Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities Quarterly Meeting

The Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities (GCPD) will hold our quarterly business meeting on August 21st and 22nd at the Region 17 Education Service Center on 1111 W Loop 289 in Lubbock. GCPD welcomes public comment on both days pertaining to topics of importance to Texans with disabilities. Members of the public are encouraged to participate in person at the meeting, or through written testimony provided in advance and sent to gcpd@gov.texas.gov.

In accordance with the Open Meetings Act, the GCPD meeting agenda is posted on the Secretary of State’s Texas Register website and has been placed below for your convenience.


Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities

August 21 - 22, 2019

Region 17 Education Service Center (ESC)

South Conference Center, Conference Room B

1111 W Loop 289, Lubbock, Texas 79416


Zoom webinar link: https://zoom.us/j/410274129

August 21, 2019, 1:00 p.m.

 Call to Order / Roll Call / Introductions – Aaron Bangor, Chair

Welcome by Host – Kyle Wargo, Executive Director, Region 17 ESC

Approval of June 11-12, 2019 Meeting Minutes (Discussion / Possible Action)

Public Comment (Limited to 3 minutes per presentation)

Election of Committee Vice Chair (Discussion / Possible Action)

Presentation: Diversion for Offenders with Mental Illness in the Texas Criminal Justice System - Brian D. Shannon, JD, Texas Tech University (Discussion / Possible Action)

Presentation: Criminal Justice Update for Persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities – Kyle Piccola, The Arc of Texas (Discussion / Possible Action)

Presentation: TWC Vocational Rehabilitation Services for Former Texas Department of Criminal Justice Offenders with Disabilities – Jonas Schwartz, Texas Workforce Commission(Discussion / Possible Action)

Reports from Invited Exofficio Agency Representatives (Discussion / Possible Action)

   Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS)

   Department of Licensing & Regulation, Architectural Barriers (TDLR)

   Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC)

   Texas Education Agency (TEA)

   Texas State Independent Living Council (TxSILC)

   Texas Workforce Commission (TWC)

Exofficio Agency Follow-Up to June 11-12, 2019 Meeting (Discussion / Possible Action)

   Vocational Rehabilitation Support for Deaf Students Attending Out-of-State Colleges and Universities, TWC

   Audiological Impairment Certification Training, TEA

   Access Curriculum Advisory Committee, TEA

   Use of Rider Funds for Captioning of Curriculum, TEA

   Review of “Denial Letter for Approval” in Medically Dependent Children’s Program, HHSC

   Medicaid Reimbursement Rates for Audiological Services and Devices, HHSC 

Meeting Recess, 5:30 p.m.  


August 22, 2019, 8:00 a.m. 

Reconvene Meeting – Chair Aaron Bangor

Public Comment (Limited to 3 minutes per presentation)

Presentation: LIFE/RUN Independent Living Center - Michelle Crain, Executive Director (Discussion / Possible Action)

Presentation: HHSC Board for Evaluation of Interpreters and the Administrative Barriers for Interpreter Testing, and Reimbursement for Interpreter Services for Client No-Shows - Sammie Sheppard, Texas Society of Interpreters for the Deaf Interpreter Educator Special Interest Group (Discussion / Possible Action)

Continuation of Exofficio Agency Reports and Follow-Up to June 11-12, 2019 Meeting (Discussion / Possible Action)

Executive Director’s Report – Ron Lucey

Member Reports on Community Outreach (Discussion / Possible Action)

Policy Development based on the Committee’s issue areas of Access, Communications, Education, Emergency Preparedness, Health, Housing, Recreation, Transportation, Veterans and Workforce (Discussion / Possible Action)

   86th Legislative Session Wrap-Up

   Topics for Inclusion in 2021-2022 Biennium

Future Meetings (Discussion / Possible Action)

Adjournment:  12:00 noon

The location of the meeting where the member of the governmental body presiding over the meeting will be physically present is the location listed at the top of this agenda. It is the intent of the governmental body to have the member presiding over the meeting present at that location.

Notice of Assistance at Public Meetings.

Persons with disabilities who plan to attend this meeting and who may need assistance, such as American Sign Language interpreter, Communication Access Real-time Translation (CART) or materials in an alternate format, contact the Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities at least seven (7) working days prior to the meeting. 512-463-5739. Use the Relay Option of Your Choice. E-mail: gcpd@gov.texas.gov