Board Minutes: June 19, 2019: 11:30-1:05PM

Cowlitz County Community Network

Board Meeting

June 19, 2019, 11:30 – 1:05PM

Present: Board members Michael O’Neill, Kay Gunter, Tiffany Ames, Louise Brown, Corie Dow representing Youth and Family Link, Pastor Megan Filer, Tim Krueger, Ray VanTongeren and Sharon Weinhold, Coordinator. Guests were Amanda Davis, Cowlitz County Health Department; and Zaheen Khan, Fibre Federal Credit Union.

Excused: all present

Unexcused: none

Quorum: Yes

Welcome and Introductions: Michael welcomed the Board members and guests. Introductions were made around the room.

Additions to the Agenda: None

May 15, 2019 Minutes: The Board meeting minutes were sent to Board members for their review prior to the Board meeting. The eight actions listed in the meeting minutes were reviewed and discussed. All actions were completed.

Motion to approve the May 15, 2019 Network Board meeting minutes as presented: Pastor Megan; second: Ray. The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

Grant Status Report / Budget Update:

Current Grants Status:

-Financial Literacy Training ($10,000). This funding for Financial Literacy Training is available for one year through June 30, 2019 and can be used for training at-risk youth and families who live in poverty or have very low incomes, are homeless or at risk of homelessness, or are financially vulnerable. Numerous trainings have been completed and other training opportunities are being pursued. Amount expended through May 31, 2019, $9,357; amount reimbursed, $8,720.

-Behavioral Health Grant Help for At-Risk Youth with Behavioral Issues in Child Care ($27,000). This funding was approved on August 29, 2017 and is available through June 30, 2019. The goal of this funding is to help children with behavioral challenges in child care by providing training for child care providers, linking the children’s families to resources that can help their children and the family, and offering technical assistance for child care providers who serve children with behavioral challenges. Amount expended through May 31, 2019 is $26,082; amount reimbursed is $24,694. The Network also received funding from the Community Foundation of SW Washington and Weyerhaeuser Community Giving Fund to expand on the training opportunities to help children with behavioral challenges and provide resources for child care providers and families.

-Draw the Line ($750). This funding will be used to host a Town Hall Meeting to Prevent Underage Drinking event within the 2019 calendar year.

ACTION: Include Draw the Line Town Hall Meeting as an agenda item for the July Board meeting. Discuss a list of possible partners and activities. (Sharon)

Approval of Expenditures:

The Itemized Voucher amounting to $3,137.72 was presented to the Network Board for review and approval. The bills presented were:

Invoice #235-2019      Cowlitz County Purchasing Svc, Phone, March 2019                  $     16.51

Invoice #294-2019      Cowlitz County Purchasing Svc, Phone April 2019                     $     17.16

Invoice #2019 7T        Cowlitz County Treasurer, May payroll/processing                   $3,000.00

Invoice #8839             More Power Technology Group, Yrly DSN & Website Hosting   $   104.05

Payroll for the period May 1, 2019 through May 31, 2019 was $2,507.56, which includes the cost of the payroll and associated employer costs. Payroll processing charges were $54.66. As of May 31, 2019, the balance in the checking account used for payroll and payroll processing was $6,029. All other Network funds are held with the Cowlitz County Treasurer’s Office.

Motion to approve the voucher as presented: Louise: second Pastor Megan. The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

Financial Literacy Training:

Grant Details. The Financial Literacy Grant funding provides training for at-risk youth and families who have very low incomes, are homeless or at-risk of being homeless, or are financially vulnerable. The training topics can include Bank on It, Setting Financial Goals, Borrowing Basics, Saving for Cars/College/Housing and more depending on the audience. The plan is to conduct five training series and five other financial literacy trainings and reach 200 at-risk youth and families.

-The Network received notice that Financial Literacy Grant funding will continue at some level for another year, July 2019 – June 2020. A contract is being prepared and is expected to be completed by the end of June.

-By invitation, the Network participated in Resource Fairs at Lower Columbia CAP on May 30 and June 13. Resource Fairs are held every Thursday, from 2:30 – 3:30pm. Attendees are those seeking resources at CAP and other organizations. About 12 vendors participated; other vendors participate when they can but not every week. At the fair, Columbia Wellness expressed interest in Financial Literacy training for their clients. Love Overwhelming asked for information about credit, credit reports, credit scores, and repairing credit.

Behavioral Health Grant:

The Behavioral Health Grant funding provides technical assistance and training for child care providers who serve children with behavioral issues, and offers training and resources for family members who have children with behavioral challenges. The plan is to reach 2,000 children and 200 child care providers in child care centers and home care in Cowlitz County and to improve the ability of the child care providers and family members to meet the special needs of these children.

