BSAN Meeting Notes – Friday March 27, 2015

Burke Substance Abuse Network
Meeting Notes
March 27, 2015

Fifty-five people were present at this meeting held at 7:30am at First United Methodist Church.

Rev. Derrick Reynolds, Flynn Recovery Community Board member, offered the invocation.

Introductions and updates were made around the room. These included:

  • Ashley Simmons with the Burke County Health Department announced that the Burke Health Initiative will be doing a new Community Health Needs Assessment and will be reading agency and community involvement. Anyone interested in information should contact Ashley at
  • Dennis Stamper spoke about the Burke Wellness Initiative and a faith-based program outreach program initiated by Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge.
  • Dr. John Whalley with AccessCare described compelling statistics around the decision to pursue an integrated hub of care in Burke County. The leadership of this effort acknowledges that a large percentage of primary care patients have underlying mental health issues, and that of our mental health clients, a large number have extensive healthcare needs. Costs for this unique population will be reduced if care can be provided through this innovative care model.
  • Jim Van Hecke introduced the table of men from Flynn Recovery Community who would be graduating today from their 12-week program.

Rhonda Cook presented youth and parent survey results from BCACD’s/BSAN’s Underage Drinking Initiative’s community assessment efforts, funded by North Carolina Coalitions Initiative (NCCI). She discussed where the Initiative is in our efforts to establish measurable baseline data to assess the current local conditions and root causes around underage drinking in Burke County, where leadership is looking for strategic partnering of BSAN’s community sectors, and discussed our application for Year 2 funding. A full description of the survey, graphs and data, collection methods, and an update on the NCCI grant process is located here >

Rhonda introduced Tammy Willcox, who is a concerned parent. Tammy addressed the group, sharing her experiences with the pressures that exist among teenagers to drink at home or parties with parents’ permission. Tammy has agreed to be a parent liaison in our efforts to make measurable changes.

Joe Marks presented information about another youth grant received by BCACD as a leadership grant from SAMHSA called the Strategic Prevention Framework – Partners for Success (SPF-PFS), where use of prescription drugs by youth will be the subject of community assessment, leadership development, and strategic intervention. Anyone wishing to be involved with the youth prescription medication abuse initiative should contact the Joe Marks at

Jim Van Hecke thanked all for attending and announced that upcoming BSAN meetings would include state ABC officials and a site visit from NCCI staff, followed by a youth leadership training. He encouraged everyone who is interested or who work with youth that might be interested in get involved in one of BSAN’s youth initiatives.

The next meeting will be held on Friday, April 24 – location TBA.

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