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Minutes — April 2010 Executive Committee Meeting

(As Approved by the Committee on May 5, 2010)

Attendance

Call to Order

The Executive Committee of the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities met on April 8, 2010, in the Bluebonnet Room at the Marriott Austin South Hotel, 4415 South IH-35, Austin, TX 78744. Council Vice-Chair Mary Durheim called the meeting to order at 9:31 AM and indicated that Council Chair Brenda Coleman-Beattie is tending to family medical matters and is not able to attend this meeting.

Introductions

Committee members, staff and guests were introduced.

Public Comments

No public comments were offered.

Approval of Minutes

The Committee reviewed the minutes from the February 10, 2010, Committee meeting. No revisions were offered.

MOTION: To approve the minutes of the February 10, 2010, Executive Committee meeting as presented.

MADE BY: Rick Tisch

SECOND:Mary Durheim

The motion passed unanimously.

The Riot! Self-Advocate Leadership Network eNewsletter

Executive Director Webb discussed with Committee members The Riot!, an e-newsletter written by and for self-advocates that is now available free on the internet. Webb noted that The Riot! receives financial support from various individuals and organizations to help with the costs of the publication. Committee members discussed the benefits of the newsletter for people with disabilities and agreed that support from TCDD would be beneficial.

MOTION: To provide a contribution of $500 toward the publication of The Riot!.

MADE BY: Rick Tisch

SECOND: Susan Vardell

The motion passed unanimously.

Overview of Grants Monitoring Process

Grants Management Director Patrice LeBlanc provided an overview of the grants monitoring process and discussed how a grant project begins with varied ideas discussed by the Project Development Committee. The Committee may ask the Planning Coordinator to develop the idea into a possible grant project. Those projects approved by the Council for funding are then monitored by grants staff through the life of the project. Members discussed and clarified the funding process. Members also suggested adding information to the overview to reflect the involvement of public policy and public information staff in planning or monitoring of projects.

Consideration of Termination of Grant Funding

Committee members discussed the Knowbility, Inc. Accessworks employment project. Durheim reviewed some of the concerns about the project from previous discussion of the Executive Committee and noted that the Committee carefully considered proposed changes in the scope of the project when considering the continuation award for the final year of the project last May. At that time, the Committee asked TCDD staff to provide quarterly updates on the project’s progress. During the February 2010 Committee meeting, members were concerned about the progress of the project this year and requested staff to advise Knowbility, Inc., of the Committee’s intent to consider terminating grant funding during the Committee’s April meeting, with June 30, 2010 as a proposed termination date. Notice was sent to the grantee of the Committee’s intent consistent with TCDD Policies. Knowbility, Inc. requested on March 2, 2010, that the Committee reconsider its intent to terminate funding.

Members reviewed the material provided by staff including correspondence between TCDD and Knowbility, Inc., a letter of support from the City of Austin ADA Coordinator, a summary of the expected outcomes of the project, and Council Policies regarding termination of grant funds.

Sharon Rush and Ron Hicks of Knowbility, Inc. provided information on the progress of pending contracts with private companies and agencies. Knowbility recently received notification from the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) that DIR is beginning negotiations for a contract that will allow Knowbility to be a certified vendor eligible to provide services to other state agencies. Hicks clarified that the project currently has employed thirteen (13) people with disabilities including four (4) full-time staff with benefits and nine (9) individuals who work remotely at an hourly rate. Committee members agreed they are comfortable with the progress now reported by Knowbility.

MOTION: To allow the Knowbility, Inc. Accessworks employment project to continue to the originally scheduled end-date of August 31, 2010.

MADE BY: Rick Tisch

SECOND: Susan Vardell

The motion passed unanimously.

Committee members discussed various aspects of TCDD grant funding procedures and agreed that it is important for Council grant decisions to be based on best practices. Members also discussed various aspects of grants procedures and how grantees are made aware of those expectations. Grants Management Director LeBlanc indicated that TCDD grants procedures are reviewed with grantees at various times including new grantee orientation, onsite monitoring visits and other times. The Committee asked staff to review various items and offer suggestions for consideration by the Council at a future meeting concerning the number of years an organization can receive TCDD funds given the expectation in federal law that projects generally are “time-limited”, and how to address the Council’s interest in increasing match in later years from projects where appropriate.

Consideration of Continuation of Grant Awards

The Executive Committee reviewed and discussed executive summaries for twelve continuation awards for current projects that are eligible for at least one more year of funding. (Attachment 1) A summary of the risk assessment for each project was also provided for review. LeBlanc provided information and answered questions regarding each project.

MOTION: To approve continuation funding of up to $74,997 to the Arc of Greater Tarrant County for the third and final year of their Local Advocacy Training project.

MADE BY: Susan Vardell

SECOND: Cindy Johnston

The motion passed unanimously.

MOTION: To approve continuation funding of up to $75,000 to the Arc of Texas for the third and final year of their Specialized Advocacy Training project.

MADE BY: Susan Vardell

SECOND: Rick Tisch

The motion passed unanimously.

MOTION: To approve continuation funding of up to $75,000 to Brighton School for the third and final year of their Basic Local Advocacy Training project.

MADE BY: Susan Vardell

SECOND: Rick Tisch

The motion passed unanimously.

MOTION: To approve continuation funding of up to $75,000 to Family to Family for the second of a three year Basic Local Advocacy Training project.

MADE BY: Rick Tisch

SECOND: Susan Vardell

The motion passed unanimously.

MOTION: To approve continuation funding of up to $17,375 to Goodwill Industries of Central East Texas for the fifth and final year of their Youth Leadership and Advocacy project.

MADE BY: Rick Tisch

SECOND: Cindy Johnston

The motion passed unanimously.

MOTION: To approve continuation funding of up to $75,000 to NAMI-Texas for the third and final year of their Specialized Advocacy Training project.

MADE BY: Susan Vardell

SECOND: Rick Tisch

The motion passed unanimously.

MOTION: To approve continuation funding of up to $100,000 to Parents Anonymous for the third and final year of their Statewide Advocacy Network project.

MADE BY: Rick Tisch

SECOND: Susan Vardell

The motion passed unanimously.

MOTION: To approve continuation funding of up to $120,000 to the Region 17 Education Service Center for the third of a five year Positive Behavior Support – HeadStart project.

MADE BY: Cindy Johnston

SECOND: Susan Vardell

The motion passed unanimously.

MOTION: To approve continuation funding of up to $115,000 to the Region 17 Education Service Center for the third of a five year Positive Behavior Support – Impacting Disproportionality project.

