Minutes June 24, 2014 HS

Wabasha County Human Services Board

Meeting of June 24, 2014


The Human Services Board of Wabasha County, Minnesota, convened in Regular Session at the County Services Building, in the City of Wabasha, Minnesota at 11 :00 a.m., June 24,2014 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, Springer and Wobbe.

Absent: Commissioner Roschen



BE IT RESOLVED, that the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners hereby approves the agenda with the addition of 4.1- Request from a family member to the board for reconsideration of compensation for long term care costs.

Adopted Unanimously.


WHEREAS, the Minutes of the May 27,2014 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 ofrefunds and cancellations for the period 5/27114 through 6/24/14 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 conformarlce 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 Depariment 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 05/27/14 through 06/24/14 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 persOlmel policies;

BE IT RESOLVED, that all personnel actions for 05/27/14 through 06/24/14 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 05/27/14 through 06/24/14 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.


4.1 Request of family member for reconsideration

The family of a resident who lost a DHS appeal regarding Medical Assistant payment of Long Term Care costs asked the Board to reconsider their request for compensation. Michael Plante informed the Board that he had been in contact with MClT and was informed that they would not consider the matter unless a lawsuit was filed. After further discussion the Board took no action on this request.


Resolution No.2014-HS025


Be it resolved that Wabasha County Public Health enter into a award agreement with the Minnesota Depmiment of Public Safety, for traffic safety projects during the period from October 1, 2014 through September 30, 2015.

The Public Health Director is hereby authorized to execute such agreements and amendments as are necessary to implement the proj ect on behalf of Wabasha County Public Health and to be the fiscal agent and administer the award.

I certify that the above resolution was adopted by the Wabasha County Human Services Board of Wabasha County on June 24, 2014

Adopted Unanimously

Resolution No.: 2014-HS026


Whereas, Wabasha County Public Health has been receiving Public Health Emergency Preparedness grant money from the MN State Dept for the last 10 years, and;

Whereas, the MN Dept of Health has offered grant funding of $23,000 for July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015 to the Public Health Dept. to continue the work of planning, drilling, and responding to Public Health Emergencies

Now Therefore be it Resolved, by the Wabasha County Human Services Board that; the Director of Public Health accepts this grant funding to continue this work Adopted this 24th day of June, 2014 by the Wabasha County Human Services Board

Adopted Unanimously

Resolution No.2014-HS027


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, Minnesota Statutes 256I.0l through 256I.06 set forward the "Group Residential Housing agreements Act", which establishes a comprehensive system of rates and payments for persons who reside in the community and who meet the eligibility criteria set forward therein; and

Whereas, "Group Residential Housing Rate" means a monthly rate set for shelter, fuel, food, utilities, household supplies, and other costs necessary to provide room and board for eligible individuals. Group residential housing rate does not include payments for foster care for children who are not blind, child welfare services, medical care, dental care, hospitalization, nursing care, drugs or medical supplies, program costs, or other social services; and

Whereas, the State of Minnesota has approved a rate of $876.00 for GRH facilities and host counties therefore need to establish agreements with the providers to meet the needs of our residents; and

Whereas, Wabasha County Social Services anticipates the execution of approximately 30 GRH Agreements for the State Fiscal Year, begining July 1, 2014; and

Whereas, the Director of Social Services recommends approval of these agreements;

Now, therefore be it resolved the Wabasha County Human Services Board authorizes the Director of Social Services and the Human Services Board Chair to execute Group Residential Housing Agreements for State Fiscal Year 2015 (July 1,2014 through June 30, 2015). It is further understood by the Human Services Board, this authorization is valid for GRH agreements brought forward during the 2015 State Fiscal Year.

Adopted this 24th day of June 2014 by the Wabasha County Human Services Board.

Adopted Unanimously



Recognition of Kathy Brehmer by MDH

Judy Barton handed out a newsletter published by MDH which recognized the efforts of Kathy Brehmer, PHN for her work in assuring an 18 month old received the appropriate followup with multi -organizations to address a high blood lead level. MDH acknowledged Kathy's hard work as instrumental in assisting this family to address the problem.

Update on Public Health Emergency Preparedness, Medical Reserve Corp, and Towards Zero Deaths Grant activities.

Tisha Bergner presented an update on these various grant activities over the past 6 months. Highlights included: (1) the implementation of Joy Rides (sober rides home) at Community Events throughout the county (2) a handout which included information on traffic fatalities and serious injuries in the state, region, and county (3) bar server training on how to recognize when a customer is over served (4) hosting the annual TZD Media Kickoff for the region (5) Annual MRC conference was well attended (6) utilizing MRC volunteers to assist as volunteer trainers in the Chronic Disease Management classes being held in the county as well as in the Radiation Reception Center (7) working with GIS to map locate special needs residents who would need assist for evacuation in the event of a disaster (8) working on mass causality/fatalities plans (9) continues to work on individual household preparedness for emergencies.

Environmental Health

Judy presented information on the amount of time Darrin spends by program. In 2013 Darrin spent only 45 hours in the Food/Beverage/Lodging, etc. programs. His time by daily time reporting stats shows all of his time has been spent in wells and septics. Judy presented that the other sanitarian and previously been doing approx 150 hrs in Public Health nuisance complaints, a duty Darrin will now be picking up. She also reported that the septic program is mandated to counties by statute; however, the well programs are delegated programs by MDH. Judy then presented a significant projected budget deficient in this program for 2015 and an increase in some fees for the Board to consider at a future meeting.

Darrin presented on 3 different Public Health Nuisance complaints he has worked on as well as some work with old dug wells and cisterns with local residents. Darrin informed the Board that the only requirement for cisterns is that they be crushed and buried.

Social Services Budget Discussion

John Dahlstrom discussed the increasing costs in the Out of Home placement budget and the need to consider investing in alternative options such as in-home therapy for at risk youth. This topic will be discussed further at future meetings.

PHS/SS Miscellaneous

Dahlstrom discussed the need to move the Social Services financial staff to the secured area of the Miscellaneous Services building to meet IRS data safeguarding requirements. Different options were being considered and no final decisions had been made.



Being no further business to come before the Human Services Board, motion was made and duly carried at 12:10 P.M. to recess this meeting until 1:00 p.m. on July 22, 2014.

Adopted Unanimously.

Agenda for this meeting


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