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Board of DD shares 2013 goals with the public (Audio included)

The Logan County Board of Developmental Disabilities revealed its 2013 goals to the public at a board meeting Thursday.

The goals include:

1. Developing a new mission statement and logo

2. Assure fiscal stability

3. Assist individuals in the most meaningful and consequential way to live the life of their choosing

4. Keep the morale of the staff elevated

5. Increase the effectiveness and efficiency of Medicaid billing

6. Assist employees to have a better understanding, knowledge of, and access to board policies

7. Assure that policies, procedures, and practices are in place to have a minimum of three year accreditation and CARF review

8. More effective organization and planning for board sponsored in-services and training

9. Create a working, comprehensive contractual relationship with the RTC Board

10. Creating options in day services (vocationally)

11. Long term planning for residential services

12. Create, efficient, operative, and useful services in Information Technology

13. Agreements with LEAs (school districts) for more than short term

During his report, Superintendent Saul Bauer said the development of the new mission statement and logo is underway. During an in-service day in October, employees were divided into departments where they made personal and departmental mission statements. The departments then came together to produced the agency's goals and logo. The plan is to utilize these goals in 2013.

Other things being done to help reach the goals are the use of Infallible, a computer software used for Medicaid billing, using the board's newsletter to inform employees about policy changes, using a software program for the training of new policies, and a short test system to determine if employees understand new policies.

The board also approved a three-year plan showing how it will fund waiver services. Waivers are a Medicaid funded program for individuals who have disabilities and who are no more than 300 percent of the poverty level. Medicaid pays roughly 60 percent of services provided to individuals under the program and the board of DD covers about 40 percent of the cost. The funds can be used for a care provider’s assistance or a group home.

The Logan County Board of DD is currently eight percent under what it budgeted for 2012. The board has been able to stay within the budget despite having to put a new roof and HVAC unit in at the Discovery Center. Both jobs cost over $50,000. Revenue for 2012 is twelve percent higher than expected. Currently, the board has received 5.5 percent more in revenue than at this time in 2011.

Superintendent Saul Bauer discusses the goals, waiver forecast, and 2012 budget.

The board recognized two departing members. Bernie Tuttle and Angelia Parsons will be leaving the board at the end of the year.

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