MADE BY: Cindy Johnston

SECOND: Rick Tisch

The motion passed unanimously.

MOTION: To approve continuation funding of up to $50,000 to the Region 19 Education Service Center for the fifth and final year of their Youth Leadership and Advocacy project.

MADE BY: Cindy Johnston

SECOND: Susan Vardell

The motion passed unanimously.

MOTION: To approve continuation funding of up to $199,990 to Texas Tech University for year four of a five year Teacher’s Preparation for Inclusive Education project.

MADE BY: Cindy Johnston

SECOND: Rick Tisch

The motion passed unanimously.

MOTION: To approve continuation funding of up to $125,000 to VSA Arts of Texas for year four of a five year ArtWorks: Creative Industries self-employment project.

MADE BY: Cindy Johnston

SECOND: Rick Tisch

The motion passed unanimously.

Future Public Policy Collaboration Activities

Planning Coordinator Joanna Cordry reviewed with members a draft executive summary for a Request for Proposals (RFP) for future TCDD public policy collaboration activities based on Council action at the February Council and Committee meetings. (Attachment 2) Committee members provided input for revisions and agreed that a final draft document should be provided to the Committee of the Whole at the May meeting for further action.

State Plan Development Process

Cordry discussed the federal requirement for Councils to develop a new state plan for fiscal years 2012 – 2016. She noted that past TCDD state plans have been a portfolio of various goals and objectives that encompass all activities of the Council. Cordry noted that other DD Councils have moved to a state plan model that is more strategic in nature, focusing on fewer and more targeted issue areas. Members discussed the merits to both types of plans and agreed it should be further discussed during the May meetings. Cordry also discussed strategies for obtaining public input and presented a timeline for the development of the next state plan.

Revisions to Travel Procedures

Webb reviewed proposed revisions to Council member travel procedures to clarify items concerning reimbursement for respite care that were noted during the February meeting.

MOTION: To approve revisions to Council member travel reimbursement procedures as presented.

MADE BY: Rick Tisch

SECOND: Susan Vardell

The motion passed unanimously. (Attachment 3: Reimbursement Policy – PDF)

Executive Director’s Report

Webb discussed activities for the 2010 TCDD Biennial Disability Report and indicated that a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) will be developed between TCDD and the Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) to allow TCDD, in coordination with the University of Texas Organizational Excellence Group, to survey a sample of individuals on the waiting lists for Medicaid Waiver services. Members provided input on survey questions.

Webb also noted that a second MOU with DADS is being developed regarding the volunteer advocate assisted decision-making pilot project (alternatives to guardianship). Webb reported that no applications were received for the recent RFP on inclusive higher education. Cordry indicated that she has heard from some entities that the amount of funding was not adequate for the required outcomes. This project idea will be reviewed with the Project Development Committee in May.

Webb noted that TCDD grants management staff are reviewing a request for a no-cost extension for the Disability Policy Consortium project that would use unexpended funds from the previous budget period to support some project activities for an additional two months.

Staff will review with the Committee in May proposed revisions to procedures for reviewing unsolicited requests for extensions of existing projects.

TCDD staff participated in the Employee Excellence survey in December. Webb noted that three half-day staff development workshops (one per month in April-June) are planned for staff to discuss some areas noted in those responses.

Adjourn

Vice-Chair Durheim adjourned the Executive Committee meeting at 3:16 PM.

Roger A. Webb
Secretary to the Council
Date

Attachments

Attachment 1

Review of Proposed Activities & Budget, The Arc of Greater Tarrant County

Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities
Executive Committee
Review of Proposed Activities & Budget

Date: 04/08/10 Item A
Grantee: The Arc of Greater Tarrant County
Year: 3 of 3
Project Title: Local Advocacy Training Project

Project Location: Ft. Worth

TCDD RFP Intent

The intent of the project is to train, organize, and continue to support individuals with disabilities and advocates on a local level to actively participate in either self-advocacy or public policy advocacy activities. Each project will develop strategies and support a network of individuals who can support each other and work together towards a common goal. Each project will develop partnerships with non-traditional/non-disability organizations in an effort to advocate through broader representation, to encourage constructive communication and collaboration rather than competition for scare public resources, and to foster long-term sustainability and change. TCDD has approved funding of up to $75,000 per year for up to 3 years.

Project Goals and Accomplishments for Year 1-2

Goal: To train, organize, and provide ongoing support to 100 individuals with disabilities, family members, and advocates who represent various cultural and linguistic backgrounds to actively participate on the local level in leadership, self-advocacy and public policy advocacy activities; develop a team of people who will educate local officials and leaders to create change leading to disability friendly laws, rules and policies; and change the image of disabilities in the community through public education, enhanced awareness and proactive advocacy.

Accomplishments per goal: The project trained 237 people in leadership and self-determination principles with graduate follow-up classes on Election Prep, Census 101 and Internet Safety. Participants contributed in advocacy opportunities by meeting face-to-face and writing letters to policymakers; and attending town hall meetings (Dept of Labor and Healthcare). Marketing and outreach consists of 210 fans on Facebook and over 301 followers on Twitter; and 20 city, county, and state legislators as followers; commitment from the Ft. Worth City Councilwoman; and 10 area churches/faith-based organizations participating in online outreach.

Proposed Goals and Objectives for Year 3

Goal: Same as above
Objectives: 1) Obtain/maintain commitments from churches, schools, agencies, or colleges for use of space, marketing support, administrative resources, materials, personnel, funding and related needs; 2) Determine the schedule for activities; 3) Enroll trainees, initiate training, and identify key participants; and 4) Perform assessments and measurement activities to determine achievements and challenges.

Council Considerations: No staff concerns; Council consider continued funding for this project.

Continuation Budget Detail Summary
  Federal Match Totals
Amount expended in year 1 (based on 9 months)
$55,598 $34,957 $90,555
Amount expended in year 2 (Based on 9 months)
$34,406 $22,042 $56,448
I. Personnel services
72,997 14,204 87,201
II. Travel
900 2500 3400
III. Purchased services (n/a)
0 7300 7300
IV. Property/Materials
500 850 1350
V. Rental/leasing
0 18,000 18,000
VI. Utilities
600 2400 3000
VII. Other
     
Budget period totals $74,997 $45,254 $120,251

Review of Proposed Activities & Budget, Arc of Texas

Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities
Executive Committee
Review of Proposed Activities & Budget

Date: 04-08-10 Item B
Grantee: Arc of Texas
Year: 3 of 3
Project Title: Specialized Advocacy Training

Project Location: El Paso, Houston, and Brownsville

TCDD RFP Intent

To train, organize, and continue to support individuals with disabilities and advocates on a local level to actively participate in either self-advocacy or public policy advocacy activities. Each project will develop strategies and support a network of individuals who can support each other and work together towards a common goal. Each project will develop partnerships with non-traditional/non-disability organizations in an effort to advocate through broader representation, to encourage constructive communication and collaboration rather than competition for scare public resources, and to foster long-term sustainability and change. TCDD has approved funding of up to $75,000 per year for up to 3 years.

