March 15, 2012

Mental Health Action Team

Meeting Minutes

Time of Meeting: 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Location of meeting: Disability Rights Wisconsin

Present: Sylvia Cortez (Milwaukee County BHD), Luke Waldo (Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin), Leslie Davis (Walker’s Point), Ursula Flores (Transitional Living Services), Melissa Waldo (Sixteenth Street CHC), Trishla Shaw (DRW), Jeanette Arellano (NAMI), Gabriela Dieguez (SSCHC), Jonathan Kanter (UWM), Maria M. Santos (UWM)

Introductions and check in

Approve minutes from 2/16/12: Ursula Flores seconds to approve.


  • Next meeting Ursula Flores will take minutes.
  • Leslie has not been in contact with Nursing’s Voice recently. Dr. Chavez at UWM contacted Leslie to collaborate.  Alverno College started mental health NP program.
  • White House Latino Summit registration is open.  Please let Luke Waldo know if you are planning to go.
  • TIME magazine’s cover story: “Yo decido: Why Latinos will pick the next President”. 
  • No follow up on Mental Health Redesign.  Ursula will share e-mails regarding meetings.
  • NAMI’s Peer Specialist grant was accepted.  Proposal requests that 20 of the peer specialists will be Latinos.  These people need to have SS# and preferred if they are bilingual.  Once training is finished insurance companies and agencies will hire the peer specialists.  Jeannette will find details for other members to start recruiting.
  • Steering Committee Update
    • Masiel stepped down as chair.  Virginia has stepped into the role. 
    • Met with Mr. Newman from Family Planning Health Services (located in Wausau) who was contracted to provide services in the area of reproductive health at Milwaukee’s South Side Health Department.  Suggestion of hiring a bilingual NP unfortunately was not fulfilled.  Follow up meeting to see how to move forward.  Steve Ohly and Tony Baez participated in the meeting.  A clinical assistant position was created with bilingual/bicultural component.  Luke shared agenda of meeting with Mr. Newman and literature used during meeting.   
    • Steering Committee is looking to engage coalition members more often to collaborate.  Discussion of need to have some leaders that have been working for a long time in the community.
  • Agency Announcements
  • Trishla – voter outreach work. Trishla prepared information about the rules and even though there are two injunctions pending, voters need to be prepared to show ID and follow other new rules.  Trishla provided information about County supervisors and DRW information about hotline in regards to vote.  People who have guardians do have voting rights.  There is available information on how to get the appropriate information
  • Ursula Flores – lead person to prepare treatment plans, working to provide information with Milwaukee county workers about housing for people who are having problems with infestations.  Webinar for social services about how to get pests under control.  Ursula will forward information to Luke to share with all members.
  • Jeannette – April 28th 9:00 to 10:30: Latino Resource fair at Faith Lutheran church.
  • Nicole Angresano, United Way- interested in contacting us about the work on teen pregnancy prevention.
  • Miguel Martinez, Police officer- interested in being part of the coalition. Jeannette will get back to him to invite him to participate.

2012 Goals

  • Community Based Behavioral Activation for Latinos with Depression project
  • Warmline
    • May training for new “Warmies”.  Interested people can contact Leslie, Melissa and Gabriela for applications.  
    • Last week, a Spanish-speaking “Warmie” was sent home because partner was not present.  Melissa and Sylvia will be Leslie’s back up between 4/5/12 to 4/15/12 in case “Warmies” need to consult.  
    • Leslie will contact Dan Dickover for interpreting services. 
    • “Warmie” collaborated with NAMI and Jeannette thought she did a good job.
  • Speakers Bureau
    • Review bios and topics for presentation. 
    • Identify other community members that are strong presenters in mental health, prevention and education. 
    • Luke will be able to upload materials onto MLHC website. 
    • Invite Coalition/Community members to be part of Speakers Bureau.  Luke Waldo will draft an invitation to be reviewed and will send it to Coalition members
  • Bienestarmilwaukee.com
    • Luke, Leslie, and Trishla will meet mid April in order to plan changes.

UWM NIMH Depression Study

  • Three year project funded by NIMH to evaluate treatment for depression that is culturally relevant to Latinos.  MLHC’s MHAT is serving as a community advisory for project.
  • First year: focus groups to finalize treatment.
  • Second year: goal of 48 individuals to participate, project reached 42 clients – half for TAU and half for BAL.  Clients were offered 12 sessions or 20 weeks that were flexible in order to fit clientele needs.  Most of participants were female.  See progress report page brought.   Therapy is finished and follow up is taking place.  Follow up has been moved in order to fit reality of population. 
  • Third year: preliminary findings (see handout)
  • Men’s Group in order to address lack of participation in study.  Most referrals have come from Walker’s Point clinic. Group lead by William Reyes and David Enriquez.  This group has loosened up restrictions for participation.  Currently recruitment is over due to money restraints.  Maria Santos is looking into grants to have more funding.  David Enriquez is interested in bringing group to Walker’s Point clinic.
  • Frequent contact with participants (weekly).  Having get-together events (potluck) to maintain contact.  
  • Leslie interested in receiving training on BAL and extending invitation to her interns.

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

Minutes completed and submitted by Gabriela Dieguez

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.




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