Rehabilitation Council of Texas

Shawn Saladin, Chair
Larry Evans, Vice–Chair

REHABILITATION COUNCIL OF TEXAS (RCT)
Advocating for people with disabilities in the vocational rehabilitation process.


MINUTES OF COUNCIL MEETING
August 20 – 21, 2009
Criss Cole Rehabilitation Center, Recreation Room & Auditorium


COUNCIL MEMBERS

Shawn Saladin, Edinburg, Chair Paula J. Margeson, Plano
Larry Evans, San Angelo, Vice Chair Richard Poe, Austin
Karen Stanfill, Houston Richard Hatfield, Austin
Jeanetta Brayboy-Alexander, Pearland Chase Bearden, Austin
Elizabeth Gentry, Schertz Mike Halligan, Georgetown
Rames Gonzales Jr., Palmview Brenda Dunn, Austin
Brenda Lightfoot, Austin Jim Hanophy, Austin
Thelma Scott, Houston Barbara J. Madrigal, Austin
Lori Henning Crutchfield, Austin Council Staff: Dolly Worley
William Mullican, Pflugerville  

WELCOME


Shawn Saladin, Council Chair, called the Rehabilitation Council of Texas (RCT) meeting to order at 9:00 AM and welcomed those in attendance.

MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE

Shawn Saladin, Karen Stanfill, Brenda Dunn, Paula Margeson, Elizabeth Gentry, Lori Henning, Thelma Scott, Chase Bearden, Richard Hatfield, and Carolyn Todd.

GUESTS

Ron Mansolo, DBS; David Norman, DRS; Grace Sanders, DARS; Raul Ortiz, TWIC; Mary George, Houston; Shania Moreland, Houston; LaDreamar Watkins, Houston; Brianna Lehman, State Auditor's Office; Michael Pendle, Houston; and Claude Cotton, Houston.

TEXAS COUNCIL FOR DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES (TCDD)

Melissa Loe, Communications Coordinator, and Joanna Cordy, Planning Coordinator, provided a PowerPoint presentation which gave an overview of the TCDD. The overview included:

  • The TCDD is a state entity receiving federal funds from the Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD).
  • The TCDD is a 27-member Governor appointed board dedicated to ensuring all Texans with developmental disabilities have the opportunity to be independent, productive and valued members of their communities. At least 60% are adults with developmental disabilities or family members of people with developmental disabilities, one has lived in an institution, one represents a local non-governmental organization, three represent other agencies established by the DD Act, and five represent Texas state agencies.
  • TCDD gathers data, ideas and public input and aligns it with Council priorities. Those priorities result in the TCDD five year State Plan, which is implemented through strategies and objectives to help reach the goals in the Plan.
  • TCDD neither funds nor provides direct services.
  • TCDD Opportunities: provide public input; submit ideas for activities, strategies; serve on a Review Panel; apply for stipends for conferences; sign up for information & alerts; order DVDs, materials; and Employment.
  • TCDD Project Examples: Education – Project Ideal; Community Supports – Positive Behavior Support Training, Microboards, Family Based Alternatives; Leadership and Advocacy – training for youth & adults; Transportation – Advocacy, paratransit improvement; Health – Transition Medicine Clinic; Also – employment, recreation, childcare, housing.
  • Contact Information

DIVISION FOR REHABILITATION SERVICES UPDATE

Assistant Commissioner, Jim Hanophy, in addition to the Measure Report contained in the meeting packet, gave a PowerPoint presentation covering information Council members had requested as well as information about veterans and DRS priorities for fiscal year 2010. The PowerPoint presentation was provided in print for those at the meeting and electronically to all Council members. Some highlights from that presentation included:

