December 15, 2016, Board Meeting Minutes
The California Victim Compensation Board (Board) convened its meeting in open session at the call of Marybel Batjer, Secretary, California Government Operations Agency, at 400 R Street, Sacramento, California, on Thursday, December 15, 2016, at 10:09 a.m. Also present was Member Richard Chivaro, Deputy State Controller and Chief Counsel, acting for, and in the absence of, Betty T. Yee, Controller. Member Michael Ramos, San Bernardino County District Attorney, was absent.
Executive Officer Julie Nauman and Chief Counsel Larenda Delaini were in attendance. Tisha Heard, Board Liaison, recorded the meeting.
The Board meeting commenced with the Pledge of Allegiance.
Item 1. Approval of Minutes of the November 17, 2016, Board Meeting
The Board approved the minutes of the November 17, 2016, Board meeting.
Item 2. Public Comment
The Board opened the meeting for public comment. No public comment was provided.
Item 3. Executive Officer Statement
Oakland Warehouse Fire
Executive Officer Nauman expressed her heartfelt condolences to the victims and their families of the Oakland warehouse fire that took 36 lives on December 2, 2016. Ms. Nauman stated CalVCB was working closely with the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office and was prepared to help with financial compensation for the victims and their families. Ms. Nauman reported claims were being filed and processed with CalVCB’s county partners.
Anniversary of San Bernardino Terrorist Attack
December 2nd marked the one year anniversary of the San Bernardino terrorist attack at the Inland Regional Center. Executive Officer Nauman reported CalVCB was working closely with the county to ensure victims are receiving the help they need. Simultaneously, CalVCB submitted the Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program grant to the Office for Victims of Crime for final approval on behalf of San Bernardino County. Ms. Nauman reported the grant requests over
$4 million and will cover reimbursement of critical victim needs such as heightened security and relocation of victims immediately following the shooting; identity theft protection for the injured victims whose names and addresses have been constantly shared by the media; monthly community resiliency forums; and continued crisis counseling.
Chairperson Batjer expressed her condolences for the victims and their families of the tragedy in the Oakland warehouse fire. She stated Governor Brown’s administration has been assisting where appropriate.
CalVCB Accomplishments Report
Executive Officer Nauman reported the Accomplishments Report that reflects back on CalVCBs great work in 2016 would be postponed to the February 2017 meeting because Member Ramos will not be in attendance at the January 2017 meeting.
Item 4. Contract Report
University Enterprises, Inc. (VC6010)
University Enterprises, Inc. (UEI) will assess the effectiveness of the Board’s advertising and outreach campaign. Ms. Nauman reported UEI would conduct surveys before and after the campaign to obtain good metrics on what CalVCB is doing so it can more systematically determine the effectiveness of the campaign.
The Board approved the contract with UEI in the amount of $135,000.
Capio Group (VCGC5003) Amendment
Executive Officer Nauman reported CalVCB had staff vacancies for some time that have been difficult to recruit and fill. Those vacancies put added pressure on the contractors to fill those gaps. As a result, the contract with Capio Group for testing services to support the CaRES Modification Project needed to be amended. The contract amendment provides staff to complete remaining testing and implementation activities.
The Board approved the amendment to the contract in the amount of $165,577 and the extension of the contract term to April 30, 2017.
Capio Group (VCGC5010) Amendment
The contract is for architecture and application development services to complete the final phase of the CaRES Modification Project. The contract amendment supports staffing to fix defects and to monitor stabilization following cutover to Cares2.
The Board approved the amendment to the contract in the amount of $185,617 and the extension of the contract term to April 30, 2017.
Victim Compensation Program
Request to Revise the Mental Health Guidelines
Robin Foemmel Bie, CalVCB Resource Branch Manager, requested the Board adopt proposed revisions to the Mental Health Guidelines. Ms. Foemmel Bie summarized the proposed revisions to the Guidelines which included the following:
- Allowing telehealth as a treatment modality as defined in Business and Professions Code sections 686, 2904.5, and 2290.5, set forth by the Board of Behavioral Sciences and the Board of Psychology. Allowing telehealth would bring the Mental Health Guidelines up to date with current practices and increase access for claimants who live in rural areas or have conditions, either physical or emotional, that prevent them from leaving home to receive therapy.
- Allowing case management services as a reimbursable expense for derivative victims. At the December 10, 2015, Board meeting, the Board approved case management services for direct victims and it would expand that benefit to all victims.
- Amending the criteria for the measurement for treatment progress.
- Amending the language to provide clarification within the Guidelines for mental health treatment for derivative victims.
Ms. Foemmel Bie stated input was received from a stakeholder and staff responded to those comments.
Chairperson Batjer asked whether the comments were incorporated into the proposed revisions.
Ms. Foemmel Bie explained that the comments mainly related to items that had no changes, with the exception of one comment. The commenter recommended the reference to “distant” site be deleted and substituted with the word “different” site to allow access to telehealth in emergency situations not just ;circumstances where no mental health counseling options were available locally. She further explained that the term was used purposefully to keep the definition of telehealth consistent with the defining language in the Business and Professions Code.
The Board adopted the revisions to the Mental Health Guidelines.
Pursuant to Government Code section 11126(c)(3), the Board adjourned into Closed Session with the Board’s Executive Officer and Chief Counsel at 10:19 a.m. to deliberate on proposed decision numbers 1–38 of the Victim Compensation Program.
The Board reconvened into Open Session pursuant to Government Code section 11126(c)(3) at 10:23 a.m. The Board adopted the hearing officer’s recommendations for proposed decision numbers 1–38 of the Victim Compensation Program.
The Board meeting adjourned at 10:24 a.m.