Meeting Minutes
Webster County
MH/DD Planning Committee
Meeting Minutes

Webster County Disabilities Alliance
Planning Meeting
April 1st, 2010

Attending: Kim Motl, Irene Blair, Jim Burr, Beth Stuhr, Diana Johnson, Martha Miller, Gregg Kreamer, Brian Schmidt, Linda Smith, Richard Sisco, Ken Hays

Meeting was called to order at 7:30 a.m. by Chair-person Kim Motl.  All present were welcomed.  The minutes of the March 11, 2010 meeting were approved as presented.

CPC Report –

  1. Irene reminded the committee that as of today Ellsworth Hospital Mental Health Unit is now officially closed and Jim Burr mentioned that Dr. Berryhill is now really, really retired, as he was consulting and caring for patients at Ellsworth
  2. CSN- Community Services Network - Webster County continues to work toward implementation of this new system.  Several glitches need to be worked out but overall the process moves forward
  3. COC – The establishment of a welcoming Co-occurring Conditions or “dual disorders” capable system is also moving forward.  A meeting with providers interested in participating in the effort will be held on April 6, 2010 for training on using the COMPASS-EZ.  This is a tool to assist agencies to assess their capability and training needs related to co-occuring disorders.
  4. An initiative to start a family support group will hold an organizational meeting on May 6th at 7:00 p.m. at the WCCC conference room.
  5. Irene reported on the ISAC School she attended in March.  Jean Nesbitt, the new head of MHDD at DHS was one of the presenters.  Irene indicated that she seemed interested in learning and exploring creative service options.  Irene invited her to come to Webster County and to meet with us.  It is critical that communication within the system among the partners happen so that effective and safe services are provided.   
  6. There was no statistical or budget report as this is the first day of the month and none is available.
  7. Legislation- Irene presented somewhat of a summary report as it has come available.  It appears that there was new money available, contrary to what we were told, and several new initiatives were funded by the legislature.  These included among others, increased funding for in-home and senior services and for Toledo juvenile home as well as funding for quality assurance for nursing homes.  The committee discussed what our response should be.  Irene will invite the legislators to meet with the committee on May 6th to answer questions.  We will meet at 7:30 with the legislators to arrive at 8:00 a.m. 


Provider Reports-

  1. Iowa Workforce Development - Gregg Kreamer reported that right now IWD is continuing to educate applicants on the basic job seeking skills and utilization of the skills they have.  Classes about this will be continuing through mid-May with additional classed offered through ICCC after that.  Gregg also reported information on current employment rates for Iowa as compared to the previous year.  Webster County is currently at 8.5% unemployment compared to 6.2% for Feb. 2009.  IWD will be reducing staff due to retirement.  Any replacement will require a 30 step process.  IWD has 12 computers & monitors available if anyone (non-profit) has a need.
  2. Northwoods Living/Opportunity Village – Linda followed up on contacts with Senator Harkins office regarding the sub-minimum wage issue.  She suggested that the best option is to send letters to the “point person” in Harkin’s Des Moines office.  She and Teresa Naughton will continue to provide information and input to the senator’s staff.  Linda reported NWL and Opportunity Village continue the process of merging policies and procedures and that applicants for employment are numerous. 
  3. Berryhill Center for Mental Health – Jim Burr indicated that the census for the past month has been up but collections has been down.  A dual-recovery group is meeting at the center on Thursdays
  4. Friendship Center – Brian Schmidt reported that 32-33 members are attending on weekdays and 25 on the weekends.  Brian stated that the location of the center is a positive influence on numbers attending.  Regular meals and “staple foods” are available for members.  Hours have been expanded for the summer – 6:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. on weekdays.  The center is open 103-104 hours per week.  The weather has been conducive to a better outlook by members.  An Open house will be held on April 14th for past, present and potential members.
  5. Genesis Mental Health Associates – Martha Miller reported that a Support group for people with eating disorders would be starting and info would be coming out soon.

Committee Reports-

  1. Acute Care/ Crisis – Four people have been hired and staff training/orientation has been completed with them.  A training schedule has been set with the Fort Dodge Police Dept. with the Sheriff Dept. and Fire Dept. personnel to be scheduled.  Start date for implementation is April 12th.
  2. Education – A suicide prevention workshop is tentatively scheduled for May.  The committee will be meeting on April 2nd to finalize details
  3. Paperwork – No Report
  4. Vocational – It is hoped that news article into the paper about an employer and an employee with a disability in competitive employment.


Next meeting will be May 6, 2010 at 7:30 a.m.
Respectfully presented,

Ken Hays
Note Taker