Executive Committee Meeting: Monday, Sept. 20, 2021 at Noon, via Zoom

Substance Abuse Council of Vanderburgh County

Executive Board Meeting

Agenda

September 20, 2021

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  1. Approval of Minutes
    1. June 21, 2021
    1. August 16, 2021
  1. Announcements
  1. Financials and Reports
    1. Drug Free Community Fund fees
    1. Financial Reports
  1. Old Business/Project Update

a.  Scheduling standing committee meetings

b.  Audit/Financial Review and filing of the IRS 990

c.  Fixing problems with website/ email accounts

d.  Fall Festival Booth.

e.  Race for Recovery Updates and Wrap Up

  • New Business

a.  Officer Elections in December; Formation of a Nominating Committee

b.  12-month Grant reports from 2020.

c.  Hours during the week of July 26.

  • Adjournment

Next Executive Board Meeting, October 18, at noon, via Microsoft Teams

Next SAC Meeting , November 1, 2021, at 1:30, EVPL Central Campus, Browning Room A

Treatment Committee:  October 13, at 1:00 p.m

Prevention Committee:  November 1, after SAC membership meeting

Law Enforcement/Criminal Justice: October 20, 1:30 p.m.

September 13 Membership Meeting and Functional Committee meetings

Substance Abuse Council Agenda

September 13, 2021, 1:30 p.m.

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1.         Call to Order

2.         Welcome and Introductions

3.         Approval of August minutes. (please check the attendance list for corrections)

4.         Committee Reports

            a.         Prevention

            b.         Law Enforcement

            c.         Treatment

            d.         Nominating Committee/Officer Elections

4.         Director’s Report

5.         Old Business/Projects

            A.  Race for Recovery:  Wrap Up

            B.  Fall Festival Committee: Next meeting Sep. 20, after the executive committee meeting at 12

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6.         New Business:

            a.  Community Resource Fair, Saturday, September 18, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Trinity UMC.

7.         Presentations:

            a.  N.O.W. Counseling

            b.  Beacon Recovery

            c.  SAC SMART goals

8.         Agency Announcements: In addition to agency announcements being made here, please email flyers to Dan that can be forwarded early tomorrow.

9.         Adjournment

NEXT MEETING: The next meeting of the Substance Abuse Council will be held on Monday,  November 1, at 1:30 pm, at the Evansville Central Library, Browning Room A.

The SAC Executive Committee will meet September 20, at noon, by Zoom.

Prevention Committee:  Immediately after this meeting

Treatment Committee:                                                 LE/CJ Committee:

Treatment Committee Agenda

September 13, 2021, 1:00 p.m.

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1.           Call to Order

2.           Roll Call

3.           Review of Comprehensive Community Plan

4.           Assignments for next meeting

5.           Set the next meeting date.

Law Enforcement/Criminal Justice Committee Agenda

September 13, 2021, 1: 15 pm.

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1.           Call to Order

2.           Roll Call

3.           Review of Comprehensive Community Plan

4.           Assignments for next meeting

5.           Set the next meeting date.

Prevention Committee Agenda

September 13, 2021, 2:30 p.m.

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1.           Call to Order

2.           Roll Call

3.           Review of Comprehensive Community Plan

4.           Assignments for next meeting

5.           Set the next meeting date.

SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNCIL OF VANDERBURGH COUNTY

MINUTES OF THE MEMBERSHIP MEETING

 2 August 2021

Members present:  Ken Scheller – Counseling for Change; Shannon Parson – Clean Slate; Wally Paynter – TSA; Nathan Simon – TSA; Stacey Kuder – Deaconess; Scott Smith – Southwestern Behavioral Health; Natalie Buttry – Juvenile Court; Jill Hoskins – Brentwood; Daren Harmon – Prosecutor’s Office; Crystal Sisson – Holly’s House; William Wells – DADS; Jackie Hughes – Beacon Recovery; Kim Ashby – Boom Squad; James Akin – VCCC; Mike Gray – EPD; Laura Wathen – Youth First; Courtney Horning – Smoke Free Communities; Elizabeth Greenwell – Vanderburgh County Adult Probation and Misdemeanor Probation; Brigitte Hill – Health Department; Molly Fahrlander – Patchwork Central; Kelsey Hillenbrand – Girl Scouts; Dee Lewis – YWCA; Bri Bolin – Transgender Action; Ben Joergens – Old National Bank; Dan Miller – Director

Guest:  Cheryl McDermott – Alkermes

President Dee Lewis called the meeting to order at 1:32 pm at the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library, Central Campus, Browning Room A.  Introductions followed.

