ESU Coordinating Council
October 04, 2016 2:00 PM
Special Population Committee Meeting
1. Call to Order
Rationale

Notice to visitors:  To be heard at this meeting, the "Request to be Heard" form, must be completed and submitted to the Secretary to the Executive Director of ESUCC.  The President of the Board of ESUCC will call upon visitors wishing to address the Board in the order they were submitted or by subject.

Pursuant to Section 84-1411 of the Nebraska Statutes, notice of this meeting was given by advertisement on the ESUCC website, NE Public Meeting site and host site.

Open Meetings Law
: Pursuant to Section 84 - 1412 of the Nebraska Statutes, the public is hereby informed that a current copy of the Nebraska Open Meetings Act is posted in this meeting room. 

2. Roll Call
Discussion

Call to order at 2:05 PM

Staff:  David Ludwig, Deb Hericks

Guests:  Circle of Friends (3)


3. Agenda Item
Chair of Committee
3.A. Behavioral Health Committee
Executive Director Ludwig/Chair Polk
Rationale

Add to the SPED committee under behavior health

 
Statewide Committee met May 23, 2016 - 10:00 via Zoom
 
This one is for educational personnel
Purpose of survey: 
To establish a baseline as to our educational perspective of statewide behavioral health
Identify if there are pockets of need and/or resources
Add: Resources currently available
Add: District
 
Will send out September 15, (return September 30) by members of committee to SPED directors and will review the results on October committee meeting,October 25 at 3:00 central time.
 
There will be a needs assessment will be launched by Division of Behavioral Health (DHHS) online and written sometime in next 2 weeks. 
Tamara will share results with us, and the results will be made somewhat public. 
Timeline for results and recommendations to DHHS end of June. Final draft will be end of July and ready for sharing after that.  
This committee will have results in the Fall
Tamara will share if our questions are repetitive on the DHHS survey
Tamara will send a link to DHHS survey to us so we are aware of the questions. 
We can send on from there
Casting a wide net (law enforcement, NDE, legal system)
 
This committee can crosswalk Educator survey results with DHHS survey to find trends and gaps in the Fall. 

Sent from my iPad

Discussion

The committee has not met recently.  They have deployed a school survey but do not have results returned.  DHS has done provider survey that we are waiting on the results.  

3.A.I. Mental Health Certificate
Committee Chair - Polk
Rationale

On Wed, Sep 21, 2016 at 8:08 AM, Bob Uhing <buhing@esu1.org> wrote:

FYI, Larianne Is it possible to discuss this information during our next ESUCC Sped meeting?  Does this information benefit schools?  How do we proceed given the comments from Dr. Mims?
 
Bob  
Begin forwarded message:

From: "Grace A. Mims" <mimsga@unk.edu>
Subject: Re: Mental Health Certificate
Date: September 20, 2016 at 5:30:31 PM CDT
To: Bob Uhing <buhing@esu1.org>
Cc: Christine Chasek <chasekc1@unk.edu>

Hello Bob,  
Great to meet you today via phone.  As promised I wanted to follow up and send you some information that might be helpful to share with your committee.
 
1.  The Clinical Mental Health Counseling master’s degree (60 credit hours) is required to become a counselor to become a Licensed Mental Health Practitioner and practice in the state of NE.  
 
2.  The Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska (BHECN) would be a fantastic contact for you as their mission is to recruit, increase, enhance and retain the behavioral/mental  health workforce in NE especially underserved and rural populations.  I am copying Dr. Tina Chasek as she is the BHECN Director at UNK and she can get you connected. 
 a. I believe you might be interested in several things they are working on for example the Student Ambassador Conference program where they recruit school counselors to recommend high school students interested in behavioral and mental health careers to come to Kearney for a fantastic conference where they hear speakers from about 7 professions and have lots of activities related to the career. 
b. I  think you might also be interested in the work this group is doing to address Mental Health in the Schools.  They had a conference on this very topic this summer and are scheduled to do another one summer 2017.  Tina will give you more information.
c.  BHECN works closely with the DHHS Regions to offer trainings for schools.  One is Mental Health 101 – they have levels of this training for teachers and for students so that might be a good way to provide more awareness and training on how to refer and when to refer.  Kay Gladden who is Associate Director of Region 3, provides this training across the state I believe.  Here is her email:  Kay Glidden <KGlidden@Region3.net>
 
