Full Council Meeting
October 26, 2016
Hilton, Harrisburg, PA
Council Members Present (P)
Mary Brougher (P)
Bill Chrisner (P)
Robert Fox (P)
Madonna Long (NP)
Robert Mecca (P)
Donna Partin (NP)
Jody Saitsky (NP)
Matthew Seeley (NP)
Heidi Tuszynski (P)
Frederick Wright (P)
Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) Staff Present: Jameson Collins, David DeNotaris, Ryan Hyde, Matt Krupp, Connie Moonen, Cindy Mundis, Ralph Roach, Lee Ann Stewart, Joe Strechay
Guest Speaker: Kathleen McGrath, PA Treasury Department; Dave Dominick, PA Treasury Department
Project Staff Present: Michelle Gerrick, Nancy Kershner, Jill Weaver, Linda Williams
CART: Lorraine Herman
Other Guests: David Mann (Mathematica), John Gombocz (DEP), Jeff Iseman, (SILC)
CONVENE THE MEETING – Ms. Heidi Tuszynski, Chair
- members and guests introduced themselves
- Mr. Fred Wright read the Mission Statement
Mr. David DeNotaris will be running late therefore, report times will be adjusted to accommodate schedules
Mr. Bill Chrisner made a motion to approve the agenda as amended. Ms. Mary Brougher seconded. All were in favor.
New Business – Committee Chairs
Executive Committee – Mr. Bill Chrisner reported the following:
- the committee sent a letter to the Governor expressing concern and frustration about the lack of appointments/reappointments to the Council
- the committee has recommended Ms. Passle Helminski to represent the Cognitive Disabilities category on the Council
- the committee has recommended Ms. Juliet Marsala to represent the Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor category on the Council
- in regards to the consent agenda, the committee does, at times, act on behalf of the Council in between meetings if approval is needed before a Full Council quarterly meeting
- Mr. Chrisner reminded members that when they approve the consent agenda, they are really affirming what the Executive Committee has done in between the meetings
Ms. Heidi Tuszynski provided the following CAC update:
- staff is working on the paperwork for the Workgroup/Learning Community Day on March 2, 2017
- CAC’s are seeking guidance, a mission and projects; still debating if District Administrators would be invited to this workgroup
- CAC’s want to be active however, some Chairs are still intimidated and hesitant to ask questions
- during Strategic Planning tomorrow, members would like to discuss ways to become more visible in the community as well as ways to become a better partner
- Ms. Heidi Tuszynski and Mr. Bill Chrisner attended the PADES Conference in Erie. The conference had a lot of job vendors as well as many kids in attendance
- Ms. Heidi Tuszynski attended the Employment First Public Hearing in September. She reported that those who spoke are seeking data and asked for the seven percent in terms of hiring people with disabilities within the state
Legislative and Public Awareness – Mr. Bob Fox reported the following:
- talking points during the legislative visits yesterday included the Council’s appointments/reappointments, Governor’s Employment First Plan, Employment First Legislation, and Civil Service in particular, drafting separate legislation to establish an Expedited Employment system in Pa
Members specifically spoke with
- Senator Lisa Baker’s Legislative Director, Maggie Giannelli. Members expressed appreciation for SB879 which was signed into law. ABLE Accounts will be rolling out in December
- Representative Aaron Kaufer. Expressed his interest in working on more of the Human Services side specifically, doing more for people with disabilities and people with addiction issues. Interested in working with Representative Dan Miller on Expedited Employment legislation
- Representative Dan Miller. Continues to draft legislation to establish an Expedited Employment system in Pa. Would like to model it after Schedule A on the Federal level. Will write a letter to the Governor concerning the Council’s appointments/reappointments. His Employment First legislation did not pass out of the House this session
- Representative Mike O’Brien’s Legislative Assistant, Mr. John McDermott. Will consider writing a letter to the Governor concerning the Council’s appointments/reappointments
- Governor’s Office. Members dropped off their legislative packets to the Governor’s office
- Senator Jay Costa’s Policy Director, Ms. Amanda Wolfe is currently working on Expedited Employment legislation for Senator Costa
- Senator Mensch’s Chief of Staff, Ms. Lisa Walker informed members that Senator Mensch’s Employment First legislation will be introduced in the next session. Regarding the Disability Caucus, she suggested that the Council supports the formation of a bi-cameral Caucus to ensure that both Chambers have bi-partisan representation. Members dropped off legislative packets to Representative Martina White, Ed Neilson, Lynwood Savage and Brian Sims
Every two year brings a new session so beginning in January, the members will have to start over educating new representatives who are not familiar with OVR.
