The Territorial council shall be appointed by the Governor and shall be residents of the Territory. The council shall at all times include in its membership representatives of the principal territorial agencies (including the territorial agency that administers funds provided under the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the territorial agency that administers funds provided under the Federal Education of the Handicapped Act, the territorial agency that administers funds provided under the Federal Older Americans Act of 1965, and the territorial agency that administers funds provided under Title XIX of the Federal Social Security Act for persons with developmental disabilities), higher education training facilities, each university affiliated program or satellite center in the Territory, the territorial protection and advocacy system established under section 142 of the developmental disabilities act, local agencies, and nongovernmental agencies and private nonprofit groups concerned with services for persons with developmental disabilities.
(a) At least one-half of the membership of the council shall consist of consumers who:
(1) are persons with developmental disabilities or their parents; or
(2) immediate relatives or guardians of such persons, and who are not employees of a territorial agency which receives funds or provides services under the territorial council, or managing employees, or persons with an ownership or controlling interest of any other entity which receives funds or provides services under the territorial council.
(b) Of the members of the council described in paragraph (a):
(1) at least one-third shall be persons with developmental disabilities; and
(2) at least one-third shall be immediate relatives or guardians of such person, of which at least one shall be an immediate relative or guardian of an institutionalized person with developmental disabilities.
(c) The members of the Territorial Council shall serve without compensation, but shall be reimbursed for any actual and necessary expenses incurred in connection with the performance of their duties under this chapter.History: 1991, PL 22-17.