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					                      MINUTES FROM NOVEMBER 12, 2009
                       CHILD WELFARE NETWORK MEETING
The following individuals attended the Child Welfare Network (CWN) meeting at the Las Vegas
Country Club:

Denise Tanata-Ashby, Nevada Institute for Children’s Research and Policy
Mary Jo Ball, Nevada Community Foundation
Jenaya Baxter, Workforce Connections
Adrianne Cox, Adrianne Cox Consulting
Ray Culp
Danielle Dreitzer
Darlene Duncan, State of Nevada Dept. of Health and Human Services
Sandie Durgin, Senator Reid’s Office
Theresa Fairweather, Nevada Child Seekers
Sharon Feeney, The Adoption Exchange
Aubrey Gandi, Child Focus/St. Jude’s Ranch
Jeff Grandy
Jackie Harris, Bridge
Manela Hemandez, Senator Reid’s Office
Wendy Kameda, Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada
Sue Koury, KPA Behavioral Health
Ken Lange, Lange Development Group
Christine Lindholm, Child Focus
Ellen Lloyd, Child Focus
Gard Jameson, Children’s Advocacy Alliance
Terry Murphy, Strategic Solutions
Ken Olsen
Cyndy Ortiz Gustafson, Strategic Progress, LLC
Stephanie Parker
TJ Rosenberg, Nevada PEP
Norton Roitman, Psychiatrist
Tom Waite, Boys Town
Stacey Wedding, Professionals in Philanthropy, LLC
Hilary Westrom, Ritter Charitable Trust
Edith Wynn, New Levels Community Development
John Wynn, New Levels Community Development

Chris Sutherland welcomed everyone, and thanked them for coming. Attendees introduced
themselves. It was brought to our attention that there may be a conflict in scheduling this
meeting with the NWCP, which falls on the second Thursday of the month. We will check out
future dates to make sure there is not a conflict with that group.

Legislative Priority Setting

Chris Sutherland presented the results of the survey coming out of the last meeting and
noted that there was a small response from the group. The main categories that emerged
from the survey are:

Prevention services for families
This includes drug and alcohol prevention for families, common sense parent classes, and
comprehensive counseling.

Adequate and available mental health services for young children

Transitional services for families when reunification takes place

Quality care of treatment to those served
This includes training people who have foster children

Public awareness/partnerships

Educational Attainment

Mental health services

Workforce development

Provider standards

Alignment with Community We Will

Alignment with [missed this one Stacey – sorry]

There was further discussion that this network should not go forward asking for new money,
as there is no new money out there. Instead, we should ask for realignment of funds and/or
accountability of funds used in past.

Terry Murphy shared that for every dollar that comes into the state budget, we will see about
60 cents. This is the reality we have to face. The state is seeing an increase in need for
services and less money to work with. She suggested that our efforts should be focused on
those matters in state law which prevent us from doing our job, rather than asking for
money, i.e., focus on where restrictions of money are limited, focus on revenue neutral
activities or taking money from one area into another. She also urged the group to speak in
one voice and to redo the survey and get more input from a larger number of people.

Ken Lange of NWCP stated that last year we were down to one issue: licensure of agencies.
He too suggested that our legislative priority focus on taking road blocks out of legislation,
identifying money that is not being used effectively, and bringing forth one voice. We need to
change the paradigm in Nevada that kids are the most important asset we have.

There appears to be a lack of clarity about the State’s financial well and what the pie look like
for the various government entities. UNLV was asked to provide information on this for the

group and to look at sources of our revenue tax structure. It was felt this should be a

Cyndy Ortiz Gustafson stated that the three main drivers of the Community We Will’s work
      Planning to build structure
      Prevention focus
      Performance in transitions and simplifying this for the lay person

She concurred that our message needs to be in one voice and simplified so that the
legislatures will hear our message. We need to meet them where they are: which is about
the budget.

There was further discussion by the group about the hidden tax of kids falling through the
cracks and that we need to gather this information to include in the business case that
Community We Will is putting together.

After this discussion, it was agreed by the group that several of the issues stated above could
be grouped together prior to the group being asked to prioritize the issues by placing red dots
on the most important items.

The following issues were grouped together: Prevention of services for families/children,
continuum of care/service array/advocate for a shift in focus to “front end” family-
focused prevention for programming and funding/transitional services for families
when reunification takes place.

The red dot exercise clearly showed the three top priorities of the Child Welfare Network:

The combined grouping of prevention of services
Mental health services
Alignment with Community We Will

Gard Jameson asked that the December 1 standing committee meeting be brought to the
attention of the entire Child Welfare Network mailing list. [STACEY – I MISSED WHAT THIS

The group was asked for a volunteer group to help distill the information of the Child Welfare
Network. The following individuals volunteered:
Denise Tanata
Gard Jameson
Hillary Westrom
Ellen Lloyd
John Wynn
Edith Wynn
Cyndy Ortiz Gustafson
Stephanie Parker
Danielle Dreitzer
TJ Rosenberg
Ken Lange

The Community We Will Update
Cyndy Ortiz Gustafson presented an update on the work of the Community We Will. She
indicated that the two main deliverables are a) to prepare a business case to be published in
December 2009, and b) to bring people to their website, which is not yet launched formerly,
but will be soon.

In March, they plan to launch “The Why” document which will focus on a) community
engagement (how to involve volunteers); b) strategic financing (how to leverage Lincy and
Brookings Institutes in both information and human resources; and c) policy agenda and
work with Child Welfare Network.

News, Announcements & Updates
Hopelink’s annual gala is December 3, 2009.

Cyndy urged the group to come up with specific “asks” for future investment. Cyndy also
mentioned the “Truly Duly” show, a musical on homelessness, which will appear on
television on December 19, 21 and 22 (STACEY – OH OH WAS THIS NOVEMBER OR

Next Meeting

The next meeting of the CWN will take place at the Las Vegas Country Club on:

Thursday, January 21, 2009, at 7:30am.


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