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WRC Meeting Minutes
January 15 & 16, 2014
Present: Rob Buettner, Wendi Dawson, Jim Dobrinksa, Stephanie Drum, Julie Ferchoff, Mike Greco, Jodi Hanna, Alvin Hill, John Lui, Kristin Stern, Linda Vegoe, Matthew Zellmer
Absent: Cayte Anderson, Ron Jansen, Patricia Lerch
Resource Staff/Guests: Mike Bachhuber, Kathleen Enders, Enid Glenn, Allison Gordon, Deb Henderson-Guenther, Linda Hedenblad, Bob Hovey, Les Mirkin, Arlen Moss, JoAnna Richard
Recorder: Kristin Rolling
Call to Order
Linda Vegoe, Chair, called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m.
W. Dawson/A. Hill moved/seconded to approve October 2013 minutes as presented.
Council Chair Linda Vegoe reported that last night Governor Walker hosted a Forum on Disability and Employment that was attended by various partners from around the state.
Agenda Item: Updates:
- Met last night and discussed:
- WRC by-laws – are there needs for updates and revisions
- WRC committee structure – are there needs for updates and revisions
- Recruitment of new WRC members
- The committee will share their report on employer engagement to DVR
- The committee will focus on DVR's minority service rate in 2014
National Rehabilitation Association (NRA) – John Lui
- They are focusing on WIA Reauthorization and SB 1356, which would move vocational rehabilitation from the Department of Education to the Department of Labor. It would also move NIDRR to Health and Human Services.
Department of Public Instruction (DPI) – Wendi Dawson
- DPI Director of Special Education Stephanie Petska is retiring.
Survival Coalition – Mike Bachhuber and Jodi Hanna
- Long Term Care is an ongoing focus area, especially related to statewide expansion of Family Care so that it is available in all counties.
- Legislation related to mental health services in Wisconsin will move through committee this week.
Independent Living Council–Wisconsin (ILCW) – Ron Jansen and Mike Bachhuber
- Updates are being made to the State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL).
- Independent Living Legislative Days will be held in February.
National Coalition of State Rehabilitation Councils (NCSRC) – Linda Vegoe
- The group is preparing for their April meeting.
- They are opposed to moving vocational rehabilitation to the Department of Labor (SB1356).
Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation (CSAVR) – Mike Greco
- They have developed a position paper on SB1356.
Agenda Item: DVR Administrative Updates
Mike Greco, Administrator
JoAnna Richard, Deputy Administrator
Agenda Item: DVR Administrative Updates
Enid Glenn, Director Bureau of Management Services
Discussion of change to DVR appeal process:
- DVR plans to contract with the Department of Administration, Division of Hearing and Appeals to conduct DVR consumer appeal hearings, rather than contracting with individuals.
WRC Member Question: There is a lot if nuance in the law. How will the DHA staff be trained so that they can appropriately handle DVR appeals?
Answer: DVR will provide training. DVR policy analysts have developed the training.
WRC Motion approved/seconded by J. Lui/J. Hanna
The WRC agrees that DVR should transition from individual contracts to working with the DOA Division of Hearing and Appeals to handle DVR consumers appeal hearings.
Agenda Item: Workforce Development Area 10 Updates
Les Mirkin, WDA 10 Director
WRC Member Question: What do you think are the strengths of your WDA?
Answer: WDA 10 is resource rich, with a large number of service providers.
WRC Member Question: What do you think is the largest challenge for your WDA?
Answer: Transportation is the largest issue we face in helping people reach their job goals.
Agenda Item: Motivational Interviewing
Linda Hedenblad, TACE 5
Linda Hedenblad, a Program Manager from TACE 5 and the person who has been training DVR staff in Motivational Interviewing counseling techniques, presented an introduction to motivational interviewing.
Motivational interviewing is a collaborative conversation style for strengthening a person's own motivation for and commitment to change.
Agenda Item: WRC Involvement in DVR Policy Development
Discussion – All
Discussion of recruitment of new WRC members.
Agenda Item: WRC member Training – Review of Curriculum
Discussion – All
- Some recent, large policy changes:
- Self-Employment Process for DVR consumers
- More front-end assessment to help insure that self-employment is an appropriate job goal
- Training Grant process
- Workgroup completed a Value Stream Mapping (VSM) exercise to identify possible efficiencies in the process
- Updates will be made that include an electronic information system that is available to DVR and the schools. It will replace the current system of sending information between DVR and schools via email, which can create confusion and frustration.
WRC Member Question: How can the WRC be more involved in the development of DVR policy from the beginning, rather than reviewing and approving a final product?
- Add a standing WRC agenda item for DVR Policy Academy (PA) updates. This will loop in WRC members to the discussions that occurring within DVR related to potential policy updates. PA agenda items come to the PA from DVR field staff and the Client Assistance Program (CAP) when they are noticing trends in concerns related to service delivery.
- Increase WRC involvement in the development of the State Plan.
- Involve WRC members in DVR efforts to address RSA Indicator 2.1 (minority service rate)
- WRC member Comment: The minority service rate will be a focus of the WRC Evaluations Committee in 2014
WRC Member Question: Are there service delivery/policy items that DVR is considering changes to in the next year?
- Transportation Policy/Guidance
- Replacement of the DVR Knowledgebase
- There will be some changes to the DVR policy manual this spring
Agenda Item: Public Comment
R. Buettner/ J. Lui moved/seconded to adjourn.