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May 11, 2020 Commission Meeting

Monday, May 11, 2020

State of Oklahoma Commission for Rehabilitation Services

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Monday, May 11, 2020 - 10:30am

Jace Wolfe, Commission Chair
Wes Hilliard, Commission Vice Chair
Emily Cheng, Commission Member

Agenda Items

1. Call to Order and Roll Call

Jace Wolfe, Chair


2. Statement of Compliance with Open Meeting Act

Commission Assistant


3. Public Comments

Public Audience

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

Report Items

4. Executive Director's Report

Melinda Fruendt, Executive Director

Executive Director’s report with possible Commission discussion. The report includes Executive Director’s participation in meetings; updates for Access for All, state agency and Community Stakeholder communication; Governor’s Executive Orders; ADA; Risk Management; AWARE; case reviews; and statistical research.


5. Priority Group Updates

Tracy Brigham, Director Services to the Blind and Visually Impaiared


6. Financial Status FY20 Report

Kevin Statham, Chief Financial Officer

Financial Status FY 20 report as of March 31 2020 with possible Commission discussion.


7. FY 20223- FY 2029 Capital Outlay Request

Kevin Statham, Chief Financial Officer

Review with possible discussion the FY 2022 – FY 2029 Capital Outlay Request.


8. Personnel Activity Report

Tom Patt, Human Resources Programs Director

Personnel Activity report with possible Commission discussion, as April 30, 2020. The activity report has current FTE status.


9. Legislature Report

Kevin Nelson, Legislative Liaison

Legislature report with possible Commission discussion. This report includes update on Appropriation Summary FY’21.


10. Oklahoma School for the Blind Report

Rita Echelle, Superintendent

Oklahoma School for the Blind report with possible Commission discussion. This report includes the comprehensive school-wide program still in place in response to COVID-19; Oklahoma VI Teacher’s Institute; and updates on OSB outreach program; services for students and parents; and retirements.


11. Oklahoma State Independent Living Council report

Sidna Madden, Executive Director

Oklahoma State Independent Living Council report with possible Commission discussion. This report includes report on SILC Congress; updates on Mayor’s Committee on Disability Concerns; Reliant Living Center; State Plan; SILC state plan Survey; and continued work with state and city agencies.


12. Services to the Blind and Visually Impaired Report

Tracy Brigham, Director

Services to the Blind and Visually Impaired report. This report includes updates on Field Services, Business Enterprise Program, Transition program, Business Services Program, Oklahoma Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Production, and the Division Administrator’s activities.


13. Vocational Rehabilitation Services Report

Mark Kinnison, Director of Vocational Rehabiltation

Vocational Rehabilitation Services report. This report includes teleworking process for staff; VR Director’s work with staff, and other agencies; continued work with SBVI; critical vacancy needs and production.

Action Items

14. April 13, 2020 Commission for Rehabilitation Services minutes

Jace Wolfe, Chair

Review and discussion with possible vote for approval of the April 13, 2020 Commission for Rehabilitation Services regular meeting minutes.


15. Oklahoma Library for the Blind and Physically handicapped Donations

Kevin Treese, Programs Manager

Review and discussion with possible vote for approval of the April 2020 donations to the Oklahoma Library for the Blind and Visually Impaired.


16. Oklahoma School for the Blind Donations

Rita Echelle, Superintendent

Review and discussion with possible vote for approval of the April 2020 donations to the Oklahoma School for the Blind.


17. Oklahoma School for the Deaf Donations

Chris Dvorak, Superintendent

Review and discussion with possible vote for approval of the April 2020 donations to the Oklahoma School for the Deaf.


18. New Business

Jace Wolfe, Chair

New Business (“Any matter not known about or which could not have been reasonably foreseen prior to the time of posting.” 25 O.S. § 311)


19. Announcements

Jace Wolfe, Chair

Date and location of next regular meeting of the Oklahoma Commission for Rehabilitation Services:
Monday, June 8, 2020 at 10:30 am.
3535 NW 58th Street
Suite 200
Oklahoma City, OK 73112
Or video-conferencing if unable to meet. Notification will be sent out ASAP


20. Adjournment

Jace Wolfe, Chair

Last Modified on Jan 07, 2021
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