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Community Living Committee Minutes, May 2016

Community Living Committee
Thursday, May 12, 2016
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Hilton Garden Inn, Cary, NC

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

Members Absent: Sandra Terrell

Staff in Attendance: Steve Strom, JoAnn Toomey

Guests: Linda Kendall-Fields, Greta Herring, Karen Luken, Tracey Pakornsawat, Sarah Yancey, Elizabeth Kahn


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. Vicki Smith volunteered to be the timekeeper for the meeting.

Initiative Updates:
Rethinking Guardianship Initiative year 2

Ms. Eaker asked Mr. Strom to review the purpose of the Guardianship initiative and the deliverables of the initiative. He introduced Linda Kendall-Fields from the Jordan Institute who then provided an update on the work of the Guardianship initiative, including the common agenda and the introduction of the pilot project at Catawba County. Ms. Kendall-Fields invited members to be part of the Catawba County project and will follow up with information on how to get involved. Members had several questions and comments regarding the initiative. Ms. Eaker thanked Ms. Kendall-Fields for her work and the presentation to the members.

Emergency Preparedness – continuation funding for year 3
Mr. Strom reviewed the purpose of the Emergency Prep initiative and the deliverables of the initiative. He introduced Greta Herring from the NC Department of Public Safety who then provided an update on the work of the initiative, including the what has gone well and lessons learned for improvements. She highlighted the work of current Council members currently involved in the work of the initiative. Members had several questions that Ms. Herring answered. The members thanked Ms. Herring for her presentation.

Motion: Vicki Smith made a motion to approve continuation funding to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, Division of Emergency Management to implement the Emergency Preparedness Initiative for an amount up to $105,000 with a required minimum of 25% non-federal matching funds ($35,000), for the period of October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017, for Year 3 (of 3). I. Azell Reeves seconded the motion. The motion was approved.
Medical Health Home Initiative year 3 request for additional funding and contract extension

Mr. Strom introduced the initiative with the purpose of the Medical Health Home initiative and the deliverables of the initiative. Karen Luken provided a brief update on the progress toward the current year deliverables. Ms. Luken then reviewed the purpose of the additional fund request and how it supports the ongoing work in the third year of the initiative. The members of the Community Living committee thanked Ms. Luken for her presentation and the work of the initiative.

Motion: Lisa Byrd made a motion to increase funding and grant a three-month contract extension to Easter Seals/UCP of North Carolina and Virginia, Inc for the Medical and Health Homes for People with Intellectual and Other Developmental Disabilities: Coordination, Collaboration and Community Initiative in the amount of $30,920 with an increase to the required minimum of 25% non-federal matching funds ($10,307). With this funding increase and contract extension, funding for Year 3 (of 3) is $105,920 with required minimum of 25% non-federal matching funds ($35,307) for the period of October 1, 2015 to December 31, 2016. Kelly Woodall seconded the motion. The motion was approved.
Adult Care Home Transition Initiative year 3

Mr. Strom informed the group that there were no handouts for the Adult Care Home Transition initiative. Vicki Smith informed the group that the work of the initiative will continue through the end of the year. Ms. Smith informed the group that Disability Rights NC will have the final report ready at the August meeting and a decision will be made on how the findings in the report will be used.

Supported Living RFA request to draft

Mr. Strom introduced Trish Farnham who gave some background information on the MFP work at DMA and how the goals and current initiatives of the Council would make a perfect partnership to launch a supported living RFA. This RFA would be for the purpose of providing technical assistance and creating a learning collaborative to ensure that the supported living waiver definition met the high expectations anticipated by this service. Members enthusiastically supported the idea and discussed how there were opportunities to support all three of the goals of the new Five Year Plan. Ms. Farnham thanked the Council for their past work.

Motion: Kelly Woodall made a motion to approve NCCDD staff to draft a Request for Application (RFA) for a Supported Living Initiative that would be a potential collaboration between DMA/MFP and the NCCDD. The NCCDD, as a partner in this effort could consider funding a portion of a three-year initiative. Kerri Eaker seconded the motion. The 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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