3.  I mentioned that a proposal is moving forward for Rule 24 to include an alternative pathway to teacher education/2 years teaching experience in order to become a school counselor.  As Matt described, if passed, these changes would have a track for those with teaching endorsement and those without.  Those without would take 7 credit hours more in teaching, classroom management, etc.  This might be a good time to suggest that all teachers should have a Diagnosis and Treatment of Mental Illness (rather than teaching pedagogy) so that school counselors could help address the growing mental health issues of school age children.  Anyway – I am copying and pasting information on Rule 24 proposed changes:
 
The School Counselor endorsement will be discussed, and possibly up for a vote, at NCTE onOctober 14.   The following website has clean and redline versions:  https://www.education.ne.gov/EducatorPrep/NCTE/CouncilMtgs/2016-10%20Mtg/NCTE--10_2016%20-%20Copy.html 
 
Well, we so appreciate your reaching out to us in hopes of increasing mental health workforce in NE so that we can meet the needs of our children and families!
 
Grace  Ann Mims, Ph.D., LIMHP, LIPC, LMFT-SD, NCC, ACS
Professor, Counselor Education
Chair, Counseling and School Psychology Department 
1615 W. 24th St.
University of Nebraska at Kearney
Kearney, NE  68849
 
 
From: Bob Uhing <buhing@esu1.org>
Date: Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 8:49 AM
To: Grace Mims <mimsga@unk.edu>
Subject: Mental Health Certificate
 
Dr. Mims,
Daphne Darder and Kim Benorden graduates of UNK provided me with your name.  I serve on a committee with ESU administrators across the state that are addressing mental health issues of school age children in Nebraska.  This issue is impacting school districts across the state irregardless of location or size of district.  
 
Kim and Daphne both have a counseling and school psychologist degrees from UNK.  As a result of the dual degrees they also have mental health certificates.  Because of the shortage of mental health professionals in Nebraska our committee is looking for ways to increase the number of providers.  My question for you is related to certification.  
 
Would UNK consider providing a 5 year dual endorsement program of school counseling and school psychologist degrees from UNK.  The program would also provide Mental Health Certification.  Students entering your program would not have a BA degree, they would be right out of high school.  I also understand the requirement for school counselors of having 2 years of teaching experience would need to be waived.  
 
I would like to visit with you about this proposal.  When considering the dual program, you would be the only college in Nebraska offering it.  With the shortage of staff in these areas students would be guaranteed high paying positions in school districts.  
 
When you have time I would like to visit with you about this proposal.  Thanks for considering my request to visit.
 
Bob

Dr. Bob Uhing, Administrator
Educational Service Unit #1
211 Tenth Street
Wakefield Ne 68784-5014
email:buhing@esu1.org

Discussion

ESU 1 Administrator shared discussions he has been having with UNK regarding gaining a Mental Health Certificate.  Health and Human Services handle the mental health certificate.   Create a committee (member of a schools, ESUs, NDE) that would visit with HHS and discuss providers receiving certificate (take 12 credit hours).  Do we needs changes in Rule 24 to include alternative path?  

3.B. Availability of Speech Pathologists
Committee Chair - Polk
Rationale

During the September Committee meeting, it was recommended to begin dialogue regarding the development of a retention/recruitment model for Speech/Language Pathologists.  

3.C. Program Support: Grants, Title Program
Committee Chair - Polk
Rationale

As per discussion from the previous meeting, it was suggested to provide dialogue regarding future grant opportunities, funding for Title Programs, etc.

3.D. Circle of Friends - Ken Bird
Committee Chair - Polk
Rationale

Ken Bird will provide an overview of the Circle of Friends program and dialogue regarding future support.  

Discussion

Circle of Friends were present to discuss the future support of program.  Circle of Friends is a program within schools to provide support of autism children.  Program started with 8 schools with Omaha Metro and now in 235 schools through the state.  There are approximately 536 autism students/peer student 1100 involved in the program.  The schools must have a principals signatures, action plan/purpose in order to apply for funding.  The cost of program is approximately $250,000/money to schools.  

