January 2020 Committee Reports

Click Here for the Print Version of the Executive Committee Report

Click Here for the Print Version of the Finance Committee Report

Click Here for the Print Version of the Public Policy Committee Report

Click Here for the Print Version of the State Plan Committee Report

 

Florida Developmental Disabilities, Inc.
Executive Committee Report
Friday, January 22, 2021
via Zoom

The committee established quorum and began our meeting via zoom at 1:00 p.m.

We approved the minutes for both our November 6, 2020 and our December 8, 2020 minutes with no changes.

The meeting was then closed to the public so the committee could meet with and ask questions of Jackie Reeves, a Certified Financial Fiduciary of Bell Rock Capital, who the committee had engaged to review the current retirement plan structure the Council offers to its employees.

The committee voted unanimously to hire Jackie Reeves and Bell Rock Capital as the Council’s retirement fiduciary and instructed the Executive Director to inform Ms. Reeves so the transition could occur between the current fiduciary and our new fiduciary.

The committee also asked the Executive Director to work with Ms. Reeves to explore options for consideration by the committee, before the next Council meeting, for offerings and options in providing retirement benefits for existing employees and any new hires.

The meeting was adjourned at 1:45 p.m.             

 

Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, Inc.
Finance Committee Report
Friday, January 22, 2021
via Zoom

Action Items:

  1. Approved minutes from the 9/24/20 Finance Committee meeting.
  2. Approved the Audit for the fiscal year ending 9/30/20.  FDDC has an annual audit by independent CPAs in accordance with our grant award agreement.  FDDC received an unmodified opinion which is the highest opinion that can be received. 
  3. Approved the State Plan Budget with modifications.  This includes total increases to the following goals:
  • Transition – $180,507 (FYI Transition Website)
  • Broad Systems Change/Emerging Needs - $325,188
  • $155,188 for Black-African American ASD Identification Research Expansion Project.
  • $170,000 for Aging Caregivers Roadmap Initiative.
  • Program Reserve - $394,305

Total decreases in the following goals:

  • Transportation - $900,000

With these changes, $950,539 is added to the reserve with the total reserve amount at $1,108,726. This amount is comprised of $987,351 of 2019 & 2020 funds which must be spent by 9/30/21 and $121,375 for 2021 funds which must be spent by 9/30/22. It is highly unlikely we will be able to spend $987,351 by 9/30/21 and we will have funds revert. The State Plan Committee will meet to consider ideas for spending funds.

Review/Discussion:

  1. Reviewed the Administrative Expenditures Budget to Actual Report for 10/01/20 through 11/30/21.  Line items were highlighted with details and the overall administrative spending in line with the budget.

 

Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, Inc.
Public Policy Committee Report
Friday, January 22, 2021
via Zoom

The Public Policy Committee met yesterday, and we discussed secondary legislative issues for Council support and got an update our primary legislative priorities. The main priorities for the Council are Preserve the iBudget and Supported Decision Making.

 The Preserve the iBudget website and materials are almost completed and initial budget testimony is being heard in interim legislative committees. The state has a $2 billion shortfall, so we want to protect the funding and services of the iBudget waiver.

We have sponsors for the Supported Decision Making Bill. Senator Gruters in the Senate and Representative Tant in the House. There are no bill numbers yet.

Decision items that were considered by the Public Policy Committee included the following secondary legislative priorities.

1) Students with Disabilities in Public Schools - HB 149 DuBose and SB 192 Book

This Bill requires school districts to prohibit the use of seclusion on students with disabilities in public schools, requires school districts to adopt positive behavior interventions and support procedures, creates the Video Cameras in Public School Classrooms Pilot Program, and requires continuing education and in-service training for instructional personnel teaching students with emotional or behavioral disabilities.

 

The bill does not prohibit straight jackets, zip ties or handcuffs except where they prevent breathing or cut off blood circulation. Effective Date: 7/1/2021. The Committee voted to support the bill only if it prohibits the use of mechanical restraints that are not recommended by a doctor.

 

2) Resource Information for Individuals with Disabilities - HB 117 Tant and, as of yesterday, SB 714 Taddeo This bill requires the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD)to provide specified written information to persons applying for iBudget waiver services. The bill requires agency to provide certain disclosure statement along with such information. Effective Date: July 1, 2021. The committee voted to stay neutral for now. Some members supported the idea of some of the information being required and others thought it may not be the agencies role to disseminate all the information that is required in the bill.                                          

 

3) Purple Alert bill-SB 184 Berman and HB 79 Casello- This bill requires the Department of Law Enforcement, in cooperation with the Department of Transportation, the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, the Department of the Lottery, and local law enforcement agencies, to establish and implement the Purple Alert. The bill requires the local law enforcement agency having jurisdiction to notify media and alert subscribers if a Purple Alert is determined to be necessary and appropriate. The bill provides that the Department of Law Enforcement, as the Purple Alert coordinator, and certain agencies, employees, individuals, and entities are immune from civil liability for damages when performing certain actions in good faith. APPROPRIATION: $322,836 Effective Date: Except as otherwise expressly provided in this act and except for this section, which shall take effect July 1, 2021, this act shall take effect July 1, 2022. The committee voted to support this bill.

               

             Virtual Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day is scheduled for March 30, 2021!

 

Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, Inc.
State Plan Committee Report
Friday, January 22, 2021
via Zoom

I. Approval of minutes from September 24, 2020 Meeting

 

The minutes from the September 24, 2020 meeting were approved as presented.

                                                                                                

II. Approval of Program Budget with proposed revisions

 

The State Plan Committee approved the State Plan Budget with modifications.

This includes total increases to the following goals:

  • Transition – $180,507 (FYI Transition Website)
  • Broad Systems Change/Emerging Needs - $325,188
  • $155,188 for Black-African American ASD Identification Research Expansion Project
  • $170,000 for Aging Caregivers Roadmap Initiative
  • Program Reserve - $394,305

This includes total decreases to the following goal:

  • Transportation - $900,000

With these changes, $950,539 is added to the reserve with the total reserve amount at $1,108,726. This amount is comprised of $987,351 of 2019 & 2020 funds which must be spent by 9/30/21 and $121,375 for 2021 funds which must be spent by 9/30/22. It is highly unlikely we will be able to spend $987,351 by 9/30/21 and we will have funds revert. The State Plan Committee will meet to consider ideas for spending funds.

 

III. State Plan Highlights

 

A presentation on the current State Plan Goals that highlighted what worked, what will be continued, and what is being sustained was presented.

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