CSI Duluth January 17, 2006 Meeting Minutes
Members present: Chris Campbell (co-facilitator), Larry Penk, Nikki Boder, Diane Strongitharm, Brenda Marshall, Stephanie Williams, David Giese, Virda Hall, Kristen Larson, Andrew Selvo, Brenda Lally, administrative support.
Members absent: Brian Carlson (co-facilitator), Cindy Green, Darcy Miner, Deb Doughty, Diane Pearson, Gayle Wallin, Jeri Cummins, Marilyn Abrahamson.
Welcome, Introductions and Updates
The members introduced themselves and answered the question, “Since our regional training sessions in November, what questions or comments have people expressed to you about this group’s work?”
It was mentioned that several members are not here today, due to winter weather/poor driving conditions as well as problems with the email system (state mail hub).
David Giese presented a review of what has been accomplished by this committee since the first meeting in January 2005. He acknowledged Barb Deming, the Minnesota Department of Administration, who facilitated this group for the first five meetings, leading this committee off to a great start.
There have been comments from other regions in the state, inquiring about the possibility of other CSI groups being promoted to another region in the state. In order to begin this type of group in another region, there will need to be the key commitment of 110% to move forward and identify issues from a provider and MDH standpoint, with an open and optimistic outlook about the process. Dianne Mandernach’s “kitchen cabinet” will be meeting on Thursday, so feedback from this committee needs to be brought to that meeting which will help to determine if this could be a possibility. Each region is unique, and each region would have to go through the same process as CSI-Duluth as this committee began to identify issues.
There continues to be a standing invitation for CMS to attend these meetings.
DON Survey Experience Report
Evaluations from the two CSI-Duluth Regional Training sessions were shared with the committee, for review and discussion. These evaluations were very positive, as were the MNDONA, Care Provider, and MDH Surveyor evaluations. It proved to be a difficult task to meet the needs of the entire large audience at each of these presentations, with very diverse backgrounds and range of experience, but according to the evaluations, those needs were met. The next presentation will be given at the Minnesota Housing and Health Alliance Conference on February 2, 2006.
Evaluations of each of these presentations will be shared at the Statewide
There was discussion about continued regional training from this committee.
It was felt that the training sessions have brought this group and the region
closer together. There was an exchange of ideas about possibilities for other
types of training opportunities, which included comments on evaluation forms
from the audience from the six presentations. The subcommittee will continue
to work on regional training next month.
It was determined that the Improved Communication subcommittee would begin to work on a system for shared practices to provide useful information for surveyors and providers. The subcommittee will also work on developing an evaluation form for the region to evaluate the helpfulness of the regional training and CSI Duluth communication.
Group Future/Succession Planning
Chris Campbell extended a thank you to every member of this committee for their participation, hard work, and important contributions toward the many accomplishments of CSI-Duluth in 2005, and ultimately to the benefit of seniors that each member serves.
A new family representative member was welcomed by the committee.
There was discussion about the current membership and levels of participation of members of this committee. It was decided that a courtesy letter would be developed and sent to each current CSI-Duluth member, thanking them for the hard work and important contributions toward the success of CSI-Duluth in 2005. It will also be an opportunity for each member to determine their ongoing ability to participate on this group.
Background about the development of current membership was given. There was discussion about current vacancies. Suggestions were made about interested and potential candidates to fill those slots.
It was decided that this committee will continue to meet on a monthly basis, at least eight times per year, or monthly as needed.
Succession planning will be a topic placed on the September agenda, to determine the structure of this committee, by nature of attrition.
Next Steps/Plan Agenda
Suggestions of topics for the February agenda were made.
The committee was given the 2006 meeting dates for CSI-Duluth. They will continue to be held on the third Tuesday of each month, from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., with lunch provided. The location of the meeting will be the Government Services Center, 320 West Second Street, Room 608, Duluth.
These dates for 2006 are:
- January 17
- February 21
- March 21
- April 18
- May 16
- June 20
- July 18
- August 15
- September 19
- October 17
- November 21
- December 19