Minutes - September 19, 2016
Charles County Commission on Individuals with Disabilities
Meeting Minutes: September 19, 2016
Charles County Government Building, Room B140
Call to Order:
The meeting was called to order at 3:00 p.m. by Emily Ferren, Chair
- In Attendance: Emily Ferren, Charlie Patterson, John Hartline, Nicky Pires, Jim Howard
Excused: Jeff Mathews, John Lewis, Sandra Dent, Joane Gulvas
After a call to order, the minutes for August were tabled.
As a follow up, the Artists without Limits exhibit will end on September 26, 2016. Charles County Government supplied a Gallery sign for all future exhibits. It was installed today.
The presentation on Transition Youth will be moved to the October 17th meeting. We will also invite a speaker from the Housing Inspection Unit for Charles County.
Monday, September 12th was the quarterly meeting of the Maryland Satewide Alliance held at Baltimore City Hall. The speaker was Steve Shen, P.E., Chief of Compliance, Enforcement & Training, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, Division of Credit Assurance, Codes Administration. Mr. Shen will be retiring as of November 1st. It was suggested we ask our local Compliance officers to speak at one of our local Commission meetings.
Under updates from agencies, John Hartline mentioned that the Comprehensive Workforce Plan is on the website for Tri-County Council at http://tccsmd.org.
The Southern Maryland Workforce Development Board, a division of the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland, has developed its comprehensive four-year local plan.
The public is invited to comment on the plan via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail at PO Box 745, Hughesville, MD 20637.
Comments will be accepted until September 27, 2016.
Public Comment Draft with Page in Contents Aug 289 2016 (1)
Please review and send in public comment by the Tuesday, September 27th deadline.
Nicky Pires (Tri-County Council) applied for two grants. The first is the National Aging and Disability Transportation Center to partner with hospitals and health care facilities to provide transportation to disabled residents and senior citizens. It would also include the software to coordinate the transportation. The second grant was to the Rural Maryland Council (also for transportation to medical appointments, treatments, and services). The results will be known by October if the grant funding was received.
Jim Howard also gave updates from Van Go. Van Go provides transportation for those receiving medical assistance. The barrier is that the appointments are funded, but not the transportation. Other avenues include "Daughter for a Day" and the Senior Rides program through Life Styles.
A new phone app is vango.doublemap.com to give information on Van Go transportation in real time. It is about a month old - and helpful for those who are asking about their Van Go ride. For additional information, check out the Van Go website at http://www.charlescountymd.gov/pgm/vango
The next meetign will be held on Monday, October 17, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.
Meeting adjourned: 3:50 p.m.
Emily Ferren, Chair