Mr. Ryan Hyde asked if OVR could provide any tools or stats, specifically county stats, that would help with the educational process. Members will continue to use OVR’s Federal Fiscal Year VR Highlight sheet which shows the number of people employed and the return on investment. Members noticed that at least three legislators did have OVR’s calendar (Annual Report) hanging in their offices. Mr. Ryan Hyde will further discuss ideas with his data staff.
During the last Legislative Conference call, members passed a motion to draft a letter to the Governor highlighting some good points about the Employment First Plan as well as their concern for the lack of attention given to those who acquire a disability after the age of 26 as well as the lack of people with disabilities on the Oversight Committee.
As past chair, Mr. Bill Chrisner reminded all Chairs to pick a specific day and time of the month to have committee conference calls. This will help facilitate communication of everyone involved, including OVR. Mr. Chrisner encouraged all members to participate on the calls even if they do not serve on the committee.
Policy and Evaluation – Mr. Bill Chrisner reported the following:
The committee has picked the first Tuesday of every month at 10:00 AM to have their conference call.
Subrogation Policy. OVR is required to collect reimbursement money from settlements to help fund rehabilitative services. OVR’s legal services is in the process of reviewing and will provide formal recommendations to the Policy Committee.
Low Vision Policy. After multiple revisions, this policy has been delayed but hopefully will be ready for the Council to approve during the March Full Council meeting.
The following are two priority goals of the Policy Committee:
- participate in helping OVR with its policy revisions and development
- evaluate the effectiveness of changes or revisions
- due to new regulations, the State Plan approval process has changed, therefore, the policy committee will figure out the best way to move forward under the new law
- will define the committee’s role and the timing of how everything will get done
Transition and Educational Services – Mr. Bob Mecca reported the following
- Mr. Mecca apologized as the committee has not met since the last Full Council meeting in August
- Mr. Mecca did attend the PADES Conference
- Mr. Mecca will ask Dr. Josie Badger from the “I Want to Work” group to speak at the Lyft Conference in May
Customer Satisfaction – Ms. Mary Brougher reported the following:
- Ms. Brougher commended Mr. David Mann on his intellect, suggestions and participation on the committee as well as OVR’s work given the impact and changes associated with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act
- members continue to review and revise surveys, taking a closer look at who they are surveying, how they are surveying and how to follow up to ensure accurate representation
- members discussed the importance of data collection and will continue to provide suggestions to improve the evaluation process
- members appreciate being involved proactively in the Comprehensive Statewide Needs Assessment
- a suggestion was made to refer Ms. Wendy Buzzanco’s application for a Hearing Officer to this committee, members discussed sending the application back and will advise her to apply directly to OVR first
- Ms. Juliet Marsala has been recommended for the Rehabilitation Counselor’s position on the Council
CareerLink – Mr. Fred Wright reported the following:
- the committee has not had a conference call since the last Full Council meeting in August
- Mr. Bill Chrisner, as his last official act as Chair, attended the WIB meeting in Pittsburgh
- during the PADES Conference, Mr. Chrisner attended the JEVS CareerLink sessions
- members feel this presentation was very good and that JEVS, who hold the contract for the CareerLink in center city Philadelphia, should be used as a model for all CareerLinks
- it has been decided to further discuss recommendations to promote the JEVS model across the state on a CareerLink conference call
Fiscal Report – Mr. Bob Fox, Member at Large
- October 2015 expenses = $0
- November 2015 expenses = $6,486.72 (mostly related to Oct. quarterly meeting)
- December 2015 expenses = $53.88 (website/conference calls)
- January 2016 expenses = $510 (website)
- February 2016 expenses = $1,638.89 (website, member reimbursements, CART)
- March 2016 expenses = $6,873.46 (mostly related to March quarterly meeting)
- April 2016 expenses = $5,818.22 plus $364.92 (website, member reimbursements, costs related to NCSRC and NRA’s Government Affairs Summit)
- May 2016 expenses = $7,356.91 (related to May quarterly meeting)
- June 2016 expenses = $2,156.88 (member reimbursements, website fees, etc.)
