MOUNT ROGERS COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH
AND MENTAL RETARDATION SERVICES BOARD
LOCAL HUMAN RIGHTS COMMITTEE
November 15, 2011
The Mount Rogers Local Human Rights Committee met on Tuesday, November 15, 2011
in the E. W. Cline, Jr. Building in Wytheville, Virginia.
MEMBERS PRESENT: MEMBERS ABSENT:
Ms. Judy Burkett Ms. Jennifer Haga
Ms. Danita Moore
Ms. Beverly Mountain
Ms. Pat McClane
Dr. Jerry Willis
Ms. Dona Blair Ms. B. J. McKnight
Ms. Connie Carpenter Ms. Nan Neese
Mr. Bill Duncan Ms. Sabrina White-Martin
Mr. Chris Felts Ms. Norma Phillippi
Mr. Larry Ford Ms. Jo Viars
Mr. Jeremy Jones Ms. Rita Viars
Mr. Sterling Lineberry Mr. Robert Ernie Wallace
I. CALL TO ORDER
Ms. Danita Moore, Chairperson, called the meeting to order.
II. APPROVAL OF SEPTEMBER 13, 2011 MINUTES
MOTION: Ms. Pat McClane moved that the minutes of the
September 13, 2011 meeting be approved as presented.
Mr. Jerry Willis seconded the motion, which passed
III. REPORT FROM REGIONAL ADVOCATE
Ms. Nan Neese announced that there is one vacant advocacy position that will
be moved to Catawba, Virginia. The interview process will be conducted and
the hope is to have the position filled before the New Year.
Ms. Nan Neese extended a welcome to Mr. Robert Ernie Wallace and Jeremy
Jones with New River Behavioral Health & Associates.
Ms. Nan Neese reminded providers to review the DBHDS website for
instructions and guidance about licensing changes and modifications. Ms.
Neese stated the memorandum dated August 12, 2011 is still on the DBHDS
website outlining the process for adding a new location/site/home/facility of an
existing licensed service. The Office of Licensing must be notified of every
new location site for approval prior to operation of a site. The Human Rights
process for providers seeking the addition of a new location of a licensed
service in the same region is to submit notification by letter or email to the
assigned Human Rights Advocate and a formal letter to the Local Human
Rights Committee with a copy to the Office of Licensing prior to operating the
IV. REQUESTED FOR AFFILIATION
New River Behavioral Health & Associates - Mr. Robert Ernie Wallace, CEO,
and Mr. Jeremy Jones, Human Resources Director, requests affiliation with
the Mount Rogers Local Human Rights Committee to provide mental health
support services to adults 18 years of age and older. The goal is to empower
adult individuals with mental illness to function in the community, provide
basic life skills, and assist with affordable housing.
New River Behavioral Health & Associates currently operates from a residential
location in Pulaski, Virginia; however, will be moving to Wytheville to provide
services initially in the Wytheville area. The specific address will be submitted
to the Committee at a later date.
MOTION: Ms. Beverly Mountain moved to accept the request of affiliation
for New River Behavioral Health & Associates with the Mount
Rogers Local Human Rights Committee.
The motion was seconded by Ms. Judy Burkett and passed
V. EXTENDED AFFILIATIONS
Eshcol Brook Homes, LLC - Mr. Bill Duncan requests to withdraw the request
for extended affiliation at this time. The Committee unanimously agreed.
Mount Rogers Community Services Board - Mr. Chris Felts presented a request
for extended affiliation with Mount Rogers Local Human Rights Committee for
two additional sponsored residential homes; Linda Daniels in Hillsville and
Darlene Sumner in Dugspur, Virginia.
MOTION: Mr. Jerry Willis moved to grant the request for extended
affiliation for the expansion of services for Linda Daniels and
Darlene Sumner, Sponsored Residential Homes as presented.
Ms. Pat McClane seconded the motion, which passed
Ms. Melissa Jackson was not present and the request for extended affiliation of
Day Treatment sites will be postponed until the next LHRC meeting.
VI. 3RD QUARTER REPORTS
A New Inspiration - Mr. Larry Ford presented the 3rd quarter report from A New
Mount Rogers Community Service Board - Ms. Norma Phillippi presented the 3rd
Life Center of Galax - Ms. Dona Blair presented the 3rd quarter report for the
Life Center of Galax. One revision is required to the report; therefore, Ms. Dona
Blair will re-submit the report to Ms. Nan Neese, Regional Human Rights
Ms. Dona Blair reported the security system at the Life Center of Galax will be
replaced; therefore, a security policy update will be submitted to Ms. Norma
Phillippi for dissemination to the Committee, Ms. Nan Neese and provide a copy
to the Local Human Rights Committee at the next scheduled meeting in February
Twin County Regional Healthcare Services - Ms. Connie Carpenter presented the
3rd quarter report for the Twin County Regional Healthcare Services. Ms.
Carpenter reported that Twin County Regional Healthcare Services is under
dual diligence process of being purchased by Duke/Life Point; 80% and Twin
County Regional Healthcare Services maintaining 20% ownership. Life Point is
located in Tennessee. The purchase process will tentatively be concluded late
February or March 2012.
Ms. Nan Neese reported once there is confirmation that Duke/Life Point has
purchased 80% ownership of Twin County Regional Healthcare Services facility,
a request for affiliation with the Mount Rogers Local Human Rights Committee
must be presented.
MOTION: Ms. Pat McClane moved to accept the 3rd Quarter Reports as
presented by each provider.
Ms. Judy Burkett seconded the motion, which passed
There being no further business, Ms. Beverly Mountain made a motion to adjourn
the meeting which was seconded and passed unanimously.
Ms. Danita Moore