Seneca County Board of Developmental Disabilities members heard Tuesday afternoon that 96 self advocates with disabilities participated in the Unity Conference at Sawmill Creek this year. They were joined by two Marion County self advocates.
Participants received a T-shirt with the phrase "Advocacy Makes My Heart Sing" across the back.
Cynthia Morrison reported the Aktion Club held its induction at Kiwanis Manor with several Kiwanis members present for the ceremony.
The Steps Toward Independence and Responsibility program is to begin classes soon.
Superintendent Lew Hurst expressed concern with a new day habilitation provider, REM Ohio in Fostoria opening a new day-hab program called Opportunities Center. He wants the community to know they have no relationship with the Seneca County Opportunity Center.
Hoot in the Park was a success with 150 children and their families enjoying Opportunity Park and the float in the Tiffin Developmental Center Halloween parade was staffed by self advocates passing out candy.
During the United Day of Caring, a butterfly garden was created in Opportunity Park.
Childrens Services Director Rick Gagnon said new state policies regarding the Early Intervention, Help Me Grow program have resulted in few families being served due to stricter qualifications.
Rod Biggert, adult services director, said three clients at Tiffin Re-ads have been identified to move to the Fostoria division of Re-ads where they will be better served. He noted that they are looking for new ideas for exposure of the creative talents of day habilitation clients.
In other matters, the board:
Resolved to approve a wellness program continuation for employees and a cost support for healthcare consumers.
Approved the healthcare and vision insurance rate changes.
Approved the Master Housing Maintenance and Management contract with Northland Homes and Properties effective Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2013. Board reserves right to terminate agreement if services do not meet needs.
Approved a capital improvement allocation of $10,000 to Northland Homes and Properties Inc. to cover capital repairs and home renovations during calendar year 2012. Funds to be paid after satisfactory completion of repairs.
Reviewed 12 policies and revised two.
The 169 Board is to meet at 5 p.m. Dec. 11 for the annual report/action plan public forum and board meeting.