Minutes September 19, 2017 HS

Wabasha County Human Services Board

September 19th, 2017

The Human Services Board of Wabasha County, Minnesota, convened in Regular Session at the County Services Building, in the City of Wabasha, Minnesota at 8:00 AM September 19th, 2017 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, Goihl, Key, Springer and Wobbe.  No members were absent.

Key/Wobbe

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners hereby approves the agenda as presented.

Adopted Unanimously.

Key/Wobbe

WHEREAS, the Minutes of the August 15th, 2017 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

Key/Wobbe

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 8/15/17 through 9/19/17 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 8/15/17 through 9/19/17 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 8/15/17 through 9/19/17for 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 8/15/17 through 9/19/17 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 affirmed as valid claims against the County 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

Special Presentations:

  1. Introduction of  New Staff: Tristen Greff (SW-HCBS),& Kally Smith (SW-CPS) were introduced to the Board.
  1. Winona State Nursing Students were attending and were introduced to the Board.
  1. Youth Link Mentorships Update: Greg Glomski updated the Board on the Youth Link Mentorship Program, donations received, and its summer activities.  There are currently 32 mentees, with 4 on a waiting list and 30 mentors.  Total donations to the activities fund is at $4235.  In addition, Camp Victory continues to provide an in-kind donation by means of a reduction in their participation costs for mentees.  15 kids attend the Camp Victory summer program this year which again was well received.  Greg also discussed the Future Link program which is aimed at young adults who graduate high school and the Youth Link Program.  In 2018, Greg estimates there would be 3 potential young adults would could transition to this program and it would support them in a post secondary environment.   

ACTION ITEMS

Key/Wobbe

Whereas, the Wabasha County Maternal Child Health Program is looking for creative ways to increase number of residents receiving services,

Whereas, the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS) offers a Prevention Grant  and  is committed to preventing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). In support of this work, MOFAS seeks applications from eligible organizations in Minnesota that are interested in engaging their community through public events focused on FASD prevention. The events will increase awareness about the danger of drinking alcohol while pregnant, educate women of childbearing age on the importance of planned, alcohol-free pregnancies, and share the 049 – zero alcohol for nine months of pregnancy – prevention message; and

Whereas, the Director of Public Health recommends approval of this application;

Now, therefore be it resolved by the Wabasha County Human Services Board that the Director of Public Health be authorized to apply for the MOFAS Prevention Grant.    

Adopted this 19th day September 2017 by the Wabasha County Human Services Board.

Adopted Unanimously

DISCUSSION and INFORMATIONAL ITEMS

A. PIP Update: Percent of Children in family foster care that were places with relatives

Tim Hunter discussed the performance improvement plan.  This measure was recently changed by the State to reflect as an overall percentage of total days spent with a relative while in placement.  Tim indicated that getting children placed with relatives sooner in the process would help.  John also discussed concerns related to the limited size of total children in care.  In particular, in 2016, there were a few large sibling groups where relative placement was not an available option.  Tim is currently working with the State on finalizing the plan.  

B. PIP Update: Percent of expedited Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

Lisa McNally reported that application processing has continued to show improvement.  In the 2nd quarter of  2017, the 24 hour processing rate was at 64%, the 5 day rate was at 86%, and 96% for 30 day.

PHS and SS MISCELLANEOUS:

Tammy Fiedler reported that they have filled one vacant RN position, and that a 2nd opening is advertised currently.

Tammy Fiedler reported that she and Commissioners Key and Springer will be attending the CHS Conference next week.

Tammy Fiedler Reported she was selected to attend the Blandin Foundations Leadership Retreat October 9-13th.

Tammy Fiedler reported she recently utilized the Crisis Response team for a client.  Fiedler stated the Crisis line was easy to use, and the staff was knowledgeable and helpful in getting the client the help they needed.

John Dahlstrom reported on the latest child protection data and out of home placement costs.  146 child protection reports were screened in during 2016.  The number of cases screened in has continued to rise each year and it has more than doubled since 2013, when it was at 69.  The number of children in placement has remained relatively flat during that period; the monthly averages are 46-51.  While there has been an increase in Group Home placement costs, if the current trends hold, it appears the county will come in under budget for total placement costs in 2017.

John also reported that he attended a Safety Leadership Training sponsored by DHS.  The training centered around assessing critical incidents and messaging.

Key/Hall

Adjourn

Being no further business to come before the Human Services Board, motion was made and duly carried at 8:42 AM to recess this meeting until 8:00 AM on October 17th, 2017.

Adopted Unanimously.


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