Coalition Minutes 2015-05-12


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

2:30 – 4:30 PM

Note: We will dedicate the first 30 minutes of the meeting for persons to get acquainted.  The formal meeting will commence at 3:00 PM.


  1. Introductions                                                                        3:00 – 3:05
  2. Review and Approve Minutes                                               3:05 – 3:10
  3. Updates                                                                               3:10 – 3:10
    1. Financial Reports – March 2015
  4. Guest Speaker Mary Lou Branck                                          3:20 – 4:20
    1. Executive Director David’s Hope
    2. Possible Partnership to Mental Health Court Expansion
  5. Old Business                                                                       4:00 – 4:30
    1. Plan to follow up with Monica Coury
      1. Transfer of DBHS to AHCCCS
      2. Self-directed care
      3. Meeting with Governor’s Health person
  6. Adjourn, network, share informally                                       4:30  on

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DATE:     Tuesday, May 12, 2015

TIME:       3:05 – 4:35

ATTENDEES:   Vicki Johnson,  Richard Beeman, Carol McDermott, Louis Eddie Mares, Mary Lou Brnik, Linda Zweig, Michael Quintana, Krista Long, Geralyn Gormley, Bobbie Taber, Ami Becker, Karen Young, Jane Zachman, Jill Hogan, Ronnie Johnson, Dick Geasland and Sonia Johnson.

On Go to Meeting:        Jim Dunn, Phyllis Getz, Deb Jorgensen, Sherry Candelaria, Phil Sawyer, Monica Coury and Lori Schactman.

On the Phone:     Kathy Bashor, Susan JunckI.

   1.                  Introductions:

Persons in the meeting introduced themselves.

 2.                  Guest Speaker: Mary Lou Brncik, Arizona Mental Health Criminal Justice Commission:

The meeting began with a presentation and discussion about the challenges and opportunities that Mary Lou Brncik sees in working with the criminal justice system to better serve persons with mental illness.  There was a special focus on mental health courts and there was exploration of strategies to increase the numbers of mental health courts.  Mary Lou referred the group to the Arizona Supreme Court standards that were recently developed.  However, Mary Lou reported that even having a Mental Health Court doesn’t always help because Phoenix has a Mental Health Court but it is primarily used for involuntary commitments.

There was some interest by the group in having meetings where judges and county attorneys might be invited.  The AZPFC might partner with Mary Lou’s group to help bring this about.

3.     Review and approve Minutes:

The minutes were reviewed and corrected.  A motion was made by Richard Beeman and Karen Young second that the minutes be approved as corrected.  All present approved the minutes.

4.                   Updates

 Financial Reports

Income comparing the AZPFC for January to March, 2015, balance sheet was $10,748 balance.

5.           Committee Reports:

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

Sherry reported that some committee members are attending a monthly support group that is facilitated by Sherry and Deb Jorgensen.  There was some concern by participants that committees haven’t been meeting.  Sherry will give Vicki Johnson a flyer on the support groups to distribute.

B.           Communications:

None to report.

C.           Emergency Response:

Phil reported that persons in the Emergency Response Network are still engaged.  Also it was reported that Phil Sawyer has posted Coalition meeting minutes on the AZPFM website.

6.          Old Business:

A.           Plan to meet with Monica Coury from AHCCCSDiscussion:

Monica will attend the next meeting so topics can be discussed on self-directed care.  Monica will be here to answer questions about the transfer of DBHS to AHCCCS and about self-directed care.

B.          Self-Directed care

Bobbie Tabor discussed self-directed care.  She had experience with this option in Michigan.  She also told about her own treatment and how early treatment resulted in adverse reactions for her leading to her becoming very ill.  Through self-directed care, a person has a budget toast aside for the individual to make plans for their own recovery.  The individual can access alternative health resources that might address diet, exercise or other alternative healing opportunities.  Jill Hogan reported that she had a similar experience.  Bobbie will take the lead on this topic at the June meeting.

C.           Plans for meeting with the Governor’s Health person


AZPFC could be an advisory resource to the Ducey Administration as it manages many issues related to the behavioral health community.  Monica Coury is assisting AZPFC in seeking a meeting with the Governor’s Health Person.

8.           Adjourn, network, share informally:

The meeting was adjourned at 4:34 PM.