3.E. Medicaid Expansion - Steve Milliken
Committee Chair - Polk
Rationale

Steve Milliken, if available, will provide an overview of the Medicaid Expansion program.

Discussion

Steve Milliken discussed medical expansion is stalled.  Seminars/workshops coming up to help educate process.  NDE is a in a state of transition and working through new direction/communication regarding data.  Amy Rhone is the new Assistant Director of SPED.  

3.F. Bus Drivers
Committee Chair - Polk
Rationale

As per previous meetings, concerns were expressed regarding availability of bus drivers.  

3.G. Wade Fruhling - SRS Report
Wade Fruhling
Attachments
3.G.I. AAP
Rationale

  • Finishing up on Student Team page
    • Improved system which will allow schools to share access to students in a more efficient way
      • The school district can add a privilege for a user without having the user apply for it
      • You can look at any given personnel and see who they are currently working with
      • This system will also be used on the SRS

3.G.II. Project Para
Rationale

  • September is a busy month
    • Helping districts get signed up
    • Answering questions about how to use the site
    • Updating contact information
    • Moving participants between schools
  • Preparing for Nebraska Paraeducator Conference
    • Will be held in Kearney
    • 30 presenters
    • 148 registered participants so far
    • Their focus is on advertising the event at this time
      1. Would it be possible to share this link with school districts?
http://para.unl.edu/conference/conference.html

3.G.III. SRS Report
Rationale

  • Created a draft of the SRS Procedural manual
  • New ZF forms went live including new Prior Written Notice form
  • Running pre-tests on NSSRS system to make sure we are ready
  • Help Desk has been extremely busy with the typical beginning of school year issues
  • New Student Team system is nearly complete
  • Schools Tab has been converted to Zend Framework
    • Will focus on updating Parent/Guardian screen next
  • Fixed several critical bugs including
    • Fatal error message when users try to open a form that is already in use
    • Re-added the title of Notes pages to forms screen
    • Fixed Batch Printing issue
    • Age miscalculation on data cards.

3.G.IV. ILCD
Rationale

  • We continue to maintain the ILCD Staff Survey site
    • Our office emails the data (along with a summary) to school districts upon request

4. Next Meeting Agenda Items
5. Executive Session
Rationale

The ESU Coordinating Council is authorized by state statute to enter into executive session. Executive session may be held when clearly necessary for the protection of the public interest or for the prevention of needless injury to the reputation of an individual. Reasons that meet this standard include but are not limited to: (a) strategy sessions with respect to collective bargaining, real estate matters, pending litigation, or litigation which is imminent as evidenced by communication of a claim or threat of litigation to or by the public body; (b) discussion regarding deployment of security personnel or devices; (c) investigative proceedings regarding allegations of criminal misconduct; (d) evaluation of the job performance of a person when necessary to prevent needless injury to the reputation of a person and if such person has not requested a public meeting; and (e) legal advice.

Explanation

At this point, it is appropriate for the Board to meet in closed session for one of the stated matters and/or any other permissible closed session matters in compliance with the law.

PROPOSAL:

That the Board hold a closed session:

1. For strategy session with respect to negotiations/collective bargaining clearly necessary for the protection of the public interest or for the prevention of needless injury to the reputation of an individual in compliance with the law.

2. For strategy session with respect to property/real estate matters clearly necessary for the protection of the public interest or for the prevention of needless injury to the reputation of an individual in compliance with the law.

3. For strategy session with respect to pending litigation, or litigation which is imminent as evidenced by communication of a claim or threat of litigation to or by the public body clearly necessary for the protection of the public interest or for the prevention of needless injury to the reputation of an individual in compliance with the law.

4. For discussion regarding deployment of security personnel or devices clearly necessary for the protection of the public interest or for the prevention of needless injury to the reputation of an individual in compliance with the law.

5. For investigative proceedings regarding allegations of criminal misconduct clearly necessary for the protection of the public interest or for the prevention of needless injury to the reputation of an individual in compliance with the law.

6. For personnel and the evaluation of job performance clearly necessary for the protection of the public interest or for the prevention of needless injury to the reputation of an individual in compliance with the law.

7. For discussions of the legal consequences of specific action and legal advice clearly necessary for the protection of the public interest or for the prevention of needless injury to the reputation of an individual in compliance with the law.

6. Adjournment