August 7, 2018
Meeting was called to order by Matthew Rainwater at 7:30am. Steve Bearman led the flag salute.
Pamela Hastings who is looking to create a makerspace in PA: place to share tools, use technology, arts & crafts.
Kevin H. moved to accept July 31 meeting minutes, second by John B. Motion passed.
Julie H. announced the Northwest Colonial Festival at George Washington Inn, talks, demonstrations, etc.
George B. reported on Ride the Hurricane success with both locals and tourists and thanked PAPD for their help.
Steve B. announced Dungeness Community Church presentation on Cascadia Rising @ 6:15pm.
Sound Community Bank is offering shredding Saturday at both branch locations as part of their customer appreciation week.
Cherie K. gave a quote of the day: “Avoid someone with nowhere to go and no hurry to get there.”
Program: Chief Smith and Mary Hogan from VIMO
Serenity House is currently running to help with shelter, the PAPD / VIMO partnership evolved to coordinate services for health reasons. VIMO helped with grant funding to get the program started and Amy Miller is an embedded social worker. See the printed PDN article.
A successful program in Massachusetts allowed police to act as social workers. Doing paperwork here is difficult because it becomes public record so here VIMO handles that part. PAPD was taught how Arlington did it and they will start doing more outreach via phone, etc. Policing hasn’t changed. This helps them get ahead of potential criminal activity. Burglaries and car prowls are down over last year.
Mary Hogan: they provide access to care and now they can go out to those who need it. Next step is to add medical care in the field, screenings, etc. Hep C is the 2nd most notifiable disease. One infected person can affect 20 others and these deaths have surpassed HIV and there is a cure for Hep C. Amy helps bring people into the clinic but many have trust issues.
Grant money will help PAPD to add a social worker and they will also ask for overtime funds for dedicated VIMO time. Many local organizations do ride-alongs.
How many people are not checking in for help?
10,000 have not been to a dentist in four (4) years. Working poor choose not to have care. It’s helpful to coordinate with other organizations and get past distrust. Transportation is an issue. VIMO serves about $2,500 / year and refer some to other services. One more social worker will absolutely have an impact.
How to help?
Become informed citizens. VIMO can track people through a program that Serenity House uses and can help get insulin for those who can’t afford it if they qualify for Medicaid. They also partner with Lower Elwha.
PAPD has been working for a couple years now on this program: It’s a matter of how it is versus how you imagine it can be different. If people had access to insulin, they could prevent arrest by erratic driving. Viola from Serenity House and Deputy Chief Jason Viada have been working together for two years on the housing beat and they have seen a difference in panhandlers.
PAPD helped with the fence across from Kokopelli. VIMO is training staff to do Hep C screenings. They would like grant money to expand working with the Sheriff’s Dept.
Regarding the Discovery Trail and Rayonier area camps: people are living in the hills and can be intimidating. Property owners are responsible to take the challenge of controlling their property.
Hep C: They tested 30 and a third were positive. Only 2 came in for testing. They need to stop it from spreading and work with TAFY and Salvation Army and continue to build relationships and trust. PAPD makes presentations, remains active with organizations and in public, which will address the silo issue.
Next week Peninsula Behavioral Health will be talking about a similar program.
August 14: Peninsula Behavioral Health
Meeting adjourned at 8:30am.