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Oklahoma Rehabilitation Council Minutes
Department of Rehabilitation Services
Members Present: Milissa Gofourth, Sterling Krysler, Marilyn Burr, Anita Eccard, Glenda Farnum, Cindy Gallup, Tammie Jones, Kathleen Kennedy, Doug MacMillan, Jr., Hailey Mathis, Jon Ringlero, Amy Salmon, Sue Williams, Nancy Garner
Members Absent: Mike O’Brien, Tim Parrish, Katrina Shaklee, Sabrina Ware
Others Present: Jane Nelson, DRS VS Administrator; Melinda Fruendt, DRS Project Coordinator; Kim Osmani, DRS Transition Coordinator; David Couch, DRS Chief of Staff; Jean Jones, DRS Legislative Information Representative; Lori Estep, DRS Field Services Coordinator.
Council Support: Theresa Hamrick, Program Manager
Interpreters Present: Dar Stallings, Dan Martin
Call to Order and Roll Call: 9:35 am, roll called, quorum established
FULL COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING
Call to Order/Roll Call
A Quorum was established –12 voting members were present.
Milissa Gofourth, Chair
No consumer comments at this time
Approval of February 19, 2009 minutes – Haley approves, Cindy seconds
Approval of April 3, 2009 minutes – Sterling approves, Glenda seconds
Executive Committee Report – Milissa Gofourth, Chair :
Policy and Legislative Committee – Glenda Farnum, Chair
Members: Marilyn Burr, Doug MacMillan, Hailey Mathis, Tim Parrish, Jon Ringlero
Program and Planning Committee – Marilyn Burr, Chair
Department of Rehabilitation Services Update – David Couch, Chief of Staff
Director O’Brien had planned to meet with all DRS staff and stakeholders in his first 90 days, but he didn’t quite meet that goal, until recently. He met with more than 850 employees in group settings. He met with over 200 individuals and over 75 vendors and providers.
Reviewed notes from the DRS Statewide ARRA Stimulus Meeting that took place on May 7, 2009.
SILC will benefit from the stimulus money as well
Senior days at both the OSD and OSB
DDD was ranked 4th in the nation for accuracy and processing time
Need to increase enrollment at the School for the Blind
Visual Services Update – Jane Nelson, DVS Administrator
DRS is working on productive ways to spend the stimulus money to put people to work.
This summer the goal is that every student who graduates under the transition program at OSD and OSB will have a job when they complete the program. We will use stimulus money to do this through OJT contracts. We hope to partner with Work Force to get them to be the first line of payment on the OJT contracts and then we will come in behind those to pay the next round of employment for them. That should account for about six months of employment. We hope that by the end of six months the consumer will be such a valued employee that the employer will retain them.
The Brighter Futures in Transition (BFIT) program continues and will begin after College Prep. Every student will have a job when they complete the BFIT program.
New facility in Tulsa for the rehab teachers
OLBPH’s Digital Recording Studio has had two additional books accepted by the National Library Service (NLS). The quality of books that the NLS accepts is exceptional. This is a huge achievement for the OLBPH staff.
Amy Salmon commented that the Hadley School offers computer keyboarding and basic computer training for blind individuals at no cost to the individual.
It was suggested that a Resource List be developed for technology issues and accessibility.
VS Field Coordinator Report – Jane Nelson, DVS Administrator
We are behind in meeting our closure goal at this time. Jane has asked the counselors to successfully close 100 more cases than last year.
