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

State Rehabilitation Council Meeting Minutes

December 13, 2012

Present in the Conference Room:  Carla Parker, Julie Kagy, Cynthia Speight, Dave Arthur, Gary Ray, John Marens, Brenda Savage, Julie Kagy, Erica McMahan, and Eddie Weaver.
Connected by Conference Call:  Brenda Montforti, Tony Ferrita,  Steve Harris, Dorothy Frye

Approval of Minutes

A motion was made by Tony Ferrita, seconded by Dorothy Frye,  and moved to approve the minutes of the September 15, 2012, State Rehabilitation Council meeting.

Committee Reports:

Policies and Procedures Committee—Eddie Weaver and David Arthur
Eddie Weaver reported that the Business Enterprises’ Program is in the process of revising the policy manual. 

Due to BEAM, a few tweaks in the some of the VR policies and procedures will need to be written.  David Arthur reminded the Council that all policy manuals are on our website. 

State Plan Committee—David Arthur
DSB will start writing the State Plan in January as RSA must have it by July 1, 2013. 

More direction is needed as to what is expected from SRC members who attend hearings or focus groups.  They haven’t seen anything in writing.  Their role is for the clients to voice their concerns to the SRC member rather than a DSB employee.

Consumer Information Committee—David Arthur and Julie Kagy
Consumer Information surveys are sent out quarterly.  This year DSB sent out 733 surveys and 149 being returned.  97.3% felt it was a good experience.  DSB has suffered from a lot of turnover this year. 

Old Business:

New Business
Annual Report—David emailed each member a copy of the annual report for their review prior to today’s meeting.  David went over each section of the report, discussing each program, and asked for questions and comments. 

A motion was made by Tony Ferrita; seconded by Dorothy Frye and carried to approve the Annual Report as written.

A motion was made to adjourn the SRC meeting by Julie Kagy; seconded by Dorothy Frye, and carried.

Next SRC Meeting is March 9, 2013


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