- July 2016 expenses = $772.82
- August 2016 expenses = $6871.41 (mostly related to the August meeting)
- September 2016 expenses = $11,214.75 (estimated total). Total expenses to date - $49,753.94
- PaRC Operating Budget – $83,000.00 + $34,778.31 (rollover funds) = $117,778.31. Subtract $49,753.04 (total expenses to date Oct - Sept). Balance as of September 30, 2016 = $68,024.37 (this will be the approximate amount of the roll over funds for this year…a final report will be provided)
Quarterly Progress Report on the State Plan Goals
Ms. Lee Ann Stewart, Division Chief of Policy, Staff Development & Training (OVR), presented the following updates on State Goals and Priorities. The following information was taken directly from Ms. Stewart’s report:
In the future, Ms. Stewart will be reporting on the WIOA 6 Common Performance Measures for all core programs under WIOA:
- percentage of participants in unsubsidized employment during second quarter after exit
- percentage of participants in unsubsidized employment during fourth quarter after exits
- median earnings of participants during second quarter after exit
- percentage of participants who obtain a post-secondary credential or secondary school diploma with 1 year after exit
- achievement of measureable skill gains toward credential or employment
- effectiveness in serving employers
There is a reprieve for the first 2 years of implementation before reporting begins on these measures. OVR is preparing to collect the data elements but not reporting until July 2017.
OVR’s Goals and Priorities in Combined State Plan
Increase Employment Opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities. Expand the availability of apprenticeships, internships and on the job training (OJT) for individuals with disabilities.
OVR has initiated the JOBS FOR ALL effective July 1 ,2014 for both permanent and non-permanent OJT’s.
- the non-permanent OJT’s are especially valuable for students and potentially eligible students
- Jameson Collins, the new Business Services VR Specialist for the Central Region will take over the OJT initiative
The Business Services Division is working with Eric Ramsey in the L & I State Registers Office to launch a new apprenticeship initiative.
OVR Business Services Division continues to work with Deloitte, within CWDS, to implement a new business services case management tool.
- it increases employer engagement with VR and the CareerLink system
- the case management system will allow OVR to track employers, interact with employers, and follow up more easily with employers
OVR is working to standardize a practice across all Bureau’s/DO’s to meet with CareerLink Business Service Teams on a bi-weekly or monthly basis for networking and collaboration on business opportunities (Routine Business Service meetings).
- this practice is in line with the Technical Assistance Circular for the vision for the One-Stop delivery system under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)
OVR partners with the Bureau of Workforce Partnership and Operations (BWPO) to ensure programmatic and physical accessibility of the PA CareerLink Centers for equal access for individuals with disabilities.
OVR Business Services staff have been trained in ADA Accessibility and each District Office has been provided tool kits to offer and provide this service to employers.
- Business Service team has been averaging about 2 evaluations per month
- consultation occurs in CareerLinks, retail/businesses, hotels/hospitality, and in schools.
Create and expand interagency agreements between OVR and local Career and Technology Centers and other community-based organizations.
OVR has a few interagency agreements in place (Berks County Career & Technology Centre). A few others are in various stages of development (Juniata School District, School District of Lancaster). Several interagency agreements are in development with Local Education Agencies throughout the Commonwealth (Juniata School District, School District of Lancaster).
Increase/Improve Transition Services for Students with Disabilities
- increase pre-employment transition services for students with disabilities
- OVR is approaching PETS implementation through staff, Fee for Service agreements, and contracts
- PETS funds for the entire FFY are estimated to be $20M
- OVR staff continues to explore creative ways to develop the infrastructure and procedures to deliver effective services that are allowable under the new PETS requirements
- Marie Martini hired as new Central Region Specialist to focus on Section 511 implementation
Some activities include:
- Work Based Learning Experiences (WBLE) which may include in-school, after school or summer opportunities, or experiences outside the traditional school setting (including internships), that are provided in a competitive integrated employment site in the community
- OVR is currently engaged in 6 projects
- Transition Services
- OVR previously announced the availability of PETS funding through the Rehab Act of 1973, as amended, for Innovation and Expansion Projects to develop new strategies and programs to provide transition services including PETS for high school students with disabilities
- OVR currently has 6 I and E projects.