  • Success Rate Comparison of Old and New Job Placement Systems for SFY 2008
  • Job Placement Services
  • Outcome Based Supported Employment Goals
  • Key Components of the Outcome Based Payment System for Supported Employment
  • Outcome Based Supported Employment Results
  • % of Successful Placement at Closure
  • # of Months for Supported Employment Case to reach Closure Status
  • Current Training to Improve Supported Employment Services
  • Transition Services Indicators of Progress
  • Transition Services Measures of Performance
  • Consumers Served in the Transition Program (SFY 2007 – 4,330, SFY 2008 – 5,545, SFY 2009 – 5,555). Time frame is through 3rd quarter of each fiscal year.
  • Consumers with Unsuccessful Outcomes in Transition Program
  • DRS Total Veterans Served (SFY 2008 – 3,452, SFY 2009 – 3,321) Time frame through 3rd quarters of each fiscal year.
  • Veteran Services – DRS stands ready to serve any eligible soldier, however, as federal resources increase and are distributed to local VA agencies, a reduced need is perceived for the addition of public VR programming.
  • DRS Focus for fiscal year 2010: develop new service and business initiatives using American Recovery Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds; continue working with business directly and in partnership with community rehabilitation providers; align internal processes for consistency in performance across the state; and improve recognition processes for staff performance.

Listed below are some of the questions that Council members posed during Mr. Hanophy's presentation:

  • Has DRS analyzed whether or not employment has improved for persons who have college degrees since providers have complained they don't feel comfortable placing consumers with degrees? Mr. Hanophy indicated no analysis has been done but he will get back with the Council regarding this issue since it is a very interesting question.
  • If transition counselors are not required to make placements, isn't that going to increase tension already present between VR counselors and transition counselors? Mr. Hanophy indicated DRS is looking at interim measures to track transition counselor activity.
  • Is it correct that any case dollars that DARS invests in a student who is an SSI recipient and that consumer goes on to college and DARS pays tuition and dorm costs, that the money DARS expended will be reimbursed by Social Security once the consumer is placed and demonstrates successful gainful employment? Mr. Hanophy's answer was yes, everything DARS spent on that consumer is reimbursed.
  • Will churches be included in the planned grant awards to Community Rehabilitation Providers (CRP) to develop training and apprentice programs that results in consumers being trained at a company site, being hired by that company, or hired by another company in a similar industry? Mr. Hanophy responded that as long as the church can qualify as a CRP and as long as they have an existing relationship with a business. The grants are open to community organizations, non profits, and CRPs, however, the Request for Proposals (RFP) will be very clear about showing how the training will be done, where they the training will be, and how many consumers are going to be placed.
  • Is information available regarding Texas being chosen to participate in RSA's development of a template for states to use in developing their statewide needs assessments. Mr. Hanophy said that DRS volunteered and were picked as a large general agency. DRS will be talking via teleconference on August 23 to the contractors that will be handling this project.

Several council members expressed their appreciation for the direction that DRS has taken over the last few years, moving them further in their goal of providing quality services to Texans with disabilities and thanked Mr. Hanophy for his update.

PUBLIC COMMENT

Pastor Michael Pendle from Fallbrook Church in Houston addressed the Council. He is taking over the work Thelma Scott did through her CRP contract which expires next year. Pastor Pendle said that he is looking forward to continuing Ms. Scott's work and with Ms. Scott's assistance; they will be able to continue providing excellent service to consumers and thanks the Council for past and future support.

AMERICAN WITH DISABILITIES ACT (ADA) UPDATE

Ron Lucey is a member of the Center for Policy and Innovation where he is Manager of Policy Technical Assistance (PTA) and he provided a PowerPoint presentation to the Council regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Accomplishments and Changes. The Coordination Committee had recommended that the Council be updated on the ADA and since Mr. Lucey had provided a presentation at a recent meeting of all the DARS Centers' staff the RCT Coordinator asked him to do it again for the Council. He covered the information listed below.

