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M I N U T E S
DATE: Tuesday, August 11, 2015
TIME: 3:05 – 4:40
ATTENDEES: Vicki Johnson, Shannon Manteuffel, Susan Junck, Kris Long, Jennifer Varuetta, Geralyn Gormley, Bobbie Taber, Ronnie Johnson, Phil Sawyer, Debra Jorgensen, Trey Jenkins
On Go to Meeting: Karen Kelsch
On the Phone: Andy Bernstein, Carol McDermott, Christine Hawkins
All present introduced themselves.
2. Review and Approve Minutes
The minutes were reviewed and corrected as follows: Phil Sawyer was on the Phone last month. Geralyn Gormley and Ronnie Johnson attended the meeting. A motion was made and seconded that the minutes be approved as corrected. The motion passed unanimously.
AZPFC will be receiving renewal funding from MMIC for the renewal of its contract to recruit, train and support peers and family members who will be placed on MMIC committees. The amount will be approximately $27,000. The amount remaining from the original contract for the period ending June 30 is $7,419. There was a motion made and second to approve the financial report. The motion passed unanimously.
There was discussion about the change to MMIC committees and the plan to replace current committee members with new ones effective January 1, 2016.
Deb Jorgensen reported that the coalition holds monthly support group meetings for committee members. They have met for the past 2 months at REN but will move back to FIC for the August meeting. The next m,meeting will be held August 25.
Krystan and Phil reported on the website. The content has been the minutes and agendas of meetings. Since the coalition will be recruiting more members, it was discussed that application and materals on committee membership should be placed on the website.
4. Donation to David’s Hope
There was an extensive discussion about making a donation to David Hope’s Law Enforcement Awards and Fundraising dinner. There are comparable interests between the two organizations and David’s Hope is in a good position to promote issues that the Coalition has an interest in: Prison reform and Mental Health Courts. A motion was made to be a sponsor of the event at the $1500 level. The tickets at that level would be donated to the family members of the honorees. The motion has seconded and passed unanimously. A second motion was made to purchase tickets for the three officers who don’t have tickets: Vicki Johnson, Karen Gong and Phil Sawyer. The motion was seconded and passed with two abstentions.
5. Discussion regarding Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act:
Andy mentioned the legislation introduced by Senator Cassidy. This may be more moderate and more acceptable to our concerns. The group agreed that there would be a subcommittee to work on this legislation and report back at the September meeting. Persons to work on it wall be: Deb Jorgensen, Trey Jenkins, Geralyn Gormley and Vicki Johnson. The meeting will be held at CHEEERS and Trey will set up the meetings.
6. By-Law Revisions
There was discussion about the need to revise the Coalition By-Laws. A committee was formed to work on this. Members include Deb Jorgensen, Carol McDermott, Cherly Anderson, Phil Sawyer and Andy Bernstein. Deb will convene this group.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:40 p.m.