Governor Bobby Jindal announces appointments to the Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council

Governor Bobby Jindal announces appointments to the Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council
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POSTED: Saturday, March 17, 2012 - 8:30am

UPDATED: Saturday, March 17, 2012 - 8:34am

Today, Governor Bobby Jindal announced appointments to the Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council.

The Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council is established within the Department of Health and Hospitals to serve as an advocate for persons with developmental disabilities by advising the governor, the secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals, and the legislature on programs and policies pertaining to services for persons with developmental disabilities and their families.

According to the statute, council is comprised of a maximum of twenty eight gubernatorial appointments. At least sixty percent of the membership of the council must consist of individuals with developmental disabilities, parents or guardians of children with developmental disabilities, or immediate relatives or guardians of adults with mentally impairing developmental disabilities who cannot advocate for themselves. Of this sixty percent of the council, one-third shall be persons with developmental disabilities, one-third shall be parents or guardians of children with developmental disabilities or immediate relatives or guardians of adults with mentally impairing developmental disabilities who cannot advocate for themselves, and one-third shall be a combination of those described above. At least one of these individuals shall be an immediate relative or guardian of an individual with a developmental disability who resides or previously resided in an institution or shall be an individual with a developmental disability who resides or previously resided in an institution. Of the remaining membership of the council, there must be representation of the principal state agencies and representatives of higher education training facilities, local agencies, and nongovernmental agencies and groups concerned with services to persons with developmental disabilities.

Appointments to the Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council:

Sandra “Sam” Beech, of Shreveport, is the Public Policy Coordinator for the National Autism Resource & Information Center of Caddo-Bossier. Beech will be reappointed to serve as a parent or guardian of children with developmental disabilities, as required by statute.

Brenda Lee Cosse’, of Slidell, is the Chief Events Organizer for New Level Consultants & Affiliates, LLC. Lee Cosse’ will be reappointed to serve as a parent or guardian of children with developmental disabilities, as required by statute.

Kay Marcel, of New Iberia, is employed part time by the Department of Education. Marcel will be reappointed to serve as an immediate relative or guardian of an adult with mentally impairing developmental disabilities who cannot advocate for themselves, as required by statute.

Mark Martin, of Baton Rouge, is the Director of Louisiana Rehabilitation Services. Martin will be reappointed to serve as a representative of agencies and groups concerned with services to persons with developmental disabilities, as required by statute.

Nanette Marie Oliver, of Baton Rouge, is the Supervisor of Programs for Students with Significant Disabilities in the Division of Educational Improvement and Assistance at the Department of Education. Oliver will be reappointed to serve as a representative of higher education training facilities, as required by statute.

Stephanie Patrick, of Baton Rouge, is the Director of Policy and Planning for Louisiana’s Protection and Advocacy System. Patrick will be appointed to serve as a representative of agencies and groups concerned with services to persons with developmental disabilities, as required by statute.

Dr. Philip Wilson, of New Orleans, is the Director of the Human Development Center at LSU Health Sciences Center, Louisiana’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. Dr. Wilson will be reappointed to serve as a representative of a local agency, as required by statute.

   

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