Coalition Minutes 2015-11-10


Tuesday,  November 10, 2015

Arizona Peer and Family Member Coalition

5333 N 7th St., Suite A-100

Phoenix, AZ 85014

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 – 3:20
    1. Financial Reports -September 2015 Financials
    2. Training
    3. Communication
    4. Emergency Response
  4. Report from Work group regarding  Helping Families            3:20 – 3:50                                                                 in Mental Health Crisis Act
  5. Revise Coalition By-laws –  group                                        3:50 – 4:00
  6. Nominations for Coalition Officers                                       4:00 – 4:10
  7. Plans for a Mental Health/Criminal Justice Conference        4:10 – 4:20
  8. Adjourn, network, share informally                                       4:20  on

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DATE:     Tuesday, November 10, 2015

TIME:       3:00 – 4:50

ATTENDEES:   Vicki Johnson, Ronnie Johnson, Debra Jorgensen,  Eugene Sheffield, Jim Dunn, Sherry Candelaria, Louis Eddie Mares, Alfred Swanson,  Carol McDermott, Ralph Engler, Karen Young, Chaz Longwell, Phil Sawyer, Krista Long

On Go to Meeting:        Andy Bernstein

   1.                  Introductions:

All present introduced themselves.

 2.   Review and Approve Minutes

The minutes were reviewed and approved as submitted.

3.                  Updates

A.   Financial reports: September 2015 Financial Reports 

The September, 2015 Financial reports were reviewed.  There was a question about the initials used to list stipend payments.  Carol McDermott said that she would prepare a sheet that gave the full name of the listed committees.  The Financial Reports were approved as submitted.

As part of the discussion about committees, Karen Young expressed her frustration about having driven to MMIC to find out that the committee meeting she was coming for had been cancelled.  Ronnie Johnson reported that there was a review of this situation because this has happened before.

B. Training 

There was no report for this area.  The October Support Group meeting had not been held since its regular meeting time had conflicted with the NAMI Walk.

C. Communication

Krista Long and Phil Sawyer reported that the website was up-to-date.  There was room on the Website for additional content and a Calendar.

D. Emergency Response

Phil Sawyer had nothing new to report.

4.               Report on Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act:

Deborah Jorgensen reported that the bill had been reported out to the Energy and Commerce Committee.  She said that 30 Republicans have expressed opposition to the bill for Civil Rights concerns.  The bill gives different standards and protections under the HIPPA law for persons with mental illness.  Deborah Jorgensen encouraged individuals to express their own opinions and concerns to their Congressperson or Senator.  She will forward information that will be sent to the Coalition mailing list.

5.  By-laws Revisions

Deborah Jorgensen and Carol McDermott distributed a list of possible features that the new Coalition by-laws would include.  There was discussion about these features as well as how the current by-laws are written.  After considerable discussion, Deborah and Carol indicated that they had enough feedback to go back and develop revised by-laws that would be presented at the December meeting.  There is a timeline that indicates by December 1, proposed by-laws and a new membership application will be sent to all members for notice of the vote on the By-laws at the January meeting.  In January, there will also be a vote on Officers.

6.           Adjourn, network, share informally:

The meeting was adjourned at 4:50 PM.