September 15, 2011

Mental Health Action Team

Meeting Minutes

Time of Meeting: 9:00am-10:30am

Location of Meeting: Center for Urban Population Health-Community Education Room

Present: Sylvia Cortez (Milwaukee County Behavioral Health), Leslie Davis (Walker’s Point), Ursula Flores (Transitional Living Services), Melissa Waldo (Sixteenth Street Community Health Center), Trishla Shah (Disability Rights Wisconsin), Peter Hoeffel (NAMI), Martina Gollins-Graves (Mental Health America), Maria Santos (UWM), Julia Lechuga (MCW), Jeanette Arellano (NAMI), Kathryn Valentyn (Centro Hispano)

Approval of previous meeting minutes.  Motion by Ursula Flores and Kathryn Valentyn.

A. Announcements

  • Decision for NAMI block grant funding has been postponed to late October.  Peter Hoeffel will send a sample letter to MHAT members (with Ursula Flores taking lead) to review and revise (if necessary) so to decide if MHAT will sign in support.  NAMI is aiming for grant to fund training for certified peer specialists and would aim to recruit Spanish-speakers. 
  • This discussion led to one about the possibility of creating stationery with participating MHAT members and the organizations with which they are associated.
  • The MLHC meeting with Health Commissioner Bevin Baker is to be rescheduled.  If you have any issues/thoughts/concerns to be brought up, please consider them for later meeting.
  • Mental Health America is and will be updating the resource directory.  Cara is willing to present at next MHAT meeting to address changes or additions to Spanish resource section of the directory.  MHAT is glad to welcome her to the next meeting.
  • Marcel Tassara will be offering a bilingual consultation group for therapy providers beginning on Friday 9-23-11 at 6pm on the 3rd floor of Core/El Centro.

 B. Warmline

  • Trained warmies still awaiting calls.  Continued outreach is needed to spread the word on this new resource.  Warmies are brainstorming ideas to changes to the flier, making posters, and advertising in placing like El Rey and LaGranD. 
  • Discussion to extend advertising and service to Waukesha and Racine.  Sylvia Cortez will email Lyn Malofsky to get official approval of expansion.
  • As of Saturday, October 1st Spanish Warmline hours will be added.  Warmies will now be taking calls on Saturdays from 7-10pm in addition to their regular Sunday hours from 7-10pm.
  • Leslie Davis will continue to offer the Spanish-speaking Warmies a monthly in-service/training on the 2nd Monday of the month from 2-3:30pm. 

 C. Fiesta Mexicana and Milwaukee Street Soccer

  • MHAT staffed a table at Fiesta Mexicana on Friday 8-26, Saturday, 8-27, and Sunday 8-28 to provide mental health and emotional wellbeing resources to the Latino community.  Attendance and interest in MHAT’s table was poor. 
  • In retrospect, some believe that this was not an appropriate venue to be providing such materials as people come to enjoy the festive Mexican culture and not to talk about mental health.  A table with such resources may be more suitable at a venue like a health fair.
  • If MHAT is to continue staffing a table, it would be beneficial to have an MLHC advertisement (i.e. a MLHC table runner). 

 D. UWM Latino Depression Study Update: Maria Santos

  • The Latino Depression Study – a study to measure the effects of Behavioral Activation on Latinos – is nearing its end and is approaching the data collection phase. 
  • The recruiting effort was challenging.  The target was 48 individuals.  They had 43; 9 males.  Recruitment efforts were done at churches, El Rey.  These were not effective.  Most of the participants came by referrals from SSCHC and Walker’s Point.  The sample target may have been hindering as it seems most individuals who present with depression also have co-morbid alcohol and/or drug use. 
  • Maria would appreciate suggestions on ways to increase recruitment.  Some ideas offered include: address stigma, expand the scope of the target population to include dual diagnosis.  Outreach at unemployment and temp agencies, Foodshare lines, etc. 
  • Goals for the remainder of the study include:

          complete data collection

          complete treatment by mid December (at the latest)

          train therapists to use Behavioral Activation

Next meeting: Thursday, October 20th from 9:00-10:30am, CUPH

Minutes completed and submitted by Melissa Waldo

The mission of the Milwaukee Latino Health Coalition is to improve the health and well being of Latino communities by organizing power for social change.