Minutes — February 2020 Council Committee Meeting

2020 Council and Committee Meetings

Attendance

  • Council Members Present
  • Andrew Crim, Council Vice-Chair
  • Hunter Adkins
  • Patty Anderson, DRTX
  • Kimberly Blackmon
  • Ronnie Browning
  • Gladys Cortez
  • Kristen Cox
  • Maverick Crawford
  • Scott McAvoy
  • Meagan Orsag, A&M-CDD
  • Michael Peace
  • Justin Porter, TEA
  • Randell Resneder
  • Holly Riley, HHSC/Older Americans Act
  • Eric Shahid
  • Robert Schier III
  • Jonas Schwartz, TWC
  • Molly Spratt
  • Toby Summers
  • Lora Taylor
  • John Thomas
  • Kim Torres
  • Audrey Young, DSHS/Maternal Child Health
  • Dana Williamson, HHSC/Medicaid
  • Council Members Absent

  • Mary Durheim, Council Chair
  • Paul Cardarella
  • Amy Sharp, TCDS
  • Guests Present

  • Ricardo Atkinson
  • Chris Botello
  • Floyd Browning
  • Brooke Hohfeld
  • Hannah Kincaide
  • Amy Litzinger
  • Diane Northcutt
  • Kelsey Oliver
  • Kami Shahid
  • Cindy Whitaker
  • Regional Coordinators Present

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

  • Beth Stalvey,Executive Director
  • Martha Cantu
  • Scott Daigle
  • Robert Garcia
  • Genessee Klemm
  • Linda Logan
  • Sylvia Medina
  • Evan Marczynski
  • Mary Rochford
  • Joshua Ryf
  • Koren Vogel
  • Rosalin Willis
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Call to Order

The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities convened on Friday, February 7, 2020, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton – Austin, 303 West 15th Street, Austin, TX 78701. Council Vice-Chair Andrew Crim called the meeting to order at 9:02 AM. A quorum was present. Jonas Schwartz was present as the representative from the Rehabilitation Act at the Texas Workforce Commission and counts toward quorum but is not a voting member.

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

  2. Public Comments
    No public comments were offered.

  3. Consent Items
    Vice-Chair Crim reviewed consent items including the minutes from the November 8, 2019, Council meeting and November 7, 2019, Committee of the Whole meeting.

    MOTION: To approve the minutes of the November 8, 2019, Council meeting and November 7, 2019, Committee of the Whole meeting.
    MADE BY: Randell Resneder
    SECOND: Kristen Cox
    The motion passed without opposition. Patty Anderson, Holly Riley, and Kim Torres abstained from voting.

    Crim next reviewed excused absences of Council Chair Mary Durheim, Paul Cardarella, and Texas Center for Disability Studies representatives.

    MOTION: To approve the excused absences as noted.
    MADE BY: Hunter Adkins
    SECOND: Michael Peace
    The motion passed unanimously.

  4. Chair and Executive Director’s Report
    Vice-Chair Crim reminded members of the April 30, 2020 deadline to submit Personal Financial Statements to the Texas Ethics Commission as well as the $500 penalty for not filing the statement.

    Executive Director Beth Stalvey provided updates on TCDD staff to report the selection of Grants Management Director Rosalin Willis and the resignations of Danny Fikac and Ashley Ford. She noted that postings for the Public Policy Analyst positions are in progress.

    Stalvey reported the final federal notice of grant award for FY 2020 with the total amount of funding for TCDD at $5,409,702.

    Stalvey discussed the increase in interest and applications for TCDD grant projects including stipends. 11 event and speaker stipends were funded during the previous quarter and 25 applications were received for four Request for Applications postings. TCDD is transitioning to an online application system known as SM Apply with the intent for an easier application process.

    Stalvey reported upcoming listening sessions hosted by the Administration on Community Living regarding emergency preparedness and disaster management. Sessions will be held in late February in Houston and Corpus Christi.

