Mental Health Task Force Quick Report 11 March 2009

DATE:             March 12, 2009

TO:                  Town Council

FROM:             Natalie Ammarell, Chair, Mayor’s Mental Health Task Force

SUBJECT:        Mayor’s Mental Health Task Force Meeting, OPC Area Program, Conference Room, Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill.

Task Force Members Present: Natalie Ammarell (Chair), Rick Allen, David Chapman, Linda Foxworth, John Gilmore, Thava Mahadevan, Tom Reid, Anna Scheyett, Mark Sullivan, Michelle Turner, Judy Truitt

Task Force Members Absent: Clay Whitehead, Trish Hussey, Kate Barrett, Gwen Harvey

Staff Members Present: Andrew Pham

Members of the Public Present: Cim Brailer, Representative Verla Insko

Approval of the Previous Meeting Minutes

The Task Force approved the minutes of the previous meeting without corrections.

Presentation by Task Force Members

Three members of the Task Force presented information about their respective organizations and their role in the local mental health system. Judy Truitt also gave an update on the status of State budget cuts to mental health services – anticipated for this year and also looking out to 2010.

Discussion

Natalie Ammarell distributed a compilation of suggestions/ideas/comments received to date by the Task Force. The group discussed what they heard at the Listening Sessions – identifying themes of information & awareness and the need for education around navigation of the delivery system. After considerable discussion about the provider community and other topics, the group agreed: 1) as “homework” for the next meeting, review all the comments/suggestions and assess whether “actionable” by the Task Force and then group similar items together; and 2) once consensus has been reached on “actionable” items, the Task Force will create smaller working groups to develop recommendations/potential action steps.

Schedule for the Next Meetings

Next Task Force Meetings

§       April 8, 2009 – 4:00-6:00 p.m. – Town Operations Center 1st Floor Conference Room

§       May 13, 2009 – 4:00-6:00 p.m. – Town Operations Center 1st Floor Conference Room

Next Work Group on “Defining the System” Meetings:

§       March 19, 2009 – 8:30-10:00 a.m. – Town Operations Center 1st Floor Conference Room

§       April 3, 2009 – 8:30-10:00 a.m. – Town Operations Center 1st Floor Conference Room Small Meeting Room

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