DD Council & Committee Meetings

Committees & Meetings

The DD Council meets six (6) times a year (January, March, May/June, July, September, and November) on the last Monday of that month from 1:00-4:00 p.m. on O‘ahu. The exception is the meeting in May or June that is an all-day meeting and decided by the Council at its March meeting. This all-day meeting (8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.) addresses the Council’s State Plan and its activities and any amendments recommended by the Council’s committees.  DD Council members are obligated to attend the DD Council meetings and be a member of at least one of the committees.

The DD Council has the following Committees to address its 2017-2021 State Plan:

#1: Community Supports Committee (CSC)

The Community Supports Committee addresses activities in the State Plan to address the goal, “To increase the number of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to love where they live by promoting and enhancing community-based supports and services.”

  1. Identify the residential needs of at least 3,000 adults with IDD.
  2. Collaborate with the Department of Health and Department of Human Services to implement Hawai‘i’s My Choice My Way Transition Plan that addresses the requirements of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Final Rule regarding home and community-based settings.
  3. Increase in personal care allowance and control over their allowance for individuals with I/DD who reside in certified or licensed homes or facilities.
  4. Advocate to increase transportation options on all islands in Hawai‘i.
  5. Increase access to information about legislation, policies, and services.
  6. Access to information about services and supports that cut across the lifespan.

The second Monday of the month from 1:00-2:30 p.m. in DD Council Conference Room.

#2: Public Awareness, Education, & Training Committee (PET)

The Public Awareness, Education & Training Committee addresses activities in the State Plan to address the goal, “Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families educate their communities about intellectual and developmental disabilities.”

  1. Engage self-advocates, family members, service providers, and advocates in advocacy and organizing Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month on each Island (Hawai‘i, Kauaæi, Lāna‘i, Maui, Moloka‘i, and O‘ahu) in the State of Hawai‘i.
  2. Collaborating with DOH DD Division, DHS Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, and DOE to conduct public awareness activities to address the month of October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month.
  3. Identify individuals with IDD who are not served by the DD Division.
  4. Co-sponsor transition events that address milestone transitions (early childhood, elementary, middle and high school, post high school, and adulthood) in collaboration with public and private agencies.

The second Wednesday of the month from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. at 601 Kamokila Blvd, Conference Room.

#3: Transition & Employment Committee (TEC)

The Transition & Employment Committee addresses activities in the State Plan to address the goal that “Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities have increased access to and opportunities for the education, training, and support services that they need to succeed in the labor market.”

  1. Advocate for the high school transition process to begin at age 14 years or earlier.
  2. Access to Pre-Employment Transition Services.
  3. Increase access to information on transition services and supports needed to prepare students for transition to adult life.
  4. Increase access to information on employment, education, training, and support services needed to prepare them for the transition to employment.

Every other month on the same day as the DD Council meeting from 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  Meeting place:  To be announced. Note:  No meeting in May/June due to the Council’s annual all-day meeting.

#4: Health & Children & Youth Committee (HCY)

The Health & Children & Youth Committee addresses activities in the State Plan to address the goal that “Parents and family members with children, 3-5 years of age, who are at risk for developmental delays or who have intellectual and developmental disabilities will have timely access to standardized developmental screening, appropriate services, and supports.”

  1. Promote the use of standardized developmental screening tools, through asset and resource mapping, in each County in the State of Hawai‘i serving children at risk for developmental delays or who have intellectual and developmental disabilities, 3-5 years of age.
  2. Increase awareness, understanding, and knowledge regarding services, supports, and rights within the health and education systems.
  3. Advocate for a higher reimbursement rate to increase the percentage of primary care providers in a health plan who serve individuals with I/DD.
  4. Increase access to assistive technology for parents and family members with children, 3-5 years of age, who are at risk for developmental delays or who have intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Every other month on the same day as the DD Council meeting from 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  Meeting place: To be announced. Note: No meeting in May/June due to the Council’s annual all-day meeting.