[Nfbc-info] Department of Rehabilitation's November 23 Blind Advisory Committee Meeting Agenda

Cervenka, Stacy@DOR Stacy.Cervenka at dor.ca.gov
Tue Nov 17 17:35:56 UTC 2015

Please see the below agenda for the November 23 Department of Rehabilitation Blind Advisory Committee meeting. The Blind Advisory Committee meets four times a year to discuss issues that impact DOR's services to blind and visually impaired Californians. Members of the public are welcome to join either in person in Sacramento or via teleconference.

State of California
Health and Human Services Agency
Department of Rehabilitation

Monday, November 23, 2015
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Meeting Location
Department of Rehabilitation (DOR)
721 Capitol Mall
Sacramento, CA 95814
Conference Room 242

Teleconference line: (866) 707-6821
Pass code: 7878511

Bagley-Keene Act Notification

The following are the public locations where BAC Members will be participating by teleconference and the public may attend:

Orientation Center for the Blind (OCB)
400 Adams Street
Albany, CA 94706

Center for the Partially Sighted
6101 W. Centinela Ave. Suite 150
Culver City, CA 90230

Department of Rehabilitation
Pasadena Branch
150 S. Los Robles Avenue, Suite 300
Pasadena, CA 91101-2437

Public Participation - Interested members of the public are invited to attend the meeting in person or to join via the conference line.  To ensure all attendees can hear the committee members, and the speakers, those joining via the conference line are requested to mute their phone. If your phone does not have mute function, pressing *6 will toggle mute on/off.

Agenda Times - Times are approximate and may be adjusted if pressing new business is brought to the attention of the committee.



*        ACTION ITEM: Ms. Cervenka will put a discussion of time standards throughout the rehabilitation process (time between referral and call back; call and first meeting, etc.) on the next BAC meeting agenda.

*        ACTION ITEM: Ms. Cervenka will find out who's responsible for making sure the handbook is available in alternate format.

*        ACTION ITEM: Rosa Gomez asked Peter Dawson to put together some discussion for the team managers on the issues of ensuring that counselors receive a thorough intake and ensuring that consumers understand what services are available to them, the IPE process, and the timeframe of the IPE process.  She also asked him to report back to the BAC at their next meeting.

*        ACTION ITEM: BAC members would like to see the SB 105 training agenda.


Welcome and Introductions
Bryan Bashin, Chair
The Chair will welcome attendees, conduct a roll call, and introduce DOR staff and members of the public.

Approval of May 20, 2015 BAC Meeting Minutes and Review of Action Items
Bryan Bashin, Chair

Members will discuss and approve the BAC meeting minutes from May 20, 2015.

Public comment

Specialized Services Division (SSD) Report

Elena Gomez, Deputy Director, SSD

Rosa Gomez, Assistant Deputy Director, SSD

Members will receive an update on SSD programs and services.

Public comment

Consumer Satisfaction Survey

Celia Albaracin, Research Program Specialist I

Presentation on the results of DOR's annual Consumer Satisfaction Survey as they pertain to blind consumers.

Public comment

2014-2015 Blind Field Services Statistics

Sharon O'Sullivan, Central Office Manager, Blind Field Services

Presentation on the 2014-2015 Blind Field Services statistics and what these statistics mean for competitive, integrated employment of blind Californians.

Public comment


Report from the Directorate
Joe Xavier, Director
Juney Lee, Chief Deputy
Members will receive a report from the Directorate on organizational, state, and federal issues of interest to the BAC.

Public comment

Business Enterprises Program (BEP) and Accessibility

Daisy Hughes, Attorney, DOR Legal Office

Discussion with the BAC regarding accessibility and micromarkets in the BEP program.

Public comment

Employment Services Update

Michelle Martin, Staff Services Manager II, Community Resource Development

Wendy Nelson, Staff Services Manager I, Community Resource Development

Presentation on DOR's efforts to develop a new employment services program.

Public comment

Lunch Break

Update on Homemaker Services
Rosa Gomez, Assistant Deputy Director, SSD
Members will receive a summary of the public forum held on Homemaker services and the work of BFS's Homemaker workgroup.

Public comment

Blind Field Services Update

Peter Dawson, District Administrator, Blind Field Services

Members will receive an update on items previously brought up by BAC members about new consumer intake and orientation, variability on spending on orientation and mobility services between BFS units, and BFS referrals to residential rehabilitation services.

Public comment


Blind Field Services (BFS) Assistive Technology (AT) Procurement Workgroup Update

Elena Gomez, Deputy Director, Specialized Services Division

Members will receive an update on the status and recommendations of the BFS AT Procurement Workgroup.

Public comment

New Business
BAC Members and members of the public will have the opportunity to address items of interest to the BAC that were not covered on the agenda and make recommendations for the next meeting's agenda topics.

Public comment

The meeting will adjourn at 3:00 PM.

Materials Distributed:

1.   Blind Field Services Report

2.   Business Enterprises Program Report

3.   Older Individuals who are Blind Report

4.   Orientation Center for the Blind Report

5.   August 12, 2015 Blind Advisory Committee Minutes Draft

6.   DOR Annual Consumer Survey Results for Blind Consumers

7.   Blind Field Services 2014-2015 Annual Statistics


This Meeting Notice and Agenda can also be accessed at the following website address: http://www.dor.ca.gov/Calendar.html.  Supplemental Meeting materials will be available for public viewing at the meeting site and can also be requested in alternate format from the contact person listed below.

Questions or clarification on agenda topics can be made to the contact person listed below.

Pursuant to Government Code Sections 11123.1 and 11125(f), individuals with disabilities who require accessible alternative formats of the agenda and related meeting materials, and/or auxiliary aids/services to participate in the meeting can make their request to the contact person listed below by telephone or e-mail.  The Requests must be received 7 days prior to the meeting.

All agenda items are for information, discussion and/or action.  All times are approximate and provided for general planning convenience only.  Public Comments are allowed at the end of each discussion topic and limited up to 2 minutes per person.  Additionally, public comments may only be on the most recent topic.

Contact Person:

Stacy Cervenka

Advisory Committee Analyst, Specialized Services Division

California Department of Rehabilitation

721 Capitol Mall

Sacramento CA 95814

Phone: (916) 558-5380

E-mail: stacy.cervenka at dor.ca.gov

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