Community Consortium Meeting Minutes
April 22, 2013

In attendance: Steve Como, Soldier On,  Nicole Gagne, Community Health Link, Bob Guerino, MassHealth, David Modzelewski, Network housing coordinator, Jerry Ray, Mental Health Association, Pamela Schwartz, Network coordinator, Julianne Siegfried, UMass, David Smelson, UMass, Jennifer Wuest, Behavioral Health Network, Chris Zabik, DMH

Data Update: 

For Year 2, We are at 51% of annual goal; 80% of month to date goal.

6 month follow-up over 85%; over 80% discharge.

Over 83% of those enrolled in year 1 are housed; 77% in year 2 housed.

Also looked at related statistics (housing stability, social consequences).

Most popular drug of choice is marijuana, second is heroine, then cocaine.
# of days used has increased, but data broken down by specific drug of choice, including 12 month marker as well.  Decrease in use of marijuana.  Others not much of a change or slight increase.

This info raises question of whether there is something more we can do clinically with this.  Uncertain whether or not that is possible.

Jennifer Wuest reminded that we also must keep in mind the under-reporting of use at the early time in the relationship.

Bob Guerino raised question of impact of legalization of marijuana.  Agreed that assessment should change to incorporate questions regarding whether marijuana is being used for medical purposes.

Agreed to consider changing time to have Heather on the calls in order to maximize her input.

UMass Update:
 SAMHSA bi-annual update due in a week and a half.  Partners stay tuned for emails with inquiries.

Community Health Link:
Interviewing a peer for Mission and Veterans program.  Enrolling another person; have some housing slots available.

Soldier On:
Housed another person in the last week.  At 85% of goal.  Ok with assessments.  Finally officially hired people to do case management.  Will hope to move vouchers along more quickly.

Behavioral Health Network:
Hired peer support specialist (in orientation today).  Interviewing for a clinical case manager.  About 4 people to be screened and enrolled.  They all have housing units available (shelter plus care and Springfield Housing Authority).

Pamela, Dave and Andrea met on HOT.  Andrea and Dave are working on collecting data from vendors and they are responding.  Springfield is working on collective intake process for individuals; Network will coordinate to maximize impact of HOT.

Agreed that we will use CC meetings as opportunity for case managers to relay any feedback around the program, what could be done differently or better.  Will create room for that at all future meetings.

Next meeting date:  Pamela will schedule by email to allow for working with Heather’s schedule.

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