May 2020 Council Minutes

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Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, Inc.
Full Council Meeting Minutes
May 14-15, 2020

Members Present: Susan Kabot, Chair, Amanda Baker, Dick Bradley, Conney Dahn, Sarah Goldman, Elly Hagen, Cherie Hall, Eddie Hall, Laurie Harlow, Dennis Hart, Yolanda Herrera, Kevin Johnson, Jack Kosik, Bobbie Lake, Lisa Miller, TJ Moon, Jan Pearce, Elizabeth Perkins, Tom Rice, Jean Sherman, Kali Wilson

Members Absent: Louis Towson, Victoria Zepp

Staff Present: Valerie Breen, Safee Broxton, Kristen Conlin, Misty Grimm, Sheila Gritz-Swift, Holly Hohmeister, Margaret Hooper, Vanda Jenkins, Rick Lockenbach, Kay Spence, Lisa Taylor

Others Present: 05/14/2020
Christine Abarca, Ginnifer Barber, Sandy Carroll, Hailee Cornett, Isabella Cruz, Lynne Das, Edwin DeBardeleben, Jeff Feller, Ray & Barbara Foster, Lorena Fulcher, Renee Jenkins, Kristin Korinko, Clarence Lewis, Zoe Linafete, Madeline Nobles, Lindsey Redding, R Gaffney, Rose Salinas, Christine Sexton, Mindy Whitehead

Others Present: 05/15/2020
Christine Abarca, Ginnifer Barber, Martha Beech, Haley Cornett, Sandy Carroll, Isabella Cruz, Jeff Feller, Sheryl Mattney, Madeline Nobles, Lindsey Redding, Christine Sexton


The face-to-face committee meetings were held via conference call prior to the Full Council zoom meeting. The full council meeting was conducted via zoom on Thursday, May 14 from 1:00 p.m. -4:45 p.m. and reconvened on Friday, May 15 from 8:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Kabot called the full Council meeting to order at 1:00 p.m. on 05/14/2020. Roll Call was established.


I. Approval of the Minutes
The minutes from the January 2020 meetings were approved as presented with no corrections.

Action Taken: Kosik made a motion to accept the January 2020 minutes with no corrections. Herrera seconded. Motion passed unanimously.

II. APD Presentation
Hooper and Breen gave a presentation to the council on the outcomes of the Save the iBudget campaign. After which Tom Rice, Ray and Barbara Foster briefed the council on the New Generation QSI assessment conducted by the Agency for Persons with Disabilities.

The Chair ascertained if there was any public input. Meeting was adjourned at 4:45pm and would reconvene at 8:45 am on Friday, May 15, 2020.

Kabot called the full Council meeting to order at 8:45 a.m. on 05/15/2020. Roll call was established.

III. Chair/Vice-Chair/Executive Director Report
The following information was shared during this report.

Kabot briefed the council on the Developmental Disabilities/Transportation Awareness Day. She elaborated on how participation and attendance from Partners in Policymaking (PIP) and FL SAND contributed to the outcomes of the event. She further discussed the expectations for the September Council Meeting as it relates to locations, elections
and the protocol for upcoming open positions.

Baker discussed the work of the self-advocates and their help with key legislation. She also elaborated on their meetings with legislators.

Breen discussed her involvement with several agencies and organizations as it relates to COVID-19. On behalf of the council, she participated on conference calls and webinars where they discussed the affect this pandemic has had on our vulnerable population. She informed the council on the telecommuting policy created to allow staff to work from home during this time. She also thanked the staff for getting several IFP prepared for submittal to committee members for scoring. This process was definitely a team effort & involved key staff for preparation. Council members were commended for the time taken to review and score all proposals submitted to FDDC.

IV. Public Policy Committee Report
Refer to attached Public Policy Committee Summary Report.

Action Taken: Kosik made a motion to accept the Public Policy report as presented. Goldman seconded. Motion passed unanimously. Katine & Pearce abstained.

V. State Plan Committee Report
Refer to attached State Plan Committee Summary Report.

Action Taken: Kosik made a motion to accept the State Plan report as presented. Dahn seconded. Motion passed unanimously.

VI. Finance Committee Report
Refer to attached Finance Committee Summary Report.

Action Taken: Lake made a motion to accept the Finance report as presented. Kosik seconded. Motion passed unanimously.

VII. Executive Committee Report
Refer to attached Executive Committee Summary Report.

Action Taken: Johnson made a motion to accept the Executive report as presented. Lake seconded. Motion passed unanimously.

VIII. State and Sister Agency Reports
Reports were provided by Jan Pearce, Department of Education, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Elizabeth Perkins, The Florida Center for Inclusive Communities, Jean Sherman, Mailman Center, Cherie Hall, Disabilities Right Florida, April Katine, Department of Education, Bureau of Exceptional Education Services, Renee Jenkins, Department of Health, Children’s Medical Services, Tom Rice, Agency for Persons with Disabilities, Ginnifer Nobles & Madeline Nobles, Florida Department of Elder Affairs and Sue Kabot, University Mailman Center.

IX. Rationing Guidelines Presentation
Broscoe presented on the emerging issues of the council.

X. New State Plan Presentation by WellFlorida Council Inc.
Redding and Abarca presented a power-point that detailed the development of our new state plan. Collected data reflects consumer input and strategic planning. Council members requested that the power-point be emailed to them for their review.

XI. Public Comment

The meeting was adjourned at 2:45 p.m.

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