- Early Reach Initiative
- continues to be successful and builds relationships with Students to increase pre-employment opportunities
- Ms. Sarah Vogel, Statewide ERC Specialist, is the coordinator of this initiative and tasked with promoting consistency of practice and development of an annual training for ERC’s
- Designated Transition Counselors
- District Offices continue to utilize dedicated Transition Counselors and Supervisors in an effort to coordinate PETS and general Transition services
- Project Search-As of Fall 2016
- there are 14 project SEARCH Transition sites and 3 Project SEARCH Young Adult sites in operation in PA.
- Business Service Representatives in each DO dedicated to Pre-Employment Transition services.
- Access College-Employment Success grant to D.R.E.A.M. Partnership-As of Fall 2016
- there are 5 Comprehensive Transition Programs in PA and 6 IHEs receiving funding from the ACES Grant
- Discovery Pilot in 3 District Offices (Harrisburg, Washington, Philadelphia)
- expansion of the Pilot will occur in near future (possibly Pittsburgh, Erie, York, Norristown)
Increase opportunities for students to gain workplace skills and community-integrated work experiences.
- OJT- use of permanent and non-permanent OJT’s
- Apprenticeships. Previously mentioned Work Partners with CTC’s (example: Berks Career and Technology Center).
Enhance collaborative relationships with DHS, PDE, and higher education
- experience the Employment Connection
- OVR, Dept. of Education, DHS (office of Developmental Programs, including Bureau of Autism Services), have joined together to develop a new perspective on what it means to assist people with disabilities in gaining meaningful employment
- 12 sessions completed
- Nov. 3rd (DuBois), Nov. 9 (Altoona), Nov. 18 (York)
- this collaborative training experience will continue in 2017 and focus on more in-depth training.
Summer Academy Programs
- Visual Impairment-expanded to 3 weeks this year
- new for 2017 will be an Academy for Hearing Impaired individuals at PSU
- Early Reach Academy 2016 held at PSU Harrisburg
Expand BBVS Overbrook School for the Blind Summer Transition Initiative to create summer employment opportunities for transition age students who are blind.
Summer Academy continues to be expanded each year.
- research best practices for the implementation of peer mentoring opportunities (staff continues to collaborate with the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) to develop Peer Support Training Curriculum)
- OVR is working with OMHSAS to identify formal pathways within which to develop training and implementation of Peer Supports within PA
Increase Community Education and Outreach
Work with the PaRC to share best practices and outreach methods to increase participation in the Citizens Advisory Committee meetings.
Continue to grow OVR’s social media presence. Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter is actively being used by OVR. Number of followers: over 1810 for Facebook, 566 for Twitter, Linked-in has 900.
Educate staff on accessibility and technology based upon universal design principles
- Business Services trained in ADA Accessibility. Each District office has a kit.
- Videoconference being developed for 2017 to address “Accessible Documents”
- partnership with PIAT (PA’s Initiative on Assistive Technology)
- Amy Goldman (Co-Executive Director) was scheduling local presentations with all OVR District Offices from Nov. 2015 through 9/30/2016
Subrogation Policy overview/discussion – Mr. Ryan Hyde, OVR Bureau Director, Bureau of Central Operations.
Since the implementation of WIOA, OVR has been examining ways of eliminating some bureaucratic processes and began looking at the Subrogation Policy and the Financial Needs Test. The Subrogation Policy applies to those individuals involved in a law suit who receive a settlement agreement.
- the individual is required to reimburse OVR for services related to the disability or injury covered under the settlement agreement
- every person who comes through OVR has to sign this agreement
- this only applies to less than one to two percent of those served
- the PaRC’s Policy Committee has asked for data however, OVR cannot track in CWDS
- the Policy Committee has discussed keeping the Policy but shrinking to a paragraph on the customer rights and responsibilities page, where the customer signs, so that a separate form is not required
- OVR will send the draft to the Policy Committee for further discussion as to whether this is worth doing based on the small population and the amount of reimbursement OVR receives
Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) Report – Mr. David DeNotaris, Executive Director, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
Mr. DeNatoris played a newly released OVR public service announcement, the link is also on Facebook and YouTube
Regarding OVR’s Annual Report with QR codes
- OVR would like to include a one-minute video of Council members stating reasons why the PaRC is important
- OVR will also ask this of the State Board and other advisory committees
Regarding WIOA implementation OVR staff is working to develop initiatives around Pre-Employment Transition Services/Work based learning experiences.
