VAC Meeting Minutes
Vendor Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes
North Bay Regional Center, Napa
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
a. Meeting VAC Meeting held on May 8, 2012 was called to order at 10:10 AM (PST).
called to order.
b. Roll call. VAC Membership
Quorum met? Lisa Carbone (Dungarvin)
Yes No Elizabeth Clary (Old Adobe Development Services)
Approve Margaret Farman (UCP of the North Bay)
05-08-12 Donna Feingold (Moving Forward)
agenda with no Kelley Hanson (PACE Solano)
additions: Stan Higgins (Oaks of Hebron)
Yes No Mike Huckins (Bay Area Respite Care)
Minutes Saanen Kerson (Vine Village)
Terri moved and Darelyn Pazdel (Pride)
Elizabeth seconded Terri Rowland (Milestones)
Unanimously Linda Washington (Bayberry, Inc)
approved. Liz Sutton (North Bay Industries)
Joanne Giardello (NBRC)
Pamela Madden Krall
Mitzi Burnett (CA Mentor)
Ashley Cleary (IABA)
Kandi Cotter (Liberty)
June Ursini (Dungarvin)
Allen Maroun (Wheelcare Express)
Karen Farnsworth (CPA)
Steve Sweet (On Our Own)
Lisa Ann Carbone (Dungarvin)
Mary Eble (Northbay Housing)
Carin Lawrence (Becoming Independent)
Omar Celestial, (SDS)
Candace McGuire (NBRC Vendor
Bob Phillips (Area Board 4)
Michael Quigley (Wheelcare Express)
Dori McDonnell (Lifehouse)
Steve Dendas, R&D
Shannon Horalson (Liberty)
Edie Thomas (Connections For Life)
John Shea (Options 3, Inc)
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Matt Martin, Bayberry
Chris Willis, The ARC Solano
Leticia Leon, R&D
2. Summary Action/Follow-Up
Agenda Changes No changes or additions
3. Summary Action/Follow-Up
Community Holiday Schedule 2012/2013: Discussed proposed holidays for
Concerns the new fiscal year and determined “days off” for the holidays that
fall on either Saturday or Sunday. The 4th of July will be observed
on a Wednesday, Columbus Day on Monday, October 8th and
Veteran’s Day on Monday, November 12th. The full holiday
schedule will be reviewed by NBRC and then distributed to the
Applicant/Vendor Disclosure Statement: The vendors asked for
clarification around how to complete the Disclosure Statement.
They specifically wanted to know who needed to be listed on the
form. Stan indicated that Page 1, Part 2 better defines who should
be listed on page 3. Laura clarified that members of the agency’s
Board of Directors and high level management staff charged with
administrative oversight of the programs should be included.
Laura confirmed that the agency address could be used for the
Board of Directors. This form can be found on the NBRC
4. Report Summary Action/Follow-Up
Group Reports Napa Solano provider group: The group discussed the
Applicant/Vendor Disclosure Statement that is due to NBRC on
July 1st. The Vendors would like clarification around completing
the form. Discussed if the agenda item, Policies and Procedures,
is an informational item or an item on the agenda for input from
the vendors. Recapped the highlights from the NBRC board
meeting including, the labor commissioner’s ruling on the
Bayberry, Inc. case, the C4 allocation, and Project Connect, a
grant opportunity in all three counties providing early intervention
mental health services and supports for individuals and families.
Discussed that there is no news from the stakeholder groups. Edie
provided the group information from the Solano Transit Authority
and the group discussed mental health services and supports in
Solano County and the addition of a Crisis Stabilization Unit in
July. Terri showed the group the flier for the June Vendor Faire
and reported that she would be meeting with Pamela to finalize
details prior to the VAC meeting. The group also discussed
transportation and the transition to the new transportation broker.
Sonoma provider group: Petaluma Transit talked to the group
about the transportation network in Sonoma County and mobility
training. They also discussed the new legislation for behavioral
support for individuals with autism. The Bay Area chapter of
Easter Seals has consolidated. Pat Straub is the new contact for
Easter Seals in our area. Transportation was discussed.
Area IV Board: The Autism Community Team is hosting a Town
Hall Meeting on May 21, 2012 from 5:30 – 7:30 at NBRC and
another one on May 24, 2012 at Becoming Independent in Santa
Rosa. The topic will be the new mandate for Private Insurance to
provide behavioral services. This will be a format where people
can ask questions regarding the new mandate. The current plan is
to have additional meetings in the fall. There has been discussion
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at the Area 4 Board meetings regarding the lack of information
around services that NBRC is currently providing or is able to
provide. Bob requested that information regarding available
services be posted on NBRC’s website. The Area 4 Board will
have grant money for program development. Bob will provide
additional information as it becomes available. NBRC Service
Policies were presented to the board at the May Board Meeting
and passed. Bob was unclear about the relationship between new
policies and old procedures. He feels as if the policies should be
vetted and that the public should have input. Information
regarding the May revise should be available this week. DDS is
looking to make up 100 million. The primary election is in June
and there will be re-districting. The people that get the top 2 votes
will be on the ballot. The Area 4 Board and Staff at SDC are
sponsoring the Opportunity Fair that will be held at SDC from
10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6th.
