Coalition Minutes 2015-01-13


DATE:     Tuesday, January 13, 2015

TIME:       3:12 – 4:40

ATTENDEES:   Vicki Johnson,  Jim Dunn, Ann Ankel, Carol McDermott, Alex Wilcox, Yvonne Ayon, Bobbie Taber, Tony Smith, Jane Zackman, Kim Maslonka, Krista Long,  and Sonia Ross.

On Phone:        Andy Bernstein, Deb Jergenson.

On Internet:      Sherry Candelaria, Trisha Riner and Richard Beeman.

   1.                  Introductions:


The meeting was called to order by President Vicki Johnson at 3:15 PM at the Family Involvement Center.  All present introduced themselves.

 2.                  Review and Approve Minutes:

The minutes were reviewed.   A motion was made  and seconded to approve the minutes.  The motion passed unanimously.

3.                   Updates

A,                  Financial Reports

Vicki Johnson passed out an Income and Expense Statement and a Balance Sheet for November..  There was also a Balance Sheet for the period ending November 30, 2014.

Vicki Johnson asked for a motion to approve the financial report.   A motion was made and seconded  approve the financial report.  The motion passed unanimously.

4.           Committee Reports:

A.           Training: Update support Group meeting for MMIC committee members

Deb Jorgensen reported that she had not completed the work to begin providing support groups for committee members.  She said she is having difficulty in finding a location that would be free.  Vicki Johnson said that paying a small fee would not be a problem.  Debra will follow up on this.

B.           Communications:

None to report

C.           Emergency Response:

None to report

6.          Legislative Update

A.           Letter to Tim Murphy:

Vicki Johnson passed out a revised draft letter to Tim Murphy regarding his proposed changes to the national behavioral health system.  There will be discussion about engaging the broader behavioral health community to advocate this legislation.  Krista Long will provide some materials and sample letters that will be distributed.  Ann Ankel will assist.

B.          Plan for the legislative session:

Vicki Johnson passed out a letter to Governor-elect Doug Ducey.  It states that the system presents responsibilities, opportunities and challenges.  AZ P&F Coalition could be an advisory resource  to the Ducey administration as it manages this and many issues facing Arizona State Government.  Vicki indicated that there will be contacts made to follow-up on this letter.

There was also discussion about advocacy to protect funding for behavioral health.  It was agreed that information about this issue would also be distributed to the broader community.

7.           Mental Health Court Standards:

Vicki Johnson passed out a packet on Arizona Mental Health Court Standards.  The proposal is from the Arizona Supreme Court’s Mental Health Court Advisory Committee.

There was  discussion about the availability of Mental Health Courts being a way to achieve more diversion from the Criminal Justice System and that would be a potential involvement for the Coalition to promote development of more of these courts.  There was some discussion how this could be done.  Two potential resources for this would be Gerri Mattern and Shelly Curran.

8.           Alternative Meting Times:

Results of a survey of the Coalition am;ing list and members about meeting times and days were discussed.  The group tried to address the challenges that some people experience in attending the meetings.  The Coalition members in attendance all had barriers to any changes and therefore agreed that the day of the month and the time be kept the same.

9.           Adjourn, network, share informally:

The meeting was adjourned at 4:40 PM.