May 3, 2000

9:00 a.m.

Harris Hall Main Floor



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


REPORT Semi-Annual Board of Health Report


Rob Rockstroh, Health and Human Services, reported on a new program called Focus on Children which is a class required for couples going through a divorce.  He noted that 100 parents go through it per month.


Rockstroh noted that Fairview Hospital was closed down and all clients are now in the community.  He said that is why developmental disability budget will be going up.  He spoke of the Developmental Disability waiting list lawsuit affecting the general fund.  He noted it could double the capacity for developmental disability services.


With regard to mental health services, Rockstroh reported they have a staff person at the drug court.


On environmental health, Rockstroh reported the County was on probation for restaurant inspections and was released six months early.  He said Lane County got excellent ratings.


Rockstroh reported that heroin is still a big issue.  He said there was a waiting list of 24 people for methadone treatment.  He said it could take up to 120 days for a federal waiver to get them into a full-fledged program. He added the state would have to agree to it, then the state public officer and the federal government.  He said it may cause some problems, but it is better than having people in the streets waiting to get in.


Rockstroh outlined the functions of the Dewey Corrections unit.  He said a concern is  the loss of the Domestic Violence Misdemeanor Unit.  He said in Parole and Probation, domestic violence supervision might go away as funds are running out.  He noted most domestic violence cases are misdemeanors and the money they get from the state is based on the number of felons, not misdemeanors.


Sorenson asked what could be done to shorten the waiting list for methadone patients.


Rockstroh replied, money.  He noted that treatment on demand is very expensive.  He stated there have been waiting list reductions from the state and that is a funding issue.  He added that the methadone and heroin addicts try to recover on their own. He said the cost of three staff people and a pharmacist would be less than $300,000.


Sorenson asked if the reduction in the adult crime rate was related to the increase in the number of people who were receiving heroin or methadone treatment through this program.


Rockstroh responded that studies have shown if drug treatment is successful, crime rates are reduced.


Board of Health Minutes November 3, 1999


MOTION: to approve the minutes.


Morrison MOVED, Dwyer SECONDED.


VOTE: 5-0.


There being no further business, Commissioner Sorenson adjourned the Board of Health meeting at 9:40 a.m.


Melissa Zimmer

Recording Secretary


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