Council as Governing Body
The DD Act provides for a Council to be appointed by the Governor of each state to serve as the governing board for the state’s developmental disabilities council. As a governing board, the Council has authority
- over funds available to the state DD Council;
- to approve projects and activities to be carried out with those funds; and
- to select a chief executive officer (executive director).
TCDD is governed by a 27-member Council, consisting of individuals appointed by the Governor and other individuals as follows:
- individuals with developmental disabilities
- parents and family members of children with developmental disabilities
- guardians of individuals with developmental disabilities who are not able to represent themselves
- representatives from the major state agencies that provide services and supports to people with developmental disabilities
- a representative from the university centers for excellence in developmental disabilities: the Texas Center for Disability Studies at The University of Texas at Austin and the Center on Disability and Development at Texas A&M University
- a representative from Disability Rights Texas, the state’s protection and advocacy system
- a member representing local, non-government organizations
By federal law, at least 60% of the Council’s members must be persons with developmental disabilities, their parents or guardians, or other immediate relatives — and at least one member must be an individual living in, or who previously lived in, an institutional facility, or a parent or family member of such individual.
The Governor appoints individuals to the Council in accordance with requirements of the DD Act. Governor-appointed members serve six-year staggered terms and may serve no more than two consecutive six-year terms. The Governor also designates a member of the Council to serve as chair.
Council Member Responsibilities and Activities
Council members serve without salary; however, as allowed by the Legislature, members are entitled to reimbursement for actual expenses for all approved activities. The Council engages in advocacy and planning activities, supports model projects that serve as prototypes for future programs around the state, fosters public awareness and community acceptance through education, and seeks consumer involvement in Council activities.
The Council authorizes and approves the following:
Council members are expected to:
- attend and actively participate in Council Meetings;
- represent issues in the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities in Texas; and
- represent TCDD Positions as appropriate.
In addition to serving on the full Council, members are expected to serve on either of the following committees:
- Project Development Committee — oversees planning and funding activities; develops the State Plan and annual amendments; monitors implementation of the State Plan; recommends new funding activities; and reviews grantee activities and accomplishments.
- Public Policy Committee — coordinates public policy advocacy and public information activities; develops public policy position statements; and identifies key health and human services policy issues and recommends activities.
Additionally, members have the opportunity to serve on the following committees:
- Nominating Committee — presents nominations for the Council Vice-chair and Consumer Delegate-at-large to the Executive Committee. Each standing committee elects one member, and one member is elected from the full Council.
- Executive Committee — supervises and evaluates the Executive Director; develops and monitors the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU); develops and monitors policies and procedures; approves grant awards; monitors the grant awarding and monitoring process; and acts on behalf of the full Council for emergency matters.
- Audit Committee — recommends an internal audit charter and annual audit plan; reviews internal audit reports and monitors corrective actions; and recommends special audits.
Council members may also be asked to serve on special Council committees or task forces to provide educational information to the Texas Legislature and public agencies or at other public forums, and to represent the Council at other meetings or conferences relevant to people with developmental disabilities.
The full Council and the Committees meetings are held quarterly usually in Austin on the first Thursday and Friday in February, May, August and November.
TCDD’s policies outline the Council’s purpose and responsibilities, download TCDD Council Policies (PDF, 20 pages, 179KB)
The audit report is provided consistent with Texas Government Code, Section 2102.015 (Publication of Audit Plan and Annual Report on Internet) — Fiscal Year 2020 Annual Internal Audit Report PDF.
Reports from previous years are available from TCDD; for more information, contact Martha.Cantu@TCDD.Texas.gov.