Project Goals and Accomplishments for Years 1 -2

Goal: Evolve traditional disability advocacy strategies to match modern political circumstances.

Accomplishments per goal: Trained 203 people in in-depth advanced systems advocacy training, community organizing, and coalition building in 3 communities (e.g., Brownsville, El Paso and Houston). The El Paso coalition has been successful advocating to the City Council for increased funding for accessible and affordable housing. The project has implemented the “Getting to the Heart of the Matter” project to build sustainable relationships between legislators and constituents; which is designed to assist policymakers with an authentic opportunity to understand the challenges and strengths of people living with disabilities. The project has built collaboration with parents, special education teachers, local and statewide disability organizations, 35 local chapters of the Arc and non-disability organizations (e.g., Family-to-Family, UCP of Texas, Parent to Parent, Red River Down Syndrome Society, Camp for All, TX Freedom Network, Texans Care for Children, Texas Appleseed, ESC, and Safe Place).

Proposed Goals and Objectives for Year 3

Goal: Same as above

Objectives: 1) Continue training advocates in basic systems advocacy in El Paso, Houston and Brownsville; 2) Recruit and train 30-40 individuals to participate in Advanced Systems Advocacy Training and in Local Advocacy Collaboration; 3) Establish Local Advocacy Collaborations (LACs); and, 4) Educate policymakers and constituents.

Council Considerations: No staff concerns; Council to consider continued funding for this project.

Continuation Budget Detail Summary
  Federal Match Totals
Amount expended in 9 month budget period
$56,251 $11,934 $68,185
Amount expended in year 2 (based on 7 months)
$34,014 $4,648 $38,662
Amount requested for next
year budget:
     
I. Personnel services
45,534 10,067 55,601
II. Travel
5165 3600 8765
III. Purchased services ($16,875 consultant)
21,451 1200 22,651
IV. Property/Materials
450 0 450
V. Rental/leasing
0 1800 1800
VI. Utilities
2400 0 2400
VII. Other
0 0 0
Budget period totals $75,000 $16,667 $91,667

Review of Proposed Activities & Budget, Brighton School, Inc

Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities
Executive Committee
Review of Proposed Activities & Budget

Date: 04-08-10 Item C
Grantee: Brighton School, Inc
Year: 3 of 3

Project Title: Basic Local Advocacy Training Project

Project Location: Bexar, Comal, Bandera, Kendall and Guadalupe counties

TCDD RFP Intent

To train, organize, and continue to support individuals with disabilities and advocates on a local level to actively participate in either self-advocacy or public policy advocacy activities. Each project will develop strategies and support a network of individuals who can support each other and work together towards a common goal. Each project will develop partnerships with non-traditional/non-disability organizations in an effort to advocate through broader representation, to encourage constructive communication and collaboration rather than competition for scare public resources, and to foster long-term sustainability and change. TCDD has approved funding of up to $75,000 per year for up to 3 years.

Proposed Goals and Accomplishments for Years 1 -2

Goal: To improve the quality of life for children with developmental delays and disabilities from birth to age 22 by empowering parents, young adults with disabilities and community members with the knowledge and tools to support and advocate in the community in which they live.

Accomplishments per goal: The project trained 459 people on the Building Bridges Curriculum (e.g., General ARD and IDEA advocacy); 73 young adults (ages 15-22) with disabilities in self-advocacy; 79 professionals and community members in general advocacy; and 37 parents of children with disabilities received hands-on ARD support. The project has partnered with Any Baby Can’s Autism program, North East ISD, North Side ISD, and San Antonio’s Autism Community Network; which resulted in additional trainings, individualized support, ARD Clinics, and an increase of families who have children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Proposed Goals and Objectives for Year 3

Goal: Same as above

Objectives: Provide advocacy education to 200 parents; hands-on small group and one-one support for 60 families; 52 community members, and 60 young adults with disabilities.

Council Considerations: No staff concerns; Council to consider continued funding for this project.

Continuation Budget Detail Summary
  Federal Match Totals
Amount expended in 9 month budget period
$54,945 $73,343 $128,288
Amount expended in year 2 (based on 9 months)
$55,962 $100,000 $155,962
Amount requested for next year budget:
     
I. Personnel services
51,204 73,686 124,890
II. Travel
2786 4008 6794
III. Purchased services ($12,521 consultant)
16,174 19,520 35,694
IV. Property/Materials
1106 1590 2696
V. Rental/leasing
1762 2537 4299
VI. Utilities
1968 2832 4800
VII. Other
0 0 0
Budget period totals $75,000 $104,173 $179,173

Review of Proposed Activities & Budget, Family to Family Network

Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities
Executive Committee
Review of Proposed Activities & Budget

Date: 04-08-10 Item D
Grantee: Family to Family Network
Year: 2 of 3
Project Title: Basic Local Advocacy Training Project

Project Location: Houston

TCDD RFP Intent

To train, organize, and continue to support individuals with disabilities and advocates on a local level to actively participate in either self-advocacy or public policy advocacy activities. Each project will develop strategies and support a network of individuals who can support each other and work together towards a common goal. Each project will develop partnerships with non-traditional/non-disability organizations in an effort to advocate through broader representation, to encourage constructive communication and collaboration rather than competition for scare public resources, and to foster long-term sustainability and change. TCDD has approved funding up to $75,000 per year for up to 3 years.

Project Goals and Accomplishments for Years 1

Goal: At least 100 adults with disabilities, family members of people with disabilities, and interested community members will learn about the philosophies and values of the TCDD in order to develop advocacy skills necessary to make personal contacts for the purpose of self and/or public policy advocacy.

Accomplishments per goal: The project trained 163 people on Inclusive Education, Independent Living, Employment, Basic Advocacy, and People First Language; and highlighted the importance of networking and building/maintaining relationships. As a result of training, participants reported over 900 hours of self-advocacy and public policy advocacy. The project scheduled one Spanish Advocacy Training event for April 2010.

Proposed Goals and Objectives for Year 2

Goal: Same as above

Objectives: 1) Coordinate advisory committee; 2) determine locations and dates for 3-4 training sessions; 3) coordinator, organize, and facilitate 4 monthly full-day presentations; 4) conduct project evaluation; and 5) secure funding to sustain program.

