The meeting was called to order by Lance Davis. Wanda Felty called the roll. Members present were: Marcellius Bell, Dee Blose, Rene’ Daman, lance Davis, Dee Banta, Teri Egner, Wanda Felty, Theresa Flannery, John Gajda, Nina Honeyman, Katie Kissinger, Cassell Lawson, Karen Maston, David Svedman, Ken Talley and Terry Trego. Absent were: Dyann Arnett, Kim Beach, Tori Collier, John Corpolongo, and Eddie Miller.
A new member of the committee was introduced. Dee Banta will be representing Oklahoma People First. Two committee vacancies were also noted. One representing Oklahoma Community-Based Providers – Vocational Services, and one representing the Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Council.
Minutes from the previous meetings were approved (9-8-11 and 9-23-11), with one correction to the minutes from 9-8-11 to reflect the accurate date of the September meeting of the 7th instead of the 9th.
Comments from Jim Nicholson, DDSD Director
Jim reported the retirement of DHS Director, Howard Hendrick on 2/29/12. Terri White, ODMAS Director has been named Interim Director until the Commission hires a new director, which is expected to be accomplished by 7/1/12. He said he feels Commissioner White’s main concern is to make sure DHS is stable by the time a new director is hired.
Jim discussed the legislature’s disapproval of the plan for the resource centers. He said Terri White had been assured the issues with the resource centers would be resolved by the time she assumed the role of Interim Director, but clearly they aren’t. The Commission on Human Services has stated they will consider two plans concerning the resource centers. One to close both facilities, the other to close one resource center. Jim said he wasn’t sure what direction the Commission planned to pursue.
As for the budget, Jim has not heard any discussion of budget by the legislature except the governor wants to phase out state income tax.
Samantha gave an overview of changes to the Rule Making/Rule Change process.
May, 2012 Meeting
Samantha recommended a change of the May meeting of this committee to April 26th, in conjunction with the Listening Session at the Governor’s Conference on Developmental Disabilities at the Embassy Suites in Norman, as there are no rules or policies to review at the May meeting. The committee voted to change the meeting date as recommended.
Samantha told the committee about changes to all DHS online forms. Effective 5/1/12, all forms will be changed to a pdf version that will be easier to complete. No form numbers will change, and for the most part the appearance of the forms will not change.
Proposed DDSD Administrative Rules – Terry Trego
Terry Trego, chair of the policy sub-committee, presented the following slate of proposed DDSD Administrative Rules.
All rules were approved by the committee.
Wanda Felty invited everyone to the Waiting List meeting scheduled for 3/22/12 at 1:30 p.m. in Room C-47 of the Sequoyah Building.
Teri Egner asked if the waiting list had been worked since Jim had reported at the last meeting we would be able to serve a few new individuals from the list. Jim reported the list had moved from working applications dated April, 2004, to May, 2004. Teri expressed her concern in finding individuals who had made application such a long time ago and Kristi Blackburn assured her our staff go to great lengths to find individuals when Intake is able to work the waiting list.
Judy Goodwin reminded everyone of the Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day scheduled April 11th at 10:00 a.m. on the South steps of the Capitol. She urged everyone to attend as the goal is to have at least 6500 people, representing each individual on the waiting list. She said rally-day T-Shirts are available for $5.50 each. Speakers for the event include representatives of OCP, DDSD, TARC, People First, The DD Council and the Waiting List.
The next meeting of this committee will be held in conjunction with the 2012 Governor’s Conference on Developmental Disabilities Listening Session, Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at the Embassy Suites in Norman, OK.