Coalition Minutes 2015-10-13


Tuesday, October 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 – 3:40
    1. Family Forums
    2. Financial Reports -July 2015 Financials
    3. Training
    4. Communication
    5. Emergency Response
  4. Report from Work group regarding  Helping Families            3:40 – 4:20                                                                 in Mental Health Crisis Act
  5. By-laws -Revisions                                                              4:20 – 4:30
  6. Adjourn, network, share informally                                       4:30  on

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DATE:     Tuesday, October 13, 2015

TIME:       3:12 – 4:40

ATTENDEES:   Vicki Johnson, Ronnie Johnson, Debra Jorgensen, Trey Jenkins, Eugene Sheffield, Jim Dunn, Barb Lang, Sherry Candelaria, Louis Eddie Mares, Alfred Swanson, David Cummings,  Carol McDermott, Yvonne Ayon

On Go to Meeting:        Aaron Foster, Mary Lou Brnick, Jill Hogan


   1.                  Introductions:

Persons in the meeting introduced themselves.

 2.   Review and Approve Minutes

The minutes were reviewed.  Roberta Howard was on the phone at the meeting in September and there were correction on the report on Federal Legislation.A motion was made and seconded that the minutes be approved as corrected.  The motion passed unanimously..  All present approved the minutes.

3.                  Updates

A.  Family Forums

Ronnie Johnson distributed information about the five family forums to be held to obtain feedback about experiences that family members and SMI peers are experiencing with the system.  Dinner will be served at each forum.

B. Financial reports: September Financial Handouts 

The financial report for August, 2015 showed that there had been a bank error where a deposit had been erroneously credited to the AZPFC.  This deposit was removed in September.  The deposit of the 2015 contract payment from MMIC was reflected in the report.  Also there were some outstanding checks shown because of an arrangement to give checks to MMIC in advance of one particular committee meeting.  A motion was made and seconded to approve the financials.  The motion was approved unanimously.

C. Training Report

There was discussion about the upcoming changes in the number of MMIC committees and plans to replace current committee members with new ones effective January 1, 2016.  AZPFC is to assist with recruitment of new committee members.  There has been a delay since MMIC wanted to revise the committee member application and the form is not yet available for the recruitment work.

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

Deborah Jorgensen and Trey Jenkins lead a discussion about the two pending pieces of federal legislation regarding Behavioral Health Services.  Areas of concern are the provision for changing HIPAA, changes regarding the role of Peer Support Specialists and restrictions in funding for Protection and Advocacy organizations such as Arizona Center for Disability Law.  Deborah and Trey will work forward toward providing a draft letter to the bill sponsors, and the Arizona congressional delegation and Arizona legislators about the Coalition concerns.

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 November 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 at the January meeting.  In January, there will also be a vote on Officers.  Information about candidates for the Officer position will be sent out by December 1.

5.           Adjourn, network, share informally:

The meeting was adjourned at 4:40 PM.