Meeting Minutes
Webster County
MH/DD Planning Committee
Meeting Minutes

Webster County Community Services
Planning Committee Meeting
November 3, 2011

Present: Richard Scisco, Mary Augustus, Jim Burr, Irene Blair, Martha Miller, Deb Delp, Clark Fletcher, Brian Schmidt, Ken Hays

  1. Irene welcomed members.
  2. August minutes were reviewed and approved.
  3. CPC/Case Management Report
    1. Currently there are a total of 7 case managers employed by Webster County Case Management.  One case manager has been off due to surgery but has now returned half-time.  
    2. A accreditation survey is anticipated in the near future but no date has been set.
    3. New clients applying for case management still have a 2 – 3 month wait list.  Funding for CM is shared 60% Medicaid, approx. 20% State, and approx. 20% County.
    4. Irene shared the Statistical Report
      1. Budget for FY11 was set based on anticipated revenue.  An unexpected $800,000 will be received from the state after the first of the year.  The budget will be amended accordingly.
      2. It is hoped that with that revenue reduced services will be prevented
  4. System Redesign:
    1. A meeting was held yesterday (11/02/11) including legislators representing Webster County, ISAC, CPCs from surrounding counties, county auditors and county Bd. of Supv.  Approximately 50 people attended.  Concerns were expressed to legislators related to regionalization, the motive of those pushing for the change, and questioning the overall benefit of making a change as it is proposed.
    2. The preliminary draft of the report is available on line at the DHS website.  Those in attendance were reminded that at present nothing is certain, all is fluid.
    3. The legislators present (Kibby, Beall, Miller, Tjepkes) suggested that another meeting be scheduled prior to the start of the session.  They volunteered to make arrangements and to invite members of the interim committee to attend as well.  Irene has sent them possible dates for the meeting to take place.
  5. Provider Reports:
    1. Fort Dodge Community School District: No report
    2. Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation:  After all was said and done with the budget, it appears IVRS will be able to maintain their current services.  There is presently a waiting list for the Most Significantly Disabled that’s about one month long, a one-year-long waiting list for Significantly Disabled, and a much longer wait for Other Eligible.  As for Workforce Development, offices in various locations are being closed and staff are being reduced.  Many questions are unresolved. 
    3. LifeWorks: No report 
    4. Opportunity Village: No Report
    5. Berryhill Center for Mental Health:  Dr. Maria Lozano Celis is now on board and seeing clients.  She will be working with Deb Albrecht to develop some multicultural training.  The Berryhill Center is seeking an additional therapist to work ½ time with schools on a suicide prevention program and ½ time in child therapy.  An additional nurse is being sought to split duties between the PAP/med room, telehealth, and Community Support Services.  Jim Burr will be reducing his role in administration to 25% Administration and 75% Therapy.
    6. Friendship Center:  There are over 40 people using the center per day  with hours 6:00 a.m. to midnight 7 days per week.  14 Peer Support currently are employed part-time.  There are no longer any dues charged to members.  Counties are billed at a higher rate.  Attendance usually goes up this time of year.
    7. Genesis: Not too much to report.  Martha reported that they continue to deal with reimbursement issues.
    8. ACTION Program: Deb Delp reported that the current census in ACTION is 37.  There have been no changes in staff.  U of I grant dollars are no longer available to do “peer review”.  Magellan will continue to do their audits.  State standards are out.  It appears that the rules reflect many of the suggestions made by ACT programs.  There seems to be no standard spelled out for the team leader credentials.
  6. Progress Report on Strategic Plan Goals:
    1. The report is due December 1.  Irene has determined that her report on goal progress will include the several references to Senate File 525 and the pointlessness of continuing to work on the goals.
  7. Family Group will be meeting November 10th at 5:00 p.m. in the Webster County Comm. Service conference room.

Next meeting: Thursday, February 2, 2012 at 7:30 am.

Respectfully Submitted,
Ken Hays, Notetaker