Regarding the Governor’s Employment First Executive Order:
- there are 12 areas and 69 recommendations
- changing any state policy that is in conflict with the Executive Order
- members were asked to think about how they envision themselves and the Council assisting in the consideration as well as the implementation of the Order
- raise employment expectations for children with disabilities
- members feel that the Department of Health should work at getting the doctors to stop telling parents that they should institutionalize their children
- preparing young children with disabilities to become working adults
- transitioning students from secondary education to work
- adults with disabilities getting a job and keeping a job
- provide ongoing assistance so that individuals can be successful on the job
- lead by example as it comes to state contracts
- reducing barriers to state employment
- expanding public and private partner relationships including developing more employer initiatives
- increase public awareness
- collect and coordinate data to make better decisions
- implementation, monitoring and provide accountability
- provide recommendations to the Governor’s Advisory Committee who will be overseeing these priorities
October is National Disability Employment Awareness month. All district offices throughout the Commonwealth have many great things going on.
Implementation of the PA ABLE Act – Ms. Kathleen McGrath with the PA Treasury Department
The Federal law authorizes the states to create programs:
- ABLE Act was passed in April and should be available by December 2016
- the amount that can put into an account each year is limited to $14,000.00
- one of the goals is to be sure that every individual and their families know about the program
OVR has been extremely helpful:
- with ABLE accounts, individuals will now be able to have assets without jeopardizing their federal and to some extent, their state government benefits
- they can save up to $100,000.00 without affecting their benefits
- under Federal law, the beneficiary is also the account owner so they have control over the account
To be eligible to open an ABLE account:
- under the federal law, the disability has to occur before the age of 26
- efforts have been put forth so that eventually the age limit will be lifted
- a qualifying disability has to be a fairly severe disability
- the individual receives Supplemental Security Income or Social Security Disability insurance
- the individual can self-certify if they do not receive SSI or SSDI
- as the program develops, the state will make the enrollment process as easy as possible
- the goal is to create a program that provides a wide range of options so all needs are met
- partnering with ten other states to help foster low costs
Ms. McGrath asked members to provide her with any organizations, individuals or state agencies that she can reach to explain the ABLE program. Currently, there are three staff members to reach a large population. The goal is to provide a training module that state employees and agencies can access on line. When enrollment is available, interested individuals can register on line at PAABLE.gov.
Updates from Stakeholders
Department of Education – Mr. John Gombocz provided the following update:
After four years of negotiated rulemaking, public hearings and public comments, the U.S. Department of Education has released final teacher regulations on their website. Over 5,000 comments were submitted.
- $4.4 million awarded to improve literacy outcomes for students with disabilities
- $1.5 million awarded to the University of Oregon to improve literacy
- $2.1 million awarded to the American Institutes for research
President Obama issued a first ever awards supporting Pay for Success strategies. The awards will use the innovative PFS funding approach to improve outcomes for at-risk youth by finding and scaling career and technical education (CTE) programs, as well as to advance effective dual language programs for early learners. Instead of paying upfront for the promise of results, PFS enables government to pay only after positive outcomes are achieved.
Regarding transportation, Mr. Gombocz explained the need for help with the lack of transportation options for students with disabilities after regular hours. Members explained that this topic is addressed with legislators. Members suggested participating on the Transportation Alliance conference calls.
Approval of Consent Agenda which includes:
- Agenda/Minutes/Committee briefings and motions
- Recommendations of the following for appointment: Ms. Passle Helminski, Cognitive Disabilities and Ms. Juliet Marsala, VR Counselor
- 2016 Annual report/calendars
- Letter to Governor on PaRC membership
Mr. Bill Chrisner made a motion to approve the Consent Agenda. Mr. Fred Wright seconded the motion. All were in favor.
