minhead.gif (11357 bytes)Approved Approved 11/3/1999

May 5, 1999


Harris Hall Main Floor - 9:00 a.m.

Commissioner Bobby Green, Sr., presided with Commissioners Bill Dwyer, Anna Morrison, Peter Sorenson and Cindy Weeldreyer present. County Administrator Bill Van Vactor, County Counsel Teresa Wilson and Recording Secretary Melissa Zimmer were also present.

1. REPORT Semi-Annual Board of Health Report.

Rob Rockstroh, Director, Health and Human Services, submitted the semi-annual report on public and environmental health. He said it includes everything in Health and Human Services as well as Parole and Probation. He noted that heroin deaths are up significantly, that there had been 15 in the first three months of the year and at that rate it will double from last year. He added it had grown significantly within the past 10 years because the drug is inexpensive. He noted parole and probation is totally funded through state grants, and receive no general fund monies. He said their budget is $199,000 in the hole.

Sorenson asked between the proposed public safety levy in 1998 and at the present time, what roles the issues played in any future public safety funding proposal that the Board of Commissioners might be considering.

Rockstroh responded from a public health and safety standpoint, they could be significant. He said through the process of the PSCC, those issues hadn’t been brought up as something to fund. He said time and effort had gone into maintaining programs they have had in the past. He added they hadn’t had much discussion about heroin addicts.

Sorenson asked since the shootings at Thurston High School, what had been done to reduce the threat of that type of catastrophic event.

Rockstroh responded there is an awareness level and they are currently involved with safe schools and communities. He added the community and country are in a debate about what is the appropriate way to do it. He said things will change if the community attitude changes. He said the Board could support the Public Safety Coordinating Council in applying for the safe schools grants (as programs where kids could go to stay out of trouble).

Cindy said the reason she championed the concept of advance technology to all areas, is to provide parents an opportunity to be able to use the computer to stay home and earn money and not have kids at home alone.

Dwyer asked how many employees were in the Health Department and how many employed were developmentally disabled.

Rockstroh replied that there were approximately 300 employees and none are developmentally disabled.

Dwyer suggested utilizing developmentally disabled people in the Health Department.

Morrison asked with regard to family mediation, how many people from the County were served. She had concerns about items coming before the Board on transferring dollars in and there not being enough money. She said she wanted a handle on what the County was doing. She noted the minutes from the prior meeting showed Green had raised the question about new opportunities and the number of people to be served against who was actually served.

Rockstroh replied they are fee driven, with parents having to pay for the new classes. He stated in the past they received fees from the court system. He added everyone in that department is a part-time employee, driven by their client base load.

Morrison commented that she was disappointed how the tobacco prevention dollars had been administered. She said in talking about local control, they had not been allowed to do what they as a community think is necessary, about tobacco prevention in schools and in the community. She said she was also concerned about heroin on the prevention side as there was recently a grant that was awarded with half of the money going to administrative costs and the other half toward community education. She noted at a meeting last month, specific questions were asked by school counselors as to what they could or could not do, and they received no answers.

Rockstroh responded a program coordinator works with the community and it is not with administrative dollars. Rockstroh suggested a Board work session on tobacco, heroin and inhalants to explain what they are trying to do with the community groups.

Green suggested bringing in C.A. Hutchins, who was part of the tobacco committee.

He stated he hoped there was support for families impacted by users of heroin. He wanted to get information out to the public for families who have drug addicts or users.

Rockstroh reiterated that the systems for delivering drug and alcohol rehabilitation are two different delivery systems: one for people with insurance and one for people who are poor. He added not all treatment works the same and the message needs to be delivered that drugs kill.

Dwyer noted if something works, the Board needs to make sure that it is funded, but outcomes need to be measured. He also requested limiting amounts that go toward administration.

2.  Approval of Minutes: November 4, 1998, Board of Health Meeting, 9:00 a.m.

MOTION: to approve Minutes of November 4, 1998.

Weeldreyer MOVED, Sorenson SECONDED.

VOTE: 5-0.

There being no further business, Commissioner Green adjourned the meeting at 9:45 a.m.

Melissa Zimmer

Recording Secretary

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