Minutes September 27, 2016 HS

Wabasha County Human Services Board

September 27, 2016

The Human Services Board of Wabasha County, Minnesota, convened in Regular Session at the County Services Building, in the City of Wabasha, Minnesota at 10:23 AM, September 27, 2016 in accordance with MS 402.01 to 402.10.  The previous meeting was recessed to this time and place.

The following members were present: Commissioners Goihl, Hall, Key, Springer and Wobbe.


BE IT RESOLVED, that the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners hereby approves the agenda as presented with the addition of 5.B., appoint MDH agent of the board.

Adopted Unanimously.


WHEREAS, the Minutes of the August 23, 2016 regular board meeting have been presented for review and that no changes have been made to the Minutes;

BE IT RESOLVED, the Human Services Board accepts the Minutes as an accurate reflection of the content and actions taken at its previous meetings.

Adopted Unanimously


WHEREAS, the Director of Social Services has advised that all Income Maintenance case actions are in conformance with State, Federal, and County laws, rule, regulations and policies;

BE IT RESOLVED, that all Income Maintenance case openings, closings, suspensions, grant changes and any other action affecting client eligibility and payments documented in the Department on listing of proposed case actions, (through MAXIS computerized client files and reports, and MMIS II), Director's Actions, abstracts of payment, and reports of refunds and cancellations for the period 8/23/2016 through 9/27/2016 are hereby approved.

WHEREAS, the Directors of Public Health and Social Services have advised that all Public Health and Social Services case actions are in conformance with State, Federal and County laws rules, regulations and policies;

BE IT RESOLVED, that all Public Health and Social Services case openings, closings, payments, placements and licensing actions as documented in the Department on Agency listing for Licensing actions, case records, record of Social Service plan, purchase of service abstracts, reports of refunds and cancellations, payment authorizations and computer printouts for 8/23/2016 through 9/27/2016  are hereby approved.

WHEREAS, the Directors of Public Health and Social Services have advised that all personnel actions are in conformance with State and Federal law, Merit System rules, existing labor agreements and personnel policies;

BE IT RESOLVED, that all personnel actions for 8/23/2016 through 9/27/2016 for employees of the Departments of Public Health and Social Services as documented in the Department on proposed personnel actions listing, personnel abstracts, payroll reports and personnel actions forms are hereby approved.

WHEREAS, the Directors of Public Health and Social Services have advised that all Public Health claims and, Social Services and Welfare claims against the County submitted for payment for 8/23/2016 through 9/27/2016 have been reviewed and are eligible for payment pursuant to all applicable rules, regulations, laws and policies;

BE IT RESOLVED, that all bills as listed on listing of warrants and claims against the Public Health, Social Services and Welfare funds and warrant registers shall be approved as valid claims against the County and are hereby approved for payment.

WHEREAS, the Directors of Public Health and Social Services have advised that employee requests to attend conferences and/or training have met approval of Administration, and are within the budgetary guidelines of the Agency;

BE IT RESOLVED, that all requests presented by the Directors of Public Health and Social Services are hereby approved.

Adopted Unanimously


Introductions of April Carl, Case Aide, and Rita Rabehl, Eligibility Worker, were made to the Board.

Lisa George Dwelle gave a presentation on the "Make It OK" campaign, an anti-stigma campaign chosen by the mental health task force. Afterwards, the Board took the "Make It OK" pledge.  Tammy informed the Board that training for "Make It OK" presenters from the task force will be in October, and that the first public presentation will be at the Lake City Rotary club on October 31st.




WHEREAS, the Wabasha County Human Services Board recognizes that mental health has been identified as one of the most important community health issues identified in the County's most  recent Community Health Assessment; and

WHEREAS, one in four people will develop a mental illness in a given year, but people are still afraid to talk about it due to shame, misunderstanding, negative attitudes, and fear of discrimination; and

WHEREAS, mental illnesses are treatable health conditions very common in the world today, and can affect anyone, regardless of age, race, religion or income; and

WHEREAS, like any other medical condition, a mental illness should be treated with the same urgency as diabetes or heart disease; and

WHEREAS, most mental illnesses can be treated effectively with medication, therapy, diet, exercise and support; and

WHEREAS, with effective treatment, individuals with mental illness can recover and lead full, productive lives; and

WHEREAS, each business, school, government agency, healthcare provider, organization and citizen shares the responsibility of stopping the silence and dispelling the myths surrounding mental illness.  The more we talk, the more we understand, and the more we make it ok; 

BE IT RESOLVED, by the Wabasha County Human Services Board, that it supports the "Make It Ok" campaign and  encourages its citizens, government agencies, public and private institutions, businesses and schools in Wabasha County to take the “Make It OK” pledge.  The goal of the “Make It OK” pledge is to increase awareness, understanding and erase the stigma surrounding mental illness by learning, talking and encouraging others to join the pledge online at www.makeitok.org. 

Adopted Unanimously






A.  Human Services Performance Management Reports: Child Safety and MFIP

John shared the latest Human Services Performance Management Reports related to Child Safety and MFIP.  All measures were within acceptable performance and no performance improvement plans were needed.

B.  County Costs related MH Hospitalizations - Update

John reported that the County did have a placement at the Anoka RTC.  Based on the revised cost shares, the County portion currently stands at approximately $12,000.      

C.  Regional FPI Program Discussion - Update

John reported that Cindy Berg is working with Goodhue County's fiscal staff to resolve the reimbursement issues related to the FPI program with DHS.  The regional directors plan on meeting on October 21st to discuss any potential funding issues and the program in general. 




For staffing updates, John reported that April Carl had been assigned to cover child care licensing, at least for the interim, while the case aide position is being filled. The account technician, supervisor and social worker positions are all in various stages of the interview process.

John also reported that he met with Fernbrook to discuss and review the current state of the community investment project.  Fernbrook would be able to expand their services to include children's mental health case management, should the County need additional support in that area in the future. 

Tammy reported that they had reposted the RN/PHN position as only one application had been received with the previous one.  Tammy also reported that Tisha Bergner has been involved with flood response preparation and that Public Health is prepared to respond if needed.  Tammy would be attending the CHS conference for the rest of the week.



Being no further business to come before the Human Services Board, motion was made and duly carried at 11:12 am to recess this meeting until 1:00 p.m. on September 27, 2016.

Adopted Unanimously.

Agenda for this meeting


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