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Apr 24

Transition Innovations: Promising Vocational Rehabilitation Practices for Youth
April 26, 2018: Noon to 1:30 p.m. (ET)

Live Webinar

Still time to register for the webinar.

Recent federal policy changes require state vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies to expand service delivery to transition-age youth and young adults with disabilities. These expanded services intend to improve youth’s preparation for college and employment.

On Thursday, April 26, from noon to 1:30 p.m. (ET), Mathematica’s Center for Studying Disability Policy will host a live webinar that will explore the impact of these new policy changes. The webinar will specifically highlight effective VR service practices and the challenges that state VR agencies face in adhering to new federal mandates related to transition-age youth.

The webinar will feature a panel of experts with extensive experience on issues related to transition, VR, and employment for people with disabilities. The panel will present and discuss the following:

  • Effective VR practices identified by VR counselors from agencies with strong transition outcomes
  • A case study on effective partnerships between VR and higher education programs for students with intellectual disabilities and autism
  • Early implementation experiences of VR agencies with pre-employment transition services

The panel speakers will include:

  • Todd Honeycutt, (Moderator), Mathematica Policy Research
  • Rich Luecking, University of Maryland
  • Meg Grigal, Institute for Community Inclusion, University of Massachusetts
  • Purvi Sevak, Mathematica Policy Research
  • David Test, (Discussant), University of North Carolina at Charlotte

We hope you will join us for this event!

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Apr 24

VCDR 2018 Weekly Summary of Legislative Activities, Committee Agendas and Calendar of Events

April 23 – April 27

Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights

VCDR publishes a weekly legislative calendar of events, committee schedules, and floor activities during the 2018 Legislative Session. This is the second year of the two year legislative biennium.

These weekly alerts contain summaries of legislative activities, committee agendas, and House and Senate Calendar items that would be of interest to the disability community. The complete committee schedules will not be found here, but a link has been provided for the complete Legislative Committee agendas, the Legislative Calendar and Journal Page, and the Legislative Web-Site.

You will find highlights of the week’s Legislative activities for specific committees, public hearing notifications, and calendar activity of interest in this weekly report, as well as a listing and brief explanations of legislation introduced at the end of the committee schedules when available.

This Committee Schedule is generally published on Monday of each week, but is subject to change throughout the week. Please check the calendar online, on the Vermont Legislative web page for updates.

 

*** LEGISLATIVE WEB PAGE***

http://legislature.vermont.gov/

***COMMITTEE INFORMATION ***

Committees have their own web-pages, where you can find documents and written testimony as well as committee schedules. http://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/list/2018/#

House & Senate Committee Assignments:

Make sure when you go to this page you click on “SHOW ALL MEMBERS”

http://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/list/2018/

Complete Weekly Committee Schedule House and Senate: http://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/weeklyAgendas/2018

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** Calendars and Journals **

House Calendar

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

112th DAY OF THE ADJOURNED SESSION

House Convenes at 10:00 A.M.

ACTION CALENDAR

 

Favorable with Amendment

  1. 203 An act relating to systemic improvements of the mental health system

………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 1672

Rep. Donahue for Health Care

Rep. Hooper for Appropriations……………………………………………………… 1683

 

Favorable

  1. 225 An act relating to pilot programs for coverage by commercial health

insurers of costs associated with medication-assisted treatment……………..1698

Rep. Pugh for Human Services

Rep. Cina for Health Care……………………………………………………………….1699

 

Senate Proposal of Amendment

  1. 333 Identification of gender-free restrooms in public buildings and places

of public accommodation………………………………………………………………..1700

  1. 603 Human trafficking……………………………………………………………….1702
  2. 696 Establishing a State individual mandate…………………………………. 1702

 

Action Postponed Until April 26, 2018

Senate Proposal of Amendment

  1. 874 Inmate access to prescription drugs……………………………………….. 1702

NOTICE CALENDAR

 

Favorable with Amendment

  1. 175 An act relating to the wholesale importation of prescription drugs into

Vermont, bulk purchasing, and the impact of prescription drug costs on health

insurance premiums………………………………………………………………………. 1704

Rep. Lippert for Health Care

Rep. Till for Ways and Means………………………………………………………….1707

  1. 281 An act relating to the mitigation of systemic racism…………………..1714

Rep. Gannon for Government Operations

Senate Proposal of Amendment

  1. 914 Reporting requirements for the second year of the Vermont Medicaid

Next Generation ACO Pilot Project…………………………………………………. 1719

Governor’s Veto

  1. 103 An act relating to the regulation of toxic substances and hazardous

materials……………………………………………………………………………………… 1720

 

House Calendars: http://legislature.vermont.gov/house/service/2018/calendar

House Journals: http://legislature.vermont.gov/house/service/2018/journal

Senate Calendar

TUESDAY, APRIL 24, 2018

SENATE CONVENES AT: 9:30 A.M.

