A Public Hearing in front of the Education and Cultural Affairs Committee has been scheduled for LD 924, Resolve, To Establish a Task Force To Study the Coordination of Services and Expansion of Educational Programs for Young Adults with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities To Identify Barriers to Full Societal Integration on Monday, 4/5, at 1:00 pm.
This resolve would establish the Task Force To Study the Coordination of Services and Expansion of Educational Programs for Young Adults with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities to identify barriers inhibiting adults 18 years of age to 40 years of age with intellectual or developmental disabilities (ID?DD) from being fully integrated into society and to recommend possible solutions. The membership of the task force consists of Legislators who serve on the joint standing committees of the Legislature having jurisdiction over education and cultural affairs, health and human services matters and labor and housing matters, the Commissioner of Education, the Commissioner of Health and Human Services, the Commissioner of Labor, members of organizations or associations knowledgeable about services for young adults with disabilities after high school, parents or guardians or direct care providers of a young adult with a disability and young adults with disabilities who are eligible to receive services from the State. The Commissioner of Education convenes the task force, which must hold a minimum of 4 meetings and submit a report to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs, the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services and the Joint Standing Committee on Labor and Housing with recommendations on targeted reforms to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of services provided by different agencies and continuing educational opportunities for young adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities after high school. The task force must also analyze current data and retrospective data for the past 6 years regarding the function and efficacy of current federal and state mandates pertaining to young adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities and provide recommendations to enhance the coordination of programs to ensure the most efficient and effective provision of essential services.
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The calendar of the day's work is here. The hearing begins at 1:00pm, however, this bill is listed last so it's impossible to say when this section of the hearing will begin.
If you sign up to give spoken testimony, the Committee Clerk will send you a Zoom link that will give you access to the committee meeting. You will remain in the "waiting room" on Zoom, able to see and hear the proceedings but not participate until called on by the Chair and Clerk (akin to sitting in the Committee room waiting to be called to the podium). Most committees use a timer and limit spoken testimony to 3 minutes. Strong testimony shows the committee how the bill will solve or help to solve the specific problem currently being experienced by you or those with whom you are familiar.
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