  • What is the ADA? (a comprehensive civil rights law that prohibits discrimination based upon disability in the areas of employment, public services, public accommodations and telecommunications)
  • Who is covered by the ADA? (An individual is regarded as having a "disability" under the ADA if they have a "physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; or a record of such impairment; or are regarded as having such an impairment."
  • The major provisions of the ADA (Title 1 – Employment, Title 2 – Public Entities, Title 3 – Public accommodations and commercial facilities, and Title 4 – Telecommunications)
  • The ADA Restoration Act of 2008 (over-turned two Supreme Court decisions that restricted the definition of a qualified person with a disability; prohibited the consideration of mitigating measures in determining whether an individual has a disability; provided a list of "major life activities;" clarified that the ADA is intended to provide broad coverage to protect anyone who faces discrimination on the basis of disability; shifted focus back to whether covered entities complied with their obligations.
  • Who enforces the ADA? (the Department of Justice enforces the ADA's requirements in three areas – Title 1: Employment practices by units of State and local government and EEOC enforces Title I for private employers; Title II: Programs, services, and activities of State and local government; Title III: Public accommodations and commercial facilities)
  • How do we measure the ADA's progress? (According to the U.S. Dept. of Labor people with disabilities have $175 billion in discretionary spending power to shop at accessible businesses; regulated telecommunications carriers provide telephone relay services to people who are deaf in all 50 states; public transportation providers have achieved substantial compliance through para-transit and fixed route services; most public entities have eliminated significant programmatic and architectural barriers to full participation in local and state programs and services
  • We are not DONE, the full implementation of the ADA requires a lasting commitment to eliminate barriers to equal opportunity with no fixed and final date for full compliance.
  • Resources: U.S. Justice Department ADA Home Page www.ada.gov; Job Accommodation Network http://www.jan.wvu.edu/; U.S. Access Board – ADA Guidelines http://www.access-board.gov/; Texas Accessibility Standards (equiv to ADAG) http://www.license.state.tx.us/ab/abtas.htm; DBTAC Southwest ADA Center http://www.dlrp.org/

DIVISION FOR BLIND SERVICES UPDATE

Assistant Commissioner Barbara Madrigal began her update by focusing on a complaint regarding the mandatory use of blindfolds at the Criss Cole Rehabilitation Center (CCRC) that Council member, Rames Gonzalez, shared with the Council at the March 2009 meeting along with suggestions he believed might alleviate some of the problems. Council Chair, Shawn Saladin, via letter requested DBS provide feedback to the Council regarding the issue. Ed Kunz, Director of CCRC, joined Ms. Madrigal to address the complaint and the three suggestions made by Mr. Gonzalez which are listed below with DBS response.

  1. After each hour the consumer may take off the blindfold to allow eyes to breath for 5 minutes. If out in O&M allow consumer to wash their face, especially during hot days.

    Individuals are allowed to remove the blindfold either because of irritation or discomfort, particularly during the summer to give eyes a breather. That is not a problem and is not discouraged. However, especially with new people, the tendency is to take the blindfold off to travel from class to class and CCRC does encourage people to keep the blindfold on in traveling from class to class in order to practice the newly acquired skill. Exceptions are made based on individual needs. The goal is to learn alternate techniques so consumers can make a choice as to when and how to use alternate techniques versus other tools they may have including residual vision.

  2. All consumers (including totally blind) MUST wear blindfolds. This is to relieve some tension between the visually impaired and totally blind. What happens is that totally blind people want to level out the grounds as far as equality. The visually impaired would want everyone to feel the discomfort of having to wear the blindfolds.

    The intent in the use of sleep shades or blindfolds is to learn alternate techniques and there is no benefit or reason for an individual who has no vision to put them on. There have been totally blind consumers on occasion who have worn the blindfold to support a peer who was having problems. The issue shouldn't be to "want everyone to feel the discomfort of having to wear the blindfolds" because training staff want people to be as comfortable as possible in the context of the training environment.

  3. Evaluate consumers on their personal needs with what they have, not with what they do not have. See what their abilities are with what vision they have.

