COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Hall Main Floor
Bill Dwyer presided with Commissioners Bobby Green, Sr. and Peter Sorenson
present. Commissioner Cindy Weeldreyer was available via telephone. Department
of Children and Families Director Patricia Rogers, Commission on Children and
Families Vice President Diane Burch, Oregon Juvenile Crime Commission
Coordinator Becky Ecklund, Oregon Commission on Children and Families Director
Donna Middleton, and Recording Secretary Daniel Lindstrom were also present.
Dwyer reported Commissioner Anna Morrison was unable to attend because
she was attending a Human Services Commission meeting.
Dwyer called the meeting to order at 1:40 p.m., expressing appreciation to the
large number of citizens present for changing meeting locations.
stated that the purpose of the meeting was to discuss the requirements of Senate
Bill 555 for coordinated planning regarding the needs, strengths, and assets of
all children and their families.
stated that 20 minutes had been set aside to receive public comments regarding
the bill. He determined that no one
was present who wished to speak.
Dwyer introduced Oregon Juvenile Crime Commission Coordinator Becky Ecklund,
Oregon Commission on Children and Families Director Donna Middleton, and thanked
them for their presentations.
Director Middleton distributed copies of information regarding Senate Bill 555
and directives from Governor Kitzhaber requesting agencies to develop budget
reduction options. She explained
the requirement for a single comprehensive juvenile plan, combining the current
Juvenile Crime Plan, Commission on Children and Families Plan, Alcohol and Drug
Plan, Diversion Plan, and Early Childhood Plan.
Middleton stated that the purpose of the coordinated planning was to develop
strategies for service delivery to children 0 to 18 years of age, and was not
intended to be a decision point for allocation of resources. She said allocation decisions would be made by state agencies
based on the plan. She emphasized
the importance of universal participation in development of the plan.
She said the deadline for completion of county plans was January 2002.
Coordinator Ecklund stated that preparation of a Juvenile Crime Prevention Plan
had been an independent activity in
counties, but was now to be
combined with the others because of common risk factors. She said funds from the Oregon Youth Authority’s Diversion
Plan had already been integrated with those of the Juvenile Crime Prevention
Plan. She described the three
phases of implementation of Senate Bill 555.
She emphasized the need for all government and private sector agencies to
cooperate and make the most of available resources.
Lane County Department of Children and Families Director Patricia Rogers
referred to a document entitled “Coordinated planning for Children and
Families – Phase II Senate Bill 555 distributed at the beginning of the
meeting. She noted that a time line
for implementation of Phase II was appended to the document.
She said the planning effort was not intended to create a new group, but
to utilize representatives of those already existing.
Commissioner Peter Sorenson asked if a model for completion of Senate Bill 555
requirements was available. Middleton
replied that the results of Lane County’s Phase I work served as a model for
the rest of the state and it was hoped that its Phase II effort would have a
Dwyer suggested that Senate Bill 555 planning affirmed the warning, “If you
snooze, you lose.” He said all
agencies needed to participate, consider how to consolidate services, and
ultimately benefit the children and families of the county.
Commissioner Bobby Green said he believed Lane County would lead the way with
development of its Senate Bill 555 Plan because of its experience with
cooperation between public and private service providers.
He said the Board of County Commissioners strongly favored collaboration
in the allocation of resources and expertise.
Rogers said direction from those responsible on the state level needed to be
given to counties about current overlaps in existing plans. Ecklund replied that there would continue to be overlaps for
some time, but that by the next planning biennium, all of the current plans
would be consolidated. She said
outcomes and priorities for the consolidated plan were to be submitted to the
stated in January 2002.
Jim Forbes stated that he was Executive Director of Look Glass Youth and Family
Services. He said he believed the
Senate Bill 555 process would benefit children and families.
He suggested that copies of the Lane County Senate Bill 555 Phase I
report should be made available to those working on Phase II.
Rogers said the Phase I report was posted on the Lane County Department of
Children and Families Family Internet Website and was available from the
Sorenson asked if the Commission on Children and Families would be responsible
for development of the Senate Bill 555 plan.
Rogers replied that it would be the product of a community planning group
to be formed. She said there would
be a Steering Committee composed of appropriate Lane County Department heads,
the executive directors of private sector service providers, and representatives
of the United Way and area elected officials leading the effort.
She said all meetings of the Steering Committee would be open to the
Sorenson asked if the Senate Bill 555 plan would include specific funding
recommendations. Middleton replied
that the plan would only deal with what community and family support were needed
and would be used by state agencies, governor, and legislators in preparing
Green asked how other counties were progressing with Senate Bill 555 planning.
Middleton replied that small counties were struggling to get needed
services, others were having unique struggles, and that all were discovering the
need to work together.
Director of Lane County Mental Health Department Rob Rockstroh discussed the
difficulty of planning services without knowing available resources to fund the
services. He said if services were
to be planned without consideration of funding, state-determined cuts would be
difficult to anticipate. He
suggested that funds would be better distributed by counties if they were not
pre-designated by the state.
He warned that future levels of funding would be reduced.
He said he believed Senate Bill 555 was full of good intentions, but
mandated an expensive process.
The meeting adjourned at 2:30 p.m.
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