ACTION CALENDAR

 

NEW BUSINESS

Second Reading

Favorable with Proposal of Amendment

  1. 25 An act relating to sexual assault survivors’ rights

Judiciary Report – Sen. Sears …………………………………………………….. 1973

Amendment – Sen. Sears ……………………………………………………………1974

  1. 404 An act relating to Medicaid reimbursement for long-acting

reversible contraceptives

Health and Welfare Report – Sen. Ayer ……………………………………….. 1977

Appropriations Report – Sen. McCormack …………………………………… 1977

  1. 593 An act relating to miscellaneous consumer protection provisions

Econ. Dev., Housing and General Affairs Report – Sen. Soucy ……….. 1978

  1. 718 An act relating to creation of the Restorative Justice Study

Committee

Judiciary Report – Sen. Benning ………………………………………………… 1989

Appropriations Report – Sen. Ashe …………………………………………….. 1993

 

NOTICE CALENDAR

Second Reading

Favorable

Favorable with Proposal of Amendment

  1. 892 An act relating to regulation of short-term, limited-duration

health insurance coverage and association health plans

Finance Report – Sen. Campion …………………………………………………. 2003

  1. 907 An act relating to improving rental housing safety

Econ. Dev., Housing and General Affairs Report – Sen. Sirotkin …….. 2007

House Proposals of Amendment

  1. 92 An act relating to interchangeable biological products………………… 2013
  2. 173 An act relating to sealing criminal history records when there is

no conviction……………………………………………………………………………….. 2025

  1. 289 An act relating to protecting consumers and promoting an open

Internet in Vermont………………………………………………………………………..2029

Senate Calendars: http://legislature.vermont.gov/senate/service/2018/calendar

Senate Journals: http://legislature.vermont.gov/senate/service/2018/journal

As a general rule the House and Senate meet at these times during the session:

Floor Times:

House Senate
Tuesday: 10:00 am 9:30 am
Wednesday: 1:00 pm 1:00 pm
Thursday: 1:00 pm 1:00 pm
Friday 9:30 am 11:30 am

 

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***LIVE STREAMS***

You can listen on VPR: http://digital.vpr.net/online-streams

Listen to House and Senate activity when they are in session

      VCDR – **Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights**

Information may also be found on the VCDR Website: www.vcdr.org

The VCDR Website is now online. Some pages are still under construction.

Please visit our FACEbook Page

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***Joint Fiscal Page ***

http://www.leg.state.vt.us/jfo/

The FY 2019 Budget documents and Department and Administration testimony can be found on the Joint Fiscal Page. http://www.leg.state.vt.us/jfo/budget_fy2019.aspx

H.924 An act relating to making appropriations for the support of government https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/H-0924/H-0924%20As%20passed%20by%20the%20House%20Official.pdf

Web Report – This link is to the FY 2019 Budget Web Report which shows the House’s Action on the Governor’s Proposed FY 2019 Budget http://www.leg.state.vt.us/jfo/webreports/webreports/Web/FY2019%20Big%20Bill%20Web%20Report%203-28-2018%209_51_26%20AM.html

H.924 House Passed FY 2019 Budget Highlights

http://www.leg.state.vt.us/jfo/appropriations/fy_2019/House_Fy_2019_Budget_Summary_Document.pdf

 

Stephanie Barrett, Legislative Joint Fiscal Office

Control/Click to follow link:   H.924: SAC Working List GF–FY19 Budget

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***BUDGET TESTIMONY***

 

Senate Health and Welfare Budget Memo https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/WorkGroups/Senate%20Health%20and%20Welfare/Budget%20Memo/W~Senate%20Committee%20on%20Health%20and%20Welfare~Budget%20Memo~4-13-2018.pdf

Testimony Page for FY 2019 Budget

https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/document/2018/23/Date/4-4-2018#documents-section

https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/document/2018/23/Date/4-5-2018#documents-section

Testimony in Senate Appropriations on Disabilities:

Ed Paquin, VT Coalition for Disability Rights                                             H.924: Support for developmental disability and mental health services

Pam McCarthy, VT Family Network

H.924: Support for funding increase for Children’s Integrated Services

Patricia Tedesco, VT Center for Independent Living

H.924: Support for home access program

Susan Aranoff, VT Developmental Disabilities Council

H.924: Support for developmental services funding

 

***LEGISLATION***

SPECIAL EDUCATION

H.897 an act relating to enhancing the effectiveness, availability, and equity of services provided to students who require additional support

***UPDATED H.897: Draft No. 10.1 As Recommended by Senate Education, 4-18-2018
Senate Education/Bills/H.897/Drafts, amendments and summaries

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/WorkGroups/Senate%20Education/Bills/H.897/Drafts,%20amendments%20and%20summaries/H.897~James%20DesMarais~Draft%20No.%2010.1%20As%20Recommended%20by%20Senate%20Education,%204-18-2018~4-18-2018.pdf

H.897 As Passed by House: https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/H-0897/H-0897%20As%20passed%20by%20the%20House%20Official.pdf

s.229 An act relating to State Board of Education approval of independent schools, as introduced and passed in the Senate

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/S-0229/S-0229%20As%20passed%20by%20the%20Senate%20Official.pdf 

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***ARTICLES of INTERST***

***NEW Lawmakers not buying Scott’s one-time spending solution By Tiffany Danitz Pache Apr 23 2018                                                                             https://vtdigger.org/2018/04/23/lawmakers-not-buying-scotts-one-time-spending-solution/

***NEW Senate budget writers eye investment in psychiatric bedsBy Xander Landen Apr 20 2018                                                          https://vtdigger.org/2018/04/20/senate-budget-writers-eye-investment-psychiatric-beds/

Vermonters urge House panel to pass minimum wage bill By Xander Landen https://vtdigger.org/2018/04/06/vermonters-urge-house-panel-pass-minimum-wage-bill/  Read the bill, H.196, being considered by the Senate here.

