RAPAD Coalition Meeting Minutes August 22nd, 2017
Renville County Gov Bldg/ 12:00 to 1:30pm
Present: Lamont Jacobson/Volunteer, Annie Tepfer/RAPAD Coalition, Dave Torgelson/County Attorney, Virginia Sullivan/Volunteer, Susan Williams/Volunteer, Dave Drager/Pastor Buffalo Lake Hector, Crista Otteson/Pact For Families, Bill Schmitz/Hometown Bank, Sean Culhane/Regional Prevention CoOrdinator, Sherrie Hable/Renville County Human Services, Derek Lee/Olivia Law Enforcement, Michelle Mehlberg/BLHS
Old Business: July meeting minutes were reviewed. Dave made a motion to approve, seconded by Sherrie. August Agenda was reviewed, Dave Torgelson made a motion to approve the agenda, Seconded by Dave Drager. Lamont reported participation at the Renville County Fair. Annie was ill and other volunteers could not attend. Lamont stated that he talked to youth and handed out social host ordinance information. He also stated activity by the booths was slow due to rain. Dave Drager reported that many people just wanted “stuff” because that is what people do at the fair booths is collect free stuff from each booth. Dave asked people who visited the booth to read the water bottle labels. He also stated people wanted to know who the youth on the water bottle was.
Budget Report: Annie reported that the fiscal year to September 30th to 2018, can carry over $12,500. The coalition needs to spend $6675. Funding is in the works to be committed Cedar Mountain Stars will receive $1,000 for their youth group; RCW TADA youth group will receive $1,000; BOLD High school will receive $500 for the You Matter Suicide prevention program that Tom Crus started; Annie is going to contact him. BLHS will receive $1,000 for their youth program; St Mary’s will receive $500/Tracy Bertrand has prevention activities planned; GFW Images will receive $1,000. Other ideas from coalition members were discussed. Dave Drager would like to plan a event similar to National Night Out to promote youth prevention. Annie would like to dedicate $500 to a ministerial youth prevention actiivity. Coalition members would like to see more activities in the faith community. Drug free activity in Hector is a good fit.
Compliance Checks: 86% of alcohol retailers refused to sell to under 21. 21 checks were completed 18 businesses passed. Those that failed: Casey’s/Fairfax; Buffalo Lake Municipal Liquor Store, Main Street Bar & Grill/Renville. Compliance checks have been going on since 2009. Back then there was more than a 50 percent fail rate. It has improved over the years. Buffalo Lake called Annie to set up Responsible Beverage Server Training. Derek & Annie provided the training. They have employees who are going back to college. Annie shared information on all trainings to date: 133 people have completed Responsible Beverage Server Training. The coalition discussed the fact that there is no a liquor license ordinance for Renville County and if that can be a focus for the coalition. Annie would like to work with Dave Torgelson on it.
Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention: Annie handed out information to coalition members about Morrison County’s Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention initiative. Morrison County is working together with Social services, Public health, the police department, Little Falls Community Schools, Morrison
County Attorney, Coburn’s Pharmacy Horizon Health & several other clinics, Stand Up 4 U Coalition & Northern Pines Mental Health to improve health care to people who are in need of pain management so that they receive proper care for their health. A majority of community members use prescription medications appropriately but abuse of medication specifically narcotics are causing destruction in many families in their community, in the state & across the nation. Annie hopes to have the coalition help develop an initiative for Renville County to address this also. Lamont suggested providing information on this initiative to Renville County Public Helath Advisory Council.
Renville County/RAPAD Coalition Four Core Measures Data: Crista from Pact For Families spoke with coalition members on the Four Core measures DATA 2009- 2016. There are positive changes occuring in the use of alcohol. The most negative being 11th grade males. Tobacco: Use of tobacco has a steady decrease in use grades 7 thru 9. No negative changes have been shown. Marijuana: The negative change noted was more use for females. Overall there has not been a sharp drop in use throughout high school youth. RX Drugs: There have been some positive changes as fas as risk. Bringing awareness to the risk and use is an important focus for the coalition.
Trainings & information: September is Suicide Prevention Month the phone number for anyone is available: 1-800-273-8255 (1-800-273-TALK)
Minnesota Program Sharing Conference will be October 19th, 20th in St. Cloud. Coalition members are encouraged to attend.
Next Meeting: September 26th, 2017, Renville County Ofc Bldg basement
Respectfully Submitted: Virginia Sullivan/Coalition Volunteer
September Meeting Agenda