Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission Commission Meeting Minutes July 26, 2010 Commissioners Absent David T. Williams, Chair Bill Bauer, Vice-Chair David Daugherty, Commissioner Jacqui Romer-Sensky, Commissioner Frank Anderson, Commissioner Jack Licate, Commissioner Michelle Dillingham, Commissioner Staff Michael Rench, Administrator; Eileen Corson, Communications Director; Kathleen Luebbert, Contract Services Director; Chris Hansen, Chief Financial Officer; Marc Protsman, Fiscal Officer; Erik Williamson, BDD Director; Brandi Scales, Legislative Liaison; Kim Hartman, Assistant Legal Counsel; Janet Cool, QA Manager; Shirley Marchi, Executive Assistant; James Clinkscale, CAC Coordinator Guests Randall Jones, CAC; Calvin Davis, PBS; Denise Williams, CAC; Darlene Clinkscale, CAC; Suzanne Minnich, Brain Injury Association; Julie Keil, OARF; Faye Spratley; Sue Jones; Janet Miller CPO; Carl Laule, CAC; Stephen Thomas, CAC; Shonda Causey, CAC; Arthur Young, CAC; Holly Hunt, Goodwill Columbus; James Curry, CAC; Kiana Hill, CAC; Greg Powers, CAC; Deb Shinoskie, Goodwill Columbus; Nathanial Jones, CAC; Mario DeSantis, ODMH; Holly Pendell, NMSS Ohio Open Session/Call to Order At 9:00 a.m., Chair Williams convened the Open Session of the July 26, 2010 Commission Meeting at the Statehouse, Atrium, Columbus, OH. Approval of Agenda Commissioner Daugherty moved to approve the agenda, seconded by Commissioner Anderson. Motion carried. Approval of Minutes Commissioner Anderson moved to approve the May 19, 2010 Commission Meeting Minutes, seconded by Commissioner Daugherty. Motion carried. Legislative Ad Hoc Committee Report Commissioner Anderson reported the Legislative Ad Hoc Committee met on June 16, 2010. Legislative Liaison Brandi Scales reported the U.S. Senate approved the extension of Unemployment Benefits for over 150,000 Ohioans and RSC Commission Meeting Minutes July 26, 2010 Page 2 almost 2.5 million Americans. This extension will last through November 2010 and is retroactive. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) unveiled a new website for unemployed Ohioans: www.OhioHeretoHelp.com. OhioHeretoHelp.com connects users to information and resources from both public and private entities that can help them search for a job, find education and training opportunities, and learn about the many other services and supports that might be available to them. The new federal health care reform law requires the U.S Department of Health and Human Services to set up a temporary health insurance program – or “high‐risk pool” – in each state for uninsured people with preexisting health conditions. Each state had the option to determine whether it would run its own high‐risk pool or have the federal government run the program instead. Ohio decided to establish an Ohio specific high risk pool. The Department of Insurance will begin taking applications on August 1st for coverage which will be effective September 1st. The program will last until 2014, when full federal reforms will take effect. The Ohio Legislature is on recess and will only schedule sessions as needed in mid-September. In addition Ms. Scales reported the Budget Planning and Management Commission met three times. Discussions have included discussing solutions for the budget gap projected at $4 billion or $8 billion for the next biennium and understanding more about the gap and what led to the gap. RSC went before the Controlling Board on July 17, 2010 with a request to waive competitive selection in the amount of $1,300,000.00 for FY11 to contract with Griffin-Hammis Associates, to implement a statewide supported and self- employment demonstration, training, and technical assistance project. The request was approved without being held. Juniors and seniors from all over the state came to Columbus to learn more about Leadership and Advocacy via the Governor’s Council on People with Disabilities’ Youth Leadership Forum (YLF). Youth heard a panel presentation in the House Finance Committee Room. Finally, Ms. Scales reported Senator Sherrod Brown won a seat on the Senate Appropriations Committee. The committee approves all federal spending for programs that are authorized annually, such as defense, education, housing and transportation. RSC Commission Meeting Minutes July 26, 2010 Page 3 Budget and Audit Committee Report Commissioner Daugherty reported the Budget and Audit Committee met on June 30, 2010 (attachment A). The May FFY 2010 monthly budget report was reviewed with the committee. Meeting highlights include slight increase in spending levels for VR Case Services, the VRP3 Program and the Board of Regents Program, a potential Maintenance of Effort shortfall for the year, and concerns regarding the status of State General Revenue Fund. CFO Hansen reported on the Monthly budget (attachment B). Program Planning Committee Report QA Manager Cool reported the Committee met on June 24, 2010. There are no significant changes to the Program Planning Committee Charter. Two additional items have been completed on the Recommendations Response Scorecard - one RSA finding and one Performance Audit finding. All agency policies will be coordinated through Chief Legal Counsel but each bureau/team will be the subject matter expert. The Strategic Plan was updated at the last Commission Meeting. Quarterly updates will be provided to the Commissioners. The VR State Plan has been filed with RSA. We are waiting on RSA approval. Two Administrative Rules Assistant Legal Counsel Hartman reported Rule 3304-1-15, Employee Access to Confidential Personal Information is a new rule and establishes criteria for when and how RSC employees may access personal confidential information and how RSC will track such access. Commissioner Daugherty moved to approve Rule 33-04-1-15, seconded by Commissioner Anderson. Motion carried. Roll Call Commissioner Daugherty – Aye Commissioner Anderson - Aye Commissioner Dillingham – Aye Commissioner Williams – Aye Ms. Hartman reported on Rule 3304-1-02 which converts any reference to the “Executive Director” to be interpreted as a reference to the “Administrator.” Commissioner Daugherty moved to approve Rule 3304-1-02, seconded by Commissioner Dillingham. Motion carried. Roll Call Commissioner Daugherty – Aye Commissioner Anderson - Aye Commissioner Dillingham – Aye Commissioner Williams – Aye RSC Commission Meeting Minutes July 26, 2010 Page 4 On-Line Café Conversations Update Communications Director Corson reported two on-line Café Conversations were held on June 24, 2010. People were directed in a chat room where they could read each others feedback. The feedback is posted on the website. Consumer Advisory Council Commissioner Dillingham moved to approve Zachary W. Holler as a member to the State CAC, seconded by Commissioner Anderson. Motion carried. Reports Directors provided program updates on their respective areas. Public Comment CAC Member Carl Laule stated RSC needs to hire more people with disabilities to fill the retention issues in BDD. Adjourn At 10:45 a.m. Commissioner Daugherty moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Commissioner Dillingham. Motion carried. Americans with Disabilities Act 20th Anniversary Celebration Commissioners participated in the 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act event at the Statehouse Atrium.
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