Quick Report 8 April 09

DATE:             April 9, 2009

TO:                  Town Council

FROM:             Carlo Robustelli, Mayoral Aid

Andrew Pham, Mayoral Intern

SUBJECT:       Mayor’s Mental Health Task Force 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), David Chapman, Anna Scheyett, Michelle Turner, Judy Truitt, Clay Whitehead, Trish Hussey, Kate Barrett, Gwen Harvey

Task Force Members Absent: Rick Allen, Linda Foxworth, John Gilmore, Thava Mahadevan, Tom Reid, Mark Sullivan.

Staff Members Present: Andrew Pham

Members of the Public Present: Cim Brailer, Commissioner Bernadette Pelissier, Tom Tillett , Caroline Ginley, Marie Lamoureaux, Donna K. Smith.

Approval of the Previous Meeting Minutes

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

Presentation by Community Resource Court Staff Members

Caroline Ginley and Marie Lamoureaux gave a presentation regarding Judge Joe Buckner’s Community Resource Court. They discussed the history of the court, the disposition of cases, funding sources, and their association with the OPC Area Program. The Task Force received a packet of information, statistics, a flow chart, and a brochure about the Community Resource Court. The Task Force had the opportunity to ask questions of the staff members.

Small Group Work on Priority Matrix

The Task Force broke into three small groups in order to identify 5-7 actionable items of the 31 listed in the priority matrix. The groups focused on items that the Task Force could effect change upon and are of high priority to the surrounding community. Ammarell will compile the results and share them with the group.

“Defining the Box” Working Group Diagram

Ammarell and Turner presented two diagrams to illustrate for the Task Force how the “Defining the Box” group is approaching its work. The goal is to develop a visual image of the mental health service system for various age groups. Ammarell said she will send the diagrams out to the Task Force for further comments in the next week. Ammarell encouraged anyone interested to attend the next meeting of the working group.

Schedule for the Next Meetings

Next Task Force Meeting

§  May 13, 2009 – 3:00-6:00 p.m. – Town Operations Center 1st Floor Conference Room (note that meeting will be three hours.

Next work group on “Defining the Box”: April 22, 2009 – 4:00-5:30 p.m. – Town Operations Center 1st Floor Conference Room Small Meeting Room


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