Minutes February 22, 2011 HS
Wabasha County Human Services Board
Meeting of February 22, 2011
 
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 22, 2011 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 Hall, Harms, Norman, Roschen, and Wobbe. Absent: None
 
ROSCHEN – HARMS
 
BE IT RESOLVED, that the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners hereby approves the agenda, with no additions.
Adopted Unanimously.
NORMAN – HARMS
 
WHEREAS, the Minutes of the January 25, 2011 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
NORMAN – HARMS
 
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 1/25/11 through 2/21/11 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 1/25/11 through 2/21/11 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 1/25/11 through 2/21/11 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 1/25/11 through 2/21/11 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.
ROSCHEN – HARMS
 
Whereas, Wabasha County Department of Social Services is required to submit to the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) a plan that specifies how the local agency will make transportation and other enabling services available to help recipients obtain medically necessary health services; and
Whereas, the staff of Social Services have developed this plan in conjunction with DHS in previous years in an attempt to meet the needs of our recipients to access health care services, and the details of this plan are in conformance with DHS Rule; and
Whereas, these recommended plan has been put forward for consideration, and will be effective March 1, 2011 through December 31, 2012; and
Whereas, the Income Maintenance Supervisor and Agency Director recommend approval of the plan to be submitted:
Now therefore be it resolved, the Wabasha County Board of Human Services hereby authorizes the Department of Social Services to submit the Health Care Access Services Biennial Plan to the Minnesota Department of Human Services.
Adopted Unanimously.
 
DISCUSSION and INFORMATIONAL ITEMS
 
Environmental Health Services Report
Darrin Thompson presented information on why we care about septics. Human life expectancy has doubled over the last 100 years. One of the biggest reasons is proper sanitation, which includes proper treatment of human sewage. Human sewage contains many viruses and pathogens that are easily transmitted to other humans causing sickness and in the worst case scenario, death. Treating human sewage properly prevents contamination to surface and groundwater, as well as exposure to the public, which in turn prevents disease outbreaks in our communities.
 
Suzie West was unable to be present. Judy Barton provided an update on radon kits that have been provided by Public Health Services. In 2010, there were 23 kits issued. So far in 2011 there have been 70 radon kits issued. Early results show approximately 75% of the returned kits show elevated levels of radon. Further education and monitoring in the area of radon may be warranted.
 
Barton also mentioned there are 4 Food/Beverage/Lodging providers who have missed the deadline to pay their licensing fees. Policy calls for fees to be doubled, and even tripled if the license holder does not pay timely. Board members gave approval to proceeding with closure notices to the license holders if licensing fees are not paid.
 
Great River Homes, Inc.
Michael Weinandt, Administrator, shared information on the development of Great River Homes and the history/philosophy of the organization that serves developmentally disabled individuals in Wabasha County. The organization has grown in its 35 years to operating 8 homes and employing about 80 people. Great River Homes provides residential and in-home services.
 
Developmental Achievement Center (DAC)
Steve Kohls, Administrator, shared information on the Developmental Achievement Center, building upon the services received by residents Great River Homes. The DAC has been in operation for about 40 years and serves 60 people. The clients served are mainly developmentally disabled, but also include mental health clients. Programming choices include: habilitation services, work services, and school-to-work transition services.
 
Social Services Monthly Reports
Lisa Schuth-Stuhr, Child Support Supervisor provided an update on the basic elements of child support service delivery system in Minnesota. She introduced Jean Grabau and Linda Hough, both Child Support Officers. The caseload of approximately 750 clients is shared among the 3 staff. Lisa commented on the level of services provided clients, how services are accessed, how funds are directed toward parents, and answered questions from the Board. Just over $2 million was received by parents, as a result of the efforts of these staff. Human/Social Services Redesign Terry Smith shared an update on the latest meeting of County Administrators, Finance staff, Commissioners and Directors. An overview of the project (via PowerPoint handout) had been mailed to the Commissioners. Another handout was shared that is a compilation of responses gathered at this February 10th meeting: What do you like about the design, what could be done to improve the design, and suggestions for moving the design forward. It is hoped by the end of March, that participating counties will commit to the next stage of the design, planning for implementation.
 
PHS/SS Miscellaneous
Barton shared 2 items with the Board, first; notice of a videoconference for newly elected public officials with an orientation/update on public health issues (March 28th from 1-3 pm), and second; an employee will be on maternity leave soon for 3 months. The absence of this employee, coupled with also losing a part-time position at the first of January, will impact the work of other staff remaining in the office.
 
HARMS – WOBBE
 
Being no further business to come before the Board, motion was made and duly carried at 10:58 a.m. to recess this meeting until 9:00 a.m. on March 22, 2011
 
Adopted Unanimously.
 

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