-The Network received notice that Behavioral Health Grant funding will continue at a reduced level for another two year period, July 2019 – June 2021. A contract is being prepared and is expected to be completed by the end of June.

-The Network received a Walmart Community Grant check amounting to $1,000.  The funds will be used to continue and expand the work to help children with behavioral challenges succeed.

-The Network presented feedback from the May 4 Family Event to the Community Charter members on June 6. The feedback indicated that more must be done to help children with behavioral health issues, particularly those with severe behavioral and mental health issues. More on this topic will be discussed later in these minutes along with a summary of some of the work that has begun to address the issues identified at the Family Event.

-The Conscious Discipline book club met for the last time on May 21. Feedback Survey results showed participants learned useful information and techniques from the book club discussions and implemented some of what they learned either at home or in the classroom. Book club participants expressed interest in continuing the conversation by reading another book, “Managing Emotional Mayhem” by Becky Bailey. The Network plans to ask for Longview Rotary Club support in purchasing the books. The estimated cost is $500. Head Start staff have enthusiastically agreed to partner with the Network and host the meetings to start in September.

ACTION: Request Longview Rotary Club support in purchasing the book, “Managing Emotional Mayhem” by Becky Bailey for the next book club. (Sharon)

Community Charter Meeting: The Community Charter meeting was held on Thursday, June 6, 1:30 – 3pm in the County Administration Building, 3rd floor meeting room. The meeting agenda:

Welcome and Introductions

          Reaffirm Purpose of Community Charter

          Review Identified Needs of the Community

-From Family Event

-Two parents who have children with severe challenging behaviors

          Workshop with Questions

-What other current issues for children and families should the Community Charter members be focusing on?

– What can the Community Charter group do to address these issues?

Next Steps

There were 21 participants who identified insufficient support for children and youth with behavior and mental health issues as the most pressing issue. To address this issue, suggestions were: a support group, Right Response and other specialized training for teachers and parents, credit based training, pre-school for children with special needs, more advocacy, and behavior coaches in child care and early learning. Some of the other issues and suggestions identified included: opioids; better communication between parents, schools and childcare providers; residential services for youth in behavior crisis; Conscious Discipline training; Kazdin Method of parenting; specialized childcare; increased funding for more trained teachers, childcare providers, early learning; build capacity with community members; and advocacy group for children/parents.      

Some actions to address the issues can be completed rather quickly; others will take funding and more time. Starting a support group and providing Right Response training for parents who have children with severe behavioral or mental health issues were two suggestions that were considered to be very important and can be accomplished fairly quickly. Board members discussed the actions already in progress and what more could be done. Corie said she had identified a very qualified person to lead a support group, has requested a proposal for it and is waiting for a response. She also said a meeting is planned with a group called United for Children and she said she can provide feedback from that meeting. Tiffany said Life Works offers Right Response training, a two-day training, and would be willing to schedule it for childcare providers, teachers and parents, during the week or possibly on a weekend. Michael suggested that these topics be included on the July Board meeting agenda to continue the discussion. A group could be formed to continue work.

ACTION: Share the support group proposal with the Network. (Corie)

ACTION: Provide feedback from the meeting with United for Children. (Corie)

ACTION: Set up Right Response training for parents and those who work with children with severe behavior challenges. (Tiffany)

ACTION: Include the Support Group and Right Response training on the agenda for the July Network Board meeting. (Sharon)

Review/Feedback on Events:

-CAP Resource Fair, every Thursday, 2:30-3:30pm

Upcoming Events:

-CASA Reunification Event, June 27, 12-5pm, Youth and Family Link

-FYSPR, third Tuesday of every month, 4:30 – 6pm, Youth and Family Link

-National Night Out, August 6, Longview and Kelso

-Back to School Night, August 13, Wallace Elementary School

-Back to School Event, August 22, Youth and Family Link

-Early Learning Conference “Deep Dive Into Early Learning,” Oct 5, 8–4pm, LCC

ACTION SUMMARY:

ACTION: Include Draw the Line Town Hall Meeting as an agenda item for the July Board meeting. Discuss a list of possible partners and activities. (Sharon)

ACTION: Request Longview Rotary Club support in purchasing the book, “Managing Emotional Mayhem” by Becky Bailey for the next book club. (Sharon)

ACTION: Share the support group proposal with the Network. (Corie)

ACTION: Provide feedback from the meeting with United for Children. (Corie)

ACTION: Set up Right Response training for parents and those who work with children with severe behavior challenges. (Tiffany)

ACTION: Include the support group and Right Response training on the agenda for the July Network Board meeting. (Sharon)

Next Meeting: July 17, 2019

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