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Quarterly Council Minutes, May 2019

Quarterly Council Meeting Minutes
FINAL
Courtyard Marriott, Carolina Beach, NC
May 10, 2019

MEMBERS PRESENT: Amanda Bergen, Katherine Boeck, Bryan Dooley, Kathie Trotter (for Chris Egan), Kerri Eaker, Mary Edwards, Myron Gavin, Joshua Gettinger, Brendon Hildreth, Katie Holler, Jamila Little (for Gary Junker), Kelly Kimple, Virginia Knowlton Marcus,  Aldea LaParr, Mya Lewis (for MH/DD/SAS), Kristy Locklear, Senator Mujtaba Mohammed, Deb Zuver (for Joseph Piven), Cheryl Powell, Ryan Rotundo, Nessie Siler, Dan Smith, Teresa Strom (for DSS), Sherry Thomas, Kelly Woodall

MEMBERS ABSENT: Dawn Allen, Eric Chavis, Nakima Clark, Anna Cunningham, Allison Dodson, Christina Dupuch, Jason Faircloth, Rep. Verla Insko, Alex McArthur, Will Miller, Wing Ng, Dave Richard, James Stephenson, Peggy Terhune, Sandra Terrell

STAFF PRESENT: 

Cora Gibson, David Ingram, Melissa Swartz, JoAnn Toomey, Yadira Vasquez, Shar’ron Williams, Travis Williams, Philip Woodward, Letha Young

CONTRACTORS/GRANTEES PRESENT: Devika Rao

GUESTS: Brian Beauchamp, Darcy Hildreth, David Owens

WELCOME AND ATTENDANCE

In the absence of Chair Alex McArthur, Myron Gavin and Cheryl Powell, NCCDD Co-Chairs, welcomed the members and opened the meeting.  Myron asked that any Council member with a potential conflict of interest regarding items on the agenda to identify the specific conflict for documentation in the minutes and recuse, as necessary.  She also reminded members of the emergency exits at the Courtyard Marriott.  She thanked the members for their participation on Thursday. 

Aldea LaParr, NCCDD Secretary, conducted the roll call.

APPROVAL OF COUNCIL MINUTES

Aldea LaParr asked for approval of the February Council meeting minutes.  A copy of the minutes had previously been made available to Council members.   

MOTION:  Nessie Siler made a motion to approve the February 2019 Council meeting minutes.  Katie Holler seconded the motion.  The motion was approved by unanimous vote.

FINANCE REPORT

Cheryl Powell reminded members to complete their reimbursement forms and submit them to staff.  She gave a brief report on the financial status of the Council.  A copy of the report had previously been made available and reviewed with Council members. The following motion was presented on the floor for Council consideration:

MOTION:  Mary Edwards made a motion to approve the 2019-2020 Administrative budget for $575,282 federal funds and $89,393 state funds, for a total Administrative budget of $664,675; and to approve the 2019-2020 Program budget for $549,329 federal funds.  Kerri Eaker seconded the motion.  The motion was approved by unanimous vote.

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE/PUBLIC POLICY

Newly appointed Council member Senator Mujtaba Mohammed gave a Legislative update and provided information on the Medicaid budget and upcoming Bills to the floor. 

PUBLIC COMMENT

JoAnn Toomey thanked the members for their support and wanted to assure them that although NCCDD staff want and need a new Executive Director, the staff are continuing to work well as a team and are getting the work done that needs to be done. 

Joshua Gettinger updated the members on the opening of a primary care facility for persons with I/DD in the western part of the state.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Myron Gavin requested presentation of committee reports.  Please refer to the committee minutes for a detailed description of the committee’s work, including motions made in committee.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

The Executive Committee members met February 25, 2019, March 18, 2019 and April 15, 2019.  Copies of the minutes were made available to Council members and Myron asked members to review the minutes and let them know that the minutes are also posted on the NCCDD website.  

COMMUNITY LIVING COMMITTEE

Committee Chair Kerri Eaker presented the Community Living Committee report.  She thanked all committee members and staff and gave a brief update on the discussions from the Thursday meeting and initiative updates that were presented to the committee.  The following motion was presented on the floor for Council consideration:

MOTION:  Kerri Eaker made a motion to direct staff to explore transportation, fair affordable housing and making alternatives to guardianship a reality in NC as potential future initiatives.  Katherine Boeck seconded the motion.  The motion was approved by unanimous vote.

FINANCIAL ASSET DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

Committee Chair Amanda Bergen presented the Financial Asset Development Committee report.  She thanked all committee members and staff and gave a brief update on the discussions from the Thursday meeting and initiative updates that were presented to the committee.  The following motion was presented on the floor for Council consideration:

MOTION:  Dan Smith made a motion to direct staff to explore benefit counseling expansion, community college programming that is not TPSID (Transition and Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disability), and parent/peer workbook related to transitions as potential future initiatives.   Joshua Gettinger seconded the motion.  The motion was approved by unanimous vote.

ADVOCACY DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

Committee Chair Nessie Siler presented the Advocacy Development Committee report.    She thanked all committee members and staff and gave a brief update on the discussions from the Thursday meeting and initiative updates that were presented to the committee.  The following motion was presented on the floor for Council consideration:

MOTION:    Katherine Boeck made a motion to direct staff to explore justice (the right to transition into and live in the community free from abuse, neglect, discrimination, exploitation or assault, with the supports and services necessary to thrive), education system/early childhood intervention and aging caregivers.  Katie Holler seconded the motion.  The motion was unanimously approved. 

NEW BUSINESS

Myron Gavin reminded the members that they all need to start thinking about the process, listening sessions and any potential new goals and objectives for the next Five-Year State Plan that will begin October 1, 2021.

DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES NETWORK PARTNERS UPDATES

Virginia Knowlton Marcus shared some of Disability Rights North Carolina updates on their recent conference, conducting different investigations and how they are keeping up with the new legislative changes and policies.

Deb Zuver, Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities, gave updates on the School of Social Work on-line training, new positions and upcoming conferences.

Cheryl Powell shared an update on the advancement of the NC Empowerment Network.

OLD BUSINESS:

No old business to report.

ADJOURN

Myron Gavin asked for a motion to adjourn the meeting.

MOTION:   Kelly Woodall Beauchamp made a motion to adjourn the May 2019 meeting.  Katherine Boeck seconded the motion.  The motion was approved by unanimous vote.

Approved:  _________________________

                     Aldea LaParr, Secretary

Date: ______________________________

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