Health and Human Services Department Mental Health Commission Berkeley/Albany Mental Health Commission Minutes Berkeley Mental Health Clinic Regular Meeting 2640 Martin Luther King Jr. Way January 24, 2008 – 5:00 pm Commissioners Present: Paul Clermont, Michael Diehl, Luvenia Jones, Allan Maris, Regina Simpkins (arrived late) Commissioners Absent: Darryl Moore, and Linda Smith Staff Present: Harvey Tureck, Carol Patterson Public Present: Kim Nemirow, Howard King 5:12 1. Call to Order A. Action Item: Approval of the Agenda and December minutes M/S/C (Diehl, Jones) Move to approve the agenda Ayes: Unanimous, Absent: Moore, Simpkins (arrived after vote) and Smith M/S/C (Diehl, Maris) Approve the minutes with the following corrections: On page 4 of (packet) 6B Correct the second sentence such that one time funds are available to all MH systems due to surpluses. Strike the third sentence. Ayes: Unanimous, Absent: Moore, Simpkins, Smith B. Public Comment “Ms. Nemirow introduced herself as an applicant to the commission. C. Announcements Commissioner Clermont announced he is the CQIC/MHC liaison and that the CQIC (Continuous Quality Improvement Committee) has been looking at progress scales including the Milestones of Recovery Scale used at The Village. He thinks that BMH is moving toward a culture of personal growth. He is suggesting that a CQIC report should be added as a standing agenda item. Ms. Patterson announced the CALMHB/C training on April 11 and 12. If Commissioners want to attend, they need to complete the application form and return it to her as soon as possible. Commissioner Diehl announced there will be a Civil Rights and Open Government Public Forum on January 26, 12-2 pm at 1730 Oregon St. D. Rides were arranged. 5:30 2. Chair’s Report A. Revitalizing Recruitment & Selection Committee There is an applicant who has met with one Commissioner and needs to meet with the Committee. Commissioner Diehl is trying to schedule another meeting. Ms. Nemirow is also an applicant and committee requested that she attend this and the next meeting to see if she has the forebearance for the meetings. 1947 Center Street, Berkeley, CA 94704 Tel: 510.981-5270 Fax: 510.981-5235 TDD: 510.981-6903 We now have a brochure and flyer and have discussed criteria for recruitment – cultural diversity, age diversity. We need to get the word out that we’d like applicants, but it’s important to strategically outreach in order to achieve broader commission diversity. In addition to BMH staff we might also contact high schools, Asian Community Mental Health Services, the shelters, Berkeley Youth alternatives, NAMI, the TAY TIP team, Terry Kalahar and Judy Izzo at the Senior Centers. The Chair asked everyone to outreach to people who are in our list of targeted groups. A map of Berkeley services might be useful for outreach. Next meeting: 2/8/08 10-12 Noon B. Retreat Summary - Discussion of previous year’s goals The Commission walked through the Retreat Summary. They noted that there has been better communication with BMH staff. Commissioner Diehl will call Councilmember Moore to encourage him to come to the next meeting. We will wait until we have more members before having our next retreat so that new members can benefit from the training component of the retreat. C. Preparation of Annual Report to Council Commissioners Maris and Simpkins will form a subcommittee along with Howard King to work on developing the report. The first meeting will be 3:15 pm on February 12 in the Deodar cedar Room at 1947 Center St. on the 3rd Floor. 6:20 3. Old Business A. CIT Task Force Update Captain Miller from the Berkeley Police Department and other new people attended the last meeting. At the next meeting (2/4/08 at 3;30 pm in the Deodar Cedar Room on the 3rd floor at 1947 Center St) there will be more information from existing curricula. Important to the Commission is defining whether the Task Force is a Subcommittee of the Commission. The group will also need to clarify who is sitting on the Task Force. At the next Commission meeting we’ll talk about the issue of the Task Force as a Subcommittee of the Commission. B. Public Commons for Everyone Initiative (PCEI) Update One of the results of the PCEI is the distance that smoking is banned increased around Berkeley Mental Health to 50 ft from doors and operating windows. It’s also extended to many entire streets in commercial areas and all parks. PCEI does provide outreach and engagement to homeless to help them get into services and housing. Those services will be modeled after the AB2034 