Council Considerations: No staff concerns; Council to consider funding for this project.

Continuation Budget Detail Summary
  Federal Match Totals
Amount expended in year 1 (based on 8 months)
$43,949 $14,905 $58,854
Amount requested for next
year budget:
     
I. Personnel services
47,153 10,058 57,211
II. Travel
1000 1000 2000
III. Purchased services ($12,000 consultant)
21,390 12,560 33,950
IV. Property/Materials
2357 382 2739
V. Rental/leasing
1900 1000 2900
VI. Utilities
1200 0 1200
VII. Other
0 0 0
Budget period totals $75,000 $25,000 $100,000

Review of Proposed Activities & Budget, Goodwill Industries of Central East Texas

Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities
Executive Committee
Review of Proposed Activities & Budget
Date: 04-08-10 Item E

Grantee: Goodwill Industries of Central East Texas
Year: 5 of 5

Project Title: Youth Leadership and Advocacy Projects
Project Location: Lufkin, TX

TCDD RFP Intent

To establish a statewide system of youth leadership and advocacy training with up to 5 local/regional and one state-level training project for youth leadership development. Each local/regional youth leadership project will select and train up to 60 youth for training events each year. TCDD has approved funding of up to $50,000 per year for up to five years.

Project Goals and Accomplishments for Year(s) 1 – 4

Goal: This project will establish a youth leadership and advocacy program in Angelina and Nacogdoches Counties that includes all program components necessary to effectively serve youth with disabilities from diverse backgrounds. To accomplish this goal 60 youth will receive the leadership and advocacy training through five nine-week sessions that include weekly classes, weekly small-group mentoring, one-day of ropes course participation, and a three-day summer training component.

Accomplishments per goal: In the first four years, 178 youth with disabilities have received Youth Leadership Training (YLT) orientation, the 8-component curriculum, small-group mentoring, and the day-long accessible Ropes Course to build leadership and teamwork skills. Two AmeriCorps Members are working with students to provide mentoring and other services. Four students participated in the Youth Leadership Forum in Austin.

Proposed Goals and Objectives for Year 5

Goal: Provide sustainable services to a diverse group of youth with varying disabilities residing in Angelina and Nacogdoches counties which give them the leadership, advocacy skills, and knowledge they need to effectively advocate for their rights.

Objectives: Recruit, enroll and engage 40 youth with disabilities into YouthWorks! YLT project.

Council Considerations: No staff concerns; Council to consider continued funding for this project.

Continuation Budget Detail Summary
  Federal Match Totals
Amount expended in Year 1 (based on 12 months)*
$71,367 $23,715 $95,082
Amount expended in Year 2 (based on 12 months)
$50,000 $19,666 $69,666
Amount expended in Year 3 (based on 12 months)
$50,000 $16,782 $66,782

Amount expended in Year 4 (based on 8 months)

$18,975 $20,892 $39,867
Amount requested for next year budget:
     
I. Personnel services
$17,375 $51,009 $68,384
II. Travel
0 400 400
III. Purchased services (n/a)
0 800 800
IV. Property/Materials
0 0  
V. Rental/leasing
0 0  
VI. Utilities
0 0  
VII. Other
0 0  
Budget period totals $17,375 $52,209 $69,584

*TCDD added up to $25,000 funding in place of the DARS funding originally committed to the program, for up to 1 year only.

Review of Proposed Activities & Budget, NAMI Texas

Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities
Executive Committee
Review of Proposed Activities & Budget

Date: 04-08-10 Item F
Grantee: NAMI Texas
Year: 3 of 3

Project Title: Specialized Advocacy Training
Project Location: Austin, Houston, Longview, San Antonio, El Paso, and Amarillo

TCDD RFP Intent

To train, organize, and continue to support individuals with disabilities and advocates on a local level to actively participate in either self-advocacy or public policy advocacy activities. Each project will develop strategies and support a network of individuals who can support each other and work together towards a common goal. Each project will develop partnerships with non-traditional/non-disability organizations in an effort to advocate through broader representation, to encourage constructive communication and collaboration rather than competition for scare public resources, and to foster long-term sustainability and change. TCDD has approved funding for up to $75,000 per year for up to 3 years.

Project Goals and Accomplishments for Years 1 – 2

Goal: Will form a collaborative and partner with non-traditional/non-disability organizations, including those with minorities, to conduct training certifying at least 150 members, their families, and other interested parties to become outspoken leaders in advocacy ensuring changes in policy are made for mental illness at the city, county, and state levels.

Accomplishments per goal: The specialized advocacy training project trained 114 mental health consumers, professionals, and family members using NAMI National Advocacy training entitled NAMI Smarts: Telling Your Story; to become leaders in mental health advocacy efforts. As a result of training efforts individuals made contacts to their state legislators; submitted letters regarding Open Access to Medication and opposing budget cuts to state agencies. The project developed new partnerships with Community Healthcore, St. Joseph’s Clubhouse, Longview News-Journal, the Jacksonville group home, and MHMR Consumer Council.

Proposed Goals and Objectives for Year 3

Goal: Same as above

Objectives: 1) Build partnerships with non-traditional organizations; 2) Certify participants in NAMI Smarts; 3) Utilize contact sheet to manage contacts; 4) Collect contact information to share with TCDD; 5) Train participants to use web-based resources; and 6) Follow-up with training participants.

Council Considerations: No staff concerns; Council consider continued funding for this project.

Continuation Budget Detail Summary
  Federal Match Totals
Amount expended in year 1 (based on 9 months)
$64,162 $20,072 $84,234
Amount expended in year 2 (based on 8 months)
$52,478 $17,970 $70,448
Amount requested for next
year budget:
     
I. Personnel services
61,300 9723 71,023
II. Travel
6945 3000 9955
III. Purchased services ($2,125 consultant)
6205 3450 9655
IV. Property/Materials
550 550 1100
V. Rental/leasing
0 6000 6000
VI. Utilities
0 1800 1800
VII. Other
0 0 0
Budget period totals $75,000 $24,523 $99,523

Review of Proposed Activities & Budget, Parents Anonymous, Inc.

Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities

Executive Committee
Review of Proposed Activities & Budget
Date: 04-08-10 Item G

Grantee: Parents Anonymous, Inc.
Year: 3 of 3
Project Title: Statewide Advocacy Network
Project Location: Claremont, CA. -Statewide

TCDD RFP Intent

The project intent is to assist Regional Networks with collaboration and support for each other. The project will be responsible for annually gathering and synthesizing information about the most important needs identified by the Regional Networks and providing TCDD with a report about the Statewide Network’s activities. The project will also provide technical assistance to the Regional Networks and to individual advocacy organizations when possible. TCDD has approved funding of up to $100,000 per year for up to three years.

