THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
ADRC Helped to Avoid Moves To Nursing Home
The Marinette County Health and Human Services Committee on Wednesday, Oct. 12 was told that implementation of the Northeast Wisconsin Family Care process is going well. However, the waiting list was reported as standing at 80 persons, with 55 individuals actively pursuing care. She continues to meet with service organizations to coordinate care.
Results of a customer satisfaction survey taken for for the ADRC between June 9 and October 6 of 2015 showed positive results for Marinette County, Pam Daye, Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) supervisor, reported. In this statewide telephone survey, over 101 local residents were questioned. The vast majority, over 96%, stated that they would recommend the services of the ADRC.
The overall experience and usefulness of the center had an average rating of 3.7 on a one to four scale, Daye said, adding that this figure compares well to the statewide evaluations. Over 50% of new clients reported that they came to the ADRC because of a recommendation or word of mouth. The proportion of Marinette County customers who received follow-ups was found to be slightly higher than the Wisconsin average. Daye said about 25% of those interviewed said the ADRC had helped them prevent or delay moving to a nursing home, a finding she described as concrete and gratifying.
DHHS Administrator Robin Elsner reported that due to the WIPFLI wage study many Mental Health Case Managers started at the beginning point of the pay scale with no opportunity to receive an increase after a training period and are therefore moving on to higher paying after receiving training here. That problem may be addressed in the new Carlson Dettman wage study that is currently underway. Results of that study could be implemented as early as January or February
The committee approved application for two grants, one for up to $250 from the M&M Foundation or pediculosis supplies (lice control) for vulnerable school aged children and and the other would bring in up to $2,500 from a Safe Kids Buckle Up fund for injury prevention activities and education.
They also forwarded to County Board a recommendation to approve a resolution entitled, "Support to Secure State Funding for Communicable Disease Control."
In the Public Health Activity report the committee was informed the county currently spends $110,004 and the state provides $72,645 for Birth to 3 site visits through the federally mandated Early Intervention Program through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
The committee agreed to write off uncollectible accounts of $36,608.24, and to write off and turn over $11,543 of unpaid accounts from September to the Finance Department for collection.
Finance Systems of Green Bay collected $731 of past due accounts for the county in September and after deduction of a commission of $176.64 a balance of $554.30 was turned over to the department.
Contract with Shad Brown for snow removal services at a rate of $35 per visit and $75 if salting is requested was approved without dissent.
There was one juvenile placed in Lincoln Hills and one in the Norris Adolescent Center.