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Oklahoma Rehabilitation Council
Department of Rehabilitation Services
Members Present: Milissa Gofourth, Sterling Krysler, Marilyn Burr, Glenda Farnum, Nancy Garner, Tammie Jones, Kathleen Kennedy, Jacki Millspaugh, Mike O’Brien, Tim Parrish, Jon Ringlero, Amy Salmon, Perry Sanders, Sabrina Ware, Sue Williams.
Members Absent: Cindy Gallup, Hailey Mathis, Doug MacMillan, Jr.
Others Present:Carl Cobb, Bonnie Allen, VR Counselor; Letha Bauter State Department of Education; Melinda Fruendt, DRS VR Projectors Coordinator; Goli Dunkle, Division Administrator of Management Services Division; Lori Estep, DVR Field Coordinator; David Couch, Acting DVR Administrator; Kim Osmani, Transition Coordinator
Interpreters: Darine Stallings & Hazel Puryear
Call to order and Roll Call: The meeting was called to order at 9:30 am, the roll was called and a quorum was established by Milissa Gofourth, Chairperson.
REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING - Milissa Gofourth, Chair
Being none, Milissa Gofourth, Chairperson, moved to action items
A copy of the ORC November 19, 2009 Minutes is provided in the February ORC 2010 Meeting packet.
Motion to approve the November 19, 2009 ORC Minutes to accept as submitted – Marilyn Burr
Motion seconded by Sabrina Ware
Voting aye – Milissa Gofourth, Sterling Krysler, Letha Bauter, Marilyn Burr, Glenda Farnum, Nancy Garner, Kathleen Kennedy, Tim Parrish, Jon Ringlero, Amy Salmon, Perry Sanders, Sabrina Ware,
Voting nay: None. Motion passed.
Oklahoma Transition Institute Team - Bonnie Allen, DRS VR Specialist provided a report on her Frances Tuttle Career Tech Transition Teams’ activities.
In an effort to focus on the needs of Special Education High School seniors and their parents, and Career Tech Adult Students a Transition Fair, was held on Tuesday, February 9, 2010. Information was provided from various community organizations and resources.
Oklahoma Rehabilitation Council Executive Committee Report – Milissa Gofourth,
Ms. Gofourth reviewed the written ORC Executive Committee Report which was provided in the meeting packet.
Transition & Employment (T&E) – With the resignation of Anita Eccard, Committee Chair, Ms. Gofourth will serve as Interim Chair for this Committee. Ms Gofourth reviewed the written report T&E Committee Report which was provided in the meeting packet.
Policy & Legislative Committee (P&L) – Glenda Farnum, Committee Chair
Ms. Farnum reviewed the written ORC Policy & Legislative Committee Report which was provided in the meeting packet.
Planning & Program Committee (P&P) – Marilyn Burr, Committee Chair
Ms. Burr reviewed the written ORC Planning & Program Committee Report which was provided in the meeting packet
Department of Rehabilitation Services Update
DRS Directors’ Report - Dr. Mike O’Brien, DRS Director
Budget Reductions - Director O’Brien reported that 5% per month has been reduction in State appropriations since July, 2009 and 10% reduction since December, 2009. By July 30, 2010, $3.8 million federal matching funds will have been lost and the future does not seem any better. Budget reductions may increase to 17% or even as high as 20%, but not before May, 2010. Legislators have promised, because DRS receives federal funding, State match cuts will not come until the last minute. Vocational Rehabilitation and Visual Services (VR/VS) have a large carryover, therefore, they will not be affected by these reductions. Only in the last week are daily expenditures where they should be, this should be okay until July 2010. At that time Priority Group 3 may have to be closed. The large carryover from the past fiscal year has allowed VR/VS to operate without the $7.5 million of the Stimulus money which has not yet been spent. The Oklahoma School for the Deaf and the Oklahoma School for the Blind (OSD/OSD) have faced the deepest cuts and have real challenges, but they should be okay until the fall of 2010. The Disability
DRS VR/VS – David Couch, DRS Chief of Staff and Acting VR Division Administrator.
Legislative Report – David Couch, DRS Acting VR Division Administrator explained Jean Jones, Legislative Information Officer, has been recovering from surgery and working from home. She furnished an updated Legislative Report that Mr. Couch presented in her absence.
Combined VR/VS Field Coordinators’ Report – Lori Estep, VR Field Services Coordinator Ms. Estep reviewed the Combined VR/VS Field Coordinators’ Report (Handout #2) provided in the meeting packet. She reminded everyone that the opening and closing of priority groups affects these statistics. Sabrina Ware, ORC member requested the report show the status of code 18’s through code 26’s
Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) Report – Perry Sanders, SILC Representative. Mr. Sanders commented that the Hadley partnership in Texas teaches JAWS usage. This has been a very successful “Train the Trainer” program.
Program Manager Report - Theresa Hamrick. Ms. Hamrick reviewed the written Program Manager’s report provided in the meeting packet. Members were reminded of the April 8th ORC Strategic Plan to be held at the Moore-Norman Career Technology Center, South Penn Campus.
Strategic Planning Date – April 8, 2010
Support Quality Customer Service
This has already been discussed in meetings with Director O’Brien, DRS Field Coordinators, and DRS Counselors.
Amy Salmon, ORC member asked if there is a mechanism to file complains, as well as a mechanism to file praises and good comments. Has the idea of putting up a Facebook page or Twitter page for people to share their stories been explored? Milissa Gofourth explained that any consumer is welcome to come to an ORC meeting and share their story or to write their story and send it to ORC. Theresa Hamrick will check into the Facebook and Twitter suggestions and report back.
The Advocacy Training
The Advocacy Training will be held on September 10, 2010, all day, at the Reed Center on Sooner Road. Invitations will go out including OSD, OSB, NOMI, NAPVI. The facility is fully accessible. Hold the Date announcements will be available the ORC booth for Disabilities Awareness Day at the Capitol.
Transportation will be planned, organized and available. Metro-lift will be contacted, John Ringlero shared that his tribe has a bus available. DRS Counselors can email, call, or mail invitations to their clients.
The Secretary of State requires these forms to be signed annually and sent in. If any ORC member has not completed this form please contact Theresa.
Being no new business, Ms. Gofourth entertained a motion to adjourn the meeting.
Motion to adjourn the meeting – Perry Sanders
Seconded by Kathleen Kennedy
Voting aye – Majority affirmative vote with a quorum present.
Voting nay - None
Meeting adjourned at 1:35 pm. Next meeting in scheduled for May 20, 2010 at the Department of Rehabilitation Services, 2nd floor Conference Room, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73112
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