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NC Department of Health and Human Services Division of Services for the Blind

State Rehabilitation Council Meeting Minutes

June 13, 2008

Call to Order of the State Rehabilitation Council

Following the Commission for the Blind meeting, Chair Graham Watt opened the State Rehabilitation Council meeting.  The following members were present:  Graham Watt, Debbie Jackson, Kathy Crow, Stacey Milbern, Tommy Jenkins, Eddie Weaver, Allen Casey, Richard Oliver, Anita Heath-Cunningham, Terri Meyers, Jay Williams, Julie Kagy, and Beth Butler.

Approval of Minutes

A motion was made by Allen Casey, seconded by Tommy Jenkins, and carried to approve the minutes of March 8, 2008.

Policies and Procedures Committee:  Jan Fesperman

Jan Fesperman requested approval of 1 new policy and 1 policy change.   1) A new policy was submitted to the Policy Subcommittee regarding GPX devices to be used by high school transition students.  2) a technical change to DSB’s Ticket to Work policy.  A motion was made by Beth Butler, seconded by Kathy Crow, and carried to approve the policies as stated by Jan Fesperman.  

State Plan Committee:  David Arthur

The State Plan’s Goals and Priorities/Evaluation were

e-mailed to all members prior to this meeting.  Mr. Arthur read aloud each priority and members discussed each in detail.

A motion was made by Tommy Jenkins, seconded by Anita Heath-Cunningham, and carried to accept the 2009 State Plan as presented.   

Consumer Information—Julie Kagy

Mrs. Kagy has reviewed previous surveys/results.  Surveys are sent to consumers after their cases are closed.  Survey results were also requested by RSA.  The committee is looking into how to get more response back from surveys, possibly having the counselors give the survey and a return envelope to their consumer. 


There was discussion over the RSA conference call and the carry over money that needs to be used before September 30.  If DSB cannot spend the money, it will be given to the General VR Agency. 

There are 3 areas where DSB is planning to use some of the money:   

1)  Replace 2 vans at the Rehabilitation Center,

2)  Renovate the kitchen facility at the Rehabilitation     Center,

3)  Replace the Electronic Services System. 

At the September meeting, there will be more discussion about funding at DSB.    

Old Business 


New Business 



Following an adjournment motion by Beth Butler, seconded by Kathy Crow, and carried the State Rehabilitation Council adjourned at 12:30 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted

Graham Watt, Ph.D., Chair, State Rehabilitation Council   
Debbie Jackson, Director, Services for the Blind


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