BSAN Meeting Minutes, December 2015

BSAN Meeting Minutes, December 2015

Thirty five people were present at the Morganton Community House on Friday, December 18, 2015 for this 7:30am breakfast meeting.

Joe Marks, Community Relations Director for Burke Recovery, welcomed the group and requested announcements about BSAN partner updates.

Good Samaritan Clinic – Kim James announced that Burke Health Network has formed and will receive financial support for 2 years from The Duke Endowment to help agencies in Burke County treat people who lave low or no insurance.

Burke Integrated Health – Julie Causby from AccessCare and Burke Integrated Health announced that the Hub received the NC Council of Community Programs Integrated Care Award. Community Care of NC with Access Care received case management accreditation in October.

RxEAP Task Force – Sarah Dergins announced that RxEAP Task Personal lock boxes will be distributed through the community, contact Sarah or Joe to connect agencies’ clients with personal lock boxes, or

Joe Marks introduced the meeting’s first speaker, Michael Current from Summit Diagnostics. Michael presented on the firm’s services and on the history of the country’s heroin problem, its origins and trends. In his presentation, he included these trends:

  • Increase in teen narcotic prescription use
  • Increase in teens co-ingesting opioids with other substances e.g. alcohol or marijuana
  • Abuse of prescription pain pills lead to heroin use
  • Prescription pill abuse is high in the military

He talked about the overall opioid problem, presenting this as an issue that prescribers are interested in as well as treatment providers and community coalitions. (info from presentation here). During comments and questions, one BSAN member commended Summit Diagnostics as being a team- and partner-oriented firm.

Joe Marks introduced the next speaker — Tristan Killian from Supported Employment services at Burke Integrated Health. Tristan discussed Individual Placement and Support; an evidence-based program being used as a model for Supported Employment or SE services. Proper supports include engaging people in treatment while they are continuing to work or preparing to work. Success rate of the IPS model is about 50% employment. IPS is available for supporting treatment based agencies as well as businesses. Dorian Palmer spoke on why IPS is important — to transition people from treatment services into the community. Employment Peer Mentor is a peer support role. Melissa Wilson talked about working one-on-one with clients around their individual needs and goals. The IPS model includes helping with individual needs such as researching companies’ needs, clients’ transportation, educational, basic wellness and family needs, etc. For questions around eligibility or services, contact Tristan Killian at 828-443-5908.

Upcoming Meeting

The January BSAN meeting will held on Friday, January 29, 2016 at 7:30am at the Morganton Community House.

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