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

State Rehabilitation Council Meeting Minutes

December 9, 2006

Call to Order of the State Rehabilitation Council

Following the Commission for the Blind meeting, Chair Tom Winton opened the State Rehabilitation Council meeting at 11:25 a.m.   The following members were present:  Tom Winton, Debbie Jackson, Jay Williams, Angela McCants, Kathy Brack,  Russ Stinehour, Stacey Milbern, and Kellie Spruill.  Graham Watt was excused. 

Others Present:  Carla Parker, Mary Flanagan, Jan Fesperman, Joann Samuels, and Dave Arthur.

Not Present:  John Miller, Anita Heath-Cunningham, Sandy Foster, and Cheryl Whitley. 

Approval of Minutes

A motion was made by Angela McCants, seconded by Kathy Brack, and carried to approve the minutes of the meeting on June 10, 2006, meeting.

A motion was made by Angela McCants, seconded by Kathy Brack, and carried to approve the minutes of the meeting on September 9, 2006 .   

Committee Reports:

Policy Procedures—Tom Winton

Since there haven’t been any policy/procedure changes, this committee has not met.  Jan Fesperman has been involved in getting some of the rehab forms and instructions on DSB’s website. Tom Winton proposed that this committee (Tom Winton, Sandy Foster, Kathy Brack, Anita Heath-Cunningham, and the ECAC person) will meet by March 9 to check on the status of the on-line forms/instructions/manuals.   

State Plan—Dave Arthur

  The State Plan has been accepted. Margy Flanagan reported that DSB has been involved in working on the strategies that were developed.

Consumer Information Committee—Angela McCants

Angela McCants would like the committee to continue working on getting the word out about the “Super Conference”, March 22-24, 2007 .  

Old Business

Dave Arthur had a draft copy of the Annual Report and passed around a copy.  It is now at the printers.  Mr. Arthur went over the Consumer Satisfaction Survey.  Surveys were mailed to 654 people, 179 were completed and returned, and 58 returned as undeliverable.  The return rate was 30% and the Council agreed that was a pretty good return rate. 

The results of the Consumer Satisfaction Survey will be e-mailed to members. 

Tom Winton updated the Council on the SRC training that he, Angela McCants and Dave Arthur attended in Orlando , Florida .  Seems a lot of the focus was centered on the changes being made by RSA rather than actual training.  RSA is developing different criteria for State Plans.  This information will be sent out to the States by RSA.   

New Business 

Election of Vice Chair

Russ Stinehour nominated Graham Watt to serve as Vice Chair. No other nominations were made.  A motion was made by Angela McCants that the nominations be closed, seconded by Kathy Brack, and all approved Graham Watt serving as Vice Chair of the NC Commission for the Blind.    

Kathy Brack reported that the Client Assistance Program has completed its CAP State Annual Report.  All council members will receive a copy. 

Adjournment of State Rehabilitation Council

The State Rehabilitation Council meeting adjourned at 12:30 .  The next meeting is scheduled for March 10, 2007 .

Respectfully submitted,

Tom Winton, Chair, State Rehabilitation Council DHHS                         
Debbie Jackson, Director, Division of Services f/t Blind DHHS/DSB                      


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