TASK FORCE TO STUDY THE COST-EFFECTIVENESS OF
THE CHILD DEVELOPMENT SERVICES SYSTEM
Minutes from November 21, 1997 meeting
Members present: Barbara Brown (clinical professional/service provider); Ellen Courtney (CDS site director); Luanne Crinion (Maine State Nurses Association); Angela Faherty (CDS board member); Jaci Holmes (Commissioner of Educationís designee), Sen. James Libby, Rep. Rodney McElroy; Mary Anne Miosan (development therapist/service provider); Joan Nason (Maine Association of Directors of Services for Children with Exceptionalities); Rachel Olney (Commissioner of Mental Health; Mental Retardation & Substance Abuse Servicesí designee); Sen. Peggy Pendleton; Leslie Steltzer (parent receiving services); and Rep. Elizabeth Watson
Others present: David Elliott (Office of Policy & Legal Analysis); Rep. Richard Farnsworth; Jeffrey Hubert (Macdonald Page); Dawna Lopatosky (Bureau of the Budget); Joseph Mayo (Clerk of the House); Phillip McCarthy (Office of Policy and Legal Analysis); Greg Scott, (Dept. of Education); and David Stockford (Dept. of Education)
Convening of the Task Force
¨ Joseph Mayo, Clerk of the House, presided over the convening of the task force on behalf of Rep. Elizabeth Mitchell, Chair of the Legislative Council. Having ascertained that a quorum was present, Mr. Mayo asked task force members to introduce themselves before he presided over the election of the Chairperson for the task force.
¨ Rep. Watson nominated Sen. Pendleton to serve as task force chair; the nomination was seconded by Ms. Olney, and the task force members unanimously approved the motion to elect Senator Pendleton as chairperson (13-0).
Overview of legislative history of CDS
¨ David Elliott reviewed the legislative history related to the governance of the CDS System; and Phil McCarthy reviewed the authorizing legislation that established the task force and the duties charged to the task force.
Briefing / discussion of financial aspects of CDS
¨ Jeffrey Hubert, CPA at Macdonald Page, presented an overview of the financial structure of the CDS System (copies of overheads are enclosed). The presentation included a financial profile of revenues and expenditures based on 1996 audited financial data for the State CDS Office (or Intermediate Educational Unit, IEU), and 5 CDS regional sites.
¨ Discussion centered on the following issues:
Discussion of cost effectiveness of contracting for services versus hiring professional staff
¨ Jaci Holmes presented data from a 1996 Cost Review Study based on the cost methodologies established (examples of how cost components were determined are enclosed); and
¨ Phil McCarthy presented a brief summary of effectiveness and cost-effectiveness research related to early intervention programs.
Recap discussion, identify issues for discussion at next meeting
¨ David Elliott reviewed the substantive issues discussed and task force members identified the following issues as those which should be addressed at the next task force meeting:
Adjournment and meeting schedule
¨ The task force members agreed to the following schedule for the next two meetings:
Thursday, December 4, 9:30 am - 3:00 pm in the State Office Building, Rm. 113
Wednesday, December 17, 9:30 am - 3:00 pm in the State House, Rm. 334
¨ The meeting adjourned at 3:00 p.m.
Phillip D. McCarthy, Ed.D.
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