Despite Governor’s Opposition, Vt. Senate Committee Prioritizes Paid Family Leave Bill  Vermont Public Radio  http://digital.vpr.net/post/despite-governors-opposition-vt-senate-committee-prioritizes-paid-family-leave-bill

Breaking down the VT House tax bill that Gov. Scott has threatened to veto

April McCullum, Free Press Staff Writer

https://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/story/news/politics/government/2018/03/30/vermont-house-tax-plan-how-could-affect-you/467919002/

House passes $5.84 billion budget proposal By Xander Landen Mar 24 2018

https://vtdigger.org/2018/03/24/house-passes-5-84-billion-budget-proposal/

Health programs saved in House Appropriations budget By Xander Landen Mar 16 2018 https://vtdigger.org/2018/03/16/health-programs-saved-house-appropriations-budget/

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***EVENTS***

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***Committee Highlights***

The 2018 Legislative Session is nearing the end. Some of the Senate morning committees will shut down this week as the Senate Appropriations Committee makes its final decisions on the budget. The bill is expected to be debated on the Senate Floor this week and will go back to the House after it passes the Senate.

Other legislation will that is expected to move will be debated in the other body from where it originated and may pass and be agreed to or go into a committee of conference to resolve the differences between the House and Senate versions.

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House Appropriations Committee https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2018/9

Schedule TBD

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House Committee Corrections and Institutions https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2018/17

On Wednesday and Thursday the Committee will hear about Correctional Facilities:

  • A historical perspective about correctional facilities and ideas on how to move forward with a central or regional model from
  • Future concept and going forward with Correctional Facilities
  • Follow up discussion regarding Home Detention, current and future correctional facilities plans

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House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development

https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2018/11

On Tuesday the Committee will take up S. 180 – An act relating to the Vermont Fair Repair Act and H. 143 – An act relating to automobile insurance requirements and transportation network companies.  H.143 proposes to address issues relating to fair debt collection and other consumer protection laws.

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House Committee on Education

https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2018/10

On Tuesday and Wednesday the Committee will take up H. 858 – An act relating to establishing a process for the statewide negotiation of health care benefits for school employees. On Wednesday the Committee will also take up S. 261 – An act relating to mitigating trauma and toxic stress during childhood by strengthening child and family resilience

S.261 As Passed by Senate https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/S-0261/S-0261%20As%20passed%20by%20the%20Senate%20Official.pdf

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The House Committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs  https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2018/13 

On Tuesday the Committee will take S. 40 – An act relating to increasing the minimum wage. On Thursday they will talk about Housing Initiatives

S.40 As Passed by Senate https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/S-0040/S- 0040%20As%20passed%20by%20the%20Senate%20Official.pdf

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House Committee on Government Operations https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/agenda/2018/3650

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House Committee on Health Care Committee https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2018/15

On Tuesday the Committee will take up   S. 175 – An act relating to the wholesale importation of prescription drugs into Vermont, bulk purchasing, and the impact of prescription drug costs on health insurance premiums and on Wednesday the will review any amendments to S.203 An act relating to systemic improvements of the mental health system and S.53 – An act relating to recommendations for achieving universal coverage for primary care in Vermont

S.203 An act relating to systemic improvements of the mental health system Draft 9.1   https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/WorkGroups/House%20Health%20Care/Bills/S.203/W~Katie%20McLinn~Draft%20No.%209.1,%204-19-2018,%20Mental%20Health%20System~4-19-2018.pdf   

S.53 An act relating to recommendations for achieving universal coverage for primary care in Vermont – As passed by Senate:

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/S-0053/S-0053%20As%20passed%20by%20the%20Senate%20Official.pdf

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House Committee on Human Services https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2018/16

On Tuesday and Wednesday the Committee will take up S. 261 – An act relating to mitigating trauma and toxic stress during childhood by strengthening child and family resilience.

S.261 An act relating to mitigating trauma and toxic stress during childhood by strengthening child and family resilienceAs passed by Senate https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/S-0261/S-0261%20As%20passed%20by%20the%20Senate%20Official.pdf

S.261 An act relating to mitigating trauma and toxic stress during childhood by strengthening child and family resilience – Side by side proposed amendments https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/WorkGroups/House%20Human%20Services/Bills/S.261/Drafts,%20Amendments%20and%20Summaries/S.261~Katie%20McLinn~Senate%20Version%20and%20Mrowicki%20Proposal%20Side%20by%20Side~4-13-2018.pdf

S.280 – Child Poverty Council as amended by House Human Services DRAFT 6.1

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/WorkGroups/House%20Human%20Services/Bills/S.280/Drafts,%20Amendments%20and%20Summaries/S.280~Katie%20McLinn~As%20Recommended%20by%20the%20House%20Committee%20on%20Human%20Services~4-18-2018.pdf 

 

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House Committee on Judiciary    https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2018/18

 

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Senate Appropriations Committee:  https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2018/23

The Senate Appropriation Committee is expected to finish their version of the FY 2019 Budget on Tuesday.