Employment Services Task Force: The June meeting will be
canceled due to the NBRC Webinar Series on Employment. The
group will meet again in September.
Public Relations: The Vendor Fair will be held on Wednesday,
June 6th from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the parking lot at NBRC.
This is the same day as the Opportunity Fair at Sonoma
Developmental Center. Set up will begin at 2:00 p.m. NBRC has
25 tables that the vendors can use and Margaret Farman from
UCP offered additional tables and chairs if needed. There will be
approximately 30 vendors in attendance.
CDSA: Had a leadership retreat to brainstorm the Strategic Plan
for next year. The Legislative Conference was last month and it
went very well. The Bay Area Caucus meets on 5/17/12 and the
Annual meeting will be in Berkeley from September 11 th through
September 13th. .
NBRC Board Report – Kelley Hanson reported that there was a
feature presentation regarding Project Connect NBRC - a Tri-City
Early Childhood Mental Health Collaborative. The board also
approved Service Policies, discussed the labor commissioner’s
ruling on the Bayberry, Inc. case, the C4 allocation, and that
NBRC is projecting a $12 million deficit in the POS budget and a
$100,000 deficit in the Ops budget. It was Michael’s Statti’s last
board meeting and the board recognized his 6 years of service
with a plaque and provided him with a birthday cake to celebrate
ARCA and Executive Director Report: The ARCA Annual
Meeting is on June 22, 2012 at the Embassy Suites in Sacramento.
The May revise should be out on Monday 5/14/12. The NBRC
Annual Board meeting will be held on 6/6/12 where success
stories for both families and staff will be shared. NBRC is in the
process of revising their website. Joanne Tsai and Barbara Powell
were seated on the NBRC Board of Directors. ARCA discussed
Senator Steinberg’s meetings regarding disparity of services for
children among ethnic groups. The Regional Centers were under
the microscope as the result of one horrific case in which a family
was not being heard and not receiving the appropriate services for
their child. The hearings focused on the amount of money spent
by each Regional Center. Bob announced that the ANEWDAY
2012 conference on employment and housing for people with
developmental disabilities will be on September 18th and 19th in
Stakeholder Advisory Group: Mike Huckins reported that the
last stakeholder meeting was on March 1, 2012. He indicated that
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he will most likely get information regarding the budget shortly
before it is distributed state wide. Mike believes that revisions to
the budget will happen last minute and behind closed doors.
Disaster Preparedness: The Committee is meeting after today’s
VAC meeting. It will be a brief meeting to discuss next steps.
CASACC: Service Advisory Committee Chairs conference call
was not held yesterday.
5. Report Summary Action/Follow-Up
Policies and What is the purpose behind the Policies and Procedures agenda
Procedures item? How is the process of providing input regarding Policies
and Procedures defined? The VAC has asked to be included in the
process. The intent of the Services Policies approved at the May
board meeting was to keep them very broad so that they would not
have to be re-done every time there is a change (i.e.; in trailer bill
language). Bob indicated that he would like to include all
stakeholders in the process. The Board will talk about process and
what is required of the Regional Center at their next board retreat.
The Regional Center will make dispense information as it
becomes available. The VAC thanked Bob for giving the vendor
community an opportunity to weigh in.
6. New Business
The vendors requested a meeting with R&D Transportation to
discuss the transition to their brokerage services. Dave Johnson
will be the point person and work with Elizabeth Clary to arrange
7. Report Summary Action/Follow-Up
Announcements The Napa Coalition has a disability committee that meets on a
regular basis. Next month’s meeting is scheduled for 6/5/12 at
noon and will be in the DA’s Office. The topic will be
employment. Donna mentioned that it would be nice to have a
representative from NBRC attend the meetings.
The second annual Artability Festival will be on Saturday, October
20, 2012 on the River Front in Napa. It will be from 1:00 p.m. to
Alchemia is performing a play based on Bullying. It is running for
a few more weeks at the Playhouse in Santa Rosa. Additional
details regarding the performance can be found on their website.
Senator Steinberg’s office is collecting feedback regarding the
autism bill. If providers have concerns they should write a letter to
Darryl Steinberg’s Office.
The Section 8 Housing list is open in Santa Rosa. Mary or Patty
will come to your program site and assist clients with filling out
the appropriate paperwork. North Bay Housing Coalition will
conduct a meeting on how to purchase a house on May 22nd. The
meeting will be held in the Napa City/County Library on Coombs
St. from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. A Leadership Breakfast regarding
housing in Solano County will be held at the Flamingo Hotel in
June. Please contact Mary Eble for additional information.
Transportation routes in Fairfield have been re-routed. Benicia
will begin re-routing in July. Public hearings will be held in
Benicia and community input is welcome.
ANKA has contracted with Solano County to establish a Crisis
Stabilization Unit in Solano County beginning in July of this year.
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Meeting adjourned at 11:45 p.m.
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