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NCD Quarterly Meeting and Public Comment Opportunity

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Below is the announcement for the upcoming meeting of the National Council on Disability. Notably, there is a town hall on mental health services in higher education. In November, we post a link to an article in the YourABA e-newsletter addressing the topic of mental health in law school. You can go back to that post here.

The National Council on Disability will host its next quarterly meeting in Celebration, FL next Thursday and Friday, February 11-12. During the two days, the Council will host four town halls to hear from interested members of the community about four different topics – 1. mental health services in higher education; 2. guardianship and supported decision making; 3. direct care workforce challenges; and 4. emerging technology.

Interested parties are welcome to join in person or by phone in a listening-only capacity (other than the period allotted for public comment noted below) Details about the quarterly meeting and the town halls follows below.

WHAT:
NCD Quarterly Meeting

DATES:
Thursday and Friday, February 11-12, 2016

TIMES:
Thursday, February 11, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM;
Friday, February 12, 8:30 AM – 12:15 PM

LOCATION:
Florida Hospital Nicholson Center, Education Center 2, 404 Celebration, FL 34747

CALL-IN INFORMATION:
Number: 888-505-4369
Conference ID: 382979
Conference Title: NCD Meeting
Host Name: Clyde Terry

MATTERS TO BE CONSIDERED: The Council will hear policy presentations on the topics of mental health services in higher education; guardianship; updates since the release of NCD’s “Breaking the School to Prison Pipeline” report last fall; Medicaid managed care and the direct care workforce; and emerging technology in employment and education. The Council will also receive reports from its standing committees; and receive public comment during four town halls, on the topics of mental health services in higher education; guardianship; challenges of the direct care workforce; and emerging technology.

TOWN HALL / PUBLIC COMMENT:

NCD will host four themed town halls at its upcoming Council meeting in Celebration, FL. Information shared during the Town Hall sessions will inform NCD’s work in these areas as research projects on these topics are undertaken in the year ahead. The location for each session will be at the Florida Hospital Nicholson Center, Education Center 2, 404 Place, Celebration, Florida 34747. Those not able to attend in person can always send their comments via email to: PublicComment@ncd.gov or call-in with their comments, although priority will be given to those who attend in-person.

To better facilitate the town halls, any individual interested in providing public comment is asked to register his or her intent to provide comment in advance by sending an email to PublicComment@ncd.gov with the subject line “Public Comment” with your name, organization, state, and topic of comment included in the body of your email. All emails to register for public comment at the quarterly meeting must be received by Wednesday, February 10, 2016. Due to time constraints, NCD asks all commenters to limit their comments to three minutes.

The four town halls are as follows:

Thursday, February 11, 10:15 AM – 10:45 AM, ET, Town Hall on Mental Health Services in Higher Education
Thursday, February 11, 11:45 AM – 12:15 PM, ET, Town Hall on Guardianship and Supported Decision-Making
Thursday, February 11, 4:00 PM – 4:30 PM, ET, Town Hall on Direct Care Workforce Challenges
Friday, February 12, 9:30 AM – 10:00 AM, ET, Town Hall on Emerging Technology

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