February 11, 2020
Meeting was called to order by Kaj at 7:30am. Brian G. led the flag salute.
Jack moved to accept Feb. 8 minutes, seconded by Dick. Motion carried.
Steve and Laurel with Port Angeles Farmers Market announced a chili fundraiser this weekend from 11am – 2pm. Becky McGinty.
Treasurer Debby F. stated that approximately 50 members have renewed so far.
Edna said Erik Marks, owner of the Landing Mall, is the guest speaker next week.
John B. announced that Thursday Kiwanis features Jeffery from Oxford House, noon at Joshua’s. He also stated that the Regional Director of Dept. of Ecology will speak at tomorrow’s joint Chamber of Commerce meeting.
Kaj handed out certificates for new PABA members who were present.
Edna interviewed Stan Forsall, PABA member since 1981.
Edna announced that Dan Montana had to cancel due to an emergency.
Program: Robert Beebe, Olympic Game Farm
Edna asked Robert to talk about the Game Farm and he commented that the new minimum wage laws will be hard. They have 330 animals that eat 1,500 lbs. of meat per day. They use donated hay and animals that they butcher on site for free. They had 11ok visitors last year and employ 18 full time staff with up to 30 part time during the busy season. They breed hoof stock but not exotics and get calls for tigers and lions that need homes. They also get calls from trainers looking for bear cubs for filming, but that industry is going away because of CGI. They have ended the deposition phase with the Animal Legal Defense Fund but still in the middle of it.
Dan Montana arrived at 8am and talked about the community paramedicine program to reinvent how to get care to people. The goal is to limit 911 calls and ER visits for non-emergencies.
He identifies people that use the program over and over for non-emergencies. Many are elderly and he advocates to get them in services and help with paying bills, etc. He can give supportive care onsite instead of the ER and goes to shelters for wound care, but does not work only with the homeless. He can administer shots for Peninsula Behavior Health patients.
For diabetics he works with state agencies to get those with financial issues into programs. It takes longer to assess these cases.
In Port Angeles they’ve seen a 60% decrease in 911 & ER usage. They’re missing a lot of people and want to expand into the county. Dan said OMC has dedicated $25k over the next 4 years to the program. The Fire Department partners with the county for grants, and PBH and OMC are putting money into the program.
Dan works under doctor’s orders and said these programs have been around for decades. He told a success story of a 10 year undiagnosed schizophrenic now moved into her own apartment and her trespass has been lifted.
He said there isn’t one voice for these types of programs. It’s locally driven to take care of our population. It took 4 years for them to be able to bill for service. It’s statewide that Volunteers of America is the middleman now. Legislature decided that VOA has to medically clear suicidal holds first then VOA calls Peninsula Behavioral Health.
Dick moved to extend the meeting for up to 15 minutes, second by Carlol. Motion passed.
Mike F. said this may be because state integrated health says to treat the whole needs of the patient. This took funding from PBH and created the middleman.
Dan said we don’t have a tenth of the beds needed. They use implied consent to medicate and law enforcement can use the Involuntary Treatment Act to provide medical care unless they concisely say no. One in five suffer from a behavioral health issue in their lifetime. Sixty years ago people were better at hiding it. Alcoholism was acceptable back then. It’s not addressed nationwide.
There are no more sanitariums. Drugs provide something that the brain needs for people to live their lives but that’s not sobriety. If you try meth once, there is a 20% success rate of ever getting off of it permanently.
Mike F. said the city estimates saving $80k over a 6 month period with this program and the chief has case studies and data to prove it.
Feb. 18, Erik Marks, The Landing Mall
Meeting adjourned at 8:45am.