program and the Coach (Shelter Plus Care) program. There will be an RFP process for a provider of the support services. They are hoping to get this started before the parking revenues begin to come in. PCEI also creates an outreach position at Berkeley Mental Health by as early as April. Informal reports are that enforcement hasn’t begun, bathroom hours appear to have been extended but there has not been any increase in signage. C. Possible Action Item: Proposal to allow a Berkeley seat on the MH Commission to be filled by an Albany resident when the 2 Albany seats are already filled Ms. Patterson stated that she and Mr. Tureck had met with Deputy City Attorney Kristy Vanherick and she made 4 points: 1) there is a need to clarify how Albany came to be served by Berkeley Mental Health and whether there was a Joint Powers agreement; 2) the concept of a floating seat (between Special and General Interest) that could be an Albany or Berkeley seat is not practical in terms of implementation; 3) Having a designated seat (General Public Interest) that could be either an Albany or a Berkeley seat might be possible; and 4) we will be amending the resolution that created the current Commission and the Commission will review those changes at a future meeting before submitting to Council 6:50 5. New Business A. Action Item – Reappointment of Commissioners Dixon and King M/S/C (Diehl, Simpkins) Reappoint Nadine Dixon and Howard King to the Commission. Ayes: Unanimous, Absent: Moore, Smith B. Possible Action Item – Nomination of new Commissioners Not at this time. 6:52 6. Director’s Report A. Passing of Dr. Graber: There will be a Remembrance Gathering on February 6 from Noon to 2:00 pm at the Clinic. B. Update on Adult Clinic Restructuring: Mr. Tureck detailed the beginning of the ACT team, which signaled a change from one-to-one therapy in an interview room to team-based intensive case management services. The current restructuring will result in 2 teams that are similar to ACT and then a larger team to provide crisis and specialized services. The intent is to improve access to services Commissioner Simpkins suggested that perhaps more WRAP and Pathways to Recovery tools could be incorporated at this time. Commissioner Jones said we need resources to involve consumers in the community and supports for transitions. C. MHSA Update The MHSA “one time” funds will be used primarily to help transition and close the AB2034 program. We have developed a plan to use these funds and it will be posted on the City of Berkeley website. There will be a 30 day public comment period. Staff won’t be laid off but moved into vacant positions as services are phased out. The MHSA Steering Committee hasn’t started Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) and Workforce Education and Training (WET) planning. The Steering Committee needs to be expanded to include stakeholders who have expertise in these two areas. Alameda County is moving ahead with their planning in both categories and is doing a good job on it. There have been consumers involved in all aspects of the MHSA planning through the Pool of Consumer Champions (POCC). There is hope that the POCC will have an orientation in Berkeley. D. AB2034 Update We are waiting for a response from the Governor regarding the lawsuit about cutting these funds. About 30 of the 92 enrolled AB2034 clients continue to receive “wraparound” services from the intensive case management teams. The balance of AB2034 clients continue to receive mental health services but have been moved to a lower level of care based on their stability and lack of need for housing subsidies and other supports. E. State Budget Update The State budget cuts are huge and it is anticipated the State budget might be a delayed until the Fall. There are proposals to eliminate the COLA for SSI and to cut Medi-Cal rates, which will reduce BMH funding by $60K - $100k on top of the $1 million AB2034 cut. F. Adult Clinic Repairs Update The contractor has been identified and repairs are supposed to start in 3 weeks. The cold auditorium is because the furnace was shut down due to the fires. 7:25 8. Liaison Reports A. Berkeley City Council Liaison – none B. Homeless Commission – Commissioner Diehl reported that Terry Kallahar is working with elderly homeless persons and Amy Davidson reported about the MHSA Housing program. There may be someone on the Homeless Commission interested in the CIT. 7:30 9. Adjournment Contact person: Carol Patterson, 981-5217 / email@example.com.
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