Workgroup #1: Education, Employment and Veteran items
The workgroup on Education, Employment and Veterans' Issues will identify gaps in the availability of mental health services and barriers to fully realizing these services for our students, grades pre-K through college, our workers and our veterans. Once these areas of concern have been identified, it will work with relevant the local, state and federal governmental entities, public school districts and veterans' affairs organizations to develop a comprehensive set of policy recommendations to address them.
Leader: State Senator, Rebekah Warren
Workgroup #2: Housing, Independent Living Support and Long Term Care
The Workgroup on Housing, Independent Living Support and Long-Term Care will identify areas for improvement for persons needing inpatient care, as well as for persons who can be successful in the community with the correct supports.
Additionally, this workgroup will explore the residential options available to children, identify the gaps that exist in service provision for children and prompt placement, and work to develop a plan that provides a continuum of residential services for children.
Finally, this group will explore non-traditional residential options that may provide options for successful community placement, and identify any current barriers to the payment for and expansion of those options.
Leader: Community Health, Director, Jim Haveman
Workgroup #3: MH/Physical Health Integration and Service Delivery
The Workgroup on Mental Health and Physical Health Integration and Service Delivery will explore how delivery of services offered through the public safety net can be better integrated and coordinated and more uniform throughout the state.
Leader: State Representative, Phil Cavanagh
Workgroup #4: Public Safety, Beneficiary Rights, and Protection Items
The Workgroup on Beneficiary Right, Protection Items and Public Safety will explore how our mental health system interacts with our court systems, particularly for children in the legal system and adults through the probate system. It will also examine the processes in place for beneficiaries to defend their rights.
Leader: State Representative, Matt Lori
Workgroup #5: Societal Impacts, Data/Outcomes and Stigma Reduction and Awareness
This workgroup is concerned with societal impacts, data/outcomes, and stigma reduction and awareness. Whenever someone enters the system they should be evaluated with an evidence based assessment that has been approved by DCH. While four or five assessments can be allowed, one of them must be used.
In addition, when a client leaves the system they should be tracked for successful outcomes for at least one year. This will provide us feedback on what we are doing well and poorly. DHS, CMH, PIHP and the judiciary must all use the same assessments and collect the same data. Everyone must focus on successful inputs and outputs.
We must develop an ongoing public education campaign. This should reflect the concerns of the developmentally disabled, mentally impaired and the mentally ill. Success stories should be shared to show that when one of our clients succeeds we all succeed. We must get feedback from our clients and their families on a regular basis so that we can identify gaps in our service and correct those gaps.
Leader: State Senator, Bruce Caswell