Mayor’s Mental Health Task Force
April 8, 2009
Task Force Members Present: Natalie Ammarell (Chair), Kate Barrett, David Chapman, Gwen Harvey, Trish Hussey, Anna Scheyett, Michelle Turner, Judy Truitt, Clay Whitehead
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.
* Approve March 11 Minutes
* Presentation by Community Resource Court Staff
* Small Group Discussions
* “Defining the Box” diagrams
* Next Meeting Plans
Natalie Ammarell called the meeting to order at 4:10 PM on April 8, 2009 in the Conference Room at the Town Operations Center.
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