State Use Council

In 1971 Congress enacted the expanded Javits Wagner O’Day Act, and created a federal purchasing preference program called AbilityOne.  In 1984 the Louisiana Legislature passed legislation creating a preference for goods created by, and services provided by, individuals with disabilities, in accordance with the Federal AbilityOne legislation.   The legislation created the State Use Council, which oversees the selection of a central non-profit agency (currently Employment Development Services, Inc.).  All contracts for the State Use program are negotiated and fulfilled through a central non-profit agency. The current State Use program is administered by the State Use Council, under the Department of Health’s Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities

State Use Council Membership

Julie Foster Hagan, Chair

Assistant Secretary Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities

Julie.hagan@la.gov

Melissa Bayham

Rehabilitation Services Director, Louisiana Workforce Commission

MBayham@lwc.la.gov

Rene Huff

Medicaid Program Manager, Louisiana Department of Health

Rene.huff@la.gov

Ashley Jefferson

Chief of Staff, Office of Behavioral Health Louisiana Department of Health

Ashley.jefferson@la.gov

Sally McKechnie

Assistant Vice President of Procurement, Louisiana State University

smckechnie@lsu.edu

Kelly Monroe

Executive Director, The Arc of Louisiana

kmonroe@thearcla.org

Bambi Polotzola

Executive Director for the Office of Disability Affairs at the Office of the Governor

Bambi.polotzola@la.gov

Paula Tregre

Director of the Office of State Procurement

Paula.tregre@la.gov

 

2020 Meetings

February 10, 2020

1 PM to 3 PM (Claiborne Building, Louisiana Purchase Room)

April 27, 2020

Cancelled due to COVID-19

July 27, 2020

1 PM to 3 PM (TBD)

October 26, 2020

Cancelled due to COVID-19

1 PM to 3 PM (Claiborne Building, Louisiana Purchase Room)

  • Agenda
  • Approved Minutes

 

Archived Meetings