Minutes — February 2020 Executive Committee Meeting

2020 Council and Committee Meetings

Attendance

  • Committee Members Present
  • Kimberly Blackmon
  • Gladys Cortez
  • Andrew Crim
  • Lora Taylor
  • Committee Members Absent

    Mary Durheim, Council Chair
  • Council Members Present

  • Paul Cardarella
  • Randell Resneder
  • Robert Schier III
  • Eric Shahid
  • John Thomas
  • Guests Present

  • Hannah Kincaide
  • Jennifer Martinez
  • Staff Present

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

The Executive Committee of the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities convened on Wednesday, February 5, 2020, in the Houston I Room at the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton ‐ Austin, 303 West 15th Street, Austin, TX 78701. Council Vice-Chair Andrew Crim called the meeting to order at 1:30 PM. A quorum was present. Crim noted that Council Chair Mary Durheim would be absent for the duration of the meetings and he would facilitate.

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

  2. Public Comments
    No public comments were offered.

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

    MOTION: To approve the minutes of the November 6, 2019, Executive Committee meeting as presented.
    MADE BY: Lora Taylor
    SECOND: Gladys Cortez
    The motion passed unanimously. 

  4. TCDD Quarterly Financial 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 2021 and discussed the projected balances for FY 2018 and FY 2019. She reported that the final FY 2020 federal notice of grant award for TCDD was received on February 4, 2020 in the amount of $5,409,702. The Committee reviewed the status of current grantees and the stipends which have been funded for the fiscal year.

  5. Increase in Stipend Budget
    Vice‐Chair Crim reported on the increased requests for TCDD event, speaker, and translation stipends noting that the amount budgeted for FY 2020 has already been reached. He added that expected requests for annual events total an additional $60,000.
  • MOTION:To recommend Council approval of an additional $100,000 for a total of $200,000 for stipend funding for FY 2020.
  • MADE BY: Gladys Cortez
  • SECOND: Lora Taylor
  • The motion passed unanimously.
  1. Disability Training Facilitation
    Executive Director Stalvey 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 recommend Council approval of an external contract for the facilitation of disability training programs.
    MADE BY: Lora Taylor
    SECOND: Kimberly Blackmon
    The motion passed unanimously.
  1. Continuation Grant Awards
    Vice-Chair Crim read a statement regarding Conflict of Interest prior to the consideration of funding for grant projects, reminding members, staff, and guests to excuse themselves from the conversation if a conflict of interest exists.

    Grants Coordinators Sylvia Medina and Robert Garcia presented executive summaries for the following:

    1. Imagine Art for up to $125,000 for the third year of a four-year Peer Supports in the Community project
    2. Alamo Area Councils of Governments for up to $175,000 for the second year of a five-year Older Adults with Developmental Disabilities and their Caregivers project
    3. Baylor College of Medicine for up to $80,204 for the second year of a four-year Statewide Community Services Peer Support Specialists project
    4. Baylor College of Medicine for up to $200,000 for the second year of a five-year Health and Wellness project
    5. Project Amistad for up to $125,000 for the third year of a five-year Peer Support for Individuals Living in Institutions project
    6. Texas Advocates for up to $125,000 for the third year of a five-year Peer Support for Individuals Living in Institutions project
    7. University of Massachusetts for up to $124,635 for the second year of a four-year Statewide Community Services Peer Support Specialists project
    8. West Central Texas Regional Foundation for up to $85,000 for the third year of a five-year Leadership and Advocacy Skills in Rural Areas project

    Members expressed concerns about the lower than expected expenditures in the Baylor College of Medicine Community Peer Supports Specialists project and Medina reported the grantee has a plan in place to spend allocated funds. No other concerns were expressed regarding the projects presented for continuation funding.

    MOTION: To approve continuation grant funding for the projects as presented.
    MADE BY: Kimberly Blackmon
    SECOND: Lora Taylor
    The motion passed unanimously.

  2. New Grant Awards
    New grant funding was first considered for Meaningful Day Mini-Grants to improve person-directed practices, increase employment, and create greater opportunities for community inclusion for individuals with developmental disabilities who are not working. Public Policy Director Scott Daigle reminded members that the Council approved funding of up to $15,000 for one year for up to 10 organizations and funded six projects at the November 2019 meeting. The Committee discussed applications from:
    • Opportunities, Inc.
    • Hope Center 4 Autism
    • Down Home Ranch

    MOTION: To approve up to $15,000 to Opportunities, Inc. for a one-year Meaningful Day Mini-Grant project.
    MADE BY: Lora Taylor
    SECOND: Gladys Cortez
    The motion passed unanimously.

    MOTION: To not fund the application from Hope Center 4 Autism for a one-year Meaningful Day Mini-Grant project.
    MADE BY: Lora Taylor
    SECOND: Gladys Cortez
    The motion passed unanimously.

    No action was taken on the application from Down Home Ranch.

    Daigle next presented applications for TCDD Policy Fellows to provide advanced training in disability policy to grow the next generation of leaders. He reminded members that the Council approved funding of up to $77,500 per year for up to two years, per project, for up to 10 projects and one project was funded in November 2019. The Committee considered applications from Family to Family Network and Paso del Norte Children’s Development Center. A third application was received by Autism Service Center but was unanimously not recommended for funding by the peer review panel and Committee members agreed to not take action on that application.

