Community Capacity Building Committee
August 14, 2014
12:30 – 3:00 pm
North Raleigh Hilton – Raleigh, NC
Members Present: I. Azell Reeves (Chairperson), Lisa Byrd, Bill Hussey; Alternate: Beverly Colwell, John Carbone, M.D.; Alternate: Larry Huggins, Anna Cunningham, Wilson Finks, Amanda Bergen, Jim Swain; Alternate Gina Price and David White
Members Absent: Desiree Peterson and Senator Tommy Tucker
Guests: Rene Cummins (NC ADA Fiscal Agent), Jaci Harris (Power of the Dream), Cassie Cunningham (Power of the Dream), Curtis Dew (Citizens Together), Linda Emery (Cincinnati Children’s Hospital – Project SEARCH), Pat Keul (Project Consultant – Project SEARCH), David Taylor Jr., and Judi Taylor
Staff/Contractors/Council Chair: Shayna Simpson-Hall, Karen Hamilton (NC ADA Network), Shelsey Hall (NCCDD intern) and John McCallum
Welcome: Chairperson I. Azell Reeves welcomed all members and provided an opportunity for all to introduce themselves.
Approval of Minutes: Chairperson I. Azell Reeves asked for approval of May 15, 2014 Minutes.
MOTION: Wilson Finks made a motion to accept the May 15, 2014 Community Capacity Building Committee minutes. David White seconded the motion. The motion passed.
Karen Hamilton (NC ADA Network Coordinator) reported:
This past year the NC ADA Network project worked with grassroots groups and advocates in 46 counties, to provide Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) training and technical assistance to individuals and businesses in over 87 NC counties. These activities included:
NC ADA Network representatives are serving on planning committees and task forces including:
NC ADA Network is collaborating with 3 other Council initiatives and other groups including:
Jaci Harris and Cassie Cunningham (Power of the Dream Self Advocacy Group) shared about their group’s local ADA Project activities. Over the next year the group plans to work on the Americans with Disabilities Act issues of accessible parking, service animals, accessibility in stores and employment rights. Ms. Harris emphasized the importance of learning about your rights and speaking up.
Additionally, David Taylor – and Judi Taylor discussed issues surrounding parking control and gave an introduction to a new parking app.
Initiative Update and Authority to Draft
Rene Cummins (Director of Alliance of Disability Advocates) reported on her organization’s role as the NC ADA Network Fiscal Agent. She shared how as the Fiscal Agent they enable people with disabilities and small grassroots groups to access the funds they need to conduct and participate in advocacy activities that promote the Americans with Disabilities Act as follows:
Ms. Cummins also reported that this year, Alliance of Disability Advocates had the following outcomes as Fiscal Agent to the NC ADA Network:
Curtis Dew with Citizens Together Advocacy Group spoke on the important role the NC ADA Network Fiscal Agent plays in supporting small grassroots groups and individuals with disabilities that have limited financial resources. Mr. Dew shared examples of how the current fiscal agent, Alliance of Disability Advocates, has helped self-advocates:
Authority to Draft an RFA (NC ADA FISCAL AGENT)
David White made a motion to grant authority to staff to release the RFA to support the implementation of the NC ADA Network Fiscal Agent initiative, for up to an amount of $35,000 (level-funded) for up to three years beginning with the period of July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016, with a required minimum of 25% non-federal matching funds. Motion was seconded by Lisa Byrd, Wilson Finks and Amanda Bergen. The motion carried. * Anna Cunningham recused herself.
Initiative Updates and Motion to Approve Continuation Funding
Linda Emery, Project SEARCH Project Coordinator with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Pat Keul, Project Consultant provided the members with an update. They began with a general program description which consists of the following:
Purpose of the North Carolina Initiative:
Linda informed the group that the contract negotiations were deliberate and difficult. They were able to begin work on the initiative goals in late January, 2014.
Goal 1 - Selecting the 3 new sites:
Established an Advisory Committee to assist with site selection process
“Letters of Intent” Process
Model requires technical assistance with up to 3 steps
Three communities selected in early March 2014- the three new NC Project SEARCH sites are listed below:
1.) Alamance Regional Hospital Project SEARCH (partners below)
2.) Gardner-Webb University Project SEARCH – Boiling Springs (partners below)
3.) Harris Regional Hospital Project SEARCH (partners below)
The goals for Year 2 are as follows:
In closing, Linda read to the group a heartfelt letter written by one of the mother’s of a Project SEARCH graduate. The letter described the remarkable changes she has witnessed in her child since she has graduated from Project SEARCH and has begun working.
Continuation Funding – Project SEARCH
Wilson Finks and Anna Cunningham made a motion that the NCCDD will make available up to $100,000 (January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015), 100% federal funds of external, sole source funding for year 2 of 3 years, to Cincinnati Hospital to implement the Project SEARCH Technical Assistance Initiative, with a minimum 25% non-federal match requirement. Lisa Byrd seconded the motion.
*Beverly Colwell recused herself.
The Council’s Business Officer, Yadira Vasquez, provided an update to the Community Capacity Building Committee of the current budget report and expenses by committee and the status of the three federal fiscal years.
Wrap Up and Reminders
Chairperson I. Azell Reeves reminded members to submit their financial forms. She asked that if members are interested, to please respond promptly when they receive notification from Cora about upcoming conferences or other events.
Wilson Finks made a motion to adjourn the meeting. It was seconded by Amanda Bergen. Chairperson I. Azell Reeves adjourned the meeting at 3:01 p.m.