MAY 8, 2002

9:00 a.m.

Commissioners’ Conference Room



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


1.   Semi-Annual Board of Health Report


Rob Rockstroh, Health and Human Services, explained that according to statutory requirement, they have to report on health and environmental issues. 


Rockstroh reported the medical examiner transfer had taken place with the District Attorney’s Office and it was working well.  He said they hired a counselor to work on gambling addiction and prevention for adolescents.


With regard to mental health services, Rockstroh said they have budget cuts this year to help balance the budget.  He added they have to go after different alternatives for funding to be more efficient.


Rockstroh passed out information on bioterriorism. (Copy in file.)  He said Lane County has one of the better models in the state and it is well coordinated with the Sheriff’s Office.  He added this comes with $260,000 plus other monies for Lane County.


With regard to the methadone clinic, Rockstroh explained they would be going through an accreditation.  He said they want to make sure they have a person working closely with the methadone clinic.


Rockstroh said the state gave them a requirement for Parole and Probation to do DNA testing for samples.  He said they would keep a database for the future.


Sorenson asked what national or state legislative issues were facing public or mental health. He asked if anything had changed since they started the strategic planning process.  He also wanted to know what the three or four unmet health needs in the County were.


Rockstroh responded a big issue is getting access to good nursing staff.  He noted it was a nationwide issue.  He added another issue is Medicaid access on the basis of poverty.  He noted for every 32 cents that Lane County puts in, the federal government meets it at 68 cents.


Betsy Meredith, Public Health, explained the nursing shortage issue was a nationwide problem.  She noted they have an increased nursing demand because there is an aging nursing population.  She said there is also a significant training issue.


Sorenson asked Rockstroh to send him an e-mail in response to his questions on unmet needs.

2.  Approval of Minutes:  May 2, 2001, 10:30 a.m.


MOTION: to approve the Minutes of May 2, 2001.


Sorenson MOVED, Weeldreyer SECONDED.


VOTE: 4-0.


There being no other business, Commissioner Dwyer recessed the meeting at 9:40 a.m.




Melissa Zimmer

Recording Secretary