Boards and Committees
Advisory Body Meeting Guidance
The Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) benefits from advice on policy and program development from several statutorily created bodies including the: Disability Advisory Committee; Assistive Technology Advisory Committee; Blind Advisory Committee; Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advisory Committee; California Vendors Policy Committee; State Rehabilitation Council; and California Committee on Employment of Persons with Disabilities. The DOR may have additional formal bodies who provide advice on specific policy and program development as needed.
During these times of fiscal constraint, preservation of the public confidence in the administration of government is paramount and requires administrators to be diligent in the utilization of tax payer funds. Toward that end, the DOR is committed to assisting our advisory bodies in clearly identifying the need to convene a meeting, particularly when a meeting requires travel and high costs. Complying with the requirements of the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act is essential in this regard. For example, an agenda that reflects only information sharing and reporting does not provide adequate notice to the public as to the reason to convene. In determining whether an advisory committee or subcommittee should be convened, the following guidelines apply:
- The agenda, as required by Bagley-Keene for both open and closed meetings, is reflective and supportive of the advisory body's statutory mandate.
- The agenda content clearly reflects an outcome of the meeting that supports the advisory bodies' purpose, i.e. providing policy and/or program development guidance as requested by DOR.
- The volume of business that requires action or discussion is sufficient to support the meeting, its format and length.
- Agenda item descriptions are sufficient to inform the members and public at large of the nature, scope, and desired outcome of the committee's consideration and/or action. Interested parties should be able to determine whether they would want to address the committee prior to their action.
- The agenda is compliant with the Bagley-Keene requirements including identification of the body's intent to act on the agenda topic and allowing for public comment prior to action.
Agendas should be developed jointly between program management and advisory committee leadership to insure the relevance and timeliness of input by members. Questions should be directed to the liaison for each advisory body.
- Assistive Technology Advisory Committee (ATAC) - The ATAC is a consumer-responsive, consumer-driven committee proving advice to the State for, planning of, implementation of, and evaluation of the activities carried out through the grant including setting measurable goals.
- Blind Advisory Committee (BAC) - The BAC provides advice to the Department of Rehabilitation on services to individuals who are blind or visually impaired.
- California Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities (CCEPD) - The CCEPD is established in California statute to advance the employment of people with disabilities in the state.
- California Vendors Policy Committee (CVPC) - The CVPC represents blind vendors who participate in the California Department of Rehabilitation Business Enterprises Program.
- Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advisory Committee (DHHAC) - The DHHAC provides advice to the DOR on the means to increase competitive employment, enlarge economic opportunities, enhance independence and self-sufficiency, and on methods for improving services for persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, late deafened, and deaf/blind.
- Disability Advisory Committee (DAC) - The DAC assists the Department of Rehabilitation in its efforts to enhance employment and promotional opportunities, as well as, equal treatment and physical & programmatic access for persons with disabilities.
- Orientation Center for the Blind, Trust Fund Committee (OCB Trust Fund Committee) - The OCB Trust Fund Committee consults with DOR concerning the use of moneys in the OCB Trust Fund.
- State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) - The SRC consists of a diverse membership, appointed by the Governor, who are interested in and representative of Californians with disabilities.
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) - DOR is committed to providing services to individuals with disabilities through employment, independence and equality, including those individuals with a traumatic brain injury.