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Community Living Committee Minutes, August 2016

Community Living Committee
Thursday, August 11, 2016
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Hilton Garden Inn, Cary, NC

Members Present: Kerri Eaker, Kelly Woodall Beauchamp, Lisa Byrd, Mya Lewis, Christina Carter, Joshua Gettinger, Desiree Peterson, I. Azell Reeves, Deb Zuver, Desiree Peterson, Vicki Smith, Peggy Terhune

Members Absent: Michael Groves, Sandra Terrell

Staff in Attendance: Steve Strom, JoAnn Toomey, Yadira Vasquez

Guests: Linda Kendall-Fields, Nancy Warren, Karen Luken, Gordon O’Neill, Sarah Yancey, Elizabeth Kahn, Mary Ann (Melissa’s friend), Mary Ann Salmon, Jill Hinton, Andrea Misenheimer


Welcome: Kerri Eaker called the meeting to order, welcomed all members and reviewed all of the meeting rules and asked for volunteers for the timekeeper role. Carrie Ambrose volunteered to be the timekeeper for the meeting.

Council Staff Yadira Vasquez presented the review of the Council administrative and program budgets and explained the details. Ms. Vasquez’s fiscal update presented the budget summary spreadsheet of the three fiscal years from which all initiatives are funded and a one page initiative update that provided budget information in an easy to read and understand format on the initiatives, “Rethinking Guardianship: Building a Case for Less Restrictive Alternatives”,
“Bridging Practice and Policy: Transitions from Adult Care Homes”,
“Emergency Preparedness for People with I/DD or Access and Functional Needs”,
“Safety and Security: Addressing Sexual VIolence and Domestic Violence Against People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities”, and
“Medical and Health Homes for People with Intellectual and Other Developmental Disabilities: Coordination, Collaboration and Community”.

Minutes from the May 2016 Community Living meeting were reviewed. Desiree Peterson made the motion to approve the minutes as read and Kelly Woodall Beaucamp seconded the motion. The motion carried.

Initiative Updates:

Transitions from Adult Care Homes – Provided by Cas Shearin of Disability Rights North Carolina. Ms. Shearin will return in November for a final report and recommendations about this important initiative.

Supported Living – Provided by Linda Kendall-Fields standing in for Trish Farnham to lead the discussion on the RFA and questions from the Council meeting earlier in the afternoon around number of individuals served and strengthening the language of the partner roles. Once the questions were answered, the committee put forth a motion to release the RFA with amendments.

Motion to Release Supported Living RFA
Carrie Ambrose made a motion to grant NCCDD staff authority to release the Request for Applications (RFA) for the “Supported Living: Making the Difference” initiative with the following edits to the RFA to include specific language for:

  1.  A target of 18 individuals served in year 1;
  2. Partners to reflect the geographic diversity of the state in rural, suburban and urban areas, each with its own unique areas that will need be reviewed and addressed in the RFA, and
  3. Edits to the citations from the research. Lisa Byrd seconded the motion.
    Motion carried.

Medical and Health Homes for People with Intellectual and Other Developmental Disabilities: Coordination, Collaboration and Community – Update provided by Karen Luken on the work in the final months of the initiative. Discussed ensued on the continuation of the work once the initiative ended.
Rethinking Guardianship: Building a Case for Less Restrictive Alternatives – discussion of the initiative was hosted by Linda Kendall Fields. Members endorsed the work of the initiative and put forth a motion for continuation funding for year 3 of the initiative.

Motion for Continuation funding for Guardianship
Vicki Smith made a motion for continuation funding to the NC DHHS Division of Aging and Adult Services for the Rethinking Guardianship: Building a Case for Less Restrictive Alternatives initiative for up to $75,000 (beginning January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017) for Year 3 (of 3) with required minimum of 25% non-federal matching funds. Caroline Ambrose seconded the motion. Motion was approved.

Wrap Up and Reminders:

Ms. Eaker reminded members to complete their member survey as well as the reimbursement form and return the documents to Cora Gibson by Friday. Ms. Eaker then adjourned the meeting.


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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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