On April 27, 1976, Governor Daniel J. Evans issued Executive Order 76-03 establishing the State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council. The order was subsequently amended in 1982 by Governor John Spellman in Executive Order 82-23 and in 1985 by Governor Booth Gardner in Executive Order 85-03. In 1990, the earlier federal enabling law, Public Law 95-602, was amended by Public Law 101-496, the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 1990, ("The Act".)

NOW THEREFORE, I, BOOTH GARDNER, Governor of the State of Washington, do hereby reaffirm the establishment of the State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, ("The Council") and require the following:

1. The Council pursuant to The Act shall serve as an advocate and planning body for people with developmental disabilities in the State of Washington. It shall advise the Governor of significant issues and future trends in the provision of services to people with developmental disabilities.

2. The Council shall establish priorities, set the principles, and determine the service delivery needs to be met in the state plan required under The Act. The Council's duties shall also include the monitoring, review and evaluation, not less often than annually, of the implementation of the state plan; to the extent feasible, review and comment on all state plans which relate to programs affecting persons with developmental disabilities; submit to the Secretary of the federal Department of Health and Human Services, through the Governor, such periodic reports on the Council's activities as the Secretary may reasonably request.

3. In order to fulfill its planning and advocacy functions, the Council will have access to all necessary information from the principal state agencies whose responsibilities include serving persons with developmental disabilities. The Council and the principal state agencies shall have the responsibility to develop written agreements setting forth their working relationship in order to meet the requirements of The Act.

4. The Act requires a state agency to be designated to receive, account for, and disburse funds available under this act. The Department of Community Development is designated as that agency. The Council shall operate within federal and state policies and procedures in all its administrative functions and the Department of Community Development shall assist the Council in maintaining compliance. The Executive Director for the Council is an exempt employee and shall be hired by the Council from a list of three candidates selected through a screening committee and the selection process shall be mutually agreed upon between the Council and the Director of the Department of Community Development. Termination of the Executive Director of the Council by the Council may be done only after notification and in consultation with the Director of Community Development.

The Executive Director of the Council shall be supervised by the Council Chairperson. The Executive Director of the Council shall hire and be responsible for the staff, except staff assigned to the functions of accounting and auditing, which shall be hired by and responsible to the Director of the Department of Community Development.

5. The Council and staff shall be funded from monies available under The Act.

6. The Council shall be composed of thirty-three (33) members of which twelve (12) shall constitute a quorum. Members of the Council shall be appointed by the Governor, and the Governor shall designate the Chairperson of the Council who shall serve at the pleasure of the Governor. Council members shall serve no more than two consecutive three-year terms. The membership of the Council shall include representatives of the principal state agencies, higher education facilities, the state protection and advocacy system, local agencies, and non-governmental agencies and groups concerned with services to people with developmental disabilities within the state provided further at least one-half of the membership of the Council shall consist of persons who are:

7. All aspects of the State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council shall comply with, and conform to the requirements of federal law.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto
set my hand and caused the seal of the State
of Washington to be affixed at Olympia
this 9th day of August A.D., Nineteen hundred and ninety-one.




Governor of Washington

Secretary of State