RAPAD Coalition Meeting Minutes
August 24th, 2018
12:00 to 1:30pm, Renville County Govt Bldg, Olivia, MN
Present: Dave Torgelson/County Attorney, Virginia Sullivan/Secretary, Chuck Blum/KOLV/Vice Chair, Shereen Frank/RCW Schools, Janette Oehlers/Guia Coach/Pact For Families, Dave Drager/Pastor Buffalo Lake HecShereen Frank/RCW Schoolstor, Michelle Mehlberg/BLS School, Leah Schueler/SHIP, Janine Kramer/Olivia House of Hope, Joe Maffit/Pact For Families Evaluator, Marissa Krouis/4-H, Carrie Brightman/Pact For Families Re-Entry Ready Program, Sarah Cater/United Community Action Agency, Kali Steffel/Renville County Probation, Samantha Nelson/RC Hospital
Old Business: Coalition members were asked to fill out match forms and turn them in. Approval of meeting minutes and agenda, Sarah made a motion, motions seconded by Dave, motion carried.
New Business: Kari presented on the drug court which is an alternative to traditional probation. A community board deals with substance abuse. This team (Judge, county attorney, public defender, probation, human services, law enforcement, sheriffs office, CD counselors, jail administration) meets bi-weekly to stay informed on the progress and to assess goals. This is a 2 year program; where as a felony is 3 to 5 years served. The goals are sobriety and community integration. The restorative justice program starts in September 2018. The “3 R’s” Respect, Responsibility and Relationships are the focus. This involves the victims, offenders and community to redice recidivism and helps with reparation of the crime without shaming. Volunteers are needed for the program. Circle sentencing: This program helps with transitional youth from foster care, crisis placement, for reintegration to the community. Currently is is for ages 13 to 17. Joe asked about the possibility of collaborating with the Pact For Families Re-entry Ready program and Kari confirmed it could be used as a good resource.
Renville County Fair: Chuck reported that 450 bottles of water were given away to fair goers. 100 bottles were given to Buffalo Lake Hector Stewart, also 200 were given to RCW for their open house. Virginia reported that many people at the fair asked for Lamont! Also word of mouth spread very quickly about the water bottles. Dave stated that there were many good conversations sparked by the box of tobacco products Annie had at the booth. Virginia confirmed this and stated there were many parents and youth that were curious about the USB “Juul” e-cigs. Joe noted that there are youtube channels devoted to people trying one of the 1100+ e-cig flavors. Many of these channels have underage youth promoting the flavors. Janet asked about whether or not youth know the dangers of the e-cigs. Manufacturers make them seem harmless although all the warnings are in small print on all of the packaging. Leah stated that the cartridge with the charger for Juul starts at approximately $35 and $25 for the 4 “pods” each pod equal to ONE pack of cigarettes.
Media: E-cig quiz. Chuck reported that there were 861 quizzes taken, many took it twice so approximately 500 people took the quiz for the $100 gift card prize. 79% were female, 21% males. The winner was from Montevideo, MN. 200 more people than last year took the quiz with ages ranging 33 to 42.
Renville County Tobacco Audit: Leah from S.H.I.P. (Statewide Health Improvement Program) that the compliance checks for tobacco were done. The “Powerwall” behind the cashier at convenience stores like Casey’s and Dollar General have the popular tobacco products and e-cigs like Juul. The cartridge & charger sell for $35 and the set of 4 “pods” sell for $24.99. Each pod is equivalent to One pack of cigarettes, with warnings written clearly on the package in very small print. Youth do not believe vaping is dangerous. Youth as young as 9 years old have “flavor reviews” on youtube. Leah was asked about what happens when a business fails a compliance check. She stated they are required to re-do the Responsible Beverage Server Training again.
Prescription Medication Abuse Committee: There is a video conference being held, sponsored by Pact For Families on November 12th featuring Dr. Devine and Kate Erickson on drug use, treatment and dependency. Dr. Bell is a speaker that has a primary care delivery model for rural treatment and prescribing guidelines. Dave made a motion to invite Dr. Bell to the Prescription Medication Abuse Committee to speak to the committee; Virginia seconded the motion. Motion carried to invite Dr. Bell to speak to the Prescription Medication Abuse Committee.
Budget Balance: Chuck states that for year 8 ending September 30th, 2018; it has been the lowest budget year due to RAPAD assisting with many youth activities. Rochelle Peterson from Pact For Families Collaborative will be helping to keep the budget on track.
National Night Out: Hector August 7th. There was a good turnout of familes for the event. The youth and families enjoyed activities & food. This is a great way to help youth to feel a part of their community and keep them active in the events to help promote fun without drugs or alcohol. One hundred bottles of water were donated to the event by RAPAD. Dave Drager handed out posters and cards to coalition members for the “Just One Life Matters” event will be September 9th, 2018, in Hector. Hector is one of 4 locations for this event. Sam Eaton will be the guest speaker to talk about “how suicide didn’t win” Rapper Caboose will be performing. Suicide prevention resources will be available along with door prizes.
Community Partners: Sheree from RCW shared that there will be a speaker Rich Smith coming to speak September 10th. Mr. Smith lost his son to suicide. Seventh and eighth graders will be coming to see him with their parents. Sheree also shared that the GRASP suicide prevention/Greater Redwood Area Suicide Prevention will host a “Walk for Life” on October at 10 a.m. at the lower shelter of Ramsey Park in Redwood Falls. More information to come on other events. Michelle from BLHS stated the youth will be attending the “Just One Life Matters” event on September 9th. Suicide prevention resources will be available.
Media: Chuck reported that the public service announcement/community events will be on the “Ask Us” section of the website for KOLV and Bid Country. Chuck would like to do interviews with people. Annie will be sending invitations to County Commissioners per Joe from Pact For Families.
Olivia House of Hope: Janine reported that all the beds are full and that all residents have jobs. She has a waiting list. This is a recover house for women. The recover houses for men are Earl’s Place and The Fortress.
Healthcare: RC Hospital and Clinics: Samantha reported that providers are looking into an Opoid Toolkit. The Prescription Medication Abuse Committee will be meeting at a date to be announced.
Upcoming Trainings & Meetings: June One Live Matters; Suicide Prevention September 9th, BLHS High School 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Program Sharing Conference October 25th & 26th. Coalition members are encouraged to attend; see Annie for costs paid information.
Next meeting: September 25th, 12 Noon, Room 116, Renville County Government Bldg, Olivia, MN
Respectfully submitted: Virginia Sullivan/Coalition Secretary.