March 7, 2017
Meeting was called to order at 7:30am. Wendy Sisk led the flag salute.
Betsy Reed Schultz, Theresa Murphy and Rebecca Miller.
Jack Glaubert moved and John Brewer seconded acceptance of minutes for Feb. 28. Motion carried.
Kaj talked about the Bed and Breakfast issue.
Matt R said he toured the State Capitol and recommended it to all.
Randy Johnson said the marbled murrelet and sustainable harvest calculation issues are being discussed by the Commissioners.
Matt R invited people to the Annual Lincoln Day Dinner on March 25. Speaker will be Freddy Simpson. Tickets are $60 and $120. See Matt if you would like to attend.
Kevin introduced Wendy Sisk, CEO, Peninsula Behavioral Health, who traced history of the group since 1971. PBH serves 3,000 clients each year with as many as 1,200 at any one time. They have a staff of 100 and a budget of $7 million. The Center is mainly federally funded but supplements with grants, donations and fundraising. A majority of females make up their clientele. Kids make up 18%. Children are offered counseling at school and at home. Veterans services are coordinated with other agencies. Jail and needle exchange services are importance since 65% of those using drugs want help. Homeless outreach receives some help from the Federal Program PATH. PBH works with adult transition homes to promote independent living. Crisis intervention is offered to anyone in the community, 24 hours a day. The center received 6,000 calls last year which was up from 3,500 a few years ago.
A respite center with 6 beds serves to keep people in the community instead of sending them to an out of county hospital. Medical services such as Psychiatric Consultation, Medication and Nursing are also offered. Medicaid makes up the bulk of their funding followed by Medicare and then private insurance. Funds come from 29 different contracts, state, federal and private grants. The biggest expense is the 86% spent on salaries. Hospital care was $1,200,000 up from $400,000 a few years ago. Spending on services outside the County means those funds are not available locally.
How can you help? Be courteous, respectful, conscious of your body language and an advocate for mental health. Fundraisers such as the upcoming event on May 5 at the Seven Cedars Casino are important. Sherman Alexi will be the Guest Speaker.
Future plans include obtaining and remodeling the old St. Vincent de Paul building which is next door. The build could be used to expand outreach.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS:
PBH maintains close relationship with the Police, especially with opioid cases.
Schools? They offer therapy and counseling. They take services to Crescent Schools and the Juvenile Justice Program.
Homelessness? How do we help those who do not want help? There is a need for over 2,000 housing units and more employment. They can do involuntary commitments if needed.
Cuts in State Funding? State funding is down because the number being helped is down. The reason the number being helped is down is because funding has been cut. They get some support from AA, Horizon Center and donations.
New Patients? They offer medical help plus behavioral help until a patient can get their own Primary Care Physician. New cases then fill in when one leaves.
Success stories? Holistic approach is being used. Understanding and support are the best cure. Helping to regain and maintain employment and final graduation are gratifying.
Dropping through the cracks? PBH and other community agencies try to work together to serve individuals but they do share clients.
March 13: Board Meeting
March 14: Mike McCarty
Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead one hour on Sunday!
Meeting adjourned at 8:32am