RAPAD Coalition Meeting Minutes
November 27th, 2018
12:00 to 1:30pm, Renville County Govt Bldg, Olivia, MN
Present: Annie Tepfer/RAPAD Coalition Coordinator, Dave Torgelson/County Attorney, Virginia Sullivan/Secretary, Lamont Jacobson/Chair, Chuck Blum/KOLV, Joe Maffet/Pact For Families, Shereen Frank/RCW, Bil Schmitz/Hometown Bank, Andrew Pelz/RC Restorative Justice, Samantha Nelson/RC Hospital & Clinics, Michelle Mehlberg/BLS School
Old Business: Meeting was called to order by Lamont, requested coalition members to fill out match forms while introductions were done. Lamont asked coalition members to review the October meeting minutes, Samantha made a motion to approve the minutes, Michelle seconded, motion carried. Lamont ask coalition members to review the agenda for November, Chuck made a motion to approve, Virginia seconded the motion, motion carried. Red Bull Infantry Deployment: Annie updated coalition members about her son Andrew’s deployment. There was some flooding in the barracks. Andrew enjoys keeping in touch with his family. Annie will update again soon.
New Business: Annie appointed a steering committee to appoint Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary for the committee. Chuck, Samantha and Virginia are on the steering committee. Chuck volunteered to continue as Chair; Samantha volunteered to be coalition secretary and Chuck, Samantha and Virginia unanimously voted Lamont for Vice Chair of the committee.
Media: Coaliton members listened to the Lakeland Broadcasting Christmas ad. The ad featured a TADA student. Virginia stated she did very well with a clear voice & a pleasant tone. Coalition members were invited to “Holiday Happenings” where a light parade will have community members dressed in lights invited to participate. Annie will be singing with the choir.
Minnesota Prevention Alliance (MPA) meeting: Annie attended the meeting with other coaliton members from across the state. Brandon Brooks from the Minnesota Youth Council is organizing a state wide youth retreat in February. More on that later.
Program Sharing Conference/St. Cloud: Annie attended with other Southwest Region prevention coalitions. The conference is about coalitions sharing, supporting each other, connecting with each other and exploring new ideas.
Community partners/schools: Red Ribbon Week/Cedar Mountain school/Franklin: The school had a coloring contest. The winners received a red water bottle filled with candy. An e-cig presentation was given to 6th, 7th & 8th grades.
Youth Leadership Academy: Keynote speaker was Karina Forrest Perkins. Joe spoke with students about leadership in schools and the “4 V’s” Vision, value, vector, voice. Youth want to know how to practice leadership at school. Wendell spoke to youth about ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and Resiliency. Youth also learned about horses and alpha, delta and omega horse positions in the herd and how that applies to how youth interact with each other.
RCW/TADA: A presentation will be given to students in January with a judge, probation officer and county attorney about the legal consequences of drug & alcohol abuse. Annie is going to give an e-cig presentation to the 6th grade students. The TADA students made their new t-shirts with a “dabbing unicorn”. BOLD/Tom Krus: Tom informed Annie that the Community Drug Awareness presentation funded by RAPAD was attended by 40 people. Tom Hendricks who is an investigator was the speaker. All in attendance enjoyed the event.
FDA Ban: The FDA is cracking down on the sale of flavored e-cigs, swisher sweets, flavored cigars, menthol cigarettes and all flavored products. Michelle stated they are moving the age up to 21 because it is easy for youth to find an 18 year old to purchase tobacco products for them but hardly any youth are aquainted with someone 21 and older. All flavored products other than tobacco, mint or menthold flavores products that are not sold at an in person location. Annie showed a video of youth addicted to nicotine. The youth feel somewhat hopeless about their situation. Samantha wants to know who is responsible for the addicted teens as tobacco companies work hard at getting them hooked but do not offer products or resources once they are hooked. Annie presented to the county commissioners on e-cigs and the indoor clean air act was discussed. Annie will be working with S.H.I.P. (Statewide Health Improvement Program) on indoor use. RAPAD may look into resources for youth addicted to tobacco products.
Officer Jermaine Galloway: giving presentations on the difference between Indica and Sativa. He charges $5,000. The presentation is for teens and parents. He also does community assessments for products targeting youth such as JOOSE which is a 14% alcohol drink marketed in a can like a energy drink. He also educates teens & parents about products made to hide vaping as well as sweatshirts “hidden in plain sight”. Tall Cop High in Plain Sight also is educating parents and youth about products made available for using drugs and vaping in public with hats & sweatshirts that hide the paraphanalia. The Sleepyeye coalition paid for the presentation which was well received.
Pact For Families Opoid Crisis Collaborative Meeting: Several coalition members attended. Dave stated he appreciated the local focus with the panel of Renville County Human Services, a pharmacist, law enforcement and a doctor. Samantha shared that she felt that with the local partnerships people were hopeful that their concerns were being heard, especially by Representative Lang and Representative Dave Baker attending. Virginia shared that the pharmacist from Willmar gave a short presentation of the Nalaxone pen for opioid overdose. The pharmacist used the pen on his leg stating it is not harmful if you are not overdosing. The pen had the nose spray on one side & covered needle on the other with verbal instructions available with the unit. The speaker for the event Kate Erickson shared information about what is available on the opoid tool kit website. Statistics, information on over dose deaths by county and information on resources are on the website.
InKindMatch: Brittany spoke to coalition members about inkind matches and how the coalition is ahead by turning in match forms for trainings, meetings, youth group meetings, compliance checks, etc. The required in kind match amount is $156,250. Actual in kind by the coalition is $252,673.40. For year nine the requirement will be $187,500; but if the coalition continues to turn in match forms they can again meet that amount or higher. For the grant, $125,000 carried over $2463.00. Samantha made a motion to put it toward other in budget. Chuck seconded the motion. Motion carried.
CADCA National Forum: The forum will be February 4th through the 7th. Annie would like a coalition member to attend that could put what is learned in motion in the community. RAPAD will pay for the trip to Washington. Lamont stated that the breakout sessions were educational. Lamont and Sheree met with Collin Peterson’s office while attending last year.
Restorative Justice: Andrew informed the coalition that a presentation about restorative justice and the positive impact on the community will have several meeting times to encourage volunteers to attend, November 26th, December 3rd, December 10th and December 17th, 5:30p.m. to 6:30pm. Refreshments will be provided. Coalition members were encouraged to pass around flyers about the presentations. This program has been successful in other counties.
RC Hospital & Clinics: Samantha stated Andy Johnson, Dr. Kemp and Dr. Alquist will be montitoring pain treatments looking at lists of patients who have 2 or more opioid drugs prescribed to them. A “report card” will be coming out and providers who do not adhere to the 7 point plan may lose their certification.
UCAP: Sarah shared that applications for heating assistance are up this year. She shared that bell ringers are needed this year at various locations.
Home Town Bank: Bil shared that a holiday open house will be held on December 7th with refreshments and cookies.
Trainings & meetings: 5/25 Committee/Hutchinson December 12th, Pact For Families Collaborative meeting/Hutchinson December 12th, CADCA Conference February 4th-7th, 2019, Washington, D.C.
Next meeting: December 18th, Tuesday, 12 noon, Renville County Govt Bldg, Olivia, MN
Respectfully submitted: Virginia Sullivan/Coalition Secretary