The meeting was called to order by Lance Davis. Wanda Felty called the roll. Members present were: Marcellius Bell, Wanda Felty, Cassell Lawson, Ken Talley, Terry Trego, John Gajda, Rene’ Daman, John Corpolongo, Nina Honeyman, Katie Kissinger, Teri Egner and Karen Maston.. Absent were: Dyann Arnett, Kim Beach, Dee Blose, Tori Collier, Michele Disario, Theresa Flannery, Eddie Miller, and Valerie Williams.
Minutes from the previous meeting were approved (07-12-11).
Comments from Jim Nicholson, DDSD Director
Jim announced the retirement of Raymond Haddock, the COO over DDSD as well as Aging Division, Child Support Services and Child Care Services Division. His retirement is effective October 1st. Mark Jones has been selected to replace Raymond and will begin serving in that capacity later this month Jim reminded everyone that Mark was the lead attorney with the Attorney General’s office who defended us in the Homeward Bound lawsuit, and is very familiar with our division and services. After the lawsuit was settled, Mark held the position of Advocate General with the Office of Client Advocacy.
Jim mentioned the Governor’s appointment of 2 new DHS Commissioners, Wes Lane and Brad Yarborough. Mr. Yarborough will become the chair of the Commission in December. The Governor expects the Commission to have a more active role in the oversight of the Department.
Jim reported the waiting list has moved a little recently, by use of lapse money. It is hoped with this money we will be able to serve approximately 40 additional individuals.
Jim discussed the planned meetings to discuss HB2184, which directs the Department of Human Services to develop a plan to change or discontinue services at the two state resource centers. The meetings will be facilitated by Brian Lensink and will be structured to have separate meetings for family members and staff at each facility. In addition there will be a meeting in Oklahoma City for families who find it more convenient. There will also be a meeting of state office staff, the two resource center directors and Facility Management staff.
DDSD Employment Services – Regina Chace, DDSD Programs Supervisor
for Employment Services
Regina Chace gave a presentation about DDSD Employment Services and
Adult Day Services for community services recipients.
Proposed DDSD Administrative Rules – Terry Trego
Terry Trego, chair of the policy sub-committee, presented the following slate of proposed DDSD Administrative Rules.
OAC 340 *Provider Enrollment
All rules were approved by the committee.
Approval of Amended Version of OAC 340:100-13-1
Samantha explained that although OAC 340:100-13-1 was approved by this committee at their last meeting, an error was discovered, which required a correction and re-approval. The committee voted to approve the amended rule.
Adoption of 2012 Meeting Dates – Samantha Galloway, DDSD Liaison
Samantha presented the committee with two possible dates for each quarterly meeting next year (months of March, May, July and September, 2012). Dates agreed upon for next year’s meetings are:
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Friday, September 7, 2012
All meetings will be held in Room C-47 of the Sequoyah Building of the State Capitol Complex in Oklahoma City.
Wanda Felty invited everyone to the Waiting List meeting which is scheduled for
2pm this afternoon.
There were no public comments at this meeting.
The next meeting of this committee will be held Thursday, March 8, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. in room C-47 of the Sequoyah Memorial Office Building, Oklahoma City, OK.