We will send out the Senate Version as soon as it is available.

Senate Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs  https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2018/32

On Tuesday the Committee will take up H. 764 – An act relating to data brokers and consumer protection and H. 711 – An act relating to employment protections for crime victims. On Wednesday they will take up H. 196 – An act relating to paid family leave and on Thursday take up H. 919 – An act relating to workforce development

H.196  An act relating to paid family leave – As Passed by the House:  https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/H-0196/H-0196%20As%20Passed%20by%20the%20House%20Official.pdf

H.919 An act relating to workforce development As passed by the House

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/WorkGroups/Senate%20Economic%20Development/Bills/H.919/H.919~David%20Hall~As%20passed%20by%20the%20House~4-13-2018.pdf

H.919: Draft No. 5.1, 4-11-2018

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/WorkGroups/Senate%20Economic%20Development/Bills/H.919/H.919~David%20Hall~Draft%20No.%205.1,%204-11-2018~4-13-2018.pdf

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Senate Committee on Education https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2018/24.

Morning Committee – No Schedule after Tuesday

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Senate Committee on Finance https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2018/32

On Tuesday the Committee will take up H. 912 – An act relating to the health care regulatory duties of the Green Mountain Care Board and H. 897 – An act relating to enhancing the effectiveness, availability, and equity of services provided to students who require additional support. On Wednesday they will take up H. 911 – An act relating to changes in Vermont’s personal income tax and education financing system and discus charitable contributions.

  1. 911 As passed by the House: https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/H-0911/H-0911%20As%20passed%20by%20the%20House%20Official.pdf

H.911: Impacts to Vermont Taxpayers of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/WorkGroups/Senate%20Finance/Bills/H.911/H.911~Jake%20Feldman~Impacts%20to%20Vermont%20Taxpayers%20of%20the%20Tax%20Cuts%20and%20Jobs%20Act~4-6-2018.pdf

Senate Committee on Government Operations https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2018/26

On Thursday the Committee will take up H. 910 – An act relating to the Open Meeting Law and the Public Records Act

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Senate Health and Welfare Committee

https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2018/27

On Wednesday the Committee will take up S. 203 – An act relating to systemic improvements of the mental health system

S.203: Draft No. 8.1 House Health Care Amendment

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Senate Committee on Institutions https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2018/28

On Tuesday and Wednesday the Committee will take up H. 923 – An act relating to capital construction and State bonding budget adjustment and on Thursday take up H. 874 – An act relating to inmate access to prescription drugs and S. 166 – An act relating to the provision of medication-assisted treatment for inmates

  1. 874 – An act relating to inmate access to prescription drugs and S. 166 – An act relating to the provision of medication-assisted treatment for inmates.

Control /Click to follow link:

H.874: As passed by the House  

H.874: Draft No. 3.1, 4-2-2018  

H.874: Proposed amendment

S.166: As Recommended

S.166: Draft No. 4.1, 2-22-2018  

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Senate Committee on Judiciary

https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2018/29 

 

***UPCOMING EVENTS***

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***LEGISLATION INTRODUCED***

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Submitted by Karen Lafayette [email protected]

 

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Apr 17

GAELYNN LEA –              Concert Ticket Fundraiser! – Support  VCIL

Classically trained violinist and songwriter Gaelynn Lea has been bewitching scores of fans with her haunting original songs and experimental takes on traditional fiddle music. Her work most recently won NPR Music’s 2016 Tiny Desk Contest, a competition drawing submissions of original songs from more than 6,000 musicians across the country.

“Karen Dalton and Joanna Newsom melt together in the form of Gaelynn Lea & set about absolutely obliterating your heart.” –Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys)

Gaelynn Lea Concert Ticket Fundraiser!

May 11 at 8:00pm.

Help support your favorite nonprofit and see a spectacular performance! 

VCIL is selling raffle tickets thanks to the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts who donated 2 pairs of tickets (worth $60/pair) for the Gaelynn Lea performance on Friday May 11, at 8:00pm in the FlynnSpace.

Two winners will be drawn on April 27th (each will win 2 tickets).

For more information on Gaelynn Lea: https://violinscratches.com/

For raffle tickets to support VCIL: https://vcil.wufoo.com/fo…/gaelynn-lea-concert-tickets-copy/

On March 3, 2016, Gaelynn Lea was named the winner of NPR Music’s second-ever Tiny Desk Contest. The video entry of her original song “Someday We’ll Linger in the Sun” rose to the top of over 6,100 submissions from around the nation, chosen as the unanimous favorite among the contest’s six judges. The very next week, Gaelynn performed a moving Tiny Desk Concert, at which the show’s host Bob Boilen said “there was hardly a dry eye.”

