Minutes — May 2019 Council Meeting Minutes

2019 Council and Committee Meetings


  • Council Members Present
  • Mary Durheim, Council Chair
  • Hunter Adkins
  • Patty Anderson, DRTX
  • Kimberly Blackmon
  • Dee Budgewater, HHSC/Medicaid
  • Paula Brunson, TWC
  • Gladys Cortez
  • Kristen Cox
  • Ivy Goldstein, DSHS
  • Ruth Mason
  • Scott McAvoy
  • Meagan Orsag, A&M-CDD
  • Michael Peace
  • Justin Porter, TEA
  • Holly Riley, HHSC/Older Americans Act
  • Lora Taylor
  • John Thomas
  • Audrey Young, DSHS/Maternal Child Health
  • Council Members Absent
  • Kristine Clark
  • Andrew Crim
  • Mateo Delgado
  • Dana Perry
  • Brandon Pharris
  • Amy Sharp, TCDS
  • Rick Tisch
  • Council Members Absent
  • Ricardo Atkinson
  • Belinda Carlton
  • Molly Comeaux
  • Craig Davis
  • Ali Gentry
  • Linda Litzinger
  • Mike Mason
  • Staff Present
  • Beth Stalvey, Executive Director
  • Martha Cantu
  • Joanna Cordry
  • Scott Daigle
  • Cynthia Ellison
  • Danny Fikac
  • Ashley Ford
  • Linda Logan
  • Sylvia Medina
  • Richard Rendon
  • Joshua Ryf
  • Koren Vogel


Call to Order

The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities convened on Friday, May 3, 2019, in the Ballroom A-C of the Embassy Suites Austin Central, 5901 North IH-35, Austin, TX 78723. Council Chair Mary Durheim called the meeting to order at 9:12 AM. A quorum was present. Audrey Young was present as a representative of the Department of State Health Services/Title V Maternal-Child Health Program and Paula Brunson as a representative of the Texas Workforce Commission/Rehabilitation Act Program but are not voting members.

  1. Introductions
    Committee members, staff, and guests were introduced.
  1. Public Comments
    Ruth Mason offered comments regarding the Specialized Telecommunications Assistance Program (STAP) noting an improvement in services.
  1. Consent Items
    Chair Durheim reviewed consent items including the minutes from the February 8, 2019, Council meeting and February 7, 2019, Committee of the Whole meeting.

    She also reviewed the excused absences of Kristine Clark, Andrew Crim, Mateo Delgado, Dana Perry, Brandon Pharris, Amy Sharp/Nina Zuna from the Texas Center for Disability Studies, and Rick Tisch. She noted that Dee Budgewater has replaced Stephanie Muth as the representative of the HHSC/Medicaid programs. Budgewater and Holly Riley of the HHSC/Older Americans Act program recently completed orientation and are voting members.

    MOTION: To approve the minutes of the February 8, 2019, Council meeting and February 7, 2019, Committee of the Whole meeting, as well as the excused absences as noted.
    MADE BY: Hunter Adkins
    SECOND: John Thomas
    The motion passed unanimously.
  1. Chair and Executive Director’s Reportductions
    Chair Durheim and Council member Gladys Cortez reported on their recent attendance at the graduation for the Rio Grande Valley class of Partners in Policymaking.

    Executive Director Stalvey provided updates on TCDD staff to report the retirement of Joanna Cordry and the selection of Richard Rendon as Grants Coordinator.

    Stalvey also provided updates on invited presentations by TCDD at the upcoming annual iTACC Technical Assistance Institute and National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities Conference, opportunities for DD Councils to connect with FEMA on emergency management, and TCDD staff participation in a webinar hosted by the Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities.
  1. Progress of State Plan
    Evaluations and Reporting Manager Joanna Cordry discussed Council activities that were reported in the FY 2017 and FY 2018 Annual Program Performance Reports. Systems Change Specialist Danny Fikac led the Council in a discussion regarding current activities as well as activities that are needed to complete the goals and objectives of the state plan for fiscal years 2019 – 2021.

    The Council discussed the Future Funding Priorities and agreed on the Project Development Committee recommendations for prioritizing the previously funded activities. .

    MOTION: To approve the Future Funding Priorities as follows:

    1) Meaningful Day (Mini Grants)
    2) Research for Substance use Disorder in People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD)
    3) Regional Community Outreach Coordinators
    4) Response to and Prevention of Sexual Offenses -Gap Analysis for Medical and Therapeutic Professionals
    5) Response to and Prevention of Sexual Offenses – Support for People with I/DD, their Families, Friends, and Allies
    6) Response to and Prevention of Sexual Offenses – Improving the Criminal Justice Response to Sexual Offense Cases Involving People with I/DD
    7) Higher Education
    8) Disability Advocacy Conference
    9) Engagement for Millennials
    10) First Responder Training
    11) Local Self-Advocacy Groups Leadership and Advocacy Training
    12) Disability-Related Participatory Research

    MADE BY: Gladys Cortez for the Project Development Committee (motions from Committee do not need a second)

    The motion passed unanimously.