Minutes of the July 12, 2021, meeting had been emailed in advance of the meeting. Crystal Sisson moved that the minutes be approved as written; Kim Ashby seconded the motion. The motion carried and the minutes were approved.

Presentations:  President Lewis moved the presentations ahead of the business so the presenters could make other appointments.

1.  Cheryl McDermott from Alkermes gave a presentation on medications assisted treatments (M.A.T.).  Her company manufacturers Vivitrol (naltrexone), which blocks the effects of opiate drugs and alcohol.  She compared the relative benefits and drawbacks of naltrexone, methadone and buprenorphine.  Vivitrol can now be prescribed without a waiver.  However, the patient must be fully detoxed, and the drug must be dispensed in a physician’s office.

2.  Ben Joergens from Old National Bank spoke about the financial education training he piloted, called 12 Steps to Financial Success.  He piloted the program in the Henderson County Jail.  He has used it in the federal penitentiary in Terre Haute and had adapted it for use in probationary and other non-custodial settings. 

Committee Reports:

Prevention Committee.  There is no report this month

Law Enforcement Committee.  Chairman Daren Harmon gave the drug statistics for the half year and for July.  They are attached to the minutes.

Treatment Committee:  There is no report this month.

Director’s Report:  Dan Miller reported on the director’s activities since the last meeting.  His written report is attached to these minutes. 

Previous Business:

              Race for Recovery:  This was the last membership meeting before the race.  Dan announced that set up will take place at 6:00 a.m. on August 28.  Registration begins at 7:00 am with the race beginning at 8:00 am.  Dan had maps showing the course for the 5K run and the 1-mile walk and a sponsor list.  Race Sponsors so far include Southwestern Behavioral Health, Counseling for Change, Maglinger Home Based Services, Community Corrections, Anthem, Brentwood Springs, Deaconess, Brighter Side Treatment Center, Groups Recover Together, Smoke Free Evansville, and Baird.  Dan asked volunteers to sign up for spots at the registration table, passing out water and snacks, setting up banners and tables,  serving as course directions, and  taking photographs.  Certain sponsors had the option to have a promotional table, and we need tables for registration and snacks.  Rise Up and Run will provide 4 tables.  Dan has a table he can bring.  He asked if anyone could bring additional tables.  Courtney Horning volunteered to bring 2 tables.  Dan announced that Anthem had donated shopping bags to be given away at the race.  He invited organizations to bring him items to place in the bags which will be given to each race participant.  He also scheduled a time to assemble goody bags, August 27 at 11:30 at the Substance Abuse Council Offices.  Dan asked for volunteers to help, and he will provide lunch. Save the Date cards and registration forms were available; on-line registration is available with Rise Up and Run at https://register.chronotrack.com/r/62236.  Dan asked if anyone could provide a First Aid station; that has not been provided in the past.  Stacey Kuder will ask Deaconess if the hospital can do it.  He will also check with AMR.  Dan also asked Boom Squad if they would be willing to perform at the race; Kim will get back with me.

              Fall Festival Committee will meet next on August 16, 2021, after the Executive Committee meets at noon.

              National Night Out:  Jill Hoskins and Dan are all set for our table at National Night Out on August 3, 2021, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Carver Community Center. 

              ICJI:  Dan reported that he submitted the first quarterly report to ICJI on time.

