Friday, November 19, 2010
Lucas State Office Building – Room 201
Des Moines, IA
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The DSCI Commission Meeting was called to order by Chairperson Theresa Legg at
10:05 a.m., Friday, November 19, 2010, Lucas State Office Building, Des Moines, IA.
Members present: Theresa Legg, Gus Cordero, Dr. James Snyder, Robert Vizzini and Tammy Westhoff Gentry
Ex-Officio Member absent: Preston Daniels
Staff members present: Suzy Mannella, Stephanie Lyons and Linda Scott
Interpreters: Mary Brandt, Peggy Chicoine, Kim Kischer-Larson, and Joe Trelstad
Captioner: Karrie Truitt
Visitors: Kathryn Baumann-Reese, Administrator, Community Advocacy and Services (CAS) Division and Cyndi Chen, Resource Administrator, CAS
Commissioners, staff, captioner and interpreters were introduced, visitors recognized and ground rules for the meeting presented.
Approval of the Agenda:
Motion #11-4: There being no changes to the agenda of the November 19, 2010 meeting, motion was made to approve the agenda. Cordero/Vizzini All in favor, motion carried.
Approval of Minutes from August 20, 2010:
Motion #11-5: There being no changes to the minutes of the August 20, 2010 meeting, motion made to accept the minutes as presented. Snyder/Cordero All in favor, motion carried.
Mannella and Lyons reported on their activities for the Office of Deaf Services this past quarter.
DHR Board Representative Report
Snyder provided the Commission with updates of the first DHR Board meeting held Thursday, November 18, 2010 in Des Moines and asked for recommendations to be brought to the Board before the next meeting set for January 19, 2011. Recommendations and suggestions can be e-mailed to Snyder. Board will also work with the Divisions within DHR to hold a Legislative Breakfast the first quarter 2011.
Committee Reports: Reports were presented to the Commission by the Chair of each Committee:
Culturally Affirmative Mental Health Services/Substance Abuse Education and Aftercare Services: Dr. James Snyder
Accessible Legal Representation: Tammy Westhoff-Gentry
Licensed Sign Language Interpreters Meeting Competency Standards: Robert Vizzini
Opportunities for Youth: August Cordero
Services That Specifically Address Issues for Those Who Lose Their Hearing Later in Life: No report at this time
Symposium: After discussion, Symposium will be postponed until mid-2011.
Coordinating Council for Hearing Services:
Mannella informed that the letter was sent to them and thanked the Commissioners for their support.
Organizational Member NAD/NASADHH:
After last month’s discussion, Mannella asked for a recommendation and vote of the Commission as to whether to become a member of NAD/NASADHH with an annual membership fee of $150.00
Motion #11-06: Motion to apply for NAD/NASADHH members for this year. Snyder/Cordero All in favor, motion carried.
Westhoff-Gentry asked that the Commission place trust in Mannella to decide if this would be something to continue on an annual basis after initial membership.
FY11 Budget Update
Baumann-Reese appeared before the Commission to discuss several things –
Because Dr. James Grover moved out of the state he can no longer be a Commissioner, a Vice-Chair needs to be elected.
Motion #11-07: Nominated Vizzini to become Vice-Chair. Westhoff-Gentry/Snyder
Because he is new to the Commission, Vizzini declined the nomination twice. Commission will table filling the opening until the February meeting.
Announcements and Adjournment:
Legg announced an upcoming fundraiser for DIAA. She has tickets available for purchase.
There being no further business, meeting adjourned at 2:06 p.m.
Theresa Legg, Chair Linda A. Scott, Secretary