No public comment at this time
State Plan process under WIOA presentation – Ms. Cindy Mundis, Bureau Manager, OVR Bureau of Central Operations
Mr. Ralph Roach introduced the new Central Pa Specialist who will be serving and supporting Harrisburg and Altoona Bureau Offices. Mr. Jameson Collins will be working with Pre-Employment Transition Services helping students obtain jobs. Mr. Collins has worked for OVR for ten years in the York Office as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, Placement Counselor, and Vocational Rehabilitation Supervisor.
In regards to the State Plan as it relates to WIOA, Pennsylvania has chosen to implement the highest level. Pa has elected to submit a combined state Plan as opposed to a unified plan. It covers a four-year period from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2020. It fosters the strategic alignment of the six core programs under Title I, Workforce Partners, Title II, Adult Education and Family Literacy, and Title III, Wagner-Peyser Employment Services Program.
OVR recognizes a number of key partners:
- Career and Tech Programs
- Trade Adjustment Assistance
- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
- Jobs for Veterans
- Senior Community Service Employment Program
- Community Services Block Grants
- Reintegration of Ex-Offenders (REO)
OVR had a state level team working collaboratively in preparations for the development and planning of the first combined State Plan. Ongoing communication helped to advance the following key principles:
- increase access to the opportunities for employment, education, training and support services to those facing barriers to employment
- aligns the workforce investment education and the economic development systems in a support of comprehensive accessible, accountable and high quality workforce development system
Pa submitted their plan on March 17th through the electronic portal. The feds had 90 days to approve or disapprove. The plan was approved in June subject to conditions. Needed more information in the areas within strategic planning and the operational elements section. Funds were still released and OVR worked with partners and responded satisfactorily to the deficiencies in the plan.
The plan is now on a four-year cycle with modifications every two years. VR services portion in the plan are now called descriptions and not attachments as previously referred. Many descriptions remained the same but a few have changed. A few additional descriptions that align with WIOA include employer engagement, outreach and student/youth with disabilities.
Some descriptions that remain the same include:
- input of the State Council
- request of waivers
- cooperative agreements
- coordination with education officials and employers
- order of selection
- annual estimates
- supported employment
Timeline. Year one runs from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017. Year two runs from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018.
During this two year modification time period, OVR begins updating the VR services portion of the combined plan around March.
- only needs to submit if significant changes are made to the plan
- at a minimum, VR agencies will need to update their annual estimates for the next two years along with the evaluation of the prior two years
- standards that fall under the system of personnel development need reported during this time period
- OVR will also be required to provide updates on the CSNA at this time
- during this time, OVR will seek input from the Rehab Council as well as other stakeholders and customers
- year three runs from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019
- year four runs from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020
First cycle ends June 30, 2017 so OVR and Council will begin drafting goals in February:
- by March, OVR will post the modification plan for 30 days for public comment
- in April, OVR will hold public meetings to allow for stakeholder input
- in June, OVR will address public comments and edit the plan a deemed appropriate
- in August/September, OVR will present to Council and the State Board for approval
- the plan and any modifications will need to go to the Governor’s Office for final review and comment
- the State Workforce Development Board also has to approve the plan
- OVR will submit final submission in March of 2018
State Independent Living Council (SILC) – In the absence of Mr. Matt Seeley, Mr. Jeff Iseman provided the following update:
- SILC’s website has been relaunched (www.pasilc.org). Updates include a link to Facebook and Twitter and additional news feeds
- SILC is working on a brochure that will be used as an outreach tool
- regarding State Plan, SPIL, was approved late September
- SILC did receive board appointments
- SILC continues to work with the Disability Budget Coalition on issues like transportation, home and community based services, and housing
- SILC members will be meeting with Senator Casey to discuss independent living issues and employment
Regarding SB 984, Transportation Networking Companies in Pa are Uber, Lyft, and Yellow Z
- Uber and Lyft are operating illegally in Philadelphia
- issues include lack of accessible vehicles, service animals/disability discrimination and price gouging
- legislation will help address the illegal issues. The rest of the state is operating under the Public Utilities Commission (PUC)
- there are divided opinions on the PUC but this is a step in addressing employment for people with disabilities
- legislation is on its way to the Governor
- SILC Board Meeting is Thursday, November 10th
Adjourn: meeting adjourned at 3 pm
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