ILLINOIS COUNCIL ON DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT COMMITTEE
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Members Present: Members Absent:
Bill Bogdan, Chair Roberta Phillippe
Marva Campbell-Pruitt David Andel
Pat Lee Cheryl Jansen
AGENDA ITEM: Call to Order
Meeting called to order at 12:50 p.m.
We will miss Vicki Niswander; thanks for her service over the past several years.
AGENDA ITEM: Approve January 15, 2009 Meeting Minutes
Approved meeting minutes.
AGENDA ITEM: State Plan Implementation
Update of RICES project
o 4 rural providers implementing customized employment with technical assistance. Enc. 2
is thoughts and lessons learned from one of the sites, Streator Unlimited. This site is
doing best. The 2 S. Il. sites are behind in getting “Discovery” (intensive person centered
planning with employment focus; consultants Griffin-Hammis & Marc Gold & Assoc.
have specific process) done; consultant is problem solving with them.
o Project Advisory Committee held 1st meeting in Jan., to meet next 4/13. Reviewed the
comments from John Mallaney at Streator and discussed difficulties with getting
sufficient funding to cover Discovery. Among partial answers are increased assessment
payment from DRS (as appropriate on individual basis), shared outcome payments as an
Employment Network (SSA’s Ticket to Work), & use of HCB waiver money for
supported employment. At her request, sub-group will follow-up and hold a discussion
with Lilia Teninty about issues with use of the waiver.
Medicaid Infrastructure Grant activities
o MIG is federal grant to DFS – Medicaid buy-in project, Health Benefits for Persons with
Disabilities. Reviewed logic model, strategic plan implementation, and national public
awareness information from the 2009 activities under that grant. Note that some
activities are similar to things our committee has discussed doing to achieve employment
outcomes, so we don’t want to duplicate efforts. Examples: awareness/ education
targeted to employers, self employment fairs/mentoring/support, and education on
expectation of work and career development.
o 3 sub-committees forming. Consider contacting Sandy Mott at HBWD and joining one
if you have a special interest in area.
Business Enterprise Program
Relevant in that about 90% of the contracts awarded by the state to "people with
disabilities" owned businesses (in excess of $24 million) goes to non-profits for
sheltered workshop programs.
PASS Loan Program
Benefits Planning for Youth and Parents
Discussion of committee’s targets
o Employment – Providers have been cut 12% for supported employment, resulting in
individuals losing job coaching and returning to sheltered work sites where they are
unhappy at the step back. Times are extremely tough to achieve these targets given
funding difficulties and high unemployment rates. Continue thinking about ways to use
information from the committee’s Retooling Employment documents or ways to build
capacity now while waiting for the economy to revive.
o Education – Postsecondary Roundtable group to meet for the 3rd time April 9th at 11
a.m. to get more detail on federal funding to states through a presentation by Joe
Caldwell of AUCD (powerpoint given to group at 1st meeting). With unemployment
high, individuals often return to school to increase skills while unemployed. This target
may be our next area of focus while the economy is in a recession. To look for ways
ICDD could act in support of areas identified by the Roundtable group as potential ways
they could collaborate.
AGENDA ITEM: Other
Phil Locasio plans to represent DRS so Marva Campbell-Pruitt will not continue to attend.
Great Lakes ADA Center has an on-line survey on transportation. ICDD will forward the
link. Encourage people with developmental disabilities to fill it out.
ICAAP (Assn. of Pediatricians) has Reach Out and Read Project which uses volunteer
readers in waiting rooms at pediatric practices. Mentioned as FYI – possible volunteer
opportunity for individuals.
AGENDA ITEM: Adjournment
Meeting adjourned at 1:35 p.m.