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

State Rehabilitation Council Meeting Minutes

September 15, 2012

Present in the Conference Room:  Richard Oliver, Carla Parker, Julie Kagy, Joann Wood, Cynthia Speight, Dave Arthur, Gary Ray, John Marens, Brenda Savage, Verdina Simms, and Eddie Weaver.
Connected by Conference Call:  Brenda Montforti, Tony Ferrita, Kim Lambert, Steve Harris, and Erica McMahan

Approval of Minutes

A motion was made by Julie Kagy, seconded by Steve Harris and moved to approve the minutes of the June 14, 2012, State Rehabilitation Council.

Committee Reports:

Policies and Procedures Committee—John Marens

DSB is providing more clarification about the level of financial support that is being provided to consumers for books and supplies.  It is limited to $1,000 per academic year and $225 per summer session without regard to economic need. 

DSB is developing an administrative policy regarding employees or family members that are in need of services.  Because of confidentiality, these employees or family members will be referred to other office other than where he/she is employed. 
The Chief of the respected Program will determine the office that will serve the employee. 

The Rules Review Commission approved the request to amend the rule on Economic Needs.

Mr. Marens developed a brochure that explains the entire Rehabilitation process to consumers.  It is also available in large print and electronically.  Mr. Marens shared a copy of the brochure with the committee.   

State Plan Committee—David Arthur

The State Plan has been submitted and accepted by RSA.

Consumer Information Committee—Julie Kagy

These surveys are sent out to closed cases.  Out of 137 surveys sent out, 37 were returned.  Overall, the responses were good. 
Mrs. Kagy requested that the Division concentrate on getting better survey results and obtain more recent and comprehensive responses from consumers.  DSB has had a high rate of staff turnover this past year.  Most of the vacant positions are currently filled.

Old Business:


New Business:

A State Rehabilitation Council training webinar will be held September 18 at 2:30.  An email was sent to all SRC members. 

The SRC thanks Mrs. Joann Wood for her dedicated service through the years. 


A motion to adjourn was made by Julie Kagy, seconded by Brenda Savage, and carried.

Meeting adjourned at approximately 11:50 p.m. 

The next SRC meeting will be held Thursday, December 13, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.


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