the NACDD's August 22nd deadline. A short summary is now available and the full plan is available for those who would like it. 


Shelagh McClure, Chair updated the Council on the 2020 Campaign plan. A meeting was held with Bernard Kavaler and Associate from Express Strategies who the Council has contracted with to do a video project. At their next meeting they will be ready to begin scripting the questions for the videos. The videos will be rolled out in January 2017.
A Customized Employment conference will be held on Monday, November 14th from 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM at the Radisson Hotel in Cromwell.


8. September 7, 2016 Connecticut Superior Court Ruling on the lawsuit filed by the CT Coalition for Justice in Education Funding, Implications for Justice in Education Funding, Implications for Special Education and the proposed Council response:  Shelagh McClure, Chair, led a discussion on the CT Superior Court ruling and its ramifications. State Agency Representatives were asked to go back and determine their authority for purposes of discussion at this meeting. No vote was taken.


9. Executive Director Search Committee Update:  The exam for this position closed on August 19th and a list of qualified applicants will be generated by the end of September. The Search Committee hopes to be conducting interviews in October and have a viable candidate in time for the November meeting, with a start date in December. Molly Cole, the current Executive Directive will be retiring as of
January 1, 2017.


10. Adjournment of Meeting:  Shelagh McClure asked for a motion for adjournment. Sergio Rodriguez motioned for adjournment. Megan O'Neill seconded the motion.  The meeting adjourned at 2:50 PM. The next Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 15th in West Hartford.


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