Gaelynn Lea’s musical reach has expanded significantly because of the Tiny Desk Contest. She began touring nationally in September 2016 with her husband Paul in their 2002 Ford Econoline – and they’ve been on the road ever since! Classically trained violinist and songwriter Gaelynn Lea has been bewitching scores of fans with her haunting original songs and experimental takes on traditional fiddle music. Her work most recently won NPR Music’s 2016 Tiny Desk Contest, a competition drawing submissions of original songs from more than 6,000 musicians across the country.

 

Linda J. Meleady

Development Coordinator

VT Center for Independent Living

11 E. State Street, Montpelier

802-224-1819

Please consider supporting VCIL when you shop at Amazon by using AmazonSmile. Our link is:   smile.amazon.com/ch/03-0271000

Submitted by Karen Lafayette for VCDR  [email protected]

Apr 17

VCDR 2018 Weekly Summary of Legislative Activities, Committee Agendas and Calendar of Events

April 16 – April 20

Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights

VCDR publishes a weekly legislative calendar of events, committee schedules, and floor activities during the 2018 Legislative Session. This is the second year of the two year legislative biennium.

These weekly alerts contain summaries of legislative activities, committee agendas, and House and Senate Calendar items that would be of interest to the disability community. The complete committee schedules will not be found here, but a link has been provided for the complete Legislative Committee agendas, the Legislative Calendar and Journal Page, and the Legislative Web-Site.

You will find highlights of the week’s Legislative activities for specific committees, public hearing notifications, and calendar activity of interest in this weekly report, as well as a listing and brief explanations of legislation introduced at the end of the committee schedules when available.

This Committee Schedule is generally published on Monday of each week, but is subject to change throughout the week. Please check the calendar online, on the Vermont Legislative web page for updates.

 

*** LEGISLATIVE WEB PAGE***

http://legislature.vermont.gov/

 

***COMMITTEE INFORMATION ***

Committees have their own web-pages, where you can find documents and written testimony as well as committee schedules. http://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/list/2018/#

House & Senate Committee Assignments:

Make sure when you go to this page you click on “SHOW ALL MEMBERS”

http://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/list/2018/

Complete Weekly Committee Schedule House and Senate: http://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/weeklyAgendas/2018

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** Calendars and Journals **

House Calendar

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

105th DAY OF THE ADJOURNED SESSION

House Convenes at 10:00 A.M.

ACTION CALENDAR

 

Favorable with Amendment

 

  1. 482 Consumer protection……………………………………………………………1491

Rep. Marcotte for Commerce and Economic Development

Rep. Conquest for Judiciary…………………………………………………………….1498

Rep. Sullivan of Dorset, et al. Amendment……………………………………….. 1498

 

  1. 166 An act relating to the provision of medication-assisted treatment for

inmates……………………………………………………………………………………….. 1507

Rep. Shaw for Corrections and Institutions

  1. 203 An act relating to systemic improvements of the mental health system

………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 1510

Rep. Donahue for Health Care

Rep. Hooper for Appropriations……………………………………………………… 1520

Senate Proposal of Amendment

 

  1. 874 Inmate access to prescription drugs……………………………………….. 1523

 

NOTICE CALENDAR

Favorable with Amendment

 

  1. 175 An act relating to the wholesale importation of prescription drugs into

Vermont, bulk purchasing, and the impact of prescription drug costs on health

insurance premiums………………………………………………………………………. 1543

Rep. Lippert for Health Care

House Calendars:

http://legislature.vermont.gov/house/service/2018/calendar

 

House Journals:

http://legislature.vermont.gov/house/service/2018/journal

 Senate Calendar

TABLE OF CONTENTS TUESDAY, APRIL 17, 2018

SENATE CONVENES AT: 9:30 A.M.

 

 

 

 

NEW BUSINESS

Third Reading

 

  1. 199 An act relating to reinstating legislative members to the

Commission on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders…………………1566

 

Second Reading

Favorable

 

  1. 690 An act relating to explanation of advance directives and treating

clinicians who may sign a DNR/COLST

Health and Welfare Report – Sen. Ayer ……………………………………….. 1566

 

Favorable with Proposal of Amendment

 

  1. 333 An act relating to identification of gender-free restrooms in public

buildings and places of public accommodation

Econ. Dev., Housing and General Affairs Report – Sen. Balint …………1567

  1. 696 An act relating to establishing a State individual mandate

Finance Report – Sen. Sirotkin …………………………………………………… 1570

House Proposals of Amendment

  1. 164 An act relating to establishing the Unused Prescription Drug

Repository Program……………………………………………………………………….1571

  1. 282 An act relating to health care providers participating in Vermont’s

Medicaid program………………………………………………………………………… 1573

 

NOTICE CALENDAR

Second Reading

Favorable

  1. 901 An act relating to health information technology and health

information exchange

Health and Welfare Report – Sen. Cummings ………………………………..1575

  1. 912 An act relating to the health care regulatory duties of the Green

Mountain Care Board

Health and Welfare Report – Sen. Ayer ……………………………………….. 1583

  1. 914 An act relating to reporting requirements for the second year of the

Vermont Medicaid Next Generation ACO Pilot Project

Health and Welfare Report – Sen. Lyons ……………………………………… 1588

Senate Calendars:

http://legislature.vermont.gov/senate/service/2018/calendar

 

Senate Journals:

http://legislature.vermont.gov/senate/service/2018/journal

 

As a general rule the House and Senate meet at these times during the session:

Floor Times:

  House           Senate
Tuesday: 10:00 am 9:30 am
Wednesday: 1:00 pm 1:00 pm
Thursday: 1:00 pm 1:00 pm
Friday 9:30 am 11:30 am

 

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***LIVE STREAMS***

You can listen on VPR: http://digital.vpr.net/online-streams

Listen to House and Senate activity when they are in session

      VCDR – **Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights**

Information may also be found on the VCDR Website: www.vcdr.org

The VCDR Website is now online. Some pages are still under construction.

