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State Rehabilitation Council Meeting Minutes

September 10, 2005

Call to Order of the State Rehabilitation Council

Following the Commission for the Blind meeting, John Miller opened the State Rehabilitation Council meeting at 10:55 a.m. The following members were present in the conference room:  John Miller, Tom Winton, Graham Watt, Debbie Jackson, Kathy Brack, Angela McCants, Kellie Hightower-Spruill, Cheryl Whitley, and Allen Moore.  Because of travel restrictions, some of the out-of-town members were connect by conference call.  Members connected by conference call were Sandy Foster, Ron Huber, Anita Heath-Cunningham, and Russ Stinehour.  

Others Present:  Jan Fesperman, Mary Flanagan, William Sansing (Mississippi State University), and Carla Parker

Approval of Minutes

A motion was made by Tom Winton, seconded by Allen Moore, and carried to approve the minutes of the May 17, 2005 conference call. 

Committee Reports:

Policy and Procedures—Kathy Brack

The committee recommends two changes in existing policies and seeks the Council’s approval.  One pertains to the definition of case closure and the other relates to assistive technology. 

Guidelines for a competitive closure were developed and defined.   A motion was made by Graham Watt, seconded Anita Heath-Cunningham, and carried to approve the policies and procedure changes. 

State Plan—Kathy Brack

A letter has been received from RSA approving the State Plan as submitted.

Consumer Information Committee—Tom Winton

No Report

Old Business

In David Arthur’s absence, Debbie Jackson asked for suggestions for a theme for DSB’s Annual Report.  A mountain theme is being suggested.  Also does the committee like the calendar format for the annual report?  The Committee likes the calendar format although suggested making the blocks for the calendar larger.  Please submit any suggestions for themes to Dave Arthur by Wednesday, September 14.

New Business

Under the Rehabilitation Act, DSB is required to do a Statewide Needs Assessment periodically.  Mississippi State University was selected to do our needs assessment.  Staff from Mississippi State has met with consumer groups, advocacy groups, council members, and DSB rehabilitation staff.  A survey instrument is being developed and will be sent to a large number of our consumers for feedback.  This survey will emphasize needs not satisfaction.  When the survey is completed, it will be e-mailed to Commission members for their input. 

Adjournment of Meeting

Following an adjournment motion, a second, and a vote, the meeting adjourned at 11:45 a.m.  The next meeting is scheduled for Saturday, December 10, 2005.

Respectfully submitted,

John Miller, III, Chairman, State Rehabilitation Council /DHHS            
Debbie Jackson, Director, Division of Services for the Blind DHHS/DSB  


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