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Disability Systems Change Committee Minutes, Nov 2015

Disability Systems Change Committee
Thursday, November 19, 2015
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
North Raleigh Hilton, Raleigh, NC

Members Present: Samuel Miller, Wendy Boyd, Eric Chavis, Desiree Peterson, Shayna Simpson-Hall (for Courtney Cantrell), Kelly Woodall Beauchamp, Wing Ng, Vicki Smith, Nessie Siler, Peggy Terhune

Members Absent: Christina Carter, Joe Piven, Dave Richard
Staff in Attendance:  Steve Strom, Chris Egan, Yadira Vasquez

Guests:  Nancy Warren, Tamara Norris, Elizabeth Kahn, and Pam Woodall


Welcome: Samuel Miller called the meeting to order, welcomed all members, and provided an opportunity for new members and guests to introduce themselves.

Dr. Miller called for a motion to approve the August 2015 Disability Systems Change Committee minutes.  Eric Chavis made a motion to approve the minutes.  Desiree Peterson seconded the motion.  Motion carried.

Fiscal Update:

Council Staff Yadira Vasquez presented a review of the Disability Systems Change initiative budgets and explained the details.  Ms. Vasquez’s fiscal update provided budget information on the initiatives, “Adult Care Home Transition“, “Medical and Health Home with I/DD”, “Medicaid Reform Stakeholder Engagement”, and “Rethinking Guardianship”.  Following the presentation of the initiative budgets, Ms. Vasquez presented the current and projected budgets and expenses by Federal Fiscal Years showing the awards by year, identified initiatives pending Council approval, and the unexpended balances in each fiscal year.  Vicki Smith asked that the minutes reflect the Committee’s appreciation for Ms. Vasquez’s reports and the way that the fiscal information is presented to make the reports easier to understand.  
Dr. Miller and members thanked Ms. Vasquez for her fiscal presentation.

Initiative Updates and Motions to Approve Continuation Funding:
Motion for Continuation Funding for Rethinking Guardianship Initiative for year 2

Dr. Miller opened the floor for discussion on the NC DHHS Division of Aging year 2 continuation funding for the Rethinking Guardianship initiative.  Nancy Warren and Tamara Norris, guardianship initiative contacts, presented a brief overview and answered member questions about the initiative.  Members had several questions and comments regarding the initiative.  After the guests left the room, the members discussed the initiative’s merits.  The committee decided to task the Council staff member, Steve Strom, to follow up with the contractor to ask for additional information that would be distributed to the Committee members before making a decision on continuation funding.  Dr. Miller asked Mr. Strom to poll the group on potential meeting dates in December following the Council meeting when the members could review the additional information provided by the contractor and make a recommendation to the Executive Committee on continuation funding.  

Wrap Up and Reminders:

Following the discussion and action on the initiatives, Dr. Miller asked members to complete their travel forms and send to Cora Gibson.  Dr. Miller thanked the members for their input and adjourned the meeting.


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