CCEPD Terms and Conditions

Committee members shall serve without compensation, but receive reimbursement for travel and other necessary expenses actually incurred in the performance of their official duties.

Appointments made by the Secretary of the Health and Human Services Agency will generally serve a 3-year term with consideration for re-appointment.

All Committee members are expected to attend four open meetings per year in conjunction with the California Health Incentives Improvement Project (CHIIP). If a member misses any three meetings in a fiscal year, the Secretary of the Health and Human Services Agency may terminate the member's appointment.



(Adopted May 16, 2013)


The California Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities (CCEPD) is established in California statute to advance the employment of people with disabilities in the state. Policy-related responsibilities of the committee were first defined in the Workforce Inclusion Act (Aroner, Statutes of 2002) and amended as part of the Budget Act of 2011 (Blumenfield, Assembly Bill 119, Statutes of 2011).

Duties & Functions

The primary function of the Committee is to consult with and advise the Secretary of the Labor and Workforce Development Agency and the Secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency on all issues related to full inclusion in the workforce of persons with disabilities, in order to:

  • Bring individuals with disabilities into gainful employment at a rate that is as close as possible to that of the general population.

  • Support the goals of equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency for these individuals.

  • Ensure that state government is a model employer of individuals with disabilities.

  • Support state coordination with, and participation in, benefits planning training and information dissemination projects supported by private foundations and federal grants.

Vision and Mission

Vision Statement:

"People with disabilities will be prepared to maximize their self-sufficiency by integrating into the mainstream of a California labor market that is accessible to the diversity of its workers, job seekers, and business and microenterprise owners."

Mission Statement:

"California commits to achieving an employment rate for people with disabilities that is in parity with that of the general population by:

  • Removing barriers to work; and,

  • Providing needed services, supports and incentives to maximize individual economic growth and development."

Guiding Principles

  • Partnership and collaboration with all stakeholders, including utilizing existing resources is the key to achieving our goals.
  • Equal opportunity, full participation, independent living and economic self-sufficiency are core principles for the development of a workforce system accessible for people with disabilities.

  • Employment is an economic and social goal that benefits the individual, the community, and the economy.

  • People with disabilities are expected and prepared to participate in economic and workforce activities.

  • Public policy at all levels must promote employment incentives and decrease disincentives for both people with disabilities and employers.

  • The business community is a valued partner in providing employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

  • Evaluation is a key component of our goals to ensure they are measurable and attainable.


The Committee consists of appointed and mandated public and private members and receives primary administrative and staff support from the Department of Rehabilitation. Membership includes:

Ex Officio Positions

  • The Directors of the Employment Development Department, State Department of Health Care Services, State Department of Mental Health, State Department of Developmental Services, State Department of Social Services, and Department of Rehabilitation;
  • Chair of the State Independent Living Council;

  • A representative from the California Health Incentive Improvement Project;

  • A representative from the California Workforce Investment Board who is nominated by that board;

  • A representative from a local one-stop or local workforce investment board, to be nominated by the California Workforce Investment Board.

Secretarial and Legislative Appointees

  • Four (4) individuals with disabilities representing individuals with disabilities, one each appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules and the Speaker of the Assembly and two appointed by the Secretary of California Health and Human Services;
  • Three (3) business representatives with experience in employing persons with disabilities, to be appointed by the Secretary of California Health and Human Services. At the discretion of the Secretary of California Health and Human Services, representatives from any other department or program that may have a role in increasing the capacity of state programs to support the employment-related needs of individuals with disabilities may be appointed to the Committee.


A Director of a State Department appointed as a member to the Committee may designate a Deputy Director or other high-ranking position of that Department to act in the Director’s place. Each Department Director may have a designee, however only one designee may vote on behalf of the Department at any one meeting. State Department Directors must notify the CCEPD Executive Officer in writing of the name and title of their chosen designee prior to the designee’s participation on the Committee.

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All Committee members are expected to attend all regularly scheduled meetings. Members will be notified annually of the meeting schedule for the year. If a member misses two (2) meetings within a given year, the Executive Officer will contact that member assessing their interest in remaining on the Committee, encouraging his/her attendance and emphasizing the value of having his/her expertise contribute to Committee deliberations. The Executive Officer, in consultation with the Chair, may request the written resignation of any Committee member who fails, without good cause, to attend three consecutive Committee meetings or who otherwise demonstrates a disinterest, inability, or unwillingness to actively participate in the meetings, discussions, activities, and decisions of the Committee. In the event that such a member fails to submit a written resignation, the Executive Officer may forward a written recommendation for removal to the Secretary of Health and Human Services Agency.