    The focus is on learning and use of alternate techniques and again exceptions are made when necessary because of specific needs such as deafblind or an individual who uses a walker, etc. Once alternate technique training is complete, which generally takes about six months but can vary, then the consumer can integrate and use whatever techniques they have including residual vision. The blindfold training is designed to make sure the consumer learns alternate techniques so they can make their own choice when they leave the center. Ms. Madrigal suggested that maybe the Council would enjoy seeing a video of a CCRC graduation where consumers share their experiences and the benefits they received by participating in the training program at a future RCT meetings.

Assistant Commissioner provided a print copy of the DBS Update and the DBS Measure Report which were included in the meeting packets as well as provided to the members electronically via email prior to the meeting. Some of her talking points from the Update are listed below.

  • RSA Section 107 Monitoring Review was conducted by RSA on their site visit during the weeks of May 4 –8 and May 18 – 22. RSA staff met with DBS staff, stakeholders, partners and providers in 18 offices over the entire state. The exit conference call with RSA indicated that most of what RSA saw and heard during the site visits was positive. The review of Central Office indicated no major findings, with one or two fiscal issues surfacing. DBS will work with RSA to resolve these issues after RSA completes the report. DBS expects to receive the draft report from RSA later this month.
  • Legislative Update – Senate Bill 1 (the Appropriations Act) provides DBS with the general revenue needed to match all of the federal funding expected to be available in FY 2010 and FY 2011; the request for 25 additional VR staff positions was not approved and DBS will have to develop alternative solutions for dealing with Management-to-Staff ratio; no other legislation other than the Appropriations Act was approved that would significantly impact the DBS VR program.
  • American Recovery & Reinvestment Act – DBS will receive approximately 8.8 million dollars in stimulus funding to be used during the FY 2010 and FY 2011; matching funds will not be required for the VR stimulus funding; RSA has provided guidance regarding how this funding can be used and the general principles are the money can be used for any purpose authorized under the Rehabilitation Act, and should be used for "short-term investments that result in long-term gains"; the Texas Legislature has imposed some additional restrictions on the use of these funds. DARS is in the process of developing a plan for using these funds. The plan will be approved by the State Legislature and by RSA.
  • Quality Assurance – DBS has determined that while it has a number of quality assurance elements in place, these could be better coordinated in order to result in a more effective system of assuring quality services; DBS is working with the Region VI Technical Assistance and Continuing Education Center to review the various quality assurance elements and develop these into an effective system.
  • ReHabWorks – The implementation of ReHabWorks has been delayed to ensure the system will be functioning effectively when it comes on line; a revised timeline is being developed.
  • Ticket to Work – To date, DBS has collected more than 3 million dollars in Social Security Reimbursement funding in FY 2009 which is more than has ever been collected in a single fiscal year, including the 2.5 million dollars received in FY 2008.
  • DARS Internal Audit – DBS is in the process of following up on the recommendations from the Internal Audit report related to internal control at CCRC.
  • Technical Assistance and Continuing Education Center (TACE) – Staff from Region VI TACE met with DBS staff and their Allies on April 30 to start identifying technical and continuing education needs of DBS and information gathered from this process will be used with other information being collected to determine TA needs of DBS; TACE conducted an online survey of DBS staff to determine training needs of staff; Jeanne Miller, Director of Region VI TACE, participated in the RSA monitoring review site visit in Corpus Christi and on the RSA conference calls with DBS; Region VI TACE will be assisting DBS in examining quality assurance elements and developing an improved system.

In closing Ms. Madrigal shared an experience she had when she was in Seattle recently where she was invited to participate in a program at the Microsoft campus in Redmond, Washington. The program is designed to get more high school girls interested in the IT industry and is called DigiGirlz. The program involves a week long training program where girls learn about all the various jobs at Microsoft and even get to do some job shadowing. They learn to do podcasting in classrooms and play video games with Microsoft staff and then give feedback on those games regarding what they liked and didn't like. DBS sent a transition age consumer to a three day girl workshop in the Dallas area and will send more consumers whenever the opportunity arises. Microsoft has offered to help DBS with accessibility or anything that might be needed such as working with businesses regarding accommodation equipment. DBS will work on getting Microsoft people at some of their conferences.