    Executive Director Stalvey discussed the implementation of the Community Outreach Coordinators project. TCDD is entering into an interagency agreement with Texas A&M University AgriLife Extension Centers where the coordinators will be housed and can execute specific activities in different regions. Members discussed the locations of centers and expressed preferences for where the coordinators could have the most regional impact. Stalvey will provide further updates as the project progresses.

    Council member Ruth Mason provided comments on the issues of sexual assault by providers of individuals with communication impairments and recommended the Council explore options for a project that would address communications issues in medical settings specifically regarding the refusal of treatment.
  1. Communications and Marketing Activities Report
    Communications Director Joshua Ryf provided highlights of communications activities during the previous quarter including details of the Bill of the Week and Texas Legislative News campaigns.
  1. Executive Committee Report
    Chair Durheim reported that the Executive Committee awarded new grant award funding to Texas Tech University for a Sexual Health Education project; to The Arc of Texas for an Advanced Leadership Training for Professionals project; and to Texas Parent to Parent, Hill Country MHDD, and Santa Maria Hostel for New Initiatives projects. Durheim also noted that the Committee found additional projects to fund and proposes Council approval for additional funding for Advanced Leadership Training for Professionals in order to fund a project with Texas Tech University, and for New Initiatives in order to fund projects with Creative Action and Literacy United.

    MOTION: To approve additional funding of up to $150,000 per year, for up to five years, for an additional Advanced Leadership Training for Professionals project and up to $99,290 and $35,790 per year, for up to four years for additional New Initiatives projects.
    MADE BY: Mary Durheim for the Executive Committee (motions from Committee do not need a second)
    The motion passed unanimously.

    Durheim reported that continuation grant funding was awarded this quarter to Texas State Independent Living Councils for an Accessible Transportation Summits project, Peer Support Specialists for Individuals Living in Institutions project, and a Leadership and Advocacy Skills Training in Rural Areas project. Continuation grant funding was also awarded to Easter Seals of Central Texas and Family to Family for DD Policy Fellows projects and to Educational Programs Inspiring Communities for a Youth Leadership Development project.

    Durheim reported that the Executive Committee received an update on funding that was previously awarded to Texas Tech University for a Health and Wellness project. TCDD received guidance the Information and Technical Assistance Center for Councils on Developmental Disabilities that the proposed activities in this project are not allowable with federal funds. The Committee therefore voted to withdraw funding from this project.

    Grants Management Director Cynthia Ellison reported on grant projects to note that five projects began during the previous quarter, the previously awarded project on Aging and Caregivers to Border Health failed to meet the negotiation criteria and will not be implemented, and the TCDD Policy Fellows project at The Arc of Texas has ended early due to employment of the Fellow. She also noted that the Executive Committee reviewed the Independent Audit Status Report and the Risk Assessment Report for TCDD projects and had no concerns

    Operations Director Martha Cantu reviewed the FY 2019 TCDD Administrative and Expense budget as well as the Summary of Funds for FY 2017 – FY 2020 and discussed the projected balances for FY 2018 and FY 2019. Executive Committee members did not express concerns with the agency financial reports.
  1. Project Development Committee Report
    Project Development Committee Chair Cortez reported that the Committee will address revisions to Disability-related Participatory Research and Leadership and Advocacy Training by Local Self-Advocacy groups before these projects are posted for applications. The Committee has requested an executive summary for a project on complex mental health needs.
  1. Public Policy Committee Report
    Public Policy Committee Chair Lora Taylor reported on Committee discussion on progress of goals during the 86th Texas Legislature and strategies for advocacy post-session. The Committee will address TCDD recognition of legislators during the August meetings.
  1. State Agency Representatives Quarterly Activities Update
    The Council received updates from Patty Anderson of Disability Rights Texas, Meagan Orsag of Texas A&M CDD, Dee Budgewater of HHSC/Medicaid, Holly Riley of HHSC/Older Americans Act, Justin Porter of Texas Education Agency, Audrey Young of DSHS/Maternal Child Health, and Paula Brunson of Texas Workforce Commission.
  1. Announcements and Updates
    Council members discussed dates and locations of future meetings of August 7-9, 2019, November 6-8, 2019, February 5-7, 2020, and May 6-8, 2020.


Chair Durheim adjourned the meeting at 12:59 PM.