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Executive Committee Minutes, May 2021

NC Council on Developmental Disabilities
Executive Committee Minutes
Date: May 24, 2021
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Members Present: Allison Dodson, Bryan Dooley, Kerri Eaker, Cheryl Powell, Ryan Rotundo, Nessie Siler, Dan Smith
Staff Present: Chris Hendricks, Melissa Swartz, JoAnn Toomey, Talley Wells, Shar’ron Williams, Philip Woodward, Letha Young

I. Call to Order
Chair Kerri Eaker called the meeting to order of the Executive Committee (EC) and welcomed the members calling in.

II. Approval of Minutes
The draft minutes for the April 19th EC meeting were reviewed.

MOTION: Cheryl Powell made a motion to approve the draft minutes of the April 19, 2021 Executive Committee meeting. Nessie Siler seconded the motion. The motion was approved by unanimous vote.

III. Executive Director Update
Talley Wells said that he had a good meeting with DRNC and there was also discussion around the Peer Support initiative and perhaps using some of the vaccine funds toward this effort of using peers.

He also reviewed with the members the updated Registry RFA and appreciated all the conversation around this RFA at the Council meeting and worked with Philip to tighten it up based on the feedback from the Council. They also brought the funding back from the RFA from $180,000 to $150,000 because he plans for us to work closely with the contractor and because of the need for funding other new initiatives. Staff also discussed the recommendations for members of the selection committee – including Kerri and Ryan and perhaps other people who may be directly affected by the Registry and also someone from the department – as well as a strong self-advocate.

MOTION: Dan Smith made a motion to approve the updated A Coordinated Campaign to Impact the Registry of Unmet Needs RFA for release. Ryan Rotundo seconded the motion. The motion was approved by unanimous vote.

Talley also announced the retirement of JoAnn Toomey. The Director of Operations position has been posted as of Friday.

IV. Council Meeting/Member Survey Review
The members reviewed only 7 May Council meeting surveys that were submitted. Most were positive with comments but there was some mention of the long day on Thursdays. Talley said that staff discussed this, but since we are planning to go back to in-person meetings in August, it will be difficult to have committee meetings on another day or week. The suggestion was appreciated but the members felt the standard flow has worked well and they are looking forward to getting back to connecting in person.

V. Conference Funding Request
None at this time.

VI. Ad Hoc Committees/Updates
Dan Smith updated the members that the Five-Year Plan draft was submitted for adoption to the Council at the May 2021 meeting and approved. It will be submitted to DHHS Secretary Cohen for review and approval and then to the Office of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (OIDD) for final approval by August 15, 2021. The new Plan will take effect on October 1, 2021.

VII. Personal Services Contract Review/Approval
None at this time.

VIII. Other
The EC was updated regarding new members that will be in effect as of July 1, 2021 and those that were reappointed for a second term or those that were appointed for a full first term after fulfilling a partial term of another member.

IX. Adjourn

Kerri asked for a motion to adjourn at approximately 11:30 AM.

MOTION: Nessie Siler made a motion to adjourn


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This project was supported, in part by grant number 2001NCSCDD-02, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects with government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official ACL policy.

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