    MOTION: To approve up to $77,500 per year, for up to two years to Family to Family Network for a TCDD Policy Fellows project.
    MADE BY: Gladys Cortez
    SECOND: Kimberly Blackmon
    The motion passed unanimously.

    MOTION: To approve up to $77,500 per year, for up to two years to Paso del Norte Children’s Development Center for a TCDD Policy Fellows project.
    MADE BY: Kimberly Blackmon
    SECOND: Lora Taylor
    The motion passed unanimously.

    The Committee next reviewed one application from the University of North Texas Health Science Center for a Research of Substance Use Disorder in People with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities project. The purpose of the project is to expand knowledge related to substance use disorders in people with I/DD.

    MOTION: To approve up to $125,000 to University of Texas Health Science Center for a one-year Research of Substance Use Disorder in People with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities project.
    MADE BY: Gladys Cortez
    SECOND: Kimberly Blackmon
    The motion passed unanimously.

    The Committee reviewed applications for Complex Mental Health Needs projects. The purpose of the projects is to create and support promising practices that enable people dually diagnosed with I/DD and mental illness to be fully included in their communities and to have control over their own lives. The Council awarded funding of up to $300,000 per year for up to five years for one or more projects. Daigle reported that 17 applications were received, and the peer review panel recommended ten projects for consideration and unanimously voted not to recommend funding the other seven. The Committee discussed applications from the following organizations:

    • The Arc of Texas
    • Texas Tech University
    • University of Massachusetts Medical School, Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center
    • West Central Texas Regional Foundation
    • Amistad
    • Autism Society of Texas
    • Baylor College of Medicine Transition Medical Clinic
    • Lakes Regional Community Center
    • My Health, My Resources
    • SAFE Alliance

    MOTION: To approve up to $299,000 per year, for up to five years to Texas Tech University for a Complex Mental Health Needs project.
    MADE BY: Andrew Crim
    SECOND: Lora Taylor
    The motion passed unanimously.

    MOTION: To approve up to $300,000 per year, for up to five years to The Arc of Texas for a Complex Mental Health Needs project.
    MADE BY: Gladys Cortez
    SECOND: Kimberly Blackmon
    The motion passed unanimously.

    MOTION: To approve up to $101,549 per year, for up to four years to the University of Massachusetts for a Complex Mental Health Needs project.
    MADE BY: Andrew Crim
    SECOND: Lora Taylor
    The motion passed with Andrew Crim voting against the motion.

    No action was taken on the remaining applications.

  3. Grants Activities Reports
    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. Willis also noted that no grantee on-site visits were conducted during the previous quarter.

  4. Chair’s Report
    Vice-Chair Crim reviewed expected absences for Chair Mary Durheim and Texas Center for Disability Studies representatives Amy Sharp/Nina Zuna. He also noted that Jonas Schwartz will represent the Texas Workforce Commission but is not a voting member.

    Crim reviewed Robert’s Rules of Order for conducting meetings reminding members of their purpose in facilitating efficient meetings, ensuring that members’ opinions are heard, and that consensus is reached. Committee Chairs were directed to review with each Committee.

  5. Executive Director’s Report
    Executive Director Stalvey reviewed stipend awards that were approved during the past quarter to the following applicants:

    • Hope Center for Autism: Speakers Stipend for up to $3,500 for Understanding Autism on January 7, 2020, in Fort Worth.
    • Congregation Emanu El.: Speakers Stipend for up to $7,500 for Achieving Inclusion, Diversity, and Access on January 30, 2020, in Houston.
    • Volar Center for Independent Living: Events Stipend for up to $5,235 for the Our Lives Disabilities Conference & Service Providers Expo on March 26, 2020, in El Paso.
    • Children’s Disabilities Information Coalition: Events Stipend for up to $6,675 for the 31st Annual Children’s Disabilities Symposium on March 7, 2020, in El Paso.
    • Children’s Disabilities Information Coalition: Speakers Stipend for up to $3,758 for the 31st Annual Children’s Disabilities Symposium on March 7, 2020, in El Paso.
    • Autism Society of El Paso: Events Stipend for up to $3,750 for the 21st Annual Autism Conference for Parents on February 28, 2020, in El Paso.
    • Autism Society of El Paso: Speakers Stipend for up to $4,800 for the 21st Annual Autism Conference for Parents on February 28, 2020, in El Paso.
    • Austin Travis County Integral Care: Events Stipend for up to $6,455 for the Central Texas African American Family Support Conference on February 11-12, 2020, in Austin.
    • Austin Travis County Integral Care: Speakers Stipend for up to $7,500 for the Central Texas African American Family Support Conference on February 11-12, 2020, in Austin.
    • Attention Deficit Disorders Association – Southern Region: Events Stipend for up to $6,971 for the 32nd Annual ADDA-SR Conference on February 22, 2020, in Houston.
    • Volar Center for Independent Living: Speakers Stipend for up to $7,494 for the Our Lives Disabilities Conference & Service Providers Expo on March 26, 2020, in El Paso.

    Stalvey discussed updates to TCDD staff to note the selection of Rosalin Willis as Grants Management Director and the resignations of Danny Fikac and Ashley Ford. Postings for the Public Policy Analysts are in progress.

  6. Conflict of Interest Disclosure
    Committee members reviewed updated conflict of interest disclosure information for Council members and staff. No concerns were noted.

  7. Other Updates
    The next scheduled Executive Committee meeting is May 6, 2020.

Adjourn

Vice-Chair Crim adjourned the Executive Committee at 5:28 PM.