Year to Date:
Active VS Cases in DRS system: 2,290
Priority Group 1 – 1,315
Priority Group 2 – 720
Priority Group 3 – 135
511 Service status
129 Application status
1 Trial Work Experience
253 Certified as Eligible
1,686 Plans written
112 Job Ready
VS Field Coordinator - Susan Hawkins
49 Application status
1 Trial Work Experience
637 Service status
12 Job Ready
Total open cases – 800
Priority Group 1 – 600
Priority Group 2 – 289
1,049 Service status
100 Job Ready
Total open cases – 1,494
Priority Group 1 – 821
Priority Group 2 – 487
Priority Group 3 – 109
Average length of time of each status is 6.8 months
Acceptance rate is 87%
Average months in service status is 33.2 months
VR Field Coordinator Report – Lori Estep
Year to Date:
13,877 Cases served
618 Closed rehabilitated
597 Competitively employed
375 Closed from Application status
153 Closed from Delayed status
1,229 Closed from Eligibility
925 Closed from Service
21 Closed from Employment
Total closed from other – 2,703
We are on track for Standards and Indicators except 1.1, possibly 1.2. Currently at 46% on 1.2 and we need to be at 55.8%
Active VR Cases – 10,776
Priority Group 1 – 4,954
Priority Group 2 – 4,386
Priority Group 3 – 897
Stimulus dollars will be spent primarily on Priority Group 3 cases. To make the impact that we hope, we will have to achieve 513 case closures with that stimulus money by September 2010. We currently have developed a contract with Galt, a temporary service. We can refer students and clients to the Galt service. The people we hope to employ through that service with be called Job Developers. We have the following fees established for the Job Developers:
DRS Education Consultant - Kim Osmani
Project Coordinator - Melinda Fruendt
Doug MacMillan reported that Terry Watson has put together a checklist of required accessibility features and has trained the One Stops. Doug will provide this checklist to Theresa Hamrick.
Transition and Employment Report – Anita Eccard, Chair
Legislative Update – Jean Jones, Legislative Information Representative
Milissa Gofourth commented that at the national level transition issues for the Rehabilitation Service Administration is a hot topic. It’s impressive that Oklahoma is being recognized for their efforts. At the Strategic Plan meeting the Transition and Employment committee wanted to stress how the ORC can help with the Transition Councils and the regional groups. We have put in next year’s Strategic Plan for any ORC member to participate with their local, regional transition teams. Kim Osmani will help coordinate that.
SILC Report – Glenda Farnum, SILC Representative
The SILC Council has been somewhat dysfunctional for the last couple of years. One of the issues was whether or not there is a fully constituted SILC – does it have all of its members. Thirteen new SILC members were appointed by the Governor in September of 2008. Four old members were retained to complete their terms. A new executive committee was elected in November and Randall Elston is now the chair. A dispute remains between the governor’s office and the Centers for Independent Living directors regarding the position on the SILC for a CIL director. By federal regulations, that person is to be selected by the CIL directors. The person that our CIL directors selected the governor’s office refused to appoint, and asked the CIL to submit a second name. The CIL directors refused to do that. The SILC did seek guidance from Rehab Services Administration and they suggested that the governor was not bound by the act and he can appoint whoever he wanted to and that the CIL directors should submit a second name. They chose not to do this and so that position is still vacant on the SILC at this time.
The State Plan for Independent Living – A retreat was held in the last part of April. The SILC was trained on the Rehab Act as it pertains to independent living. They were trained with regard to the roles and responsibilities of the SILC and they brought in an expert in that field. Mike O’Brien brought in someone from TACE to help work on building relationships between the CIL’s and the SILC, between DRS and the CIL’s, and DRS and the SILC.
SILC Funding - Director O’Brien has been working with the leadership of the SILC and working with the Department of Central Services and has come up with a way to get funding to the SILC.
ORC Program Manager Report – Theresa Hamrick
Announcement - Milissa Gofourth
At the Disability Awareness Day at the Capitol, Mike O’Brien presented Theresa Hamrick the agency’s “Advocate of the Year” award, to recognize her for all of her hard work towards advocating for individuals with disabilities.
Other Business – Milissa Gofourth, Chair
The ORC Comments to the State Plan are included in the meeting packet. The Division Administrators and Director will review all public comments to be addressed prior the State Plan being presented to the Commission at their June meeting.
Jane Nelson – Training has begun for staff across the agency entitled “It’s A Blind Blind World”. It is two days of intensive training, much of it the participants are under blindfold, this is to help people understand the issues that individuals with blindness deal with.
Next meeting August 20, 2009 at 9:30 a.m. in the second floor conference room.
Marilyn moves to adjourn and Kathleen seconds.
State of Oklahoma
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