              Other business:  Wally Paynter of TSA questioned why members of his organization were listed as guests in previous meetings’ minutes.  He complained that only members of his organization were listed as guests.  Dan replied that he had previously listed members as guests if he did not recognize who they were.  Last meeting was the first time people physically signed into the meeting.  That will help tremendously in updating the membership and keeping it current.  Dan is keeping track of the actual attendance at SAC meetings over time.  Wally also suggested that we try to have hybrid meetings, both in person and virtual.  He suggested that the library that the library has the technology to do that.  Dan will look into that possibility for the next meeting.

New Business:

              Date of the next meeting:  The meeting is currently scheduled for September 6, which happens to be Labor Day.  By consensus of the group, the meeting date was changed to September 13.

              Committee meetings:  Law Enforcement, Treatment and Prevention Committees have not met.  Dan indicated that they should be meeting at least 4 times per year, according to the by-laws.  In the past, the functional committees met prior to and subsequent to the general membership meeting.  Laura Wathen moved that the treatment committee meet at 1:00 pm. prior to the general membership meeting, law enforcement committee at 1:15 pm, and prevention committee after the general membership meeting.  Wally Paynter seconded the motion.  The motion passed.  Dan will set up the committee meetings for those times on September 12, 2021.

              Officer elections:  The terms of the current officers expire at the end of 2021.  The President and Vice-President are elected to 2-year terms and may serve only two terms consecutively.  President Lewis has selected a nominating committee of Jill Hoskins, chairman, Jackie Hughes and Kevin Groves.  All nominations should be submitted to Jill Hoskins or to Dan Miller

Presentations:

Dan passed the presentation schedule for the 2021 grantees, starting at the September meeting.  NOW Counseling and Beacon Recovery are on the list for September presentations.

Announcements:

The next meeting is scheduled Monday, September 13, at 1:30, at Central Library, Browning Room A. 

Treatment Committee will meet Monday, September 13 at 1:00 pm in Browning Room A.

Law Enforcement Committee will meet Monday, September 13, at 1:15 pm. at Central Library.

Prevention Committee will meet Monday, September 13, after the general membership meeting.

The next Executive Committee Meeting is Monday, August 16, at noon, via Microsoft Teams.

Wally Paynter moved to adjourn the meeting; the motion was seconded by Courtney Horning.  The motion passed, and Dee Lewis adjourned.

Submitted by Dan Miller

Directors Report

August 2, 2021

Meetings:

Indiana Coalition Network

Completed and submitted 1st Quarter Report to ICJI

Met with Johnny Spells at Pro-Image, ordered t-shirts and banner.

Ordered race medals

Met with Rob Williams at Rise Up and Run, set up the race plant, and familiarized myself with what needs to happen.

Sent out press releases to print, radio and television media.

Prepared handouts for National Night Out.

I was named to the ICJI-LCC Advisory group which will meet sometime this fall.

Felony Statistics Summary Report
07/01/2021 – 07/31/2021
Drugs
Total: 201
Dealing in a Narcotic Drug: 4
Dealing in a Schedule I Controlled Substance: 2
Dealing in a Schedule III Controlled Substance: 1
Dealing in Marijuana: 9
Dealing in Methamphetamine: 8
Possession of a Controlled Substance: 37
Possession of a Narcotic Drug: 4
Possession of Marijuana: 52
Possession of Methamphetamine: 59
Possession of Paraphernalia: 13
Unlawful Possession of Syringe: 12

Felony Statistics Summary Report
01/01/2021 – 06/30/2021
Drugs
Total: 1362
Causing Serious Bodily Injury when Operating a Vehicle with a Schedule I or II Substance in Blood: 5
Dealing in a Narcotic Drug: 18
Dealing in a Schedule I Controlled Substance: 26
Dealing in Cocaine: 2
Dealing in Marijuana: 36
Dealing in Methamphetamine: 72
Maintaining a Common Nuisance – Controlled Substances: 2
Manufacturing Methamphetamine: 2
Obtaining a Controlled Substance by Fraud or Deceit: 4
Possession of a Controlled Substance: 184
Possession of a Narcotic Drug: 112
Possession of a Substance Represented to be a Controlled Substance: 1
Possession of Marijuana: 261
Possession of Methamphetamine: 474
Possession of Paraphernalia: 92
Unlawful Possession of Syringe: 67
Visiting a Common Nuisance – Controlled Substances: 4

