MARION COUNTY CHILDREN SERVICES BOARD
MEETING OF SEPTEMBER 17, 2021
MEMBERS PRESENT: MARIANNE BAILEY
DR. HENRY HEINZMANN
MEMBERS ABSENT: STACI THOMAS
STAFF PRESENT: DAN DOWNES, BUSINESS MANAGER
JACQUELINE RINGER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
The regular meeting of the Marion County Children Services Board was held on
Friday, September 17, 2021 at noon in the main training room of Marion County
Children Services. Board Chair, Mr. John Peterson called the meeting to order at
approximately 12:05 p.m. Ms. Staci Thomas was unable to attend due to being out
Mr. Peterson called for Public Comment. No public comment presented.
Mr. Peterson called for the review of the Minutes. The August Board Meeting
Minutes had been distributed to board members prior to the meeting for review.
Mr. Peterson requested a motion to approve. Ms. Jolene Carter motioned to
approve the minutes as presented. Dr. Henry Heinzmann seconded the motion.
There being no further discussion, the motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Peterson called for the monthly Financial Reports. The August Revenue and
Expenditures reports had been distributed to board members prior to the meeting
for review. Mr. Dan Downes reported $279,332.76 in receipts and $437,334.81 in
expenditures. The primary revenue source for the month was IV-E Training and
Administration reimbursement. Placement related costs remain the most significant
monthly expenditure. Mr. Peterson requested a motion. Ms. Ellen BryantMessenger motioned to approve the August financial reports as presented. Ms.
Marianne Bailey seconded the motion. There being no further discussion, the
motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Peterson called for the Purchased Care Report. The August report was
distributed to board members at the meeting. Ms. Ringer summarized one new
placement and one change in placement for the month. The report reflects 34
children in purchased care for a net cost of $852,478.96.
Mr. Peterson called for Committee Reports. Mr. Peterson called for the Executive
Director’s Report. The Monthly Services had been distributed to board members
prior to the meeting for review. Interviews have been conducted for the last
remaining casework vacancy. The Intake unit initiated 81 assessments of safety in
August for an adjusted caseload of 22.8. This represents a 25% increase compared
to the same time last year. The Ongoing units provided services to 111 families and
231 children for an adjusted caseload of 12.3. The Agency maintained custody of
63 children and 63 children were in the temporary custody of kinship. Independent
Living services were provided to 22 children. The Placement unit provided
services to 36 foster homes and 32 adoptive homes. The Agency currently has 17
children in permanent custody. Post finalized adoption services were provided to
88 children and 47 families. Post emancipation services were provided to two
children for the month.
3.03 Management Rights of the MCCSB Policy Manual had been distributed to
board members prior to the meeting for review. Ms. Ringer reported Ongoing
Supervisor, Matthew Coldiron, requested transfer to the Placement unit. Intake
Supervisor, Ellen Thrush, requested transfer to the Ongoing unit. Both of the
requested transfers are within the same case classification. Ms. Ringer reported
approving both requests as both supervisors are in good standing. This will leave a
supervisor vacancy in the Intake unit which will be posted next week.
The 2022 Communication Plan had been distributed to board members prior to the
meeting for review. Ms. Ringer noted the plan is focused on education,
engagement and foster care recruitment. The budget has been drastically reduced
over the years due to increased use of social media. Ms. Ringer reminded those in
attendance, the Community Education and Recruitment position will remain vacant
until vacancies within mandated services have been filled.
Mr. Peterson called for Unfinished Business. No unfinished business presented.
Mr. Peterson called for New Business. Members discussed Board composition,
upcoming vacancies and 2022 officer appointments. Ms. Ringer noted officer
appointments are one year in duration according to the MCCSB Manual. Ms.
Carter reported she has accepted a new position that will not allow her to attend
meetings during business hours. Members agreed to consider changing the date
and time of the meetings at the October meeting. Ms. Ringer noted the requirement
of five members. Members discussed the primary responsibility of the Board
which is policy oversight, fiscal accountability and evaluation of the director . As
such, Ms. Ringer noted a need for human resource or mental / behavioral health
expertise. Should Ms. Carter resign, the board would benefit from fiscal expertise.
Board members will consider and reach out to potential individuals to ascertain
their interest and availability.
Mr. Peterson called for Miscellaneous/Other. No miscellaneous/other presented.
Mr. Peterson moved on to the date and time of the next board meeting. The next
meeting will be held on October 15 at noon in the main training room at Marion
County Children Services.
There being no further business to come before the board, Mr. Peterson requested a motion. Mr. Shawn Jackson motioned to adjourn. Mr. Peterson adjourned the
meeting at 12:46 p.m.
John Peterson, Chair
Ellen Bryant-Messenger, Secretary
Jacqueline Ringer, Executive Director