CTD 2016 Annual Report Hit #1
CTD Top Ten Hits of 2016
From our ongoing advocacy work and yearly events to the purchase of our new building, 2016 has been a huge year for CTD! Check out the highlights of our year in review. Formerly a guitar store, our sweet new digs inspired the music theme of this year's report.
1. Takin' Care of Business during the Interim
Counter-clockwise from upper left: ADAPT's Bob Kafka and Kristi Jordan of DADS at January Promoting Independence Advisory Council (PIAC) meeting. Cindy Zolnierek of the Texas Nurses Association and Sarah Dirks of Geriatric Dental Group at Texas Oral Health Policy Workshop in February. CTD's Dennis Borel and Gary Sullivan at November UnitedHealthCare national advisory board meeting.
This time of year, the impending Legislative session is on everyone's mind- including ours. But the work we've done over the past 18 months to prepare for session and advance our mission outside of the Capitol has led to some significant wins. Most notably, through key appointments and participation in leading workgroups, we've secured a seat at the table on multiple critical issues. That's why we're listing our interim advocacy work as our #1 achievement of 2016. A few areas where we represent Texans with disabilities:
- Drug Utilization Review Board. The DURB makes important recommendations on Medicaid drug formularies (lists of drugs that Medicaid covers). The DURB is made up of doctors and pharmacists; CTD's Dennis Borel is the only exception- a representative from a consumer advocacy organization.
- Policy Council for Children and Families. Appointed by the HHSC Executive Commission, CTD's Chris Masey serves as vice-chair for this body that works to improve education, health, and human service delivery to children with disabilities and their families.
- Texas Board of Architectural Examiners. Former governor Rick Perry appointed CTD's Chase Bearden to the TBAE in 2009 and Governor Abbott has reappointed him, where he continues to give Texans with disabilities a voice in decisions that affect an accessible built environment and statewide regulations.
We also serve on bodies working on accessible parking, consumer protections, guardianship, recreation, financial independence for people with disabilities, and much more. See Dennis, Chase, and Chris' staff pages for a full listing of appointments and workgroups.