Project Goals and Accomplishments for Year(s) 1 – 2

Goal: To develop and maintain a Statewide Advocacy Network (SAN) to assist Regional Networks in collaborating and supporting each other in their efforts to promote leadership and advocacy and create change in developmental disability systems in Texas.

Accomplishments per goal: There were 3 Regional networks devised for the State in which the project has begun to connect with in an attempt to begin collaborating for change. In addition to the Regional Networks, the project also formed two other subcommittees, Fund Development – to help with sustainability, and Benchmarks of Success – to ensure that the Regional Networks are acquiring the needed technical assistance to provide supports to local organizations regarding disability issues.

Proposed Goals and Objectives for Year 3

Goal: Same As Above

Objectives: Maintain Benchmarks of Successful Collaboration for Regional and Statewide Advocacy to provide standards for effective collaboration and information sharing to promote change in the developmental disabilities systems; maintain that the SAN consist of 28-32 participants from local organizations within the 3 Regional Networks; show that at least 85% of SAN members report a significant increase in knowledge and skills to further their effectiveness; and provide technical assistance to the Regional Networks;

Council Considerations: No staff concerns; Council consider continued funding for this project.

Continuation Budget Detail Summary
  Federal Match Totals
Amount expended in year 1 (based on 9 months)
$75,000 $24,712 $99,712
Amount expended in year 2 (based on 9 months)
$73,808 $22,253 $97,061
Amount requested for next
year budget:
     
I. Personnel services
67,589 0 67,589
II. Travel
3535 0 3535
III. Purchased services (n/a)
4800 32,424 37,224
IV. Property/Materials
5302 0 5302
V. Rental/leasing
6224 1227 7451
VI. Utilities
3460 0 3460
VII. Other (Indirect Costs)
9090 0 9090
Budget period totals $100,000 0 $133,651

Review of Proposed Activities & Budget, Region 17 Education Service Center

Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities
Executive Committee
Review of Proposed Activities & Budget

Date: 04-08-10 Item H
Grantee: Region 17 Education Service Center

Year: 3 of 5

Project Title: Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Head Start
Project Location: Lubbock

TCDD RFP Intent

Submitted to the Project Development Committee in February 2008 as an Unsolicited Proposal for an expansion of an existing project, addressing Goal 4, Objective 1 of the TCDD State Plan.

Region 17 Education Service Center seeks to expand the current PBIS project to recruit, train, and support individuals to provide positive behavioral supports to individuals with diverse needs living in communities throughout Texas. This project will expand current PBIS strategies to staff employed by Head Start programs, early childhood settings, child care settings and pre-school settings. TCDD has approved the scope of activities for this project. The proposal has requested up to $125,000 per year for 5 years, however the Council directed TCDD staff to attempt to negotiate a reduced funding amount for this project. The Executive Committee subsequently approved final funding of up to $120,000 per year for up to 5 years.

Project Goals and Accomplishments Year(s) 1-2

Goal: Improve behavior intervention skills and knowledge for staff in child care, public school pre-K, ECI Head Start and other settings that serve children with disabilities ages 2 to 5. (The number of students expelled from the above settings will be reduced as a result of the increased intervention skills, training skills and documentation skills)

Accomplishments: The project has developed the training curriculum for the PBIS Head Start project, which consists of curricula from “Promoting and Developing Social Emotional Development” and “Incredible Years.” The project provided training to 3 Head Start and Childcare sites in Year 1 and 5 sites in Year 2, which resulted in improved childcare programs/policies at one site.

Proposed Goals and Objectives for Year 3

Goal: Same as above

Objectives: 1) Fewer children will be expelled from settings serving those 2-5 years of age; 2) Staff behavior intervention skills will be increased; 3) Decrease staff turnover rates in child care settings; and, 4) increase social-emotional levels in children 2-5 years of age.

Council Considerations: No staff concerns; Council to consider continued funding for this project.

Continuation Budget Detail Summary
  Federal Match Totals
Amount expended in Year 1 (based on 12 months)
$121,000 $21,755 $142,755
Amount expended in Year 2 (based on 9 months)
$86,512 $20,892 $107,404
Amount requested for next
year budget:
     
I. Personnel services
55,817 0 55,817
II. Travel
0 0 0
III. Purchased services ($24,261 consultant)
43,211 6686 49,897
IV. Property/Materials
11,233 0 11,233
V. Rental/leasing
9739 0 9739
VI. Utilities
0 0 0
VII. Other
0 6647 6647
Budget period totals $120,000 $13,333 $133,333

Review of Proposed Activities & Budget, Region 17 Education Service Center

Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities
Executive Committee
Review of Proposed Activities & Budget

Date: 04-08-10 Item I
Grantee: Region 17 Education Service Center

Year: 3 of 5
Project Title: Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Impacting Disproportionality
Project Location: Lubbock

TCDD RFP Intent

Submitted to the Project Development Committee in February 2008 as an Unsolicited Proposal for an expansion of an existing project, addressing Goal 3, Objective 2 of the TCDD State Plan.

Region 17 Education Service Center seeks to expand the current PBIS project to recruit, train, and support individuals to provide positive behavioral supports to individuals with diverse needs living in communities throughout Texas. This project will expand PBIS strategies with special emphasis placed on intervention specifically aimed at impacting disproportionality. TCDD has approved the scope of activities for this project. The proposal has requested up to $125,000 per year for up to 5 years, however the Council asked TCDD staff to try to negotiate a reduced funding amount for this project.

Project Goals and Accomplishments for Year(s) 1-2

Goal: Districts and campuses within the Region 17 Education Service Center area will implement research-based strategies that have been shown to reduce the number of disciplinary referrals (rates of suspension and expulsion of greater than 10 days in a school year of children with disabilities by race and ethnicity); establish procedures to monitor at-risk students to prevent escalating disciplinary action and support their success in school; and will increase their skills in the area of cultural competency.

Accomplishments per goal: The project completed the curriculum mapping for PBIS training and used the PBIS framework and additional strategies from the literature on poverty and cultural proficiency. The project held 27 workshops, with 348 people trained in Year 1. By the third quarter of Year 2, 5100+ people had been trained with six school districts participating.

Proposed Goals and Objectives for Year 3

Goal: Same as above.

