Region VI By-Laws

REGION VI DISABILITY ADVISORY COUNCIL BYLAWS

SPRINGFIELD MO

ARTICLE I

OVERVIEW

Section 1:  This Council, established under Chapter 355, RSMo, as authorized by Section 633.040 and operating as a not-for-profit corporation within the State of Missouri shall be known as Region VI Disability Advisory Council, aka Council or DAC.

Section 2:    This Council may employ such staff as is necessary to carry out the mandates of the Council.

Section 3:    Any staff so employed will be supervised and directed by the Council.

ARITICLE II

PURPOSE

Section 1:  The mission of this Council is to work in collaborative partnership with the Springfield Regional Director, Families, Self-Advocates, Providers/Vendors and the community to enhance opportunities, improve and expand appropriate services for individuals with developmental disabilities in the region through the empowerment of self-determination and the provision of contemporary best practices.

Section 2: The Council shall be responsible for assisting with the preparation of an annual region plan in accordance with Section 633.045 Para 1, RSMo.

Section 3:  The Council shall review and advise on programs and policies of the Springfield Regional Office for people with disabilities in accordance with Section 633.050, Para 1, RSMo.

Section 4: The Council shall review, recommend on, and advise on regional budgets in accordance with Section 633.050, Para 1, RSMo.

Section 5: In accordance with Section 633.050, Para 2, RSMo, the council may advise the Department of Mental Health on methods of operation and service delivery which will assure comprehensive services with minimum duplication, fragmentation, and unnecessary expenditures.

Section 6: The Council may perform other advisory functions as agreed upon with the Division of Developmental Disabilities.

Section 7:   The Council may perform other planning and advocacy functions as agreed upon with the Missouri Planning Council and with the Division of Development Disabilities.

ARTICLE III

MEMBERSHIP

Section 1:  The director of the Division of Developmental Disabilities shall appoint up to Twenty (20) members with a minimum of six (6) members who reside in the region to serve staggered three-year terms on the council.  At least one-half of the members shall be consumers as defined in Section 633.005 RSMo.  Members may be eligible to serve two consecutive terms.  After one year of absence from the Council, a person may be reappointed to the Council.

At least one of the consumer members shall represent a self-advocate/consumer who resides in a long-term residential facility operated by the Division of Developmental Disabilities.  At least one consumer member shall represent a self-advocate/consumer who receives services in the community through a program supported by the Department of Mental Health.  No more than one-fourth of the members shall be vendors (also commonly referred to as “Providers”) or their spouses if such vendors receive more than One Thousand Five Hundred dollars ($1,500.00) per year under contract with the Department Members of boards of directors of not-for-profit corporations shall not be subject to the one-fourth limitation of membership (see statute).  Preference shall be given to vendors who directly provide services to local consumers.

Section 2:   Membership shall also include a local representative of the Department of Social Services, a representative of a local Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, a local representative of the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, and a representative of a health care profession (either public or private).

Section 3:   Membership shall also include a resident of each county with the region whenever possible.

Section 4:  Application nominees shall be selected by the Council each May and forwarded to the Director of the Division of Developmental Disabilities foe consideration of appointment by July 1 each year.

Section 5: Interested candidates for Council membership shall complete an application form, accompanied by a cover letter outlining expectations of all Council board members. A committee of the Council shall review applications for membership and invite candidates to attend a Council meeting to provide the candidates with an idea of the Council’s mission and how the Council conducts business. The review committee shall make recommendations on new members to the full Council. The full Council shall then make recommendations to the Regional Office Director who shall inform the Division Director of the Council’s preferred nominees for Council membership.

Section 6: There shall be no bestowment or privilege of services to a member of this Council from the county, state or federal funds with the exception that the Council and members thereof may be reimbursed for necessary expenses actually accrued during the performance of official duties in accordance with funding policies set forth by the Department of Mental Health.

Section 7:  No member of the Council may participate in or seek to influence a decision or vote of the Council if the member would be directly involved with the matter or if the member would derive income from it.  A violation of the prohibition shall be grounds for a person to be removed as a member of the Council by the director of the Division of Developmental Disabilities and/or President of the Council.

Section 8:  A member so removed may appeal his/her removal though an appeals procedure mutually agreed up by the Department of Developmental Disabilities.

Section 9:  If a member of the Council fails to attend three consecutive meetings without prior notification or misses six (6) consecutive months regardless of whether said member made proper notification to the Executive Committee, that member may be removed by vote of the Executive Committee.  A member so removed may appeal his/her removal though an appeals procedure mutually agreed upon by the Council and the Division of Developmentally Disabilities.

Section 10:  Vacancies of the Council may be filled as they occur.

Section 11:   Conflict of interest statements shall be signed by the membership each year.

ARTICLE IV

OFFICERS

Section 1: Officers of the Council shall be President/Chair, Vice-President/Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer.  Officers shall be elected annually by the Council with the election during the June meeting.  Officers may not succeed themselves for more than two (2) years.

Section 2:  The President shall be the principal Executive Officer of the Council.  He/She shall preside at all meetings whenever possible.  He/She may sign all contracts or documentation as may be authorized by the Council.  He/She shall perform all other duties incidental to the office of President and prescribed by the Council.  The Vice-President shall perform all duties of the President when requested, directed and as needed by the Council.  All other officers shall perform the duties as usual for their respective offices which may also be specified by the Council.  If so requested, the Treasurer shall place bond for the faithful discharge of his/her duties as the Council directs.

Section 3:  All officers are authorized to be participants on all accounts of the Council with two signatures (or one signature and one initial) required on all checks presented for payments with receipts.

Section 4:  The President shall be nominated and elected by a quorum of members present at the Council meeting.

ARTICLE V

MEETINGS

Section 1:   The Council shall meet at least quarterly each year (monthly meetings are preferred) with other times to be decided by Council as needed.

Section 2:    A quorum shall exist when a simple majority of the current membership is in attendance at a meeting.

Section 3:   Each Council meeting shall be recorded in written record with a copy disseminated to each member.

Section 4:    All Council meetings shall be open to the public except as outlined in Chapter 610, RSMo.

ARTICLE VI

COMMITTEES

Section 1:   The President shall be empowered to appoint standing and temporary committees as needed to carry out the duties of the Council.

ARTICLE VII

PARLIMENTARY AUTHORITY

Section 1:   Council meetings shall be conducted according to Robert’s Rules of Order as revised by the Council.

ARTICLE VIII

DISSOLUTION

Section 1:   In the event of the dissolution of the organization, the assets shall be applied and funded as follows:

All liabilities and obligations shall be paid, satisfied and discharged, or adequate provision shall be made therefor.  Assets not held upon a condition requiring return, transfer or conveyance to any other organization or individual shall be distributed, transferred or conveyed, in trust or otherwise, to charitable and educational organization, organized under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code of 1986, as amended, of a similar or like nature to this organization, as determined by the Board of Directors.