LIAISON REPORTS

Reports from the Texas Education Agency, The Client Assistance Program, and two reports from the Texas Workforce Investment Council covering March and June, 2009 were included in the meeting packets as well as being provided in electronic format to members prior to the meeting. No reports were included from the State Independent Living Council or the Partner's Resource Network at the August, 2009 meeting.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

PLANNING COMMITTEE & STATEWIDE NEEDS ASSESSMENT

Attending: Paula Margeson (Chair), Karen Stanfill, Richard Hatfield, Mel Fajkus, Nelva Sneed
The Planning Committee discussed development of a process to monitor the goals and recommendations the Council addresses in the DRS and DBS State Plans. They suggested that the Council Chair assign each committee a goal or recommendation to follow throughout the year during their committee meetings. Nelva Sneed will advocate for the RCT to be involved in the pilot needs assessment DRS is currently undertaking with RSA and the contracting group. The committee talked about outreach and input for the needs assessment. The Independent Living Centers have a questionnaire that Paula Margeson will look at to see how it might apply to the RCT. The Council may be able to put it on the website to solicit feedback from consumers and stakeholders of the vocational rehabilitation program. The committee discussed working with DARS media prior to the October meeting regarding producing a marketing brochure that could be used to distribute at conferences, etc.

POLICY COMMITTEE

Attending: Karen Stanfill (Chair)
Karen Stanfill directed the Council members to an IL policy included in the meeting packets regarding consumers receiving services from one division then the other division but not at the same time. RSA made a decision that a consumer can be served by more than one agency and at this point Texas has not agreed with that. There is potential to see a lot more cases that may need dual services as the baby boomers grow older. Karen is going to look at stats and projections and come back to the Council with more information. Currently the consumer who needs dual services is passed back and forth until a decision is made regarding the more significant disability and only one division gets credit for working with that consumer. The Division for Blind Services liaison said he was aware of discussions regarding sharing the credit but did not know if a decision had been made. The IL policy included in the meeting packet does not indicate that a decision was made on sharing the credit for services that are provided. Elizabeth Gentry, the DRS Counselor, said there is nothing to keep a DBS Counselor from sending the blind consumer who is also head injured to a professional provider at the same time they are providing services. The gap seems to be that the DBS counselor would probably not have the knowledge required to determine the best place for the consumer to receive services for the head injury. The Council wants the best from both DARS divisions for a consumer who is both blind and head injured. The question from the RCT is that since RSA says a consumer can be served by both divisions and each division counselor can get credit for the work they have done, why is this not being done? This issue will be discussed at the October meeting after reviewing data provided by Ms. Stanfill.

THE COMPREHENSIVE SYSTEM OF PERSONNEL DEVELOPMENT (CSPD)

Attending: Shawn Saladin (Chair), Chase Bearden, Carolyn Todd, Debbie Casati (DBS), and Christi Leche (DRS)
The DRS and DBS liaisons were in favor of dismantling the CSPD committee since the time line has expired and everything is in place. The committee however still thinks the committee needs to continue partnering with DRS & DBS regarding this topic to ascertain whether the divisions are receiving up-to-date training so they can best serve the people with disabilities in Texas.

EMPLOYMENT COMMITTEE

Attending: Elizabeth Gentry (Chair), Brenda Dunn, Richard Hatfield, Ron Mansolo

The committee discussed Texas Labor Dept. forecast and labor market information as it pertains to specific focus of DARS and employment options for persons with disabilities. The most recent figures indicate that most jobs available require a minimum of 2 years post-secondary education while the majority of job seekers have no post-secondary education. This impacts the focus of service for consumers as more of them need to consider training opportunities.

