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Oklahoma Rehabilitation Council Minutes
August 16, 2007
Members Present: Jack Roper, Pat Casey, Sabrina Ware, Randy Buettner, Marilyn Burr, Glenda Farnum, Cindy Gallup, Milissa Gofourth, Doug MacMillan, Kim Nickerson, Tim Parrish, DeLorna Strong, Director Linda Parker
Members Absent: B.J. Nevels, Cathy Bates, Kathleen Kennedy, Jon Ringlero, Sue Williams
Others Present: Syedah Islam, VR Administrator, Jane Nelson, VS Administrator, Melinda Fruendt, Project Coordinator, Ray Turner, Project Coordinator, Susan Hawkins, VS Field Coordinator, Mark Kinnison, VS Field Coordinator, Wayne Pamplin, VR Field Coordinator, Marcey Tosto, Scribe, Suzanne Randal, Commission Assistant, Linda Jaco, ABLETech
Interpreters Present: Darine Stallings and David Rushton
Certificates of ORC Service presented to Randy Buettner and DeLorna Strong.
Call to Order and Roll Call: 10:00am, quorum established.
Approval of Minutes: 8-16-07 minutes approved. Marilyn Burr motion, Pat Casey second.
Policy & Legislative Committee: Milissa Gofourth, Chair
Policy issues being considered that may have a direct impact on customer services include:
- Applicants with multiple unsuccessful cases.
- Travel expenses for clients at 100%, 50%, or negotiated.
- Ability to pay drivers hourly for services at minimum wage.
- Approved to remove Core Services from policy.
- Approved proposed policy: Integrated Settings.
- Agreed to use estimated amount for reimbursement for books.
- Tabled issues on purchase of Durable Medical Equipment.
- Approved change for successful close for self employment.
- Approved policy change – clarify self employment: start-up cost does not include assistive technology or other services required by the client to operate the business.
- Tabled criminal background checks and screening of felons.
Program and Planning Committee: Doug MacMillan, Chair
Question 1: What is the process for providing feedback to the consumer from the Consumer Satisfaction Survey? Melinda Fruendt reported all Policy Development and Program Standards Unit survey reports and research studies are posted to the DRS electronic bulletin board for all employees to read. We are working with the Information Services Unit and the Public Information Office to link the intranet document library to the internet for view by the general public.
Question 2: How does RSA calculate the state average hourly wage for indicator1.5; and are salary wages used in that calculation in the Standards and Indicators? RSA’s calculations do not match the Governor’s Council’s calculations. Melinda Fruendt reported RSA’s formula is in the Standards and Indicators Report. RSA uses wage and salary data published quarterly by the US Department of Labor. Data fluctuates from quarter to quarter, so it depends on which quarter you look at.
Question 3: Since the Standards and Indicators FY 2006 were positive, when will the agency go off corrective action? Melinda Fruendt reported Corrective action is based on 107 monitoring review, not Standards and Indicators. DRS will be receiving a letter from RSA lifting the Corrective Action.
Question 4. What percent of job placement services are subcontracted out to PWI, Goodwill, etc.? Syedah Islam reported this data will have to be pulled from the database and can be made available at a later date.
Question 5 & 6. Focus Group Evaluation Report from BEST Unit 3-22-07: What is the next step and how will this impact the role of the BEST Unit? What is the target market for the BEST unit? Melinda Fruendt reported the focus and role of the BEST Unit is being developed as the needs arise. At this time they work with employers to make connections for potential placements.
Transition and Employment Committee: Kim Nickerson, Chair
Department of Rehabilitation Services Update:
Linda Parker, Director
Jane Nelson, VS Division Administrator,
Syedah Islam, VR Division Administrator
Susan Hawkins, VS Field Coordinator
Mark Kinnison, VS Field Coordinator
Unfinished Business: None
Slate for FFY08 Officers, motion made, 2nd and passed. Kim Nickerson and Marilyn Burr were nominated to serve on Executive Committee. Motion made, 2nd and passed. Vacancies were due to the passing of Hugh McCrabb and resignation of Pat Casey. Pat’s resignation was due to a promotion which did not allow her the time to commit to the ORC.
Consumer Comments: None
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