Executive Committee Meeting

Substance Abuse Council of Vanderburgh County

Executive Board Meeting

Agenda

August 16, 2021

Meeting to be held via Zoom:

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  1. Approval of Minutes
    1. July 19, 2021
  1. Announcements
  1. Financials and Reports
    1. Countermeasure fees
    1. Financial Reports
  1. Old Business/Project Update

a.  Audit/Financial Review and filing of the IRS 990

b.  Misdemeanor Court rollover resolution

c.  TSA letter

d.  Race for Recovery Updates

  • New Business

a.  New lease on Suite 4.

  • Adjournment

Next Executive Board Meeting, September 20, at noon

Microsoft Teams

Next SAC Meeting , September 13, 2021, at 1:30, EVPL Central Campus, Browning Room A

Substance Abuse Council Agenda

August 3, 2021

Evansville Central Library, Browning Room A

1.         Call to Order

2.         Welcome and Introductions

3.         Approval of July minutes. (please check the attendance list for corrections)

4.         Committee Reports

            a.         Prevention

            b.         Law Enforcement

            c.         Treatment

4.         Director’s Report

5.         Old Business/Projects

            A.  Race for Recovery:  Set-up 6:00 a.m., Saturday, August 28

                        i. Course

                        ii. Volunteers

                        iii. Tables

                        iv. Goody bags

                        v. Sponsors

                        vi. Post cards and registration forms; on line registration: https://register.chronotrack.com/r/62236

            B.  Fall Festival Committee: Next meeting August 16, after the executive committee meeting at 12

            C.  National Night Out, August 3, 6:30 to 8:00

            D.  1st Quarterly Report submitted.

6.         New Business:

            a.  Date of next meeting:  September 6 is labor day.

            b.  Set up meetings of Prevention, Law Enforcement and Treatment Committees

7.         Presentations:

            a.  Financial Literacy Training, Ben Joergens, ONB

            b.  Cheryl McDermott; Alkermes

            c.  Grantee presentation schedule

8.         Agency Announcements: In addition to agency announcements being made here, please email flyers to Dan that can be forwarded early tomorrow.

9.         Adjournment

NEXT MEETING: The next meeting of the Substance Abuse Council will be held on Monday, September 13? at 1:30pm, at the Evansville Central Library, Browning Room A.

The SAC Executive Committee will meet August 16, at noon, by MS Teams meeting.

The Fall Festival Committee will meet August 16, by MS Teams, after the Executive Committee concludes.

SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNCIL OF VANDERBURGH COUNTY

MINUTES OF THE MEMBERSHIP MEETING

 12 July 2021

Members present:  Ashley Gray – Patchwork; Jill Hoskins – Brentwood; Ginny France – Anthem; Wally Paynter – TSA; Kevin Groves – Southwestern Behavioral Health; Hannah McPhail – Counseling for Change; William Wells – DADS; Jackie Hughes – ECHO Community Health; Crystal Sisson – Holly’s House; Courtney Horning – SmokeFree Communities; Brigitte Hill – VC Health Dept.; Savannah Patterson – VC Health Dept.; Ashly Holt – VC Health Dept.; April Miller – Boom Squad; Stacey Kuder – Deaconess Cross Pointe; Elissa Jones – Deaconess Cross Pointe; Marge Gianapolous – Youth First; Mary Fee – Girl Scouts; Kelsey Hillenbrand – Girl Scouts; Leslie Jackson; Vanderburgh Misdemeanor Court Probation; Dee Lewis – YWCA; Molly Fahrlander – Patchwork Central; Sheila Rollin – TSA; Beth Greenwell – Vand. Adult Probation; Jane Vickers – Patchwork Central

President Dee Lewis called the meeting to order at 1:31 pm at the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library, Central Campus, Browning Room A.  As this was the first in-person meeting in many months, President Lewis had everyone in the room introduce themselves.

Minutes of the June 7, 2021, meeting had been emailed in advance of the meeting. Crystal Sisson moved that the minutes be approved as written; Jackie Hughes seconded the motion. The motion carried

Committee Reports:

Prevention Committee.  Laura Wathen, chairman, was on vacation.

