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WRC Meeting Minutes

May 3, 2012
Green Lake, Wisconsin

Present: Ben Anderson, Cayte Anderson, Rob Buettner, Jim Dobrinksa, Stephanie Drum, Julie Ferchoff, Mike Greco, Jodi Hanna, Alvin Hill, Ron Jansen, Patricia Lerch, Kristin Stern, Linda Vegoe, Matthew Zellmer

Absent: Wendi Dawson, Steve Gilles, Monica Kamal, Tina Koehn, John Lui, Roxan Perez

Resource Staff/Guests: William Parke-Sutherland, JoAnna Richard, Craig Wehner

Recorder: Kristin Rolling

Call to Order

Linda Vegoe, Chair, called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m.

Roll Call

Announcements

DVR would like to create an award in memory of former WRC member Bruce Borden. The award will be given annually to an individual who has provided exceptional leadership and advocacy in disability and employment issues.

B. Anderson/C. Anderson moved/seconded to establish the Bruce Borden Memorial Award.

Minutes

B. Anderson/A. Hill moved/seconded to approve minutes with one correction.

Approved.

Old Business

None.

New Business

The Wisconsin Family Assistance Center for Education, Training and Support (FACETS) is currently offering a training for youth in transition called "Getting and Keeping the First Job." WRC member Matthew Zellmer is the trainer.

Updates

National Rehabilitation Association – Cayte Anderson

National Coalition of State Rehabilitation Councils – Linda Vegoe

Independent Living Council - Wisconsin – Ron Jansen and William Parke-Sutherland

Wisconsin Disability Benefits Network – Stephanie Drum

Agenda Item: Workforce Development Area 4

Craig Wehner, WDA 4 Director

WRC Member Question: Are people with disabilities being hired in state government?

Answer: Yes, through DVR’s state internship on the job training initiative, DVR consumers can interview for state jobs, anticipating that the internship could result in full-time, permanent state employment.

WRC Member Question: Do your local offices have enough staff?

Answer: There are currently two vocational rehabilitation counselor vacancies, but they have been approved to be hired. When those are filled, the WDA will be staffed at 100%. Three VRCs will be retiring soon and five of the staff in the WDA have been there less than six months.

WRC Member Question: What are the greatest barriers to IPE development?

Answer:

WRC Member Question: How does DVR work with consumers who are also involved with Worker’s Compensation?

Answer: Each case is very individualized so we work cooperatively with WC in each individual case to assist the consumer.

WRC Member Question: Are your staff involved in local chambers or Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) chapters?

Answer: Local teams are discussing how to build those relationships.

WRC Member Comment: It’s important to be a member of those groups for relationship building, not just as an occasional presenter.

WRC Member Question: Does DVR track long-term success in employment for consumers?

Answer: No. After a placement, DVR tracks the case for 90 days before closing it successfully. Cases in Supported Employment are tracked for a longer period of time. DVR consumers can receive post-employment services when needed and appropriate.

Agenda Item: WRC Elections

Agenda Item: DVR Reports

Mike Greco, Acting DVR Administrator

Agenda Item: Order of Selection (OOS)

JoAnna Richard, DVR Deputy Administrator

After a lively discussion, the following motion (B. Anderson/J. Ferchoff moved/seconded) was approved (one abstention):

Agenda Item: DVR State Plan – Attachment 4.2 (c)

Joanna Richard, DVR Deputy Administrator

Agenda Item: State Plan Discussion

Linda Vegoe, WRC Chair

Recommendation #1: Maintain recommendation

Recommendation #2: Maintain recommendation

Recommendation #3: Amend recommendation to include local staff joining employer groups in their WDA’s.

Recommendation #4: Maintain recommendation

Recommendation #5: Amend to include WRC monitoring of the implementation of the new Order of Selection process and request quarterly reports from DVR on OOS status.

Recommendation #6: Amend to include information about strategies to serve underserved group and the activity related to the new DVR online application.

New Recommendation: The WRC recommends that DVR pursue options to secure confidential office space for vocational rehabilitation counselors. The WRC believes that confidential office space is a critical component in developing the consumer/counselor relationship and offers DVR consumers the necessary privacy to discuss disability and health issues with their DVR counselor openly and honestly. Confidential office space is also critical for DVR counselors who have ethical obligations to maintain the confidentiality of DVR consumer information.

Agenda Item: Public Hearing

None.

R. Buettner/B. Anderson motion/second to adjourn.

Meeting adjourned at 4:00 p.m.