January 14, 2010 -- Special Hearing Committee
SPECIAL JOINT HEARING COMMITTEE MINUTES
Wednesday, January 14, 2010
1380 Howard Street, 5th Floor
Present: James Shaye Keys, Chair; Tom Purvis, MHB Member; Lara Arguelles, MHB Member, Gifford Boyce-Smith, MD, NAMI SF Chair (by telephone)
Meeting called to order at 6:20 pm by James Keys.
1.0 PLANNING FOR JOINT HEARING BY MENTAL HEALTH BOARD AND NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS.
1.1 Review of items accomplished at the January 7, 2010 meeting.
The Sunshine questions were reviewed and will be sent by NAMI to Dr. Katz. Next, the outline of the hearing prepared by Dr. Boyce-Smith was reviewed.
1.2 Continue development of hearing focus and potential speakers
1. Opening Statement: A City in Peril: 5 minutes
MHB will give opening statement stressing the severe reductions in inpatient psychiatric bed capacity and outpatient services. These cuts are a threat to public safety and expose the city to increased costs in crime and homelessness, while failing to provide humane treatment and the hope of recovery to residents with mental illness. When services are cut we end up paying higher costs in our hospitals, streets, and jails.
2. The Front Line: High Cost of Cutting Mental Health Services
a.) Report from front line physicians at San Francisco General Hospital: 10 minutes
It was suggested that three speakers be invited to speak to this issue. James Keys, Giff, Karen and Valery will connect with the Physicians Organizing Committee to obtain the speakers. They are currently preparing a list of speakers. Speakers would focus on message that reduction in beds and services is increasing demand, decreasing available inpatient and discharge treatment services and placements, and resulting in poor health outcomes and increased safety issues. Suggest that your speaker(s) touch on bullets below or other relevant info:
b.) Report from Police Department: 10 minutes
Dale and Pam will follow up to get a speaker from the SFPD.
Focus on impact on police department of inadequate psychiatric inpatient capacity and community mental health services. Suggest that your speaker(s) touch on bullets below or other relevant info:
c.) Report from Jail/Sheriff/Behavioral Health Court: 10 minutes
Suggestions for speakers were Sheriff Hennessy, Judge Mary Morgan, Jennifer Johnson, Public Defenders office, George Jurand, Sheriff’s department. Giff will speak with Judge Morgan; Fred Martin will speak with Sheriff Hennessy, MHB will talk with Jennifer Johnson.
Focus on impact on jails of inadequate psychiatric inpatient capacity and community mental health services. Suggest that speaker(s) touch on bullets below or other relevant info:
d.) Report from Homeless Shelters: 10 minutes
Jennifer Friedenbach was a suggested speaker. She is very knowledgeable about the impact of the cuts on people with mental illness who are homeless. Mr. Keys will contact her.
3. The Front Line: The Hope of Recovery: 10 minutes
Report on what is working well in mental health treatment and could be enhanced to reach more people in need. Might use speakers from Citywide Case Management, the NAMI In Your Own Voice group. NAMI will follow up on names mentioned below and Mr. Keys will ask Belinda Lyons with Mental Health Association for names.
Mr. Keys will follow up with getting a room at City Hall for the hearing at 6:00 pm, Thursday, February 25, 2010.
Mr. Martin suggested that we need a tight story for the media, hard hitting with facts, statistics and strong presenters. Presenters should make calls to the media.
1.3 Public Comment
No public comment.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:00 pm.