BOARD OF HEALTH MEETING
November 12, 2003
Commissioners' Conference Room
Commissioner Peter Sorenson presided with Commissioners Bill Dwyer, Don Hampton and Anna Morrison present. Bobby Green, Sr. was excused. County Administrator Bill Van Vactor, County Counsel Teresa Wilson and Recording Secretary Melissa Zimmer were also present.
1. PUBLIC COMMENTS
2. REGULAR BUSINESS
a. REPORT/Semi-Annual Board of Health Report.
Karen Gaffney, Health and Human Services, reported that in the past six months they have been struggling with reductions in funding and access to care. She noted the largest area of access has been Mental Health. She said Lane County Mental Health clinical staff went from 26 to 13. She added because of the reductions in the Oregon Health Plan, people who in the past have had access for payment lost the mental health benefit.
Gaffney stated they had to restructure the methadone clinic. She said they have had a waiting list since last January and are hopeful they will be able to start bringing in new people.
With regard to Parole and Probation, Gaffney noted they work with more than 3,000 offenders in Lane County. She added that Lane County has the highest caseload in the state. She noted there were some add backs from the legislature at the end of the session.
Gaffney indicated in the past six months they had re-structured what had traditionally been the Alcohol Drug Offender Services Program and Parole and Probation into a combined supervision of treatment services. She said it acknowledges how they can bring staff together under one manager and coordinate services better to make a difference for clients.
Gaffney noted they are working on meeting their timelines to get the federally qualified health center up and running.
Gaffney reported they addressed the emergency disaster preparedness efforts.
There being no further business, Commissioner Sorenson adjourned the meeting at 9:14 a.m.