The meeting was called to order by Lance Davis. Wanda Felty called the roll. Members present were: Dyann Arnett, Marcellius Bell, Dee Blose, Tori Collier, Lisa Copeland, John Corpolongo, Lance Davis, Teri Egner, Wanda Felty, Theresa Flannery, Ivoria Holt, Karen Maston, Nina Peschka, David Svedman, and Terry Trego. Absent were: Kim Beach, Judi Myers, Rene’ Daman, Dee Banta, John Gajda, Ken Talley, and Eddie Miller.
Minutes from the previous meeting on 9/7/12 were approved.
Comments from JoAnne Goin, DDSD Director
JoAnne gave an update for the division, stating the main focus at this time are the transitions from the resource centers to community placements. Marcellius Bell expressed concern regarding staffing at NORCE as they downsize. Gwen assured Marcellius that she is working closely with NORCE Administrator, Sally Randall to assess and stay on top of the staffing needs. Gwen also discussed the generous VOBO (voluntary offer of buy out) for the staff at the resource centers.
JoAnne reported we are continuing to work the waiting list and Intake Workers are currently working applications dated 3/21/05. There are still over 7,000 waiting for services. She also reported the legislature appropriated money for a rate increase for providers which became effective on 7/1/13. The rate increases in the IHSW and Employment Services will require amendments to the waivers to increase the caps.
Dee Blose asked JoAnne for information about the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Panel. JoAnne gave an overview of what the committee is looking at, including the waiting list and other possible programs that could help families while they are waiting. Wanda Felty, who is a member of the Blue Ribbon Panel also shared information about the panel’s meetings and agreed to forward a list of scheduled meetings to this committee’s members. Dee requested reports regarding the Blue Ribbon Panel be given at future meetings of this committee.
Ron Porter and Hank Brame shared a copy of the recent rate increase letter to providers with committee members and explained that it included a requirement of 70% be used on staff who provide direct support services. They further explained this increase could be used through employee benefits such as health insurance, etc. DDSD will monitor to be sure contracted providers are using the 70% of the rate increase in the manner intended by the legislature.
Review of Bylaws
Gwen McClain addressed the committee’s need to revise the bylaws to remove references to the Commission on Human Services, as the commission is no longer in existence. Gwen asked for volunteers to serve on a committee to review and revise the bylaws for consideration at the next meeting. Terry Trego, Wanda Felty and Dee Blose agreed to serve on the special committee.
Gwen also asked for volunteers to serve on the Nominating Committee for new officers. David Svedman, Lance Davis and Terry Trego volunteered to serve on this committee. New officers will be elected at the next meeting for 2014.
Policy and Legislative Liaison
Gwen introduced Ray Hester as the new Policy and Legislative liaison for DDSD. Ray reported there have been six policies submitted to him for revisions, and those will be ready for review by this committee at the September meeting.
Other Comments By Committee Members
Teri Egner, representing OKDRS, and current President of OK-APSE said she feels OK-APSE needs to be more visibly involved on more advisory boards and committees. Gwen replied that this committee is comprised of entities named in the statute from which this committee was formed. Teri, along with Dee Blose asked if member attendance was tracked as it seemed some rarely attend the scheduled meetings. Gwen reported Samantha Galloway reviewed committee attendance when she was the committee liaison, and made some changes accordingly. Ray Hester will review committee attendance again to assure members are participating on a regular basis.
Lance Davis reported a new web address for Oklahoma People First of http://www.okpeoplefirst.org/, and asked everyone to update their contact information for the organization.
There were no public comments made at this meeting.
The next meeting of this committee will be held September 12, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. in Room C-47 of the Sequoyah Memorial Office Building in Oklahoma City.