Tanya Engle suggested requiring workers and administrative assistants to verify what is already within a supply cabinet before ordering office supplies to ensure available supplies are used before new ones are ordered. The Department for Community Based Services' region administrators are being informed of this potential cost-saving practice. Tanya received a $100 award.
Deborah Garrison suggested updating rejection letters for local health department positions to specify that only current employees within the merit or classified personnel system have appeal rights, thus saving on appeal requests from individuals who may not qualify for them. This change is expected to have a possible savings from reduced postage, supplies and staff time. Deborah received a $100 award.
Krista Hamilton made two suggestions. The first was limiting the number of personnel change (P2) forms that local employees print to those documenting significant changes. This change will save $700, save time and limit material used, as well as improving office methods and efficiency. She also suggested that state public health staff not keep and archive materials for which local health departments are the primary custodians, saving approximately $775. Krista received a $200 award for her suggestions.
Danielle Huber proposed that a 180-degree 'bubble' mirror be installed on the wall opposite the entrance of the basement walking track. This will help prevent injuries from collisions involving people entering the track and those walking. Danielle received a $100 award.
James Kimble proposed an adjustment to billing review practices in the Supports for Community Living Waiver Branch by creating a template that saves set-up and staff time. He received a $100 award.
Jill Lee is part of the Medicaid unit that conducts investigations into preliminary fraud or improper use of Medicaid cards. She suggested that when a Medicaid card is used to procure controlled substances, the person be charged with 218A.140: Prohibited acts relating to controlled substances, which is a class D felony. She received a $100 award.
Karen York suggested replacing a blank field on a form to a drop-down box with specific choices. This will save time and increase consistency. She received a $100 award.
Alta Bellestri suggested that the first step in the child placement home evaluation process be a records check to determine any previous substantiated abuse or neglect charges. Per cabinet policy, these individuals are not eligible for child placement, and by running this screening up front, staff time and effort can be saved, and safety and efficiency can be increased. She received a $100 award.