Minutes — October 2020 Council Meeting

Council and Committee Meetings


  • Council Members Present
  • Mary Durheim, Chair
  • Hunter Adkins
  • Kimberly Blackmon
  • Ronnie Browning
  • Paul Cardarella
  • Gladys Cortez
  • Kristen Cox
  • Maverick Crawford
  • Andrew Crim
  • Mary Faithfull, DRTX
  • Jennifer Hines, TWC
  • Scott McAvoy
  • Meagan Orsag, A&M-CDD
  • Randell Resneder
  • Holly Riley, HHSC/Older Americans Act
  • Eric Shahid
  • Robert Schier III
  • Toby Summers
  • Keith Swink, TEA
  • Lora Taylor
  • Kim Torres
  • Audrey Young, DSHS/Maternal Child Health
  • Dana Williamson,
  • HHSC/Medicaid
  • Nina Zuna, TCDS
  • Members Absent

  • Michael Peace
  • Molly Spratt
  • John Thomas
  • Guests Present

  • Ricardo Atkinson
  • Holly Freed
  • Joey Gidseg
  • Linda Litzinger
  • Laura Marquez
  • Kami Shahid
  • Mary Jane Williams
  • Regional Coordinators Present

  • Morgan Bradley
  • Rosa Guel
  • Skyler Mueller
  • Anthony Ross
  • Shelby Vaughn
  • Richard Williams
  • Staff Present

  • Beth Stalvey, Executive Director
  • Martha Cantu
  • Scott Daigle
  • Robert Garcia
  • Lauren Gerken
  • Sabrina Gonzalez
  • Genessee Klemm
  • Linda Logan
  • Sylvia Medina
  • Evan Marczynski
  • Richard Rendon
  • Mary Rochford
  • Koren Vogel
  • Rosalin Willis

Call to Order

Pursuant to the Governor’s March 16, 2020 suspension of certain provisions of the Texas Open Meetings Act, the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities met virtually using the Zoom platform on Friday, October 30, 2020. Council Chair Mary Durheim called the meeting to order at 9:34 AM. A quorum was present.