Ron Monsolo agreed to contact Richard Froeschle about presenting some of the new labor market data to the council at October meeting.

We also discussed the difficult process of informing businesses about resources available for them in the way of assistive technology, accessing and identifying accommodations, and overall awareness of services they could tap into for their employees who have disabilities and might need modifications of job tasks.

We liked the idea that DRS is trying to identify `distressed` businesses and help them through partnership with our business relations department. We'd like the Assistant Commissioner to tell us more about that at the Oct. meeting.

We were also curious if the DRS counselors were able to get more flexibility in their job descriptions this year. That was supposed to happen in order for some counselors to spend extra time building their employer relationships—those who were going to be identified as having strengths in that area.

In addition; there was mention of "Supported Self-Employment" and we'd like to explore that concept….find out if other states have something like that and how the council can support DRS in pursuing the development of services focused on the population for whom that level of support would foster success.

COORDINATION COMMITTEE

Attending: Carolyn Todd, Paula Margeson, Elizabeth Gentry, Thelma Scott, Chase Bearden, Ron Mansolo
The committee distributed a list of the membership requirements for the state rehabilitation councils as identified in the Rehabilitation Act which they reviewed during their meeting. They also discussed the dynamics involved in not duplicating efforts, working together for a partnership/service delivery continuum, and collaboration of ideas regarding public policy around people with disabilities. The committee also discussed recognition of employers. The committee will invite Mike Halligan to be on the agenda for the October meeting to provide information regarding the mental health planning council.

CONSUMER SATISFACTION COMMITTEE

Attending: Shawn Saladin, Brenda Dunn, Karen Stanfill, David Norman (DRS), Mel Fajkus (DBS)
The new closed case survey is completed and the pilot project is completed. The committee agreed the questions were valid and is comfortable with the validity and recommends to the Council that this new survey be adopted. The vendor is pleased with the survey, even though it takes slightly longer than the old survey since there are 21 questions, versus 18.

The committee is looking forward to seeing a satisfaction survey instrument developed for current cases. DARS Leadership Academy has adopted this initiative as a learning project and hopefully there will be feedback available for the next RCT meeting. Leeda Laykasek will be emailing Karen Stanfill current case survey questions that Karen will share with the committee. The Leadership Academy did not pilot the questions they developed and Leeda asked whether the Council would want to pilot them or come up with other questions.

LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE

Attending: Chase Bearden, Lori Henning
Chase Bearden reported that the RCT supported DARS during the last legislative session. The RCT as well as other stakeholders did pursue getting people with disabilities included in the definition of Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB). The bill went through many changes and it went further than first thought possible but the bill was finally blocked. An interim study of HUB's and how they affect people with disabilities is being done. The next step may be to do a disparity study. North Carolina has a model and it has been very effective. The additional independent living centers were a result of advocacy groups requesting that DARS ask for the centers. Many of these groups fought hard behind the scenes to make it happen. Other areas that may need to be addressed by the Council are whether DARS needs the Council to write a letter supporting additional full time positions that were not awarded during the last session. If DARS indicates they want the Council to write a letter, it will be approved by the Council via email. Karen Stanfill reported that Chase Bearden received a legislative award from the Texas Rehabilitation Association in San Antonio.

BY LAWS COMMITTEE (did not meet)

DARS LEGISLATIVE UPDATE – GLENN NEAL

Glenn Neal, Director of the Center for Consumer & External Affairs reported on the last legislative session. He met with the Council at the March 2009 meeting and indicated that nothing had significantly changed since the March report. THE DARS VR program received $44.5 million in stimulus money in addition to $30 million for regular grant growth for a total of about $75 million. DARS was not granted the 198 staff positions they requested to lower caseload sizes in the general program and to shore up the management to staff ratio in the blind program. Commission Murphy may address the staff issue with leadership in the fall. Chase Bearden asked Mr. Neal if it would be helpful for the Council to write a letter explaining the need for more staff positions in an effort to support DARS. Mr. Neal will talk to Commissioner Murphy and get back to the Council.