Please visit our FACEbook Page

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***Joint Fiscal Page ***

http://www.leg.state.vt.us/jfo/

The FY 2019 Budget documents and Department and Administration testimony can be found on the Joint Fiscal Page. http://www.leg.state.vt.us/jfo/budget_fy2019.aspx

H.924 An act relating to making appropriations for the support of government

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/H-0924/H-0924%20As%20passed%20by%20the%20House%20Official.pdf

Web Report

This link is to the FY 2019 Budget Web Report which shows the House’s Action on the Governor’s Proposed FY 2019 Budget

http://www.leg.state.vt.us/jfo/webreports/webreports/Web/FY2019%20Big%20Bill%20Web%20Report%203-28-2018%209_51_26%20AM.html

H.924 House Passed FY 2019 Budget Highlights

http://www.leg.state.vt.us/jfo/appropriations/fy_2019/House_Fy_2019_Budget_Summary_Document.pdf

Stephanie Barrett, Legislative Joint Fiscal Office

Control/Click to follow link:                                                                          H.924: SAC Working List GF–FY19 Budget

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***BUDGET TESTIMONY***

 

***NEW Senate Health and Welfare Budget Memo

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/WorkGroups/Senate%20Health%20and%20Welfare/Budget%20Memo/W~Senate%20Committee%20on%20Health%20and%20Welfare~Budget%20Memo~4-13-2018.pdf

Testimony Page for FY 2019 Budget

https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/document/2018/23/Date/4-4-2018#documents-section

https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/document/2018/23/Date/4-5-2018#documents-section

Testimony in Senate Appropriations on Disabilities:

Ed Paquin, VT Coalition for Disability Rights

H.924: Support for developmental disability and mental health services

Pam McCarthy, VT Family Network

H.924: Support for funding increase for Children’s Integrated Services

Patricia Tedesco, VT Center for Independent Living

H.924: Support for home access program

Susan Aranoff, VT Developmental Disabilities Council

H.924: Support for developmental services funding

 

***LEGISLATION***

SPECIAL EDUCATION   

H.897: Draft No. 1.1 Senate Education Amendment, 4-5-2018

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/WorkGroups/Senate%20Education/Bills/H.897/Drafts,%20amendments%20and%20summaries/H.897~James%20DesMarais~Draft%20No.%201.1%20Senate%20Education%20Amendment,%204-5-2018~4-5-2018.pdf

H.897 an act relating to enhancing the effectiveness, availability, and equity of services provided to students who require additional support https://legislature.vermont.gov/bill/status/2018/H.897

As Passed by House:

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/H-0897/H-0897%20As%20passed%20by%20the%20House%20Official.pdf

H.897: Section by Section Summary

Witness Testimony in Senate Education

https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/document/2018/24/Bill/4187673#documents-section

 

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***ARTICLES of INTERST***

 

Vermonters urge House panel to pass minimum wage bill By Xander Landen https://vtdigger.org/2018/04/06/vermonters-urge-house-panel-pass-minimum-wage-bill/

Read the bill, H.196, being considered by the Senate here.

 

Despite Governor’s Opposition, Vt. Senate Committee Prioritizes Paid Family Leave Bill  Vermont Public Radio  http://digital.vpr.net/post/despite-governors-opposition-vt-senate-committee-prioritizes-paid-family-leave-bill

Breaking down the VT House tax bill that Gov. Scott has threatened to veto

April McCullum, Free Press Staff Writer

https://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/story/news/politics/government/2018/03/30/vermont-house-tax-plan-how-could-affect-you/467919002/

 

House passes $5.84 billion budget proposal By Xander Landen Mar 24 2018

https://vtdigger.org/2018/03/24/house-passes-5-84-billion-budget-proposal/

Health programs saved in House Appropriations budget By Xander Landen Mar 16 2018 https://vtdigger.org/2018/03/16/health-programs-saved-house-appropriations-budget/

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***EVENTS***

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***Committee Highlights***

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House Appropriations Committee https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2018/9

Schedule TBD

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House Committee Corrections and Institutions https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2018/17

On Wednesday morning the Committee will hear from the Agency of Human Services, to discuss plans for secure residential facilities, mental health beds, and temporary 12 bed concept from Al Gobeille, Secretary, Agency of Human Services

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House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development

https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2018/11

On Tuesday the Committee will take up an amendment to H. 482 – An act relating to consumer protection and S. 180 – An act relating to the Vermont Fair Repair Act. On Thursday they will take up H. 143 – An act relating to automobile insurance requirements and transportation network companies.   This bill proposes to address issues relating to fair debt collection and other consumer protection laws.

