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October 2018 Board Minutes

October 08, 2018 | 4:00 pm | 500-A, Old Lynchburg Rd


Members Present

Patricia Hughes                                                                                  

Jeff Gould, Vice-Chair

Missy Wernstrom

Albert LaFave

Barbara Barrett

Brian Pinkston, Chair

Stephen Wunsh

Sena Magill

John Kronstain

James Murphy

Victoria Waterfield

Nadia Anderson


Others Present

Lisa Beitz, Executive Director

Jessica Phipps, Executive Assistant

Matt Quatrara, Attorney- Lenhart Pettit

Joel Rothenberg, DBHDS

Kathy Williams, Senior Director

Neta Davis, Senior Director

UVA Nursing students

Other Members of the Public

Members Absent

Nora Demleitner

Peggy Whitehead, Secretary

Meeting Minutes

I.   Call to Order

Mr. Pinkston called the meeting to order at 4:00 PM.

II.   Welcome

Mr. Pinkston welcomed everyone to the meeting.

 III.   Comments from the Public

Two members of the public spoke to the Board. The Board was invited to attend the Consumer Conference on October 26th at Holiday Inn on Emmett St, from 9am-3pm. Two requests were made to the Board, around: i) Optimizing communication between staff and consumers for times when the agency is closed due to inclement weather, power outages, or normal closings such as holidays. ii) Providing comment boxes at both the Peterson and Old Lynchburg Rd locations. And two concerns were raised: i) A report of embezzlement in the media, by a staff member, several months back, with the request that the affected consumer would be reimbursed by Region Ten. ii) A claim that some consumers’ services were shut off despite having payeeship set up, and with no notification to the consumer.

 IV.   Chair’s Remarks

Mr. Pinkston acknowledged Joel Rothenberg retiring in November after 42 years of service with DBHDS. He was honored with a small token of appreciation and cake.

 V.  Executive Director’s Remarks

Ms. Beitz welcomed comments and questions. The Lovinginston ALF is nearing completion with a few minor details to complete licensing. MOHR detox beds are on hold pending the hiring of nurses. Wellness’ acute wing is still on hold while the facility is looked at to consider how best to integrate into the Wellness Center. Women’s Center is open and currently has four consumers. No one has children with them at this time. Zelos is our contracted strategic consultant, with Terry Glass facilitating. She will be here in November to meet with a steering committee consisting of board and staff, as well as attending a board meeting. The goal is to have a final product by June.

 VI.   Consent Agenda

Mr. Pinkston asked for a motion to approve the minutes from the September meeting.

 On a motion made by Mr. Gould and seconded by Ms. Wernstrom, the consent agenda was unanimously approved.

 VII.   Executive Committee

The DD Fair recently took place. Parents and representatives came. The Coffee and Chat with legislators will be taking place October 20th. The VACSB conferences are both enjoyable and informational. Mr. Pinkston encouraged Board members to attend the conferences when able. The next VACSB Conference is in January.  Mr. Pinkston asked the Governance Ad Hoc committee members be prepared to work on bylaws and policies and procedures coming up soon. The next Board meeting falls on Veteran’s day, November 12th. There was a proposal to have the meeting on Tuesday, November 13th instead. However, the meeting will take place on the 12th as scheduled. Next year’s scheduled dates will be looked at to include state holidays that Region Ten does not observe.

 VIII.   Personnel Committee

Ms. Wernstrom gave the Committee’s update. ​​The recurring, quarterly dialogue between the ED and the Personnel Committee was completed.

 IX.   Finance Committee

The audit has gone according to plan. No major issues observed. A report should be forthcoming. The audit firm will be present at the November Board Meeting to present the audit report.

 X.   Ad Hoc Committee on Diversity, Inclusion, and Consumer Advocacy

Ms. Anderson gave the Committee’s update. The committee met on Friday. (Refer to that meeting’s minutes for more details.) Strengthening communication was a key point of discussion by the committee. The CAC will be holding elections soon. It is the committee’s desire to have the CAC chair invited to the Ad Hoc Committee on a regular basis. The intention is to have a full understanding and breadth from all consumers of Region Ten, including those that are not part of the CAC. The Leadership Team is looking at how to include ID/DD consumers in the CAC.

 The committee will also be working with the ED as she evaluates best practices at recruiting more staff who might better align with some of the populations that we serve. (This might include attending special job fairs as well as recruiting from predominantly minority colleges.) It was suggested that the HR Director attend the Ad Hoc Committee to provide insight on these pieces. 

 The Committee sub​mitted a draft survey to possibly provide to consumers to gather information about aspects of diversity and inclusion within the agency. (This will be reviewed by staff.)

 Recently a communication came to leadership having to do with services in the counties, as well as in the schools. Ms. Davis spoke to the Board about what Region Ten’s place is w​ithin the school systems. Region Ten currently has about 88 staff in the school systems. To receive services with Region Ten in the schools, a child must qualify for Medicaid, as well as meet other requirements. Albemarle currently has four staff. The locality rallied for additional funding for these services. The city has 3 staff within the schools. Fluvanna has 17 staff, Nelson has 16 staff, Louisa has 17, and Greene has 11. 

 The schools also provide their own mental health services. However, a school might ask Region Ten to partner with them to provide services. Mr. Kronstain noted that school counselors, on average, have 300+ students they have to provide services to. 

 Student Assistance services would be a help within the schools to prevent many issues that often go unattended. Funding is a barrier to services, both within the school and outside for families who cannot afford private therapy. Some schools do not want services, some schools have multiple providers include Region Ten. Other schools only want provider and it is a private provide, not Region Ten.

 XI.   Adjournment

Mr. Gould made the motion to adjourn, which was unanimously approved.