As stated in Assembly Bill 119 (Blumenfield, Assembly Bill 119, Statutes of 2011), four individuals with disabilities each serve a three-year term, with consideration for re-appointment.

All other Secretarial appointments will also serve a three-year term with consideration for re-appointment.

If a member resigns from the Committee prior to the end of his/her term, a new member shall be appointed in his/her place.

Committee Officers

The Chair and Vice Chair shall be elected by the members of the Committee for a two-year term. They may be elected for no more than two full consecutive terms. Any member is eligible to serve as Chair or Vice Chair, although only one ex officio member can be elected as Chair or Vice Chair during any given term.

The responsibilities of the Chair of the California Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities (CCEPD) shall include:

  • Facilitating and presiding over Committee meetings.
  • Developing meeting agendas in collaboration with the Executive Officer.

  • With assistance from staff, drafting memos to Agency Secretaries containing meeting highlights and any resulting recommendations.

  • Representing the Committee in external high level meetings.

The Vice Chair shall exercise the powers of the Chair if the Chair is absent or unavailable.

Should the Chair be unable to complete the term of office, the Vice Chair shall assume the position of Chair for the remainder of his/her term. The Committee members will elect a new Vice Chair at the next scheduled meeting to serve the remainder of the Vice Chair’s term.

Committee Structure

The Committee may develop task-oriented workgroups focused on activities to implement the Committee's priority areas.

Workgroup composition will include Committee members as well as ad hoc members from external stakeholder groups in order to increase the diversity of interests and knowledge represented.

Members may participate in more than one workgroup.


All full Committee and workgroup meetings of the California Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities shall be conducted in accordance with the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act (Government Code Section 11120, et seq). Consistent with Bagley-Keene, Committee meetings will be open and accessible to the public and will be publicly announced.


In order for the Committee to conduct any official business, a quorum of the membership must be present. A quorum shall consist of fifty-one percent (51%) of the current Committee voting membership.

Meeting Procedure and Voting

The Committee will strive to seek consensus on all key issues. Members will develop a motion based upon consensus-building, and vote according to Bagley-Keene requirements.

Taking a consensus-based approach to decision making does not mean that 100 percent support will be required to move forward with decisions. It does mean that every effort will be made to reach consensus, and that opposing points of view will be presented and explained.

After holding a consensus-based discussion, for clarity, official decisions of the Committee will be made through roll call voting. In roll call vote, the name of each member is called and their vote is recorded. The official decision will be determined by a vote of the simple majority.

The opportunity for public comment shall be provided prior to any official Committee or workgroup decision/vote.

Per Bagley-Keene, communication of all forms (face-to-face, phone calls, teleconference, email, social media, etc.) discussing the details or merits of pending or future committee business outside of open meetings with a sufficient number of members to constitute a quorum is prohibited. Examples of these prohibited outside “meetings” include members coming together as a group or communicating in a serial or hub/spoke fashion. A serial meeting is where A contacts B who contacts C, and so on. A hub/spoke is where "hub" A contacts “spokes” B, then C, then D, etc.

Approval of Committee Communications

Communication for the purpose of conducting official business should be developed and approved in consultation with the Executive Officer and Chair. Memos to Agency Secretaries are an example of communication for the purpose of conducting official business. Communication for official business may also receive approval from the full Committee when appropriate. Communication for the purpose of information sharing does not need approval from the Executive Officer, Chair, and/or full Committee. Sending the Committee newsletter to members and interested parties is an example of communication for the purpose of information sharing.


Committee members shall serve without compensation, but receive reimbursement for travel and other necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their official duties. Reimbursement for travel and per diem shall be at the state authorized rate and in accordance with applicable state policy.

Reasonable Accommodations

All activities of the Committee shall be readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities, in accordance with all local, state, and federal laws and regulations.

Members and attendees will refrain from using scented personal products when attending the meeting to allow those with chemical sensitivities to participate.

Members' personal care attendants and/or drivers (needed per reasonable accommodations) will be provided with an hourly compensation, and will be reimbursed for travel and per diem at the state authorized rate and in accordance with applicable state policy.


Operating guideline amendments may be introduced, in writing, at any full Committee meeting. Amendments must receive a two-thirds vote of the voting membership present at the meeting.


CCEPD Contact Information

California Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities

(855) 894-3436
721 Capitol Mall
Sacramento, CA 95814

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