The Business Enterprise of Texas program received $555,000 to expand the program to include 3 or more additional entrepreneurs or blind vendors.

Funding was obtained for three new independent living centers and bids from the request for proposals are being evaluated and the locations of the centers should be announced by September. RSA will put in a request for proposal for another center, so there will be four new IL centers, making a total of six over the last two biennia.

DARS received three staff positions and about $425,000 to cover the cost surrounding electronic information accessibility needs.

The two programs with waiting lists, the Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services (CRS) program and the Independent Living (IL) program each received funding. CRS serves consumer who have survived traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries and it received $4.4 million to serve 186 consumers that were on the list at the end of 2007. The IL program received about 10% of their request or about $390,000.

RCT BUSINESS

The minutes from the March meeting could not be approved because a quorum was not met but the minutes will be sent via email for Council approval. Upon receiving approval from members, RCT Coordinator will post the March 2009 meeting minutes on the RCT website.

A letter from the Governor to RCT Chair, Shawn Saladin, was included in the packet. The letter withdrew the Governor's designation of the Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner as the appointing authority for the RCT. The Governor's appointment Office will begin taking applications to fill expired and vacant positions on the Council effective June 10, 2009. The Coordination Committee asked that the RCT Coordinator provide a handout to the Council regarding the federal requirements for representation on the Council. After reviewing the requirements, the Council requested the RCT Coordinator relay to the Governor's Appointment Office, that in the future when making appointments, they would like to see the business and industry requirement be met with more representation from actual employers.

The RCT Annual Report for 2009 is due to RSA by mid December. Committee Chairs were asked to submit accomplishments to the RCT Coordinator and she will send out a reminder next week regarding that request. Picture taking for the Annual Report will be scheduled sometime during the October meeting. Statistics for the 2009 report will not include blind children's program or independent living number, only VR.

Carolyn Todd provided examples of logos for the Council to look out. She asked that members indicate there preference by initialing the one they like. The letterhead and logo will be addressed at the October meeting. The logo decided upon will be used in the RCT brochure, business card, letterhead, etc.

The conference list provided in the meeting packet included many that were past or too close to get on the agenda. Elizabeth Gentry has information on some that are coming up in January and February and she will check on those. She also will contact some of the conferences on the list in the meeting packet and see when they are scheduling for next year.

NEW BUSINESS

On Thursday, August 20th a quorum was present and Richard Hatfield moved to elected Shawn Saladin as RCT Chair and Larry Evans as Vice Chair. Chase Bearden seconded the motion and the motion was passed unanimously.

Shawn Saladin asked that the By Laws Committee consider developing a plan to insure the RCT has a smooth transition of leadership from year to year and he will work with the Committee on a system to accomplish this.

As previously stated in the Planning Committee/Needs Assessment Committee meeting report, the committee recommended the Council produce a marketing brochure and will contact members of the Outreach Subcommittee regarding ideas for that brochure. Members of the subcommittee are: Karen Stanfill, Thelma Scott, Elizabeth Gentry, and Brenda Dunn. Dolly Worley will work with the committee to coordinate production of the brochure. The Outreach Subcommittee also plans to work on ways to generate interest in public participation in the RCT meetings, both in and out of Austin.

Karen Stanfill is still serving as Vice Chair of the National Coalition of State Rehabilitation Councils (NCSRC) and is seeking approval from the Council to attend the Fall CSAVR Conference where NCSRC has its Fall meeting. Since there was no quorum to approve this action, and DARS will have to be consulted due to the out of state travel expense budget, she will check back with RCT Chair and Coordinator prior to the deadline for registration at the Conference.

The meeting was adjourned at 12:00 noon.




*Attachments
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512-424-4160
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Email: dolly.worley@dars.state.tx.us