Community Capacity Building
May 14, 2015
2:00 – 3:45 pm
North Raleigh Hilton, Raleigh, NC
Members Present: I. Azell Reeves (Chairperson), Jim Swain, Adonis Brown, Jason Faircloth, Dr. Joshua Gettinger, Kerri Bennett-Eaker, Anna Cunningham, Dreama McCoy, Amanda Bergen and David White
Members Absent: Representative Verla Insko
Guests: Laurie Schaller and Michael Roush (National Disability Institute), Donna Gallagher (The Collaborative), Linda Emery (Cincinnati Children’s Hospital), Pat Keul (Project Consultant), Gail Dawkins (INREACH, Charlotte, NC), Krystal Bailey (Project SEARCH grad and CMPD employee), April Brantley (Alamance Burlington School System – Project SEARCH), LeAnn Wooten (Alamance Burlington School System – Project SEARCH instructor), Brittany Akoula (North Carolina Division of Vocational Rehabilitation), Lakeisha Tharrington (North Carolina Division of Vocational Rehabilitation) David McMaster (Project SEARCH intern), Tyson Haith, Jr. (Project SEARCH Intern), Abbey Martin (Project SEARCH Intern), Durand Bailey (Alamance Burlington Schools – Project SEARCH job coach), and Jason Roby (Project SEARCH Intern)
Staff/Contractors: Shayna Simpson-Hall and Yadira Vasquez
Welcome: Chairperson I. Azell Reeves welcomed all members.
Approval of Minutes: Chairperson I. Azell Reeves asked for approval of the February 12, 2015 minutes.
David White made a motion to accept the February 12, 2015 Community Capacity Building Committee minutes. Amanda Bergen seconded the motion. The motion was approved.
Initiative Updates and Motion to Approve Continuation Funding
I. Azell Reeves asked the committee members whether they would prefer to hear the presenters present their PowerPoint presentation or if they would rather pose the questions given to the presenter and allow them to address the questions and concerns given to the committee by the members of the full Council (on the index cards). The committee members opted to address the questions given to them by the members of the full Council. No motion was required.
Emergency Preparedness - Abby Cameron, Human Services Manager and Greta Herring, Grant Coordinator, NC Dept. of Public Safety
Abby mentioned that Wake County Schools will upload the ReadyNC app on to all of the iPads disseminated through the school system. Dreama McCoy clarified that not all schools would be distributing iPads but it is good idea for those who are granting iPads to students as it is beneficial to students and parents.
Committee members recommended that the initiative use MCOs as a resource. Also, DPI’s Exceptional Children Section should be used as a resource as they could help spread the word about the ReadyNC app. Additionally, the initiative should utilize medical homes and medical associations as a mechanism to disseminate information on the emergency preparedness for people with I/DD and their families.
Adonis Brown and Anna Cunningham made a motion that the NCCDD will make available up to $105,000 for the period of October 1, 2015 to September 30, 2016, for year 2 of 3, with 100% federal funds of external sole-source funding to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, Division of Emergency Management to implement the Emergency Preparedness Initiative. The 25% non-federal match requirement has been requested for this grant. Amanda Bergen seconded the motion. The motion was approved.
Upward to Financial Stability - Michael Roush and Laurie Schaller, Project Managers, National Disability Institute and Donna Gallagher, The Collaborative
Michael clarified that the curriculum is inclusive of people with all disabilities. Anna Cunningham asked for an update on the curriculum timeline. Michael stated that the draft will be submitted to the NCCDD in August for review and approval. In wrapping up, Michael stated that the webinars will be archived on the NCCDD website to make it accessible to people who may not be available to join the webinar as it is being conducted live.
Anna Cunningham made a motion that the NCCDD will make available up to $75,000 (October 1, 2015 to September 30, 2016), 100% federal funds of external continuation funding for year 2 of 3 to National Disability Institute for the NCCDD Upward to Financial Stability initiative with required minimum of 25% non-federal matching funds. Adonis Brown seconded the motion. The motion was approved.
Project SEARCH - Linda Emery, Project Coordinator, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Pat Keul, Project Consultant
Dreama McCoy acknowledged the NC Department of Public Instruction (DPI) is supportive of the initiative. DPI is engaging in conversation currently to figure out how they can be more involved. Jim Swain similarly acknowledged NC Vocational Rehabilitation support of the initiative and how Project SEARCH would be valuable with the implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Kerri Bennett-Eaker expressed her desire to see the program expanded statewide.
In closing, Anna asked the Project SEARCH participants in the room to please share their highlight(s) of the year. She wanted to know the one thing they had learned through the program.
Adonis Brown, Dr. Joshua Gettinger and Kerri Bennett-Eaker made a motion that the NCCDD will make available up to $100,000 (January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016), 100% federal funds of external, sole source continuation funding for year 3 of 3, to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital to implement the Project SEARCH Technical Assistance Initiative, with a minimum 25% non-federal match requirement. Jim Swain, Dreama McCoy and Amanda Bergen seconded the motion. The motion was approved.
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 Gibson, NCCDD staff member, regarding upcoming conferences or other events.
Anna Cunningham noted that she was late but present at the last Community Capacity Building Committee meeting on February 12, 2015. She asked that this please be reflected in the February 12, 2015 meeting minutes. She also stated that she recused herself from the voting on the NC ADA Fiscal Agent and NC ADA Network motions.
Jason Faircloth made a motion to adjourn the meeting it was seconded by Anna Cunningham. Chairperson I. Azell Reeves adjourned the meeting at 3:48 p.m.