Frequently Asked Questions

What is the relationship between the Care Council and the Ryan White Program?

The Care Council helps to set priorities and perform planning functions. The Care Council does not provide any services.

What is the relationship between the Care Council and its committees?

The Care Council and it’s associated committees (Planning and Evaluation, Community Advisory, Membership, etc.) are very connected. The committees do the work of the Care Council (writing and editing reports, reviewing financial statements, prioritizing functions, etc) and then make a recommendation to the Care Council to accept that work. The Care Council will then discuss and vote on motions from its committees.

What is a Care Council meeting like?

Care Council meetings are held monthly on the first Wednesday of the month from 1:30p-3:30p. All members are expected to be present to discuss and vote on items on the agenda. The Care Council is the most formal of all of our meetings, led by the elected Chair and Vice-Chair with members following Robert’s Rules of Order.

Is the Care Council under the Florida Sunshine Laws?

Yes, Care Council members and meetings fall under the Florida Sunshine Law. Members are trained on the Sunshine Law and its requirements when they join the Care Council. All meetings are publicly noticed, minutes are taken, meetings are open to the public and include an opportunity for public comment. Members are prohibited from discussing matters that are, or may come up for vote, with each other outside of a public meeting.

What is the difference between the Ryan White Care Council and the Ryan White Planning Council?

Absolutely nothing. Other areas in the nation call their Ryan White planning body the Planning Council; our area decided to call the group the Care Council.

I am thinking of becoming a member of the Care Council but I’m not sure if I’m ready.

We recommend that incoming members attend several committee meetings and Care Council meetings to become familiar with the group and the process. Always feel free to talk to members and support staff about any questions you may have.

Can I just join a committee and not join the Care Council?

Yes. While everyone is welcome to join the Care Council, some of our members prefer just to serve on a committee (or two or three). To join a committee, you must simply attend three meetings of that committee. On the third meeting you will have voting privileges.