  1. Introductions
  1. Public Comments
  2. No public comments were offered.
  1. Consent Items
  2. Chair Durheim reviewed consent items including the minutes from the August 5, 2020, Committee of the Whole meeting and the August 7, 2020, Council meeting and the excused absences of Molly Spratt and John Thomas.
  4. MOTION: To approve the minutes of the August 5, 2020, Committee of the Whole meeting and August 7, 2020, Council meeting and the excused absences of Molly Spratt and John Thomas.
  5. MADE BY: Randell Resneder
  6. SECOND: Hunter Adkins
  7. The motion passed unanimously.
  1. Chair and Executive Director’s Report
  2. Executive Director Beth Stalvey reviewed the new format of financial documents, specifically the Summary of Funds report which captures the projected balances for FY 2019 – FY 2021 to show unexpended funds in operating expenses and from grantees. She noted that the Administration on Community Living (ACL) allowed for a 12-month extension for to expend FY 2019 funds. Stalvey further noted that TCDD received the initial notice of grant award for the first part of FY 2021 funding in the amount of $1,088,000.
  4. Stalvey reminded members who have terms that expire in February 2021, that they continue to serve in a “holdover capacity” until they are reappointed, or the Governor appoints a new member to replace them.
  6. Stalvey reported that applications are being accepted for the vacant Director of Communications and Reporting position. She also noted the commitment of TCDD staff as they continue to work in a remote environment.
  1. Selection of Nominating Committee Member
  2. It was reported that the Project Development Committee selected Holly Riley and the Public Policy Committee selected Kim Torres to serve as those Committee representatives on the Nominating Committee.
  4. MOTION: To select Hunter Adkins as the Council representative to the Nominating Committee.
  5. MADE BY: Randell Resneder
  6. SECOND: Maverick Crawford
  7. The motion passed unanimously.
  1. Future Funding Priorities
  2. Project Development Committee Chair Gladys Cortez reported that no revisions were recommended to the Future Project Funding Priorities list.
  1. FY 2022 – FY 2026 State Plan Goals and Objectives
  2. Chair Durheim reminded members of the Committee of the Whole discussion on the FY 2022 – FY 2026 State Plan Goals and Objectives. Executive Director Stalvey noted that if approved, the goals and objectives would be posted for a 45-day public comment period. The Council will review any comments at the February 2021 meetings and may make revisions or approve for submission to ACL at that time.
  4. MOTION: To approve the posting of the FY 2022 – FY 2026 State Plan Goals and Objectives for public comment
  5. MADE BY: Mary Durheim for the Committee of the Whole
  6. The motion passed unanimously.
  1. TCDD 2021 Public Policy Priorities
  2. Public Policy Committee Chair Lora Taylor presented the 2021 Public Policy Priorities noting that members received a copy of revisions made by the Committee by email prior to the meeting.
  4. Per Council request, Executive Director Stalvey provided a presentation on the principles of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act noting the directive to strengthen community-based systems.
  6. Public Policy Director Scott Daigle reviewed the revisions offered by the Committee.
  8. MOTION: To approve the TCDD 2021 Public Policy Priorities.
  9. MADE BY: Lora Taylor for the Public Policy Committee
  10. The motion passed unanimously.
  1. TCDD Position Statements
  2. Public Policy Committee Chair Taylor presented the revised TCDD Position Statements and noted that the Committee offered additional revisions to the statement on Access to Healthcare.
  4. MOTION: To approve the revisions to the TCDD Position Statements
  5. MADE BY: Lora Taylor for the Public Policy Committee
  6. The motion passed with Paul Cardarella opposed.
  1. Quarterly Progress of State Plan Projects
  2. Executive Director Stalvey reported that changes were made to due dates for grantee reporting to align with the fiscal year and federal reporting deadlines. Because of these changes, no revisions were made to the Quarterly Progress of State Plan Projects report from the report presented at the August 2020 meeting.
  4. The Council watched a video produced by TCDD Grantee, the SAFE Alliance for youth who are coping with difficulties due to the pandemic.
  1. Presentation: Richard Atkinson, DD Policy Fellow at Family to Family Network
  2. Richard Atkinson provided an overview of his recently completed TCDD Policy Fellowship at Family to Family Network. He reviewed his areas of concentration which included caregiver wages, education, healthcare, early childhood intervention, Medicaid, special education, and transportation.
  1. Communications and Marketing Activities
  2. Communications Coordinator Mary Rochford provided an update on activities within the past quarter. She reviewed social media statistics, shared infographics developed from stories collected regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, and highlighted the TCDD Listens survey to obtain information about access to services and supports. Rochford also discussed the collaborative efforts on regional coordinator newsletters and webpages. She shared information about communications activities related to the Partners in Policymaking program.
  1. Executive Committee Report
  2. Chair Durheim reported on new grant awards for one Older Adults with IDD and their Caregivers project, one Money Basics project, one Planning Ahead for Family Support and Financial Security project, and two Community Inclusion mini-grants. She also reported on continuation grant funding for the Texas Parent to Parent Developmental Disabilities Fellow project.
  4. Grants Management Director Willis discussed the Independent Audit Status Report noting that the desk review of SAFE Alliance is awaiting additional documentation, but no other concerns were noted. She next reviewed the Risk Assessment Report including the addition of eight new projects, removal of five ending projects, and updates to 11 projections that recently received continuation grant funding. Willis also reviewed the Grant Projects Report that highlights projects that began and ended during the previous quarter as well projects that are in the final year of funding. This report also includes projects that have requested a budget extension due to COVID-19.
  6. Operations Director Martha Cantu reviewed the FY 2020 TCDD Administrative and Expense budget. Executive Director Stalvey reviewed the Summary of Funds for FY 2018 – FY 2021 with further explanation of the formatted documents.
  8. Council Membership Coordinator Koren Vogel reported on Conflict of Interest disclosure reports for staff and Council members and asked members to submit updates.
  1. Project Development Committee Report
  2. Project Development Committee Chair Cortez reported on Committee discussion related to levels of project sustainability and how the Committee will consider next steps for completed projects within those degrees of sustainability.
  1. Public Policy Committee Report
  2. Public Policy Committee Chair Taylor reported on the presentation from Title XIX/Medicaid representative Dana Williamson on the Medicaid Waiver Interest List Study.
  4. Public Policy Analysts Lauren Gerken and Sabrina Gonzalez shared updates on state policy issues.
  1. Agency Reports
  2. The Council received updates from Mary Faithfull of Disability Rights Texas, Nina Zuna of Texas Center for Disability Studies, Holly Riley of HHSC/Older Americans Act, Audrey Young of DSHS/Maternal Child Health, Jennifer Hines of Texas Workforce Commission/Rehab Act, and Keith Swink of Texas Education Agency/Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
  1. Future Agenda Items
  2. Council members can provide additional suggestions for future agenda items in writing to Chair Durheim or TCDD staff.
  1. Announcements and Updates
  2. Council members discussed dates of future meetings of February 10-12, 2021, May 5-7, 2021, August 4-6, 2021, and November 3-5, 2021.


Chair Durheim adjourned the meeting at 12:27 PM.