Meeting Minutes
Webster County
MH/DD Planning Committee
Meeting Minutes

Webster County Disabilities Alliance
Planning Meeting
February 5, 2009

Present: Mary Augustus, Lis Ristau, Gregg Kreamer, Richard Scisco, Diana Johnson, Ken Hays, Kim Motl, Deb Delp, Teresa Naughton

  1. Welcome given.
  2. January minutes: Pocahontas and Humboldt counties should have been included in the list of counties that are looking to work with each other to have a uniform county management plan (point 3.h.).  Minutes were approved with that correction.
  3. CPC/Case Management Report:
    1. Fund balance: This year, Webster County will receive almost $136,000 from tax relief.  This was about $20,000 less than last year’s amount.  The county will receive about 1.5% less from property tax dollars.  Webster County must get the fund balance below 10% by June in order to qualify for risk pool dollars for FY11.  There is some good news: the federal stimulus package may include a decrease in the federal match for Medicaid.  This will help the county.
    2. Irene submitted a budget to the Board of Supervisors, which will require the use of cash reserves.  The budget submitted is a little over five million dollars.  Counties are asking that the 1996 levy amount be used instead of the dollar amount when considering the property tax cap.  This positively affects all but two counties in Iowa.
    3. Other statistics on the report were reviewed.
  4. Strategic Planning: There will be a meeting at 3:30 today.  Irene reviewed progress on the plan.  There will be goals in four areas: more dollars to the system, employment, decrease paperwork, and hospital-to-community transitioning.
  5. Provider Reports:
    1. Fort Dodge Public Schools: Lis shared brochure/info about the Pride program, a partnership between the schools and Youth Shelter Care of Iowa.  This program is located at the central offices and currently serves eight students.  Students receive core instruction from the schools and a therapy component from Youth Shelter Care.  Students also receive hands-on work-skills training.  Students prepare a portfolio, presented to the IEP team, which is used to determine when the student is ready to return to school.  Referrals typically come from the school system, DHS, Bridges, and parents.
    2. Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services: Mary handed out data from the Fort Dodge Area office and reviewed it.  Thirteen counties are served, and there were 155 successfully closed files in FY08.  The average hourly wage for closed files was $12.07, and the state average was $11.38.  In the first quarter of the fiscal year, counselors averaged 112 people on their caseloads.  Businesses that IVRS worked with included Fort Dodge Animal Health, Heartland Communications, Obama for America, Rasmussen Ford, and a rest stop.
    3. LifeWorks: There has been growth in the Day Activities program, increased referrals.  They have also been working on policies that relate to the 990, which is like a tax return but for non-profits that do not pay tax.
    4. Northwoods Living: There are 16 apartments occupied.  By mid-February they anticipate having all one bedroom units filled. 
    5. Berryhill Center: They used to collect 75% of their billing, but are now receiving about 65%.  They have a child/adolescent psychiatrist who wants to come to Fort Dodge.  Jim is asking himself whether the center can afford to hire him while he builds his patient base (which takes about a year, typically).  There is a Telehealth project through Magellan, and six sites are being considered.  The center is also planning an open house.
    6. Friendship Center: Construction is finishing.
    7. ACT: Nancy Williams from the University of Iowa is coming.  She will be updating other teams on the future of ACT in Iowa.  Magellan is coming Monday for a site visit.  The current census is 37.
    8. Iowa Workforce Development: The center is busy with unemployment.  Gregg is reaching out; he went to the Town Square Apartments recently.  On Thursday the 12th from 1pm-4:30pm, a work coordinator will be here to talk about incentives and others here to talk about the Consumer Choices Option.  
  6. Committee Reports:
    1. Housing: Met on January 22.  Officers were elected.  Scott Thorson is the President, Ken is the secretary.  There are five openings in the Shelter Plus Care program.  Scott has one opening in the transition program.
    2. Education Committee: The spring legislative forum is in consideration. 
    3. Crisis: A Request for Proposal went out for a mobile crisis team in Webster County.  Irene said she heard there were two providers selected for this RFP, but Jim had not received any notification. 
    4. Co-Occurring Disorders: Dr. Minkoff presented.
    5. Corrections: no report
    6. Brain Injury: no report
    7. Vocational: Met, reviewed the direction they wish to go.  Dan Brown came across a video from Walgreens promoting hiring people with disabilities.  The committee hopes to incorporate this into a presentation to give to service clubs and employers.


Teresa Naughton, Secretary