In Attendance: Anne Broadhurst, OPA; Barbara Parks Wolf, OPM; Brian
Sigman, BESB; Diana LaRocco, DMR; Diane M. Wixted, CDHI; Dick Edmonds, DPH;
Dorian Long, DCF
Guests: Amy Porter, Connect to Work; Christine Gaynor, Real
Choice Systems Change Grant; Paul Ford and Dawn Lambert, Nursing
Facilities Transition Grant
Discussion and Updates Regarding Focus Area 1: Coordination
of existing state funded or provided resources, programs, and services at
both the state- and local-level.
- Nursing Facilities Transition Grant: Paul Ford presented some
basic themes that are emerging as they implement the project. Issues
drawn from the experiences of individuals transitioning from nursing
- The "Pace of the System"-including responsiveness and
the sluggishness of the application and intake processes.
- No "True" System-Persons with multiple and complex
needs must negotiate between and among a variety of different
agencies and programs. There are also perceived barriers around
interagency data sharing and having multiple case managers or
- Community Acceptance and Inclusion-Persons with comorbid
conditions (e.g., MH/MR, MH/ABI) are particularly challenged with
regard to community acceptance and inclusion.
Members present discussed the many reasons why these barriers exist
including, for example, federal program requirements. Additionally, over
time and because of many competing requirements at the state level,
agencies may add steps or paperwork and neglect to eliminate the same,
when they are no longer needed or mandated. Lastly, case managers and
others may have misinformation or a misperception about what is
Dick suggested that it may be beneficial for state agencies to
implement a procedure that was completed for a DPH program. They
reviewed paperwork and processes and asked, "What is required by
law?" and "What is required by regulation?" The is
allowed them to eliminate over 90% of the paperwork fro that particular
It was also suggested that it may be helpful to have simple and
concise "program fact sheets" that delineate requirements,
timelines and expectations as these may relate to program eligibility
for example. This type of document would assist with managing
expectations, as individuals apply for services and seek supports.
There was a fair amount of discussion about a "disabilities
services website". This was a recommendation of the Commission.
Additionally, the Long-Tem Care Planning Committee is working on a web
site. Barbara will look into this and bring the information back to the
- Spring Meeting for Advisory Bodies Associated with Disability
Issues: Diana noted that John Halliday and she had discussed
bringing together the various mandated (federal and state) advisory
bodies for a meeting. This would be similar to the meeting held in
December and would focus on sharing information and developing a
common understanding. In December, the various groups were asked to
contact Diana if they were interested in working with the IDDW. No one
came forward. The members present agreed that they would like to
sponsor another meeting in the late spring. John Halliday had agreed
to draft a letter and organize the meeting.
Diana also mentioned that the DD Council, Consumer Advisory Council
for the UCE, and the Advisory Board for OPA will be meeting on April 1
to coordinating activities efforts, and resources across these entities.
- Opportunities for Cross Agency Training: Diana circulated a
listing of training state agency training coordinators/contacts.
Members were asked to update their agency information. This is being
shared with the Real Choice Staff.
The group discussed current training activities, including ways in
which we can provide training and technical assistance across agencies.
We discussed several ongoing conference opportunities within which we
could infuse information about disability issues and inclusive
practices. Some ideas included:
- BESB spring and fall in-service days that are open to
professionals and paraprofessionals.
- Family Support Conference (DMR)
- Managers Day (DMR)
- Self Determination Conference
- Early childhood conferences such as the Connecticut Association
for the Education the Young Children (CAEYC); The Annual Together We
Will (April 11 & d 12, 2003)
- KidCare Training
- Supported Employment Conference
There was agreement that we would like to present as a "panel
discussion" at some of these events.
Discussion and Updates Related to Focus Area 2: Enhance local
capacity to meet the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities
across the lifespan
- Real Choice Systems Change Grant Model Communities: Chris
Gaynor reported that over 46 towns have inquired about the grant
opportunities. She will be hosting Q & A sessions.
Diana shared a summary of the PRIC scope of study for consolidation of
agencies providing rehabilitative services. You may link to that
description at http://www.cga.ct.gov/pri/year2003studies.htm
Our next meeting is scheduled for:
May 2, 2003
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
BOARD OF EDUCATION AND SERVICES FOR THE BLIND
184 Windsor Avenue
Windsor, CT 06095