December 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: Luke Waldo (Children’s Hospital and Health System), Gabriela Dieguez (SSCHC) Jeanette Arellano (NAMI), Sylvia Cortez (Milwaukee County Behavioral Health), Leslie Davis (Walker’s Point), Ursula Flores (Transitional Living Services), Katherine Valentyn (Centro Hispano), Martina Gollin-Graves (MHA), Julia Lechuga (MCW), Laura Glasman (MCW), Kathleen Eilers (Nursing’s Voice)

Approval of previous meeting minutes.  Motion by Gabriela Dieguez and Katherine Valentyn.

A. Announcements (some given at the end of the meeting)

  • MHAT meeting location change 2012—Disability Rights WI.  Trishla sent an e-mail with all the details.
  • MHA Resource Guide Updates: Katherine will send final corrections to Cara.  Leslie and Luke will do the final review of the resource card, which will be its own separate page inside the resource guide.
  • Warmline update: eliminating interpreter which is good, Gabriela and Leslie are hitting the pavement on Tuesday to leave flyers around the city, Leslie asked about funds to print posters.  Luke will check with MLHC Steering Committee.  Leslie will ask Lynn from Warmline.  Also, Katherine had two Warmies come to the Guadalupe Early Head Start parent meeting to tell the parents about it.  Other providers can keep this in mind as an opportunity for promoting Warmline.
  • NAMI: Peer specialist block grant—letter of support—Jeannette will e-mail the template to Luke.  The proposal must be submitted by Jan 17th.

B. Nursing’s Voice—Kathie Eilers

  • Nursing’s Voice is a collaborative partnership led by the Faye McBeath Foundation.  The lead program organization is the Public Policy Forum.  This project is designed to address both the supply and demand for mental health nurses, in close cooperation with ongoing efforts to redesign Milwaukee County’s adult mental health system.  First phase (about 9 months): data collection on the current and future needs for mental health nurses.  Second phase: educate nursing students about the rewards of a career in mental health service and prepare them with the knowledge and skills needed to be successful mental health nurses.  Third phase: Getting nurses exposed to mental health as a career—like having a cohort really work within the setting.
  • Kathie spoke about this project, handed out some materials, and she is asking if a member of our team would sit on the project’s Steering Committee.  Leslie shared some ideas about how she could see mental health nurses fitting in to Walker’s Point.  Martina feels it’s a good fit with MHA, and their executive director already sits on the Steering Committee.  Overall, the team feels there is potential collaboration.  Luke will follow-up regarding having a representative from our team sit on the Steering Committee.

C.  Goals

  • By Dec 31, 2012, we will provide ongoing support for Warmline in Spanish by: being present for ongoing trainings, participating in monthly meetings with the “warmies,” recruiting more Spanish-speakers to participate in subsequent trainings, and increasing exposure by further marketing the program.
  • By July 2012, we will provide guidance and recommendations to the Community Based Behavioral Activation for Latinos with Depression project.  (Luke will ask Jonathan Kanter about coming to one of our meetings to provide a summary, now that the project is ending.)
  • By March 2012, we will create and use an MHAT calendar with target dates and list of needs in order to volunteer and share responsibilities.
  • By Dec 31, 2012, we will maintain and update bienestarmilwaukee.com…
  • By Dec 31, 2012, with support and structure provided by MHA, we will establish a speakers’ bureau for Latino mental health advocacy in Milwaukee.
    • Discussion about LaGranD radio show: SSCHC is taking the lead and it is health-focused, not specific to mental health.  We will wait and see if it gets off the ground.  Perhaps we could do one show.  This will not be an official goal at this time.
    • Discussion about point person/coordinator for the goals: Gabriela and Leslie have been point persons for Warmline goal, Luke has been point person for MHAT calendar goal, Martina has volunteered to be point person for speakers’ bureau goal.  This will help provide structure to the goal and get it done!

D. Relationship between MHAT and MLHC Steering Committee

  • Luke shared that this was discussed at the most recent SC meeting.  A positive is the MHAT autonomy, but a negative is that Luke feels he has not communicated enough to the SC about what we are working on.  Luke requested to have MHAT updates on the SC agenda on a quarterly basis.  If there are things MHAT members want from the SC, Luke asks that we e-mail him, and he can communicate with the SC.  If there is need to speak directly with the SC, by all means, that can happen also.
  • Luke shared that Masiel (SC Chair) apologized for the miscommunication about the MLHC/MHAT support for a certain grant.  It will not happen again.
  • MHAT members suggested that on our own monthly agenda, we give time for SC updates.  Luke offered to bring minutes from the SC meetings as well.

On the agenda for next meeting: 1) Working on the Google calendar during the meeting—people will log in.  Luke will ask Stephanie about using the MLHC laptop.  Other MHAT members can bring laptop to use!!  2) Working on speakers’ bureau—Martina will bring the “application” and form that we can tweak.

Next meeting: Thursday, January 19, 2011 from 9:00-10:30am, Disability Rights WI (NEW LOCATION FOR 2012)

Minutes completed and submitted by Katherine Valentyn.

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.