Objectives: 1) Fewer students with disabilities by race and ethnicity will receive suspensions and expulsions of greater than 10 days in a school year; 2) Fewer students with disabilities by race and ethnicity will be suspended or expelled from their educational setting; 3) Fewer student with disabilities by race and ethnicity will receive disciplinary referrals to the office; 4) Staff knowledge of culturally relevant classroom strategies will be increased; and, 5) Staff behavior intervention skills will be increased.

Council Considerations: No staff concerns; Council consider continued funding for this project.

Continuation Budget Detail Summary
  Federal Match Totals
Amount expended in year 1 (based on 12 months)
$109,058 $21,221 $130,279
Amount expended in year 2 (based on 9 months)
$62,959 $14,763 $77,722
Amount requested for next
year budget:
     
I. Personnel services
82,487 0 82,487
II. Travel
1500 0 1500
III. Purchased services ($12,247 consultant)
13,247 4908 18,155
IV. Property/Materials
5500 1500 7000
V. Rental/leasing
12,266 0 12,266
VI. Utilities
0 0 0
VII. Other
0 6370 6370
Budget period totals 115,000 12,778 127,778

Review of Proposed Activities & Budget, Region 19 Education Service Center

Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities
Executive Committee
Review of Proposed Activities & Budget

Date: 04-08-10 Item J
Grantee: Region 19 Education Service Center

Year: 5 of 5
Project Title: Youth Leadership and Advocacy Project

Project Location: El Paso, TX.

TCDD RFP Intent

To establish a statewide system of youth leadership and advocacy trainings with up to 5 local/regional and one state-level training project for youth leadership development. Each local/regional youth leadership project will select and train up to 60 youth for training events each year. TCDD has approved funding of up to $50,000 per year for up to five years.

Project Goals and Accomplishments for Year(s) 1-4

Goal: The project provides year-round leadership and advocacy building activities for students with disabilities; parental engagement activities; follow-up activities; and a comprehensive project evaluation. The project serves the 12 independent school districts and charter schools in the Education Service Center Region 19 service delivery area of El Paso and Hudspeth counties in far west Texas.

Accomplishments per goal: Youth Leadership weekends were held in the first 4 years of the project. Year 4 a total of 60 youths and their families participated. Student-Led Individual Education Plans and Self-Advocacy training were given each year to delegates and facilitators. Youth delegates are keep involved through social and community events, including fundraising and toy drives for local charities, participating in the annual Border Conference on Special Education and hosting speakers on career and education opportunities.

Proposed Goals and Objectives for Year 5

Goal: Same As Above

Objectives: Train at least 50 individuals with disabilities in self-advocacy skills with up to 20 developing plans to make improvements or changes in at least 2 aspects of their lives. At least 10 of these individuals will become active in peer and/or community organizations of their choice.

Council Considerations: No staff concerns; Council consider continued funding for this project.

Continuation Budget Detail Summary
  Federal Match Totals
Amount expended in year 1 (based on 12 months)
$48,011 $8,332 $56,343
Amount expended in year 2 (based on 12 months)
$48,320 $12,028 $60,348
Amount expended in year 3 (based on 12 months)
$47,813 $8,262 $56,075
Amount expended in year 4 (based on 8 months)
$32,154 $3,740 $35,894
Amount requested for next
year budget:
     
I. Personnel services
3326 0 3326
II. Travel
1123 1286 2409
III. Purchased services ($17,530 consultant)
44,214 0 44,214
IV. Property/Materials
1337 500 1837
V. Rental/leasing
0 4,000 4000
VI. Utilities
0 0 0
VII. Other
0 3372 3372
Budget period totals $50,000 $9,158 $59,158

Review of Proposed Activities & Budget, Texas Tech University

Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities
Executive Committee
Review of Proposed Activities & Budget

Date: 04-08-10 Item K
Grantee: Texas Tech University

Year: 4 of 5
Project Title: Teacher’s Preparation for Inclusive Education

Project Location: Lubbock

TCDD RFP Intent

The project intent is for one university in Texas will redesign a teacher preparation program so that everyone in the program receives comprehensive training that enables them to teach an academic subject (or subjects) to all future students in an inclusive classroom. This comprehensive training will include: 1) general education and special education teacher candidates and administrator candidates in standard teacher programs and/or alternative certification program(s), and 2) university instructors. TCDD has approved funding of up to $200,000 per year for one project for up to five years.

Project Goals and Accomplishments for Year(s) 1 -3

Goal: To create a replicable, sustainable teacher education model in which program resources and preparation needs of special and regular education are pooled to increase the number of teachers and school administrators who are skilled in providing positive learning experiences for all students in the least restrictive environments, especially those from diverse cultural backgrounds and with disabilities.

Accomplishments per goal: The project conducted a needs assessment with College of Education students which guided the development of topics for the first five teaching modules. The research and text has been written for Modules 1-7, 4 of which are live on the web site. The project has trained 330 faculty members, 222 education consultants, parents, teachers and school administrators and 64 students.

Proposed Goals and Objectives for Year 4

Goal: Same As Above

Objectives: To build awareness and garner support from the College of Education and Teacher Education Council at Texas Tech University to implement and expand Project IDEAL. Develop teaching modules that promote positive learning experiences in the least restrictive environments for all students. Collaborate with teacher educators in specific content areas to identify potential teaching module topics. Disseminate teaching modules across the state of Texas. Identify audiences for publication and presentation.

Council Considerations: No staff concerns; Council consider continued funding for this project.

Continuation Budget Detail Summary
  Federal Match Totals
Amount expended in year 1 (based on 12 months)
$197,152 $65,418 $262,570
Amount expended in year 2 (based on 12 months)
$199,953 $66,348 $266,301
Amount expended in year 3 (based on 4 months)
$20,753 $6,886 $27,639
Amount requested for next
year budget:
     
I. Personnel services
96,477 0 96,477
II. Travel
34,680 0 34,680
III. Purchased services (n/a)
38,000 0 38,000
IV. Property/Materials
12,652 0 12,652
V. Rental/leasing
0 0 0
VI. Utilities
0 0 0
VII. Other (Indirect Cost Rate)
18,181 66,360 84,541
Budget period totals $199,990 $66,360 $266,350

Review of Proposed Activities & Budget, Region 17 Education Service Center

Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities
Executive Committee
Review of Proposed Activities & Budget

Date: 04-08-10 Item L
Grantee: VSA Arts of Texas

Year: 4 of 5
Project Title: Art Works: Creative Industries
Project Location: Statewide

TCDD RFP Intent

To fund innovative projects that demonstrate ways of developing and supporting self-employment or income- producing opportunities for people with developmental disabilities and develop strategies that will make these activities sustainable after grant funding has ended. Grantees will demonstrate innovative and strategic approaches to address self-employment related needs that results in documented long-term self-employment for people with developmental disabilities. TCDD has approved funding up to $125,000 per year for up to five years.

