Minutes — November 2019 Project Development Committee Meeting

2019 Council and Committee Meetings


  • Committee Members Present
  • Gladys Cortez, Chair
  • Kimberly Blackmon
  • Ronnie Browning
  • Olivia Burns, HHSC OAA
  • Paul Cardarella
  • Andrew Crim
  • Ivy Goldstein, DSHS
  • Scott McAvoy
  • Molly Spratt
  • Toby Summers
  • Committee Members Absent

  • Jennifer Hines, TWC
  • Justin Porter, TEA
  • John Thomas
  • Guests Present

  • Floyd Browning
  • Andy Crocker
  • Erin Hall
  • Regional Coordinators Present

  • Morgan Bradley
  • Rosa Guel
  • Anthony Ross
  • Staff Present

  • Beth Stalvey, Executive Director
  • Martha Cantu
  • Robert Garcia
  • Genessee Klemm
  • Sylvia Medina
  • Richard Rendon
  • Fernando Rodriguez
  • Joshua Ryf


Call to Order

The Project Development Committee convened on Thursday, November 7, 2019, in Houston 1 Room of the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Austin, 303 West 15th Street, Austin, Texas 78701. Committee Chair Gladys Cortez called the meeting to order at 9:04 AM.  A quorum was present. Olivia Burns represented the Older American Act program but was not a voting member.

  1. Introductions
    Committee members, staff and guests were introduced.

  2. Public Comments
    There were no public comments.

  3. Consideration of Minutes
    The minutes were reviewed, and no corrections or additions were noted.

    MOTION: To approve the minutes of the August 8, 2019, Project Development Committee as presented.
    MADE BY: Scott McAvoy
    SECOND: Molly Spratt

    The motion passed unanimously.

  4. Chair’s Remarks
    Chair Cortez welcomed all the members and reported the absence of John Thomas.

  5. Member Updates
    Committee members provided updates on their disability-related activities during the previous quarter.
  1. Staff Reports
  1. Status of New/Approved Projects
    Executive Director Beth Stalvey reported on the projects started during the quarter.

  2. Update on Current Projects
    Executive Director Beth Stalvey reported that six grants concluded since August 2019, and that there will be eight projects considered for continuation funding in February 2020.

    Communications Director Joshua Ryf reported on current requests for proposals which include Complex Mental Health Needs and People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD), Meaningful Day Mini-Grants, Research of Substance Use Disorder in People with IDD, and Texas Council Developmental Disabilities (TCDD) Policy Fellows. Ryf also provided updates on two recently begun Advanced Leadership Training for Professionals projects that are being implemented by Texas Tech University and The Arc of Texas.

  3. Projected Available Funds
    Operations Director Martha Cantu reviewed and discussed the FY 2019 Admin and Expenses Budget report and the Summary of Funds report for FY 2018 – FY 2021 along with the projected balances for FY 2019 and FY 2020, noting that funds are available for additional projects.
  1. Selection of Nominating Committee Member
    Chair Cortez explained the role of the Nominating Committee that is established each year to bring forward nominations for the Council Vice-Chair and Consumer (Self-Advocate) Member-at-Large to serve on the Executive Committee. The Public Policy and Project Development Committee each recommend a Committee member to serve on the Nominating Committee and a third member is selected from the Council. Scott McAvoy was nominated and agreed to be the Project Development representative on the Committee.

    MOTION: To select Scott McAvoy as the Project Development Committee representative on the Nominating Committee.
    MADE BY: Gladys Cortez
    SECOND: Molly Spratt
    The motion passed without opposition. Scott McAvoy abstained from voting.
  1. Future Activities for State Plan Implementation
  1. Ryf presented the executive summary for Support for Local Self-Advocacy Groups. This project is for established local self-advocacy groups to build their capacity so they can eventually secure larger grants in the future. Committee members discussed the types of activities that could help a group build organizational capacity.

    MOTION: To recommend approval of the executive summary for self-advocacy group mini-grants. Through the RFP, up to 10 local self-advocacy groups will engage in capacity-building activities to become more established. Grants will be for up to $15,000 per project and projects will be for 12 months.
    MADE BY: Scott McAvoy
    SECOND: Kimberly Blackmon
    The motion passed unanimously.

  2. Committee members discussed the idea discussion guides and provided direction on the following topics:
    • Home and Community-Based Services – to develop an executive summary for the creation of a report related to interest lists. The report will be shared with decision-makers and the public.
    • Financial Literacy – to develop an executive summary for project options related to financial literacy.
    • Higher Education – discussion tabled until the February 2020 meeting.
    • School Safety – to develop an executive summary for a project to ensure school administrators include students with IDD in disaster preparedness plans.

  3. Other Discussion Items
    The Committee discussed the idea of mini-grants for organizations to make changes that promote inclusion for people with disabilities in their community. The Committee directed staff to develop an executive summary for mini-grants for organizations to make change at the local level to be presented at the February 2020 Council meeting.
  1. Future Project Funding Priorities

    The Committee reviewed and discussed the current list of projects that have been approved for funding and determined priorities for recommendation to the Council.

    MOTION: To recommend Council approval of the Future Project Funding Priorities list in the following order:
  1. Prevention of and Response to Sexual Offenses – Gap Analysis for Medical and Therapeutic Professionals
  2. Prevention of and Response to Sexual Offenses – Support for People with IDD, their Families, Friends, and Allies
  3. Response to and Prevention of Sexual Offenses – Improving the Criminal Justice Response to Sexual Offense Cases Involving People with IDD
  4. Higher Education
  5. Disability Advocacy Conference
  6. Engagement for Millennials
  7. Local Self-Advocacy Groups Leadership and Advocacy Training
  8. Developmental Disabilities Journalism Fellows
  9. Support for Local Self-Advocacy Groups
  10. First Responder Training
  11. Disability-Related Participatory Research
  • MADE BY: Scott McAvoy
    SECOND : Gladys Cortez
    The motion passed unanimously.
  1. Future Agenda Items
    The Committee would like to discuss Higher Education at the next meeting

  2. Other Discussion Items
    There was no further discussion. The next Project Development Committee meeting is scheduled for February 6, 2020.


Chair Cortez adjourned the meeting at 12:06 PM.