February Minutes


February 14, 2018

7:01PM – 8:40PM EDT

A meeting of the General Membership of LSIA, a Maryland Nonprofit Corporation (“LSIA”), was held on February 14, 2018 at 7:01PM EDT in the Media Center at Lindale Elementary School.


Executive Board Members Present:

Suzzie Schuyler

Kevin Plessner

Jonathan McGowan

Kim Solloway

Glen Haller

Sandy Hartzell

Dan Woomer

Justin Szech

Ken Glendenning (Senior Advisor)

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at 7:01PM and Kevin Plessner recorded the minutes.

LSIA conducted a moment of silence for the shooting victims at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.

Kevin reported that LSIA has 476 household members.

Kevin gave the treasurer’s report. Since July 1, 2017 until February 12, 2018, LSIA’s total income was $9,366.42 and total expenses were $7,409.20, resulting in a net gain of $1,957.22. As of February 12, 2018, LSIA had a balance of $29,951.94.

The Anne Arundel County police reported that there was an attempted robbery and an assault at the Sheraton Hotel. Two people were smoking marijuana in a car and someone who approached the car was stabbed.

A panel from the Maryland Department of Aging and Disabilities (MDAD) presented to the general membership.

MDAD is has an Information and Assistance Program and provides a gateway to services.

Carol Clemens manages the assisted living facilities in Anne Arundel County.

The mission of MDAD is to help people with disabilities. MDAD wants to keep people in the community as long as possible. The population in Anne Arundel County is growing, especially the aging population. The Information and Assistance department uses twenty-six (26) different programs to provide assistance to disabled people in the community, and serves people as young as four (4) years old.

Funding for the different programs come from many different places, including county, state and federal sources and grants. Therefore, the number of programs fluctuate depending on the funding.

The MDAD provides information and resources to help to keep people in their homes, including providing information on how to make necessary renovations to the home for those who are aging or otherwise have disabilities.

Some of the programs are run by Long Term Care Bureau. There is a program that provides in-home care for elderly folks for $20/day. This program is subsidized by the state. Other programs provide continued socialization to elderly people. There are many other programs that vary in the resources that they provide, depending on the needs of the individual.

The Respite Care Referral Program is funded by Anne Arundel County and trains, screens and educates home care workers. Participants in the Respite program may work both part time and full time.

MDAD does a lot of education in the community for family caregiving.

People who need care because of a disability may receive a grant to offset the cost of care. MDAD might also provide assistance in the form of in-home monitoring systems for elderly people who fall, and other similar types of systems.

MDAD has a telephone reassurance program that uses volunteers to check up on people.

MDAD has a nutrition program that provides meals and activities at community sites, senior centers and includes Meals on Wheels.

MDAD has an assisted living facilities program. This program provides monitoring facilities with four to sixteen (4-16) beds to ensure that the facilities are receiving appropriate care and treatment. They also do complaint investigations, but do not cannot any enforcement.

The Adult Public Guardianship Program is a last resort program for a person to serve as a court-appointed guardian of a person over sixty-five (65) years of age and who has no family or friends to assume responsibility for medical decision making and personal decision making.

There is a workshop at the Pascal Center on April 16 to educate people about Advanced Directives.

People should put all of their most important documents, including the documents on a thumb drive, in a waterproof and fireproof safe in case a disaster hits. People should also make sure their family knows where the safe and the documents are.

People often improve physically when they enter assisted living facilities since they are getting medication on time, nutritious food and socialization. However, they also sometimes run out of money and need to leave.

There is a health care gap for those in their late fifties and early sixties who cannot yet apply for Medicare but the premiums are sky high because of their age. MDAD has no good solution for this problem.

The MDAD panel delivers their educational panel once per month.

The ombudsman program is a counterpart to the assisted living program, and provides advocacy for the rights of residents in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. People can contact the ombudsman and they will advocate on the behalf of the resident.

MDAD has seven (7) senior centers in the community.  Each one has its own personality and anyone is welcome to go to any senior center.

There is a transportation office that will provide a ride to the local senior center based on the person’s zip code.

Senior centers are for people ages fifty-five 55 and up.

The State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) provides free confidential health insurance assistance information for people who are Medicaid eligible.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Office makes sure that the County government is in compliance with the ADA. The Office only has enforcement power over the County government but does not have enforcement power over private entities.

Volunteer programs include telephone reassurance, VITA (Volunteers Income Tax Assistance), Ombudsman/Resident Advocates, SHIP and others.

Suzzie provided those in attendance at the meeting with yellow cards that contain the county number and state road number for reporting potholes.

Suzzie announced that the calming bump project on West Maple Rd. was approved by the vote of the affected residents.

Suzzie announced that people who live near the Andover Road project will receive a notice about a meeting with the developer so that those affected will be able to provide their feedback and requests before the project begins.

Kevin announced that the LSIA Board of Directors selected an election nominating committee consisting of Jonathan, Dan and Kevin. Kevin moved for approval of the nominating committee and the motion was seconded by Jonathan. The voice vote was many in favor and zero (0) opposed and so the motion was approved.

Kevin reported that County Council passed a resolution that was sponsored by Councilman Grasso and Councilman Smith that urged MDOT and MTA address certain issues related to safety and crime at the light rail stations.

Kevin gave a summary of several bills that the Maryland General Assembly is currently considering:

1.      Delegate Beidle is sponsoring a bill that will provide a light rail assistant at every light rail stop to monitor activity at the light rail and check tickets.

2.      Senator Valentino and Delegate Beidle are cosponsoring bills that will prohibit the sale or transfer of a municipal asset without negotiation and written agreement with the municipality. The bills will also require a public hearing prior to transferring a public asset for use in a high-speed transportation system and public notification for close homeowners and businesses.

Kevin provided a Phaeton Health update.

Ken announced that the Mayflower van that is parked in front of the train station is for Decorating Committee and Veterans Committee storage. The Mayflower van will be moved to Virginia but if it is not gone soon, it will be painted white so that it is not as obvious.

Mr. Schneider announced that Delegate Chang was volunteer auctioneer for an hour and a half and raised $17K extra dollars for charity.

Sandy thanked people for supporting the charity event for Arundel House of Hope. The event raised about $30K for the charity.

Delegate Chang spoke to the general membership. Anyone may provide testimony on the two (2) bills that will be heard tomorrow in front of the Environment and Transportation Committee. Anyone can provide testimony, live or written.

Delegate Chang’s anti-human trafficking bill is based on an active case by the vice unit. There was a potential human trafficking violator near the Luncheteria in Linthicum. Delegate Chang is the lead sponsor of this bill.

Delegate Chang opined that the tax bills that the General Assembly is considering seem to have a good chance to pass. These bills will assist Maryland residents from the increase in state taxes resulting from the federal tax law changes.


There being no further business to come before the meeting, the meeting was adjourned at 8:40PM EDT.