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March 2021 Commission Meeting

Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Service

Monday, March 8, 2021 - 10:30am
Video Conferencing

Public Link to the Commission Meeting
Telephone: 1-253-215-8782 Webinar ID: 978 4204 1145

Wes Hilliard, Commission Chair
Theresa Flannery, Commission Vice-Chair
Jace Wolfe, Commission Member

 1.   Call to Order and Roll Call

Wes Hilliard

 2.   Statement of Compliance with Open Meeting Act

Commission Assistant

 3.   Public Comments

Public Audience

(Under Oklahoma Open Meeting Laws, the Oklahoma Commission for Rehabilitation Services cannot respond to or discuss any public comment not on today’s agenda.)

 4.   Presentation of People with Disabilities Awareness Day (PWDAD) Awards. 

Wes Hilliard

 There are four awards.  VR Cliient of the Year Jacob Fehr, VS Client of the Year Christi Evans; OSB Student of the Year Ben Middleton and OSD Student of the Year Isaiah Holt.

 5.   Presentation of Certificate of Appreciation

Melinda Fruendt
Executive Director

6.  Executive Director's Report

Melinda Fruendt
Executive Director

The report, with possible Commission discussion,  includes Executive Director's participation in meetings; cross agency collaborations; and updates on Executive Projects utilizing responses from an employee survey Workforce Committee, Accessibility Evaluations, Risk Management, Process Improvement, including federal reporting.

 7.  Priority Group Updates.

Mark Kinnison
Director of Vocational Rehabilitation

Priority Group Updates with possible Commission discussion.  Report includes current status of all Priority Groups I, II and III.

 8.   Financial report

Kevin Statham
Chief Financial Officer

Financial report, with possible Commission discussion, FY 2021 as of January 31, 2021.

9.   Personnel Activity Report

Tom Patt
Director of Human Resources

Personnel Activity report as of February 28, 2021, with possible Commission discussion.  The activity report has current FTE status.

10.   Legislative Report

Kevin Nelson
Legislative  Liaison

Legislative Report with possible Commission discussion.  The report gives an upate on CARES Act, unemployment rae, current legislation and a Watch List of bills..

11.  February Commission Meeting Minutes

Wes Hilliard

Review and discussion with possible vote for approvl of the February 8, 2021 Commission for Rehabilitation Services regular meeting minutes.

12. DRS 2021 Amended Proposed Rules Revisions

Tina Calloway
Administrative Programs Officer

Discussion and possible action to adopt permanent rules pursuant to 75 O.S. § 303.  The Notice of Rulemaking Intent for the proposed rules was published on January 4, 2021, in Volume 38, Number 8, of the Oklahoma Register.  Public hearings were held on February 8, 2021, and February 9, 2021.  

OAC Title 612.  State Department of Rehabilitation Services

Chapter 1. Administrative Operations
   Subchapter 1. General Provisions
  Subchapter 5 Program Divisions within the Department
  Subchapter 7. Relationships with Department Established by Law

Chapter 3. Management Services Division
  Subchapter 5. Process Improvement
   Part 1. General Provisions 

Chapter 10. Vocational Rehabilitation and Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired
   Subchapter 1. General Provisions
   Subchapter 3. Client Participation in Cost of Services
   Subchapter 7. Vocational Rehabilitation and Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired
   Part 1.  Scope of Vocational Rehabilitation and Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired
   Part 3.  Case Processing requirements
   Part 5. Case Status and Classification System
   Part 9 Actions Requiring Review and Approval
   Part 13.  Supportive Services
   Part 15. Training
   Part 19.  Special Services for Individuals Who are Blind, Deaf, or have other Significant Disabilities
   Part 21 Purchase of Equipment, Occupational Licenses and Certificates
   Part 25.  Transition from School to Work Program
   Subchapter 13. Special Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
   Part 3.  Certification of Interpreters

Chapter 15: Oklahoma Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
   Subchapter 1.  General Provisions

Chapter 20: Special Schools
   Subchapter 2. Contracted Instructional Personnel

13.  Oklahoma Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped  February donation report

Kevin Treese

Review and discussion with possible vote for approval of the February 2021 donations to the Oklahoma Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.

14.  Oklahoma School for the Blind February donations

Rita Echelle

Review and discussion with possible vote for approval of the February 2021 donations to the Oklahoma School for the Blind..

15.  New Business ("Any matter not known about or shich could not hae been reasonably foreseen prior to the time of posting" 25 O.S. Section 311)

Wes Hilliard

16.  Annoucements

Wes Hilliard

Next Meeting;  
Monday, April 12, 2021 at 10:30

17.  Adjournment

Wes Hilliard

Last Modified on Mar 29, 2021
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