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State Rehabilitation Council Meeting Minutes

March 13, 2004

Call to Order of the State Rehabilitation Council

Following the Commission meeting, John Miller opened the State Rehabilitation Council meeting at 12:10 p.m. The following members were present: Anita Wayne, Norma Krajczar, Kathy Brack, Mary Le O’Daniel, Terry Wethington, Annette Clinard, and Ron Huber.

Members not present: Allen Moore with an excused absence.

Others present: Debbie Jackson (ex-officio), Sandy Foster, (ex-officio), Emily DuBois, Sally Syria, David Arthur, Diane Whitley, Jan Fesperman, and JoAnn Strader.

Approval of Minutes

Motion was made by Norma Krajczar, seconded by Mary Le O’Daniel, and carried to approve the minutes of the December 13, 2003 meeting.

Committee Reports

Policies and Procedures – Norma Krajczar

No Report

State Plan – Mary Le O’Daniel

David Arthur shared public hearing dates as follows:

Rocky Mount on March 16 at DSS

Asheville on March 25

David Arthur shared focus group dates as follows:

Statesville on March 24

Wilmington on March 30

Burlington on March 31

Anyone is welcomed to attend any of these meeting with Mr. Arthur. Ms. Krajczar volunteered for the Wilmington focus group. Mr. Brack volunteered for the Burlington focus group.

Mr. Arthur also reported that DSB has a verbal agreement with Durham School System to start a Transition Program with them next year.

Consumer Information – Catherleen Thomas

Annual Report

Mr. Arthur reported that the Annual Report has been mailed out.

Satisfaction Survey

The first and second quarter surveys were mailed out. Ms. Strader stated that it is too soon to provide valid responses. She will have complete information at the June meeting.

Ms. O’Daniel asked if DSB is still on target to send satisfaction surveys to consumer that were closed unsatisfactorily. This was discussed at the March meeting. Ms. Strader stated that more information should be available about this at the June meeting.

Old Business

None

New Business

Ms. Clinard asked that the discussion conducted during the March Commission meeting about National IFB’s movement towards addressing the federal regulations be added to the minutes of this meeting. They are as follows:

Annette Clinard stated she has good new and bad news. IFB is hiring. Business is booming in the Winston-Salem and Greensboro IFB. The bad news is that IFB cannot find blind people to work and accept these jobs. These jobs are not minimum wage jobs; they are great jobs with benefits. National IFB are once again moving to try to do something about the federal regulations that prevent a rehabilitation counselor from getting credit. IFB is about to hire 10 blind people that nobody will get credit for. Ten numbers convert to dollars when you’re trying to bring down federal dollars. It is very frustrating that this regulation is still in place blocking those kinds of placement credits for counselors. It appears to have come to the point that rehabilitation counselors and HR people are competing for the same people to give them jobs. IFB hired 40 sighted people this month, most of who were referred by ESC. ESC is getting credit for placing people at IFB, but people who are here to serve the blind are not. Ms. Clinard is asking for Commission support to NIFB in being proactive and helping lead this action to get something done about this federal regulation. The Rehab Act needs to include a provision allowing for consumer choice that would cure Ms. Clinard’s concern. Mr. Miller asked Ms. Clinard to provide the Commission a position statement when one is available.

Ms. Krajczar asked Kathy Brack if she saw anything unique related to DSB in the CAP Annual Report as compared to previous years. Ms. Brack stated she did not.

Ms. Krajczar asked if progress has been made regarding accessible materials in the DSB District Offices. Ms. Jackson states that progress has been made. Ms. Syria added that the Division has a Communications Unit that can prepare and provide alternate formats.

Ms. Jackson shared that DSB has received a draft report from RSA’s last visit. The Division is preparing a response.

Adjournment of State Rehabilitation Council

With no further business to come before the State Rehabilitation Council, the meeting was adjourned at 12:30 p.m. The next meeting is scheduled for June 13, 2004.

Respectfully submitted,

John T. Miller, III, Chairman
State Rehabilitation Council
Department of Health and Human Services

Debbie Jackson, Director
Division of Services for the Blind
Department of Health and Human Services

 

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