Project Goals and Accomplishments for Year(s) 1 -3

Goal: The project goal is to increase competitive employment outcomes through self-employment and the development of micro-enterprises in the arts. Through the utilization of professional partnerships of business, arts, and disability service providers, participants will engage in a variety of training aspects in 3 discrete skills areas: applied and fine arts, marketing and financial management, and social skills/career readiness.

Accomplishments per goal: The project was featured in 3 separate news features on KXAN television and the holiday show was a feature story on KUT public radio station. The project also presented at the National Summit on Careers in the Arts for People with Disabilities which was convened at the National Endowment for the Arts at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts; and at a statewide task force exploring careers/employment in the arts for individuals with disabilities at the Pennsylvania Association of Rehabilitation Facilities. Exhibits at the gallery have increased and include juried solo and group shows, showcases with theme-based exhibits, and classes for one-on-one mentored students and groups.

Proposed Goals and Objectives for Year 4

Goal: Create a sustainable apprentice/mentor program and expand critical support services and outreach to emerging artists with developmental disabilities.

Objectives: Formalize apprentice/mentor program in the studio and exhibit space, establish structure for sustainability, and disseminate program model and materials; and provide professional development workshops and technical assistance, increase participation by 15%, and continue sustainability measures.

Council Considerations: No staff concerns; Council to consider continued funding for this project.

Continuation Budget Detail Summary
  Federal Match Totals
Amount expended in year 1 (based on 10 months)
$100,000 $35,830 $135,830
Amount expended in year 2 (based on 12 months)
$93,773 $31,263 $125,036
Amount expended in year 3 (based on 9 months)
$90,795 $27,541 $118,336
Amount requested for next
year budget:
     
I. Personnel services
86,934 24,916 111,850
II. Travel
1000 0 1000
III. Purchased services ($16,000 consultant)
35,244 15,100 50,344
IV. Property/Materials
382 500 882
V. Rental/leasing
0 590 590
VI. Utilities
1440 560 2000
VII. Other
0 0 0
Budget period totals $125,000 $41,666 $166,666

Attachment 2

Future Funding Proposal

Executive Summary
Public Policy Collaboration Activities

Background

The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (TCDD) exists to create change so that all people with developmental disabilities are fully included in their communities and exercise control over their own lives. The Council develops a five year State Plan with goals and objectives that describe, broadly, strategies to achieve this goal, including: providing grants to demonstrate innovative approaches to promoting the full inclusion and authority of people with developmental disabilities over their own lives; providing seed money to develop new community-based programs; working directly and through grantees to improve existing services and supports and to make “generic” community supports more responsive to all people’s needs; funding leadership and advocacy training; disseminating information to the public and legislators; and collaborating with individual advocates and advocacy groups to address public policy issues. A significant portion of TCDD staff activities directly relate to state-level public policy activities: staff work with the Council in developing position statements on key issues that impact people with developmental disabilities, routinely participate and provide input to a number of different policy-related Texas health and human service (hhs), housing, transportation, education, and employment workgroups, as well as to legislators to ensure that they are aware of the impact proposed legislation may have on people with developmental disabilities; and TCDD has provided financial support for disability advocates to collaborate with others around specific issues.

Over the last year, the Council conducted a thorough review of its activities related to public policy collaboration and the collaboration efforts of other Councils and organizations. The Council renewed its commitment and desire to promote and participate in collaborative efforts, and chose to explore other models that promote public policy collaboration that would also be effective in Texas. Other options may include nationally recognized best practices as well as models of change that reflect the current landscape and dynamics in the creation of effective public policy. The Council’s priority is achieving positive outcomes related to its mission statement, and believes that on-going collaboration with others in the arena of public policy is a legitimate way of doing this. At this time, funds are available to support specific activities that collaborative groups might wish to implement (such as Capital rally days, events to provide training and organizing at grassroots and/or local levels, conferences, legislative symposiums, etc.); however, the Council hopes to facilitate collaborative efforts that are not dependent upon Council funds in order for collaboration to happen.

To implement this decision, the Council will issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) that will allow organizations to propose any sustainable model they believe will best address the Council’s objective and primary requirements, as outlined below.

State Plan Goal and Objective

Goal 10: People with developmental disabilities and family members will have the supports
and services they need to be able to participate actively in their communities.

Objective 2: Collaborate, each year of the State Plan, with other agencies and organizations on an ongoing basis to develop and promote concrete policy alternatives and best practices to ensure that individuals and families can access and maintain self-directed community-based services and supports of their choice.

Expected Outcome(s)

TCDD will expand sustainable collaborative efforts around public policy issues that impact Texans with developmental disabilities and that assure the involvement of a diverse group of key stakeholder organizations, including organizations that have not traditionally collaborated with disability advocacy groups, as well as individuals. “Key organizations” will be those identified by the Council’s Public Policy Committee as stakeholders who have missions and philosophies that are not in opposition to those of the Council. The collaborative(s) would determine the issues to be addressed and the manner in which advocacy on those issues would be conducted.

Project Description

TCDD may fund multiple projects to reach the outcome described in this Executive Summary, depending on the quality of proposals received in response to the RFP and the funds available at that time. For the purposes of this RFP, “collaboration” shall be defined as “organizations and/or individuals working together in a formal, sustainable manner; demonstrating mutual respect, mutual learning, and mutual accountability; sharing risks, resources, responsibility, and rewards; with a common goal.

The grant project(s) funded by TCDD will develop and support public policy collaboration activities that will be sustainable without TCDD funds within 5 years. Every collaboration(s) established or supported by TCDD must be “cross disability” and emphasize the inclusion of, representation by, and active participation of people with diverse developmental disabilities. In addition, the activities funded through this grant must address those things that are statewide issues and TCDD Public Policy Priorities.

All proposals must indicate how the outcome(s) of the project(s) would be measurable in a cost-effective manner. Examples of outcome measures TCDD believes would be measurable might include:

  • The percentage of key organizations, including non-traditional and non-DD partners, which are part of particular state public policy collaboration.
  • The percentage of identified hhs, transportation, housing, and education state policies, procedures, rules, or regulations that reflect Public Policy goals and identified needs, and/or the percentage that are changed to reflect input from the collaboration and/or TCDD.
  • Of the key public policy-related documents (for example, legislative reports or bills) for which the public policy collaboration(s) draft formal recommendations, the percentage that reflect those recommendations.
  • A demonstrated impact on existing or new policy programs and initiatives (for example, a change in hhs agency operations/policies, changes in state and local level policies and practices, etc.)
  • An increase in the number of people with developmental disabilities and/or their families who receive information from, or provide information to, the collaboration(s); and/or the percent who
  • have acted based on that information.
  • Percentage of funds or resources needed to support the collaborative activities that are provided or generated by member organizations other than the DD Council.
  • Number of organizations participating in public policy collaboration activities that represent people who are typically “unserved” or “underserved,” as defined in the DD Act Amendments of 2000.

