August 14, 2017
A little history – at the request of the VNPP Board of Directors at their meeting in mid-April, Ray Ratke wrote to Connie Cochran, DBHDS, and Ann Bevan, DMAS, with appropriate copies, to request a regularly scheduled meeting with key representatives of the Associations, including vaACCSES, VaCIL, the Arc of Va, the Sponsored Residential Provider group, VACSB and VNPP. DMAS responded promptly and a planning meeting was held in June. All of the Associations were represented as was VBPD and DMAS (including Karen Kimsey, Deputy Director).
We set several goals:
- to meet monthly
- to review data that will allow us to better understand the implementation
- to report out on any other meeting or activities which relate to implementation, and
- to discuss in some depth one or more “hot topic”
This group will also be the reviewer on proposed regs, memos, etc., at least those coming from DMAS; DBHDS did not participate in the initial meeting.
The second meeting of the group (now called DD-WAC) was this past Thursday. Subsequent meetings will be on the second Thursday from 1p-4p. A more detailed report will be out on the meeting later this week – there was a robust discussion on Community Engagement, perhaps more questions than answers as again DBHDS was not there to participate.