Minutes February 26, 2008 HS
Wabasha County Human Services Board
Meeting of February 26, 2008
The Human Services Board of Wabasha County, Minnesota, convened in Regular Session at the County Services Building, in the City of Wabasha, Minnesota at 9:00 a.m. February 26, 2008 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 Dwelle, McNallan, Riester, Springer, and Windhorst. Absent: None
WINDHORST – DWELLE
BE IT RESOLVED, that the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners hereby approves the agenda, with no changes.
Adopted Unanimously.
RIESTER - DWELLE
WHEREAS, the Minutes of the January 22, 2008 meetings 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
RIESTER - DWELLE
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 1/22/08 through 2/25/08 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 1/22/08 through 2/25/08 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 1/22/08 through 2/25/08 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 1/22/08 through 2/25/08 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.
DWELLE – RIESTER
Whereas, Wabasha County Human Services Board received a request to reconsider a fee for placement of a child; and
Whereas, the family has presented additional information for consideration by the Human Services Board;
Now therefore be it resolved, the Wabasha County Board of Human Services hereby directs the staff of Social Services to make additional contact with Ms. Jean Koenig to review the current financial status of the family which may result in a change of fee, and to further work with the family to arrange a payment plan of a determined fee.
Adopted Unanimously
WINDHORST – RIESTER
Whereas, the Wabasha County Human Services Board is the host for group residential housing (GRH) agreements to providers with facilities within Wabasha County; and
Whereas, the State of Minnesota has approved a rate of $757.00 for GRH facilities and host counties therefore need to establish agreements with the providers to meet the needs of our residents; and
Whereas, the Director of Social Services recommends approval of these contracts;
Now, therefore be it resolved the Wabasha County Human Services Board approves a new group residential housing agreement, effective February 19, 2008 through June 30, 2008. The monthly rate is $757.00. Great River Home, Inc. is the provider with this new agreement and the facility is located at 423 8th Street, Wabasha, MN.
Adopted Unanimously.
DWELLE - MCNALLAN
WHEREAS, Public Health Services has used PH-Doc System as the basis for computerized public health services for many years and this system is in need of a statewide upgrade; and
WHEREAS, the estimated cost to Wabasha County for the upgrade is $10,000 per year for 6 years; and
WHEREAS, the cost of the upgrade was not included in the 2008 approved budget, but will be funded through a grant received by Public Health Services; and
WHREREAS, the Director of Public Health Services is recommending approval to enter into a contract for this upgrade;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED the Wabasha County Human Services Board approves entering into a contract with MCCC for the purpose of upgrading the PH-Doc System. Cost is estimated at $60,000 and will be spread out during the 6 hears of development. Further, the first year expenses will be covered by a grant received at PHS.
Adopted Unanimously.
DWELLE – MCNALLAN
WHEREAS, Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) has approached Wabasha County to request the County provide care coordination services for a portion of their clientele that are likely to be served by Wabasha County; and
WHEREAS, the Directors of Public Health and Social Services have provided advantages and disadvantages for entering into an agreement with BCBS; and
WHEREAS, the Directors of Public Health and Social Services are recommending approval to enter into a contract with BCBS for specific care coordination services;
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the Wabasha County Human Services Board authorizes the Directors of Public Health and Social Services to continue further conversation with Blue Cross Blue Shield for the purpose of entering into a contract for care coordination services.
Adopted Unanimously.
DISCUSSION and INFORMATIONAL ITEMS
Environmental Health Services Report
Ms. Susie West reported organizations have contacted her on licensing for 2 summer festivals. One will be Whipfest and the other is FatFest. She is working with restaurant owners to make sure there is a certified restaurant manager at each restaurant. Certification is completed through a 1-day course. Ongoing certification is accomplished through training once within the next three years.
Susie is also working with Eagle Properties on their rental units and with new owners of a couple restaurants in the County (The Hill and Lark Toys).
Mr. Darrin Thompson reported there are new rules for septic systems coming into effect, and these will have 3 trigger dates for actions. The first rule revisions become effective on February 4th, another set of updates will become in 2 years with the ordinance update, and the last rules are phased in over a 3-year period.
Disclosure information on wells is a normal activity for this time of year. Darrin contacts property owners and looks to insure all paperwork is in place for well sealing.
Discussion also included septic system development for 2 golf courses in the County and a campground.
Child Support Report Child
Support staff shared information with the Board in 2 separate segments. First, an interview with a typical set of parents. This was accomplished in a question & answer format, with the couple acted out by staff. Lisa Schuth-Stuhr then provided background information on the number of clients being served, general trends, and answered additional questions.
Disability Services Report
Marci Hitz provided a handout with information on disability services for the Board. She shared comments on DD waiver funding, Waiver audit, Universal Assessment tool (computers needed), increasing number of clients with related conditions, and case count. Social Services employs 3 full-time staff to work with a population of 127 clients and a budget of just over $6.1 million in 2007.
Performance Evaluations
Barton and Smith requested the Board to complete written evaluations for each. Barton will need to have her evaluation on file as the next home care audit of records takes place.
PHS & SS Miscellaneous
Ms. Judy Barton informed the Board a grant for $1,000 has been applied and received to work with prenatal smoking of women. She also attended a pandemic influenza planning in Alabama for a week. This planning session was excellent. She learned many things that will be helpful in planning for vaccinations this next Fall.
Ms. Lisa McNally updated the Board in January on a proposed change to the Fraud Prevention program and shared our response with Legislators at today’s meeting.
Terry Smith informed the Board about the blood pressure monitors and student nurses that will be in the buildings today. The monitors are part of a wellness effort to increase employee awareness of heart disease. The monitors will soon be placed in 4 county buildings for employee use.
The Collaborative will be meeting at 1:30 PM on February 26, 2008. The purpose is to look at our financing and to make decision on what to do over the next year(s)? The Collaborative has approximately $600,000 and revenues are dwindling.
The 2006 Audit has been completed and a full report provided to the County. There are no issues within Public Health or Social Services needing specific attention.
Smith commented on the Financial Director agenda item for the regular county board meeting, saying other employees are interested in the outcome and potential effect on their positions.
DWELLE – MCNALLAN
Being no further business to come before the Board, motion was made and duly carried at 10:45 a.m. to recess this meeting until 9:00 a.m. on March 25, 2008.
Adopted Unanimously.
HUMAN SERVICES BOARD
WABASHA COUNTY, MINNESOTA
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