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House Committee on Education

https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2018/10

On Tuesday and Wednesday the Committee will take up S. 257 – An act relating to miscellaneous changes to education law and discuss Education Health Benefits. On Wednesday   the Committee will also take up S. 261 – An act relating to mitigating trauma and toxic stress during childhood by strengthening child and family resilience

S.257 An act relating to miscellaneous changes to education law –As passed by the Senate: https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/S-0257/S-0257%20As%20passed%20by%20the%20Senate%20Official.pdf

S.229 An act relating to State Board of Education approval of independent schools -As passed by Senate:

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/S-0229/S-0229%20As%20passed%20by%20the%20Senate%20Official.pdf

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The House Committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs  https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2018/13 

On Tuesday the Committee will take up S. 204 – An act relating to the registration of short-term rentals and on Wednesday the Committee will take up S. 40 – An act relating to increasing the minimum wage.

S.40 As Passed by Senate https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/S-0040/S- 0040%20As%20passed%20by%20the%20Senate%20Official.pdf

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House Committee on Government Operations https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/agenda/2018/3650

For most of the week the Committee will take up S. 273 – An act relating to miscellaneous law enforcement amendments and on Wednesday afternoon the Committee will take up S. 281 – An act relating to the mitigation of systemic racism

S.281 As passed by the Senate: https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/S-0281/S-0281%20As%20passed%20by%20the%20Senate%20Official.pdf

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House Committee on Health Care Committee https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2018/15

On Tuesday and Wednesday the Committee will take up

S.53 – An act relating to recommendations for achieving universal coverage for primary care in Vermont and will take up S. 225 – An act relating to pilot programs for coverage by commercial health insurers of costs associated with medication-assisted treatment on Wednesday

S.53 An act relating to recommendations for achieving universal coverage for primary care in Vermont – As passed by Senate:

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/S-0053/S-0053%20As%20passed%20by%20the%20Senate%20Official.pdf

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House Committee on Human Services https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2018/16

On Tuesday,   the Committee will take up and likely vote out S. 280 – An act relating to the Advisory Council for Strengthening Families.  On Tuesday and Wednesday the Committee will take up S. 70 – An act relating to the nutritional requirements for children’s meals and on Wednesday the Committee will take up S.261 – An act relating to mitigating trauma and toxic stress during childhood by strengthening child and family resilience and likely vote the bill out.

S.261 An act relating to mitigating trauma and toxic stress during childhood by strengthening child and family resilience – As passed by Senate https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/S-0261/S-0261%20As%20passed%20by%20the%20Senate%20Official.pdf

S.261 An act relating to mitigating trauma and toxic stress during childhood by strengthening child and family resilience – Side by side proposed amendments

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/WorkGroups/House%20Human%20Services/Bills/S.261/Drafts,%20Amendments%20and%20Summaries/S.261~Katie%20McLinn~Senate%20Version%20and%20Mrowicki%20Proposal%20Side%20by%20Side~4-13-2018.pdf

S.280: Draft No. 2.1, 3-22-2018   – An act relating to the Advisory Council for Strengthening Families.  https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/WorkGroups/House%20Human%20Services/Bills/S.280/Drafts,%20Amendments%20and%20Summaries/S.280~Katie%20McLinn~Draft%20No.%202.1,%203-22-2018~3-28-2018.pdf

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House Committee on Judiciary    https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2018/18  On Tuesday and Thursday the Committee will take up S.105 – An act relating to consumer justice enforcement.  On Thursday Committee will take up S. 222 – An act relating to miscellaneous judiciary procedures and likely vote it out.

S.222 – As passed by Senate

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/S-0222/S-0222%20As%20passed%20by%20the%20Senate%20Official.pdf

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/WorkGroups/HouS.222: Draft No. 2.1, 4-10-2018

se%20Judiciary/Bills/S.222/S.222~Erik%20FitzPatrick~Draft%20No.%202.1,%204-10-2018~4-13-2018.pdf

 

 

 

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Senate Appropriations Committee:  https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2018/23

The Committee will discuss the Governor’s Proposed FY 2019 Budget and the House passed version all week as the legislature moves closer to adjournment

H.924 an act relating to making appropriations for the support of government – As passed by the House: https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/H-0924/H-0924%20As%20passed%20by%20the%20House%20Official.pdf

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Senate Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs  https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2018/32

On Tuesday the Committee will take up H. 919 – An act relating to workforce development, and on Thursday they will take up H. 196 – An act relating to paid family leave and H. 907 – An act relating to improving rental housing safety

H.196  An act relating to paid family leave – As Passed by the House:  https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/H-0196/H-0196%20As%20Passed%20by%20the%20House%20Official.pdf

H.919 An act relating to workforce development As passed by the House

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/WorkGroups/Senate%20Economic%20Development/Bills/H.919/H.919~David%20Hall~As%20passed%20by%20the%20House~4-13-2018.pdf

H.919: Draft No. 5.1, 4-11-2018

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/WorkGroups/Senate%20Economic%20Development/Bills/H.919/H.919~David%20Hall~Draft%20No.%205.1,%204-11-2018~4-13-2018.pdf

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Senate Committee on Education https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2018/24.

