Minutes — October 2020 Committee of the Whole Meeting

Council and Committee Meetings


  • Committee Members Present
  • Mary Durheim, Council 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, Texas A&M CDD
  • Michael Peace
  • Randell Resneder
  • Holly Riley, HHSC/Older Americans Act
  • Robert Schier III
  • Eric Shahid
  • Toby Summers
  • Lora Taylor
  • John Thomas
  • Kim Torres
  • Audrey Young, DSHS
  • Nina Zuna, TCDS
  • Council Members Absent

  • Justin Porter, TEA
  • Molly Spratt
  • Dana Williamson, HHSC/Medicaid
  • Guests Present

  • Tiffany Arnold
  • Richard Atkinson
  • Kirsten Benford
  • Joey Gidseg
  • Rebecca Japko
  • Linda Litzinger
  • Laura Marquez
  • Jeff Miller
  • Susan Murphree
  • 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
  • Evan Marczynski
  • Sylvia Medina
  • 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 Committee of the Whole of the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities met virtually using the Zoom platform on Wednesday, October 28, 2020. Council Chair Mary Durheim called the meeting to order at 9:32 AM. A quorum was present.

  1. Introductions
  1. Public Comments
  2. Public comments were received from Susan Murphree of Disability Rights Texas suggesting edits to the proposed revisions to the TCDD Position Statements.
  1. Consent Items
  2. Executive Director Beth Stalvey discussed the proposed FY 2022 – FY 2026 State Plan Goals and Objectives. Following Council member discussion during the August meetings, the draft goals and objectives were presented as:
  1. Goal 1: The Council will partner with and empower more people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), their families, and other professionals to become strong self-advocates, peer trainers and community leaders.
  3. Objective 1: Self-Advocate Support (Required) Increase capacity of self-advocates to organize at the state and local levels to share information, resources, and develop policy skills, train other self-advocates, participate in cross-disability initiatives, and support independence and engagement within communities on issues that are important to them and their families.
  5. Objective 2: Provide opportunities for family members and professionals to receive information, connect with resources, and develop policy skills to engage in state and local issues that are important to their families and individuals with IDD they serve.
  7. Goal 2: The Council will lead in partnership with family/self-advocates and other stakeholders to improve community-based systems to be more fully inclusive and supportive of Texans with IDD and their families.
  9. Objective 1: Increase access to information and engage in policy initiatives to increase protections for the personal and civil rights of Texans with IDD to live safe and independently, including during natural and public health emergencies.
  11. Objective 2: Increase access to services, supports, and other assistance that promote healthy growth and development across all ages—in schools, in transition to life post- graduation including innovative opportunities and best practices to obtain competitive integrated employment.
  13. Objective 3: Targeted Disparity (Required) Increase opportunities for employment for early career adult Texans with IDD of Hispanic origin who live in the deep south area of Texas through outreach, training, and inter-agency communication post-transition.
  15. Objective 4: Expand opportunities for Texans with IDD to engage in healthy behaviors and access I/DD informed health care services and supports.
  17. Objective 5: Increase supports for informal and formal caregivers and engage in training and policy initiatives to improve residential supports and transportation that are essential to quality of life and integration into the community.
  19. Objective 6: Increase outreach and information to connect with Texans with I/DD and others and lead policy initiatives that address regional specific needs that emerge.
  21. Objective 7: Collaboration with Federal DD Partners (Required) Partner with DD Network to develop joint policy initiatives to protect human rights and improve access to services supports and other assistance that include but not limited to protection from abuse and neglect, school discipline, safety in residential settings, expanding access to mental health services and supports.
  23. Council members had in-depth discussion on the language of these goals and objectives and reached consensus to add “disability advocates” to Goal 1; add the words “education and training” to Goal 2, Objective 1; and add the words “improve quality” of supports to Goal 2, Objective 2.
  25. MOTION: To recommend Council approval to post the FY 2022 – FY 2026 State Plan Goals and Objectives for public comment as presented with revisions as noted.
  26. MADE BY: Hunter Adkins
  27. SECOND: Lora Taylor
  28. The motion passed unanimously.
  1. TCDD Public Policy Priorities
  2. Public Policy Director Scott Daigle led a discussion on the proposed 2021 TCDD Public Policy Priorities. He noted these priorities are tools to be used in communicating with lawmakers and agency officials to give insight to the Council’s priorities. The Committee had an in-depth discussion on direct support provider wages. The Public Policy Committee will have additional discussion before presentation to the Council.
  1. TCDD Position Statements
  2. Public Policy Director Daigle led a discussion on revisions to the TCDD Position Statements. Following an analysis by a small workgroup of Council members and then additional input from other Council members, the position statements were significantly condensed from the previous versions. There was significant discussion to ensure that TCDD Position Statements reflect the intent of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act and are inclusive of all individuals with developmental disabilities including those who reside in SSLCs. The Public Policy Committee will have additional discussion before presentation to the Council.
  1. Residential Options for People with IDD in Texas
  2. Public Policy Director Daigle provided a summary of the Disability Policy Academy on Residential Options for People with IDD in Texas. TCDD hosted a panel of speakers who discussed the different housing and support options available to people with disabilities and the information provided is available for those not able to attend.


Council Chair Durheim adjourned the Committee of the Whole at 12:35 PM.