QRC Executive Director Bruce Abell reviewed planning priorities with the board. They largely focused on how to create community integrated opportunities for the people being served at QRC over the next four years.
Mr. Abell reviewed new Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) waiver requirements for people whose programming is supported by Medicaid, as well as the information being shared by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities on the work they have been doing to craft a transition plan that will be submitted to CMS by next month.
The board members discussed the development of more sites that could provide opportunities for integrated work, such as the one presently at Altenloh, Brinck & Co. of Bryan, and since the QRC art program has proven to be so popular, perhaps look at developing a community art center.
The topic of meeting the ever-increasing production requests for the cardboard pallets produced by QRC has been included in several board meetings recently and was addressed at the session.
Mr. Abell noted that the orders are strong for the pallets and are projected to continue to increase in the years ahead. He said several companies around the area have been trying samples that are leading to their usage.
In order to be able to meet the increasing demand, the board members approved the purchase of an automated cardboard pallet builder. Mr. Abell said he expects the purchase will be the first of a series of investments the center will need to make as the popularity of using the cleaner and more easily-recycled pallets becomes more commonplace among companies.
In the program reports, marketing director Bill Priest reported that GenFed Financial Federal Credit Union on South Union Street in Bryan presented a donation of $440 to QRC. The staff and patrons at the credit union raised the money during the recent holiday season to support activities for the people at QRC.
He also reported that he led a tabletop drill of the center’s armed intruder policy during one of the management team’s January meetings and helped to present an anti-bullying program at the Stryker building in January with Stryker Police Chief Steve Schlosser.
The next regular meeting of the joint QRC Administrative and Non-Profit boards will be March 24.