    Stalvey discussed TCDD engagement in collaborative efforts such as customized employment efforts at Texas Workforce Commission as well as Disability Policy Academies and I/DD Strategic Planning with HHSC. Stalvey noted that she was appointed to the NACDD Technical Assistance Committee. She also recently attended the first meeting of the State Advisory Committee for Higher Education and Students with I/DD. The Committee was formed in response to SB 1017 to provide advice and recommendations to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Representatives from former TCDD Higher Education projects and student graduates of those programs are participating in this advisory group.

  5. Election of Council Vice-Chair
    Nominating Committee Chair Robert Schier III reported on the Committee discussion for the position of Council Vice-Chair. He thanked Andrew Crim for his service in this position and noted the Committee recommends a second term for him. No other nominations were offered by members.

    MOTION: To elect Andrew Crim to a second consecutive term as Council Vice-Chair.
    MADE BY: Robert Schier III (Motions from Committee do not need a second.)
    The motion passed unanimously.

  6. Election of Consumer (Self-Advocate) Member-at-Large to the Executive Committee
    Schier reported on Committee discussion for the position of Consumer Member-at-Large to the Executive Committee. He thanked Kimberly Blackmon for her past years of service and noted the Committee recommended her continuing in this position. No other nominations were offered by members.

    MOTION: To elect Kimberly Blackmon for a third consecutive year as the Consumer (Self-Advocate) Member-at-Large to the Executive Committee.
    MADE BY: Robert Schier III for the Nominating Committee.
    The motion passed unanimously.

  7. Quarterly Progress of State Plan Projects
    Executive Director Stalvey reviewed the Quarterly State Plan Update document which shows the progress of projects by State Plan Goal and Objective. She highlighted stories of participants in Imagine Art, Project Amistad, and Texas Advocates Peer Support grant projects as well as the Special Olympics Health and Wellness project.

  8. Future Activities for State Plan Implementation
    Vice-Chair Crim reported on Executive Committee discussion of the stipend budget. He noted that an increase in request for stipends has exhausted the FY 2020 stipend budget and there is an additional $60,000 in expected requests from organizations who typically ask for funds for their annual events. Crim noted that an increase to the budget would come from unused grant funds.

    MOTION: To increase the FY 2020 stipend budget by $100,000 for a total of $200,000.
    MADE BY: Andrew Crim for the Executive Committee.
    The motion passed unanimously.

    Crim next discussed the discussed the possibility of contracting with an external entity to support the planning and implementation of various Council projects such as leadership and advocacy trainings (Partners in Policymaking) and other education initiatives (Disability Policy Academies). The organization would handle event management allowing TCDD staff to focus on program content. Funding for these events has already been authorized by the Council and any additional funds for administrative fees would come from surplus Operating Expense funds.

    MOTION: To approve an external contract for the facilitation of disability training programs.
    MADE BY: Andrew Crim for the Executive Committee.
    The motion passed unanimously.

    Project Development Committee Chair Gladys Cortez reported on Committee discussion of two projects on financial literacy. A Money Basics project addresses the issue of people with I/DD managing their money effectively and would teach skills such as saving for the future and staying out of debt. A Family Support and Financial Planning project would increase awareness among people with I/DD who are aging and their family caregivers on the importance of actively planning for their future needs to ensure that plans, funds, services, and supports are available and flexible enough to allow individuals to remain in their home and community and exercise control over their own lives.

    MOTION: To approve funding of one project at up to $150,000 per year, for up to five years for a Financial Literacy – Money Basics project.
    MADE BY: Gladys Cortez for the Project Development Committee.
    The motion passed unanimously.

    MOTION: To approve funding of one project at up to $100,000 per year, for up to two years for a Financial Literacy – Family Support and Financial Planning project.
    MADE BY: Gladys Cortez for the Project Development Committee.
    The motion passed unanimously.

    Cortez next reported on Committee discussion of Community Inclusion Mini-Grants. The goal of these projects is to produce short-term and long-term changes that address barriers to full inclusion in communities for people with disabilities.

