BSAN Meeting Notes – June 24, 2016

BSAN Meeting Minutes, June 24, 2016

Forty-six people were present at the Morganton Community House on Friday, June 24, 2016 for this 7:30am breakfast meeting.

Matikia Robinson from Burke Recovery offered the invocation.

Joseph Marks, Executive Director at Burke Recovery, welcomed the group requested updates from the group:

Project Lazarus – Richard Owensby of Table Rock Pharmacy announced that a state law was just passed allowing NC become the third state in the nation that allows pharmacists to give naloxone to people without a doctor’s prescription.

Queen Street Clubhouse – Alan Schneider announced that the Queen Street Club is celebrating 25 years of service to the recovery community and invited all recovery fellowships to the clubhouse on July 4th for a fish fry. This recovery fellowship meeting place is currently home to 8 different home groups and 12 meetings weekly.

Burke County Sheriff’s Department – Sheriff Steve Whisenant reported that Deputy Daniel Cobb is doing well after his serious collision earlier this month. He also announced that the Sheriff’s department will have a Student Law Enforcement Academy on August 8th with a vision of building strong positive connections with rising Burke County high school students and law enforcement. This event will be held at New Day Christian Church. Information can be found here:

Montreat College – Mike Davis, who administers Montreat College’s graduate and undergrad degrees in counseling and social work, introduced Chancy Mundy who will replace Patti Thompson working with the Morganton-area students for these Montreat College programs.

RxEAP Task Force – Sarah Dergins announced that the prescription med misuse task force meets next on Tuesday, July 12th, 7:30am at Burke Recovery office, 202 White Street in Morganton. At this meeting state funders will be present to hear from BSAN task force members on status updates and share state goals.

Morganton Skatepark – Rhonda Cook on behalf of BSAN’s recreation sector, reported that funding for a Morganton skatepark passed the City Council budget after the Optimist Club funded the project with $15k.

Burke Recovery – Kevin McKenna, board member for Burke Recovery, invited the group to attend a breakfast fundraiser for the agency at Fatz on Sat. July 23rd from 8-10am. Tickets are available through all Burke Recovery staff and board members. Call 828-433-1221. Tickets are $7 each.

House of Refuge – Robby Starnes thanked coalition members, individuals and local churches for their ongoing support of this homeless mission. He further asked the group to remember them for donation of household goods.

GUEST SPEAKER, TOPIC: A Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) – Joe Marks introduced Scott Gallagher from Burke Integrated Health and Alice Salthouse from High County Community Health to talk about the possibility of a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) for Burke County.

A FQHC is s a reimbursement designation from the Bureau of Primary Health Care and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. It is one model that is working well in the Boone area and might be appropriate for our area.

Alice Salthouse is CEO of High Country Community Health, which is a FQHC. FQHCs were started in US in the 60’s under President Johnson, about the same time as the Medicare program. NC ranks 36th in the nation with the number of FQHC’s in the state. There are about 70 in NC, 1200 in the nation.

To qualify, a community must be in a medically underserved area, must provide comprehensive primary care (med, dental, ob-services), must offer a sliding payment scale (20/30/35/40 co-pay), and must be a consumer-led board of directors (50% or more on b.o.d. are part of the community members served by the FQHC).

The grant amount is $650k as a base grant, plus additional federal programs, which available for specific services. Includes: healthcare navigators for healthcare marketplace, migrant farmworkers programs, dental programming. Dental: currently in Boone, the HCCH dentists are booked into October; fee scale is $75 co-pay for someone under the poverty level, and an additional percentage above poverty level.

Scott Gallagher described the structure of Burke Integrated Care; if we can get this application through the federal process, HCCH will step in to provide the framework for FQHC for care.

July BSAN Meeting

Next month’s BSAN meeting will be held Friday, July 29, 2016.

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