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State Rehabilitation Council Meeting Minutes

June 13, 2009

Call to Order of the State Rehabilitation Council Meeting

Directly following the Commission for the Blind meeting, Chair Beth Butler opened the State Rehabilitation Council meeting. 

The following members were present in the conference room:  Debbie Jackson and Julie Kagy.  Others present were Mary Flanagan, Joann Samuels Wood, Jan Fesperman, Diane Wormsley, Gary Ray and Carla Parker.

Members connected by conference call were:  Beth Butler, Allen Casey, Anita Heath-Cunningham, Tommy Jenkins, Ruth Haines, Kathy Brack, Richard Oliver, and Terri Meyers.  David Arthur was connected via conference call.

Approval of Minutes

A motion was made by Ruth Haines, seconded by Anita Heath-Cunningham and carried to approve the minutes of the March 14, 2009 meeting.

Committee Reports:

Policy and Procedures Committee—Terri Meyers and Jan Fesperman

Jan Fesperman explained two policy changes which were e-mailed to each member for their review.  Both of these changes will involve using the Recovery money--1) Sponsorship of internships for students who are finishing their degrees (master’s degree, high school bachelors degree, etc.), and do not have an on the job placement opportunity.  We are hoping the internship will enhance the employability through this recovery money.  Stipends will be paid to the students.  2) On-the-Job Training—traditionally, on the job training consists of the employer paying 50% and DSB paying 50% of the person’s salary.  To make DSB’s consumers more competitive in the labor market, DSB will pay more than the traditional 50%.   

A motion was made by Julie Kagy, seconded by Richard Oliver and carried to approve these 2 policy changes.

Rehabilitation Center—Prior to August 2006, there was a term limit of how long a student could attend the adjustment to blindness training at the Rehabilitation Center.  In August 2006, the policy changed to not have a time limit.  This has not proven to work very well and there is a long waiting list.  The policy committee proposes to revert back to the old policy having a limit of how long a student can attend (12 – 15 weeks). 

A motion was made by Ruth Haines, seconded by Richard Oliver and carried to approve the policy of having a time limit that a person can attend the Rehabilitation Center for the Blind.

State Plan Committee—David Arthur and Mary Flanagan

Mary Flanagan updated the group on the comprehensive statewide needs assessment.  A contract is in place with East Carolina University, effective May 1.  The contract administrator is Dr. Daniel Wong.  Dr. Wong has obtained information from RSA and they are now developing the written survey.  The contract is scheduled to end in October.  This may be extended since RSA is developing a model for the comprehensive statewide needs assessment and the model will not be completed until this summer. 

The goals and priorities were developed by meeting with consumers by holding public hearings and focus groups.  The goals and priorities were e-mailed to each member prior to the meeting. 

A motion was made by Kathy Brack, seconded by Ruth Haines and carried to accept the goals and priorities for 2009/2010.

Consumer Information Committee—Julie Kagy and Joann Wood

Surveys are sent to all individuals who have received rehabilitation services no matter if the case was closed successfully or unsuccessfully.  Surveys have been sent out for the first 3 quarters, 519 surveys were sent out and have a return rate of 28%.  Survey results will be shared with staff. 

Old Business

None

New Business

None

Adjournment

Following an adjournment motion by Julie Kagy, seconded by Kathy Brack, and carried the State Rehabilitation Council meeting adjourned.

Respectfully Submitted,

Beth Butler, Chair, SRC                
Debbie Jackson, Director, DSB

 

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