Quick Report 3 April 09

DATE:             April 3, 2009

TO:                  Town Council

FROM:             Carlo Robustelli Mayoral Aide,

Andrew Pham Mayoral Intern

SUBJECT:       Mayor’s Mental Health Task Force “Defining the Box” Work Group Meeting, Town Operations Center, 1st floor Conference Room Public Works, 6850 Millhouse Road, Chapel Hill, NC   27516-8175

Task Force Members Present: Natalie Ammarell (Chair), Thava Mahadevan, Michelle Turner, Linda Foxworth

Staff Members Present: Andrew Pham

Members of the Public Present: Bebe Smith, Lisa Lackmann

Mapping the System

The group discussed making the following changes to the diagrams:

Foster Care System

UNC Health Care

Project Turn Around

Adding Self-pay and private insurance to the funding sources

Replace “Town of Chapel Hill” funding source with “Local Municipalities” and add “Foundations”

Differentiate between the age groups from a clinical and funding stand point

Possibly arrange system maps according to the consumers who have Medicaid and those that do not.

Funding Sources

The group discussed the complications in describing the funding sources for various age groups since there are a variety of eligibility requirements. It was agreed that the working group would create a written appendix to the visual aids to accurately describe the sources of funds for each group. The group listed the funding sources for the following age groups: birth-2, 3-17, and 18-21.

Goals for the Next Meeting

Ammarell suggested that the group think about what message(s) we are trying to convey by the visuals. Mahadevan was tasked with writing up the specific issues that young adults face in the system. Turner agreed to create a diagram describing the criminal justice system. Smith offered a rough draft drawing of  the UNC Healthcare system and will help “tweak” it between meetings. Ammarell asked that all members suggest ways that the Task Force can effect change in the mental health system locally.

Future Meetings:

The working group scheduled its next meeting for April 22, 2009 – 4:00PM -5:30PM. – Town Operations Center 1st Floor Conference Room

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