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

State Rehabilitation Council Meeting Minutes

December 10, 2005

Call to Order of the State Rehabilitation Council

Following the Commission for the Blind meeting, Chairman John Miller opened the State Rehabilitation Council meeting at 11:50 a.m.  The following members were present in the Fisher Building Conference Room:  John Miller, Debbie Jackson, Cheryl Whitley, Anita Heath-Cunningham, Allen Moore, Kellie Hightower-Spruill, Ron Huber, Tom Winton, Kathy Brack, and Sandy Foster. 

Members Not Present:  Graham Watt, Russ Stinehour, and Angela McCants

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

Approval of Minutes

A motion was made by Tom Winton, seconded by Ron Huber, and carried to approve the minutes of the September 10, 2005 meeting.

Committee Reports:

Policy and Procedures—Tom Winton

The Policy and Procures committee met with Jan Fesperman regarding revising the Small Business Projects Policy in the Rehabilitation Manual.  The recommended revisions are: 

Change the title from Small Business to Self-Employment.

Also, in addition to the counselor and supervisor being on the committee to review requests, recommendation is made to add a business component to the review panel, a local successful businessperson in the area.

Consumers will financially participate in the cost of the project.    For example, if the cost of project is $1,000-5,000, the consumer contributes 5% either in dollars or time; $5,001-10,000, the consumer contributes 10%, etc., with a ceiling of $30,000 and the consumer contributing 20%. 

Also, a handbook would be developed to provide more guidance to the consumer. 

A motion was made by John Miller, seconded by Anita Heath-Cunningham, and carried to approve the recommendations from the committee.

State Plan

No Report

Consumer Information Committee

No Report 

Old Business 


New Business

In Dave Arthur’s absence, Joann Samuels distributed a proof of the annual report.  It is in calendar format again this year and the theme is “Climbing for Success”.  The final proof will be returned to the printers next week and DSB should have the annual report back in about a week. 

Adjournment of Meeting

Following an adjournment motion, a second, and a vote, the meeting adjourned at 12:30 p.m. The next meeting is scheduled for Saturday, March 11, 2006. 

 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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