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

State Rehabilitation Council Meeting Minutes

September 8, 2007

Call to Order of the State Rehabilitation Council

Following the Commission for the Blind meeting, Chair Graham Watt opened the State Rehabilitation Council meeting at 11:15 a.m.  The following members were present:  Graham Watt, Debbie Jackson, Anita Heath-Cunningham, Tommy Jenkins, Allen Casey, Julie Kagy, Beth Butler, Stacey Milbern, Jay Williams, Kathy Crow, Eddie Weaver, and Terri Meyers.

Others Present:  David Arthur, Mary Flanagan, Joann Samuels Wood, Gary Ray, Jan Fesperman, and Carla Parker.

Approval of Minutes

A motion was made by Graham Watt, seconded by Stacey Milbern, and carried to approve the minutes of the June 9, 2007, with one correction--Gary Ray’s name was listed twice in being present.  

Committee Reports

Policies and Procedures Committee:  Jan Fesperman

Jan Fesperman explained the purpose of this committee to the new members.  Periodically, a policy change will be suggested by staff.  When this happens, the policy is brought before this committee for approval. 

DSB staff is in the process of formatting the Rehabilitation Policy/Procedures Manual so it can be on line by next June.  All of the Rehab forms are currently on line.  The Medical Eye Care Manual and the Independent Living Services Manual are also on line. 

State Plan—David Arthur

The State Plan is submitted to the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) by July 1 of each year so it can be approved by October 1.  DSB is now working on next year’s State Plan.  The State Plan requires that DSB hold focus groups and public hearings across the State.  In the past, attendance has not been that great at these events.  This may be due to transportation or getting the word out to consumers and the general public.   DSB is open to any ideas that may help increase participation. 

The goals and objectives of the State Plan will be sent to each member so they can be reviewed before our meeting in December. 

The State Plan Committee will meet directly after the adjournment of this meeting. 

Consumer Information Committee—Julie Kagy

This committee involves the consumer satisfaction survey which is sent to consumers quarterly.

Julie Kagy requested a copy of the survey. 

Old Business

Question was asked about the possibility of the Commission for the Blind meeting during the week rather than on Saturday.  It was determined that many of the members would not be able to attend during the week.   

New Business

Question was asked if there was a possibility of Commission members staying in the dorms on GMS campus rather than staying in hotels.  It was determined since DSB does not have staff working on the weekends, members could not stay on campus. 

David Arthur discussed the Annual Report.  Another requirement of RSA is an Annual Report that must be submitted to RSA by December 31.  In the past, DSB has chosen a calendar format but DSB is open to other suggestions.  This annual report is sent to RSA, Governor, State legislators, and every State Rehabilitation Program. 

This year’s theme is “Soaring to New Heights of Success”.  Suggestion was made to make the pictures shown in the calendar more seasonal.  For next year’s annual report, the Council will begin thinking of themes and compiling pictures for the report.    


Following an adjournment motion by Kathy Crow, seconded by Allen Casey, and carried the State Rehabilitation Council adjourned at 12:10 p.m. 

Respectfully Submitted,

Graham Watt, Ph.D., Chair, State Rehabilitation Council           
Debbie Jackson, Director, Services f/t Blind


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