April 19, 2012

Mental Health Action Team

Meeting Minutes

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

Location of Meeting: Disability Rights Wisconsin

Present: Jeanette Arellano (NAMI), Leslie Davis (AWPCC), Melissa Waldo (SSCHC), Gabriela Dieguez (SSCHC), Sylvia Cortez (BHD), Martina Gollin-Graves (MHA), Ursula Flores (TLS), Anny Rivera (Casa Romero), Lauren Mascari (TLS), Luke Waldo (CHW), Trishla Shah (DRW), Barbara Beckert (DRW)

Approval of previous meeting minutes: Motion by Ursula Flores

A. Announcements

1.  Volunteer to take next minutes:  Sylvia Cortez

2.  Nursing’s Voice Kathy Eilers has updated Luke with emails; sending employer surveys to identify need and will respond with outcomes.  Meeting on 5/18; Leslie will not be able to attend the entire day, so Steve Ohly will be present to be of assistance.

3.  White House Hispanic Summit: Luke, Jeanette, Gabriela attended.  Immigration, education, jobs, and healthcare were discussed.  Update was received regarding the items that were addressed. Gabriela reports that the focus groups were very rigid, specific, and well-coordinated.  Information will be forwarded to Team.  15-20 administrative officials were in attendance.  An action step for follow up was not presented.

4.  Mental Health Redesign:  The County has been going through a rigid redesign for adult mental health services.  Recommendations have been made and the action teams are in need of diversity.  Barbara Beckert encourages the Team to consider becoming a member of the Action Teams to increase diversity.  County sent out three RFS:  Crisis Resource Center for the North Side, additional Crisis Respite, Peer Support Program, with the focus to follow clients at discharge. The Access Clinic has experienced some challenges to which Amy Lorenz, director, has been addressing including the addition of a Nurse prescriber.  Two staff from the Mobile Team will be staffed Mon-Fri for consistency and referrals to improve care; consistency will be the goal.

5.  NAMI Peer Support Grant:  Jeanette has informed us that the grant was altered, NAMI is unsure of what the placement will be with regards to money.  Today HUD will be addressing all of the restrictions and on Monday there will be an outcome.  Recommendations look good per Barbara B.  Peter Hoeffel has reported that a SSN is required for the Peer Support positions.

6.  Steering Committee Meeting:  The next general Coalition Meeting will be June 28th from 3:30 to 5pm.  Luke has encouraged the Team to be in attendance to better engage other team members.  The Coalition is still planning to meet with the Health Department, to address the hiring practice of Latinos in healthcare settings and how we can assist them.

7.  April 28th: NAMI Mental Health Resource Fair with 13 resource tables. Trishla will be presenting along with some Warmline Volunteers – Meeting will be in SPANISH ONLY.

8.  Tina Rivera, UMOS Program Coordinator, announced upcoming Cancer forum on May 25th, 8:30 to 12:30.  Cancer survivors & victims, digital Mammograms, ages 45-64.  Email will be provided.

9.  Trishla shared information regarding the 23rd annual Children Come First conference Youth Mental Health Summit.  Information was provided, including information regarding scholarships.  The Team will attempt to send out the information to local schools

B.  Goals

1.  Men’s Groups was done for 12 weeks, with a core of 6-8 men.  Now there is follow up plan with the hopes of a follow up group.

2.  Spanish Warmline has a new training coming up in May – every Tuesday during May.  Needs are:  Volunteers for interpreter, interviews, and night meetings.  The Team will work together to assist and fill the gaps.

3.  Speakers Bureau:  Stephanie Calloway and Luke will work on launching the speakers bureau in May.  Goal is to pass on our wealth of expertise to others in the community.  After the website has been created an email will go out to other Coalition Members to encourage their participation.

4.  Bienestarmilwaukee will be updated by Luke, Trishla, and Leslie.  This ongoing effort will be followed up by our coalition with resources and other supportive materials.  Team members were encouraged to bring the items or preferably email the items to one of our fellow team members.

C. MLHC Member engagement

  1. The coalition has been successful in bringing members to the coalition, and it was asked what should we ask other coalition members to engage them more.  These were some suggestions:
  • Ask what their passion is?
  • What times of days work?
  • Conversations?
  • Views in the Community?
  • What is going on in your community?
  • What could another team address?  Identify?

Next meeting: Thursday, May 17, 2012 at Disability Rights Wisconsin

Minutes completed and submitted by Ursula Flores.

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.