Law Enforcement Committee.  Chairman Daren Harmon was on vacation.

Treatment Committee:  Chairman Jackie Hughes had no report.

Director’s Report:  Dan Miller reported on the director’s activities since the last meeting.  His written report is attached to these minutes. 

Previous Business:

              2021 Grants:  All vouchers have now been submitted to the Auditor’s Office.  Grantees should now have their funds.  If a grantee has not yet received funding, please contact Dan.

              Fall Festival Booth Committee:  The committee met on June 28.  The next committee meeting is August 16 after the executive committee meeting.  Please contact Dan if you want to be included and he will send you the link.

              Race for Recovery:  Dan passed out Save the Date Cards, registration forms and sponsorship proposals.  If anyone needs more, please contact Dan and he will deliver them.  The registration fee will remain $20.00.  Sponsorship commitments need to be in by July 23; a check can come later.  Logos for the shirt need to be in by July 23.  Dan has ordered t-shirts, but has finalized the design yet.

              National Night Out:  Dan asked for a couple of volunteers for our table at National Night Out on August 3, 2021, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Carver Community Center.  Volunteers do not have to commit to the entire time.

              12-month (final) reports for the 2020 grants.  All but 3 grantees have submitted final reports.  Dan has read through all submitted reports.  He delivered a short powerpoint presentation on the kinds of data that should be in the Substance Abuse Council progress reports.  He highlighted submissions by the Drug and Alcohol Deferral Services (D.A.D.S.), Holly’s House and Patchwork Central.  He encouraged grantees to keep in mind the following 4 questions as they implemented the 2021 grants using SAC funds:

              What data are you collecting?

              What data can you collect?

              What data should you collect?

              What is your baseline data?

New Business:

              ICJI Quarterly Reports:  The first of these is due this week, July 15.  Dan also met with Cory Smith of ICJI for a critique of the 2021 Comprehensive Community Plan.  We need to update our data, and refine our problem statements and SMART goals.

Presentations:

  1. Deaconess Cross Pointe:  Elissa Jones reported on their Improving Recovery Through Technology grant.  They were able to purchase the Field Guide to Life app from Hazelden.  The app included 12-step reminders, hints on how to stop cravings, daily inspirations, and a days in sobriety counter, among many other services.  Shortly after the purchase and due to the pandemic, Hazelden began offering the app free of charge.  Deaconess was able to give away 42 (of 400).  If a patient received a free app, Deaconess had not ability to monitor whether the patient utilized the app.  Deaconess will continue to give the apps to patients.
  • Vanderburgh Superior Court, Misdemeanor Division:  Leslie Jackson, chief probation officer, reported on the grant for a verification officer.  A verification officer is a law enforcement officer employed part time by the probation office to visit probationers outside of regular business hours and check on compliance, including the administration of breathalyzers.  The office is supervised by Judge Pigman.  It has 4 probation officers, 254 probationers, 20 pending probationers, 30 mental health cases, 54 probationers who are AWOL, and 40 probation transfers from other counties.
  • Legislative Update:  Dan Miller gave a powerpoint presentation on legislation to go into effect in July, and that will affect SAC members.  He covered the legislation on suspendable sentences for Level 2 and 3 felony drug dealing offenders, the limited defense for operating a vehicle with THC in the bloodstream, the funding of Recovery Works, the funding available through FSSA for mental health, specifically relating to suicide and overdose prevention, and the protection of the home addresses of probation and community corrections officers.

Announcements:

  • Kevin Groves announced the Southwestern Behavioral Health was hosting an in-person community forum on Domestic Violence and Substance Use Disorder tomorrow, July 13 at 6:00 pm.  A light meal will be served.  Reservations are required by 5:00 pm today.
  • Jane Vickers announced that Patchwork Central is having its “Bag to School” sale for families of children in grades K through 6 on July 31.  She advised us to tell interested families to get there early (7:30 am) because they tend to sell out quick.
  • Dan reported that SAC received a free copy of Kevin