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Oklahoma Rehabilitation Council
Moore Norman Technology Center
Members Present: Milissa Gofourth – Chair, Sterling Krysler – Vice Chair, Marilyn Burr, Glenda Farnum, Cindy Gallup, Nancy Garner, Tammie Jones, Kathleen Kennedy, Jacki Millspaugh, Tim Parrish, Jon Ringlero, Perry Sanders and Sabrina Ware
Members Absent: Doug MacMillan, Jr., Hailey Mathis, Mike O’Brien, Amy Salmon, Sue Williams
Others Present: Melinda Fruendt, DRS VR Projectors Coordinator; Kim Osmani, Transition Coordinator, Mark Kinnison, VS Field Coordinator, Connie Lake, OK State Regents for High Education, Jane Nelson, DRS VS Division Administrator .
Council Support: Theresa Hamrick, ORC Programs Manager, Linda Jaco – Director of Sponsored Programs, OSU-Seretean Wellness Center, Kathleen Reed, DRS Commission Assistant/ORC Support
Call to order and Roll Call: Meeting called to order at 9:30 am, roll called and quorum established by Milissa Gofourth, Chairperson.
Welcome and Introductions:
Welcome by the Chairperson and everyone introduced. The Strategic Plan is the road map to the next fiscal year. ORC partners with the agency in the development of their State Plan. ORC has an attachment in the state plan which is our strategic plan. DRS Director O’Brien could not be present today, but has two issues he would like the ORC to focus on: 1) Impact Quality Customer Service 2) Presumed eligibility issues – the roll of the Counselor.
Ms. Osmani – One of the things that takes place tomorrow is the Oklahoma Family Planning Network Joining Forces Conference – each of the agency on this committee was charged with coming up with a topic that they wanted to involve families in over the next year. Transition sees a difficulty with having children with disabilities placed in a job, because parents do not want their checks reduced. The parents do not see the benefits of putting these kids to work. What part can the ORC play in this issue? Can the ORC offer trainings?
Mr. Krysler – Technology is critical. Oklahoma is not the top state regarding technology. However, the whole environment related to jobs is changing. ORC needs to support DRS regarding technology issues.
Ms. Gofourth - Direction is for each committee is to answer: What can the ORC do to impact the agency in the next fiscal year?
Committee Strategic Planning (Breakout by Committee)
Transition & Employment – Kim Osmani, Liaison, Milissa Gofourth, Facilitator
Policy & Legislative – Linda Jaco, Facilitator
Planning & Program Evaluation – Melinda Fruendt, Liaison, Theresa Hamrick, Facilitator
Each Committee will review their portion of the ORC FY2010 activities and work on FY2011 Goals and Objectives. Ms. Hamrick and Ms. Gofourth will compile all information and draft sent out to ORC members for review. Turnaround time will be very short due to DRS time frames for the submission of the State Plan.
Planning & Programming – Marilyn Burr
Overview of FY2010 - All tasks have been completed. The tracking instruments have taken all year to complete but these will be useful tools to clients and their families.
For FY2011 – Theresa Hamrick
Question: How is ORC going to get agency AT buy-in since we have been waiting so long as it is for Director O’Brien to determine which direction he wants to go with AT? This is the overall goal, no detail have been designed. We would hope this would fit into their AT process systems.
Suggestion: Bring in a neutral provider to help build an evaluation team made up of representatives from stakeholders involve in the two processes to be evaluated, and look for way to be more efficient for the consumer.
Explanation: ORC is would request by-in from the DRS AT staff. So little AT has been purchased and utilized for clients to the degree needed. Director O’Brien is very AT savvy himself and his input would be sought on this process.
Policy & Legislative Committee – Glenda Farnum
Overview FY 2010 - ORC participated in:
The proposal is to have 2 Tracks:
- Track for Basic Training for those who did not attend this year’s conference.
- Track for Piece of Legislation to be prepared to go to the Legislature
Transition & Employment Committee – Milissa Gofourth
Overview FY2010 – There were Objectives and Goals that ORC was not able to complete as they were not in the scope of ORC.
For FY2011 –
Directors to the ORC meetings to let them report what services and activities they are using to accomplish the task of employing people with disabilities. What the local WIBs are doing, what the DRS WIB Representative are doing, and what can ORC do to help to move forward with employment of people with disabilities.
Adjourn Full Council: Motion to adjourn - Tim Parrish, 2nd by Perry Sanders. Motion passed. Meeting adjourned at 2:00 p.m. Next ORC Quarterly meeting is scheduled for May 20, 2010 DRS State Office, 2nd floor Conference Room, 9:30am to 3pm.
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