Organizations submitting proposals must provide information regarding the strength and weakness of their proposed model. Although the Council is neither recommending nor expecting any one model in particular, the following examples are provided as “samples” of a few of the models that have been discussed thus far:

  1. Forming collaborations on issue areas, a single issue or multiple, where none currently exist. (Note: In cases such as this when collaborative efforts are focuses on a single highly-specific issue, the collaborative would be considered “successful” and to have achieved sustainable change if the issues is resolved).
  2. Forming a collaboration that addresses only a few key issues, as identified by the membership.
  3. Establishing a means of providing core support for a state level disability coalition that is sustainable without DD Council funds and continues to be active when the grant is completed.
  4. Creating a formal system or mechanism through which TCDD provides support to a number of advocates to work strategically as members of existing collaborative efforts that involve diverse groups who share an interest in a specific issue.
  5. Creating opportunities for the “next generation” of disability advocates to “apprentice” so they may learn/apply/become engaged in public policy collaboration, training, and/or projects to gain hands on experience.

These four models are intended to serve as examples of possibilities only; TCDD neither encourages nor discourages organizations to use of any of these four in their proposals. Additionally, TCDD expects that a variety of different activities could be implemented through the use of any of these models. It will be up to the proposer and the collaboration(s) to develop suggested activities, with input from TCDD.

Proposed Funding Amount: TCDD could choose to budget a set amount or could request that applicants state the amount they would require to complete activities.

Proposed Duration: TCDD funding would be offered for up to five years.

Other Considerations for the Council’s Executive Committee

  1. In posting the RFP and application, the Council could include the question, “Would you accept a partial award?” and thus have the option to implement only parts of proposed projects.
  2. Respondents should include an overview of the history of public policy change for people with disabilities that include lessons learned and what has been proven effective and why it may be applicable to Texas.
  3. The Council may wish to consider having the proposers describe their activities (suggest perhaps “Advocacy Coordination” or “Advocacy Coalition”) and the associated rationale/expectations for such.
  4. If the Council wishes to limit applicants to those with administrative offices in Texas, this would be best stated clearly in the RFP.
  5. It would be easiest to compare “apples to apples” when grant proposals are received if TCDD states in the RFP how involved TCDD will be in the collaboration(s). The Council could choose one of several levels of engagement that may include the following:
    1. The Council could plan to dictate the specific things for which collaborative efforts are supported.
    2. The Council could choose to focus primarily on supporting people with developmental disabilities to collaborate with others and work on policy that interests/impacts them, with the requirement that they must advocate for things that are consistent with TCDD’s mission.
    3. The Council could choose to go “all the way” towards self-determination and support collaboration/involvement as noted above, but without the constraint of “consistent with TCDD’s mission.”
    4. The Council could choose to fund multiple types of activities. For example, TCDD could fund: one project that provides mentoring, TA, support, etc., to self-advocates and/or family members to collaborate with others on issues they choose; one project to provide supports for self-advocates and/or family members to participate in specific collaborative groups identified by the Council; one project to support and participate in a coalition of disability advocacy groups to work together to address issues identified by the coalition; and/or one project to support a specific coalition of many groups (including, but not limited to, disability advocates) to advocating for, a specific issue, such as affordable housing.
  6. Organizations who respond to the RFP can submit recommendations about which organizations they believe would be “key organizations” and explain why. This might result in organizations with which we are not familiar and which may prove beneficial.
  7. In keeping with the Council’s past desire that grants embrace technology and/or social media, the Council may wish to include a non-prescriptive prompt in the RFP, to this effect, such as, “The Council is also interested in proposals that use new technology and media as part of a project strategy where appropriate.”
  8. If the Council seeks sustainability, they may wish to require increasing match each year, provide funding with either a bell-shaped formula (ie., smaller amounts the first year(s), the largest amount the middle year(s), and smaller amounts in the last year(s)) or reduce funding each year of the grant. The likelihood of achieving sustainability will also be impacted by the degree to which the Council is actively involved in and/or directs the project(s) activities.
  9. There were additional comments from Council members included in the Facilitator’s final document, but that were not specifically addressed in this Executive Summary. Individual members felt that TCDD should:
    1. be careful that any change in the model/approach ensures that positive components of the existing model/approach are maintained and no ground is lost
    2. take more of a leadership in stating its expectations up front, regardless of the model chosen
    3. continue to work with the same people to implement the new direction
    4. focus on trust, public awareness, and practicality

Addendum: Council-Approved Outcome Measures for Focus Areas 1, 2, and 3

(Focus Area 4 Measures more appropriate as measures for TCDD’s overall work)

Focus Area 1: Collaboration—Organizations
Result/Outcome Desired Effective/improved collaborations, coordination, and support involving key Council-identified organizations as well as non-traditional organizations
Outcome Measures
  • Percentage of key Council-identified organizations, including non-traditional and non-DD partners, that are part of particular state public policy collaborations
  • Percentage of state agencies aligning their programs and services to PPC goals and identified needs
  • Percentage of key PPC issues and goals successfully addressed through legislation or other means (e.g. funding levels, employment programs, priority services, attendant care pay rates and turnover, transportation access, low/slow Medicaid reimbursement rates, etc.)
  • Percentage of legislative and executive branch, community, business, and other Council-identified collaboration leaders indicating an awareness of key information (e.g. existence of the Council, priority issues, specific goals and proposals, etc.)
Focus Area 2: Inclusion—Individuals
Result/Outcome Desired Effective/improved inclusion, representation, and active participation of people with disabilities
Outcome Measures
  • Percentage of people/families with developmental disabilities surveyed indicating awareness of key information (e.g. existence of the Council, rights/responsibilities, local service providers, etc.)
  • Percent increase in the number of people/families with developmental disabilities that have interacted with Council, obtained information, and acted on it
Focus Area 2: Sustainability
Result/Outcome Desired Deploy and maintain a Public Policy Collaboration model that is sustainable
Outcome Measures
  • Percentage of collaborating organizations dedicating in-kind and other resources to PPC activities and/or
  • Dollar amount of in-kind and other resources dedicated by collaborating organizations to PPC activities