On Tuesday afternoon the Committee will take up H. 897 – An act relating to enhancing the effectiveness, availability, and equity of services provided to students who require additional support, taking final testimony from the VT Developmental Disabilities Council and likely vote out the bill (see latest draft below). On Tuesday they will also discuss Restorative Justice

H.897 As passed by the House: https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/H-0897/H-0897%20As%20passed%20by%20the%20House%20Official.pdf

H.897: Draft No. 7.1 Senate Education Amendment, 4-13-2018

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/WorkGroups/Senate%20Education/Bills/H.897/Drafts,%20amendments%20and%20summaries/H.897~James%20DesMarais~Draft%20No.%207.1%20Senate%20Educatiion%20Amendment,%204-13-2018~4-13-2018.pdf

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Senate Committee on Finance https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2018/32

On Tuesday the Committee will take up H. 892 – An act relating to regulation of short-term, limited-duration health insurance coverage and association health plans and H. 911 – An act relating to changes in Vermont’s personal income tax and education financing system.

  1. 911 As passed by the House:

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/H-0911/H-0911%20As%20passed%20by%20the%20House%20Official.pdf

H.911: Impacts to Vermont Taxpayers of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/WorkGroups/Senate%20Finance/Bills/H.911/H.911~Jake%20Feldman~Impacts%20to%20Vermont%20Taxpayers%20of%20the%20Tax%20Cuts%20and%20Jobs%20Act~4-6-2018.pdf

 

Senate Committee on Government Operations https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2018/26

On Wednesday afternoon the Committee will take up H. 624 – An act relating to the protection of information in the statewide voter checklist –as passed by House: https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/WorkGroups/Senate%20Government%20Operations/Bills/H.624/H.624~BetsyAnn%20Wrask~As%20Passed%20by%20the%20House%20Unofficial~4-6-2018.pdf

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Senate Health and Welfare Committee

https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2018/27

On Tuesday the Committee will take up H. 921 – An act relating to nursing home oversight. On Wednesday the committee will hear from the Governor’s Committee on Employment for People with Disabilities (Annual Presentation) and on Thursday hear about Special Olympics

H.921 As passed by House

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/H-0921/H-0921%20As%20passed%20by%20the%20House%20Official.pdf

H.921: Proposed Committee Amendment

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Senate Committee on Institutions https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2018/28

On Wednesday the Committee will take up H. 874 – An act relating to inmate access to prescription drugs and S. 166 – An act relating to the provision of medication-assisted treatment for inmates.

Control /Click to follow link:

H.874: As passed by the House  

H.874: Draft No. 3.1, 4-2-2018  

H.874: Proposed amendment

 

S.166: As Recommended

S.166: Draft No. 4.1, 2-22-2018  

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Senate Committee on Judiciary

https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2018/29 

On Tuesday the Committee will take up S. 237 – An act relating to providing representation to needy persons concerning immigration matters and       H. 718 – An act relating to creation of the Restorative Justice Study Committee and on Wednesday – H. 237 – An act relating to saliva testing

S.237 An act relating to providing representation to needy persons concerning immigration matters.

Control/Click to follow link:

S.237: As Recommended

S.237: Draft No. 1, 2-1-2018  

S.237: Fiscal Note  

H.718 An act relating to creation of the Restorative Justice Study Committee

H.718: Draft No. 1.1, 4-11-2018

H.718: As Passed by the House

 

H.237 – An act relating to saliva testing – As passed by House

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/H-0237/H-0237%20As%20passed%20by%20the%20House%20Official.pdf

 

***UPCOMING EVENTS***

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***LEGISLATION INTRODUCED***

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Submitted by Karen Lafayette [email protected]

 

Apr 12

Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council

GO TO THE WEBSITE LINK: http://ddc.vermont.gov/sow_seeds

“It is like the seed put in the soil – the more one sows, the greater the harvest.”

 

Sow the Seeds of System Change

SEEDS grants aid projects in Capacity Building

This unique opportunity supports innovative projects that increase community capacity to support Vermonters with developmental disabilities and family caregivers. SEEDS grants are nonrenewable awards that provide $10,000 to $15,000 in project support for up to one year. Seeds projects must:

  • Support at least one goal or objective in VTDDC’s Five-Year Plan
  • Be managed by a nonprofit entity
  • Reflect the values of the federal DD Act – inclusion, productivity, independence, and self-determination.

VTDDC also places priority on projects that will improve the lives of people with developmental disabilities living in underserved rural areas of Vermont where there is significant poverty.

SEEDS grants are intended to “jump start” a new approach or to spread a new way of thinking about a disability issue.

Please note that there are additional requirements for demonstration projects.

GO TO THE WEBSITE LINK: http://ddc.vermont.gov/sow_seeds

If you have questions contact:

Chelsea Hayward
Administrative Assistant
Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council

Mailing Address:   Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council

322 Industrial Lane

Berlin, Vermont 05633-0206

Phone:   (802) 828-1310
Email:   [email protected]
Website:   www.ddc.vermont.gov

The Mission of VTDDC is to help build connections and supports that bring people with developmental disabilities,
and their families, into the heart of Vermont communities.