    MOTION: To approve funding of ten projects at up to $15,000 per year, for up to one year for Community Inclusion Mini-Grants.
    MADE BY: Gladys Cortez for the Project Development Committee.
    The motion passed unanimously.

    Cortez next discussed the Committee discussion of project funding priorities. The Committee recommends prioritizing approved projects as follows:

    1. Prevention and Response to Sexual Offenses: Medical and Therapeutic
    2. Professionals
    3. Prevention and Response to Sexual Offenses: Criminal Justice
    4. Higher Education
    5. Disability Advocacy Conference
    6. Disaster Preparedness, Response and Recovery (First Responders)
    7. Community Inclusion Mini-Grants
    8. Financial Literacy – Money Basics
    9. Financial Literacy – Family Support and Financial Planning
    10. Disability-Related Participatory Research

    MOTION: To approve future funding priorities as presented.
    MADE BY: Gladys Cortez for the Project Development Committee.
    The motion passed unanimously.

  9. People First Language
    The Council received a presentation on respectful language from representatives of Texas Advocates. Brooke Hohfeld, Chris Botello, and Cindy Whitaker spoke on the importance of People First language and Identity First language, noting that it’s considerate to use People First language when interacting with people with disabilities until they indicate a preference to use Identity First language.

  10. Communications and Marketing Activities Report
    Communications Coordinator Mary Rochford provided updates on Communications and Marketing activities. She discussed campaigns for advocacy opportunities during the previous quarter and provided a recap of the Texas Coalition on Sexual Assault and IDD Summit. Leadership Training Coordinator Genessee Klemm provided updates on Texas Partners in Policymaking activities. Rochford and Klemm discussed the development of a Council Member Directory and asked members to review their personal information and provide updates.

  11. Executive Committee Report
    Vice-Chair Crim reported on new grant awards for Meaningful Day Mini-grants, Policy Fellows, Substance Use Disorders, and Complex Mental Health Needs projects. He also reported on continuation grant funding for eight current projects.

    Grants Management Director Rosalin Willis reported on projects that began and ended during the previous quarter. She reviewed the Independent Audit Status Report and Risk Assessment Report.

    Operations Director Martha Cantu reviewed the FY 2020 TCDD Administrative and Expense budget as well as the Summary of Funds for FY 2018 – FY 2020.

  12. Project Development Committee Report
    Project Development Committee Chair Cortez reported that the Committee directed staff to develop an idea discussion guide related to the topic of an HCBS Ombudsman. The Committee also decided to revisit the existing executive summaries for Higher Education and Disability-Related Participatory Research at the next meeting.

  13. Public Policy Committee Report
    Public Policy Committee Chair Lora Taylor paid tribute to former Council member Ruth Mason and shared that she attended funeral services for Mason on February 2, 2020.

    Taylor reported that the Committee received a presentation from Dana Williamson on the Rider 42 Study of the Medicaid Waiver Interest Lists. Williamson also provided an overview of the Community First Choice program. The Committee began discussions on updating Public Policy Priorities and Position Statements and received updates on state and federal policy issues.

  14. State Agency Representatives Quarterly Activities Update
    The Council received updates from Patty Anderson of Disability Rights Texas, Meagan Orsag of Texas A&M CDD, Dana Williamson of HHSC/Medicaid, Holly Riley of HHSC/Older Americans Act, Audrey Young of DSHS/Maternal Child Health, Jonas Schwartz of Texas Workforce Commission/Rehab Act, and Justin Porter of Texas Education Agency/Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

  15. Future Agenda Items
    Council members expressed interest in a presentation on the ABLE Act and discussion of legislative visits occurring outside of the legislative session.

  16. Announcements and Updates
    Council members discussed dates of future meetings of May 6-8, 2020, August 5-7, 2020, November 4-6, 2020, and February 3-5 or 10-12, 2021.

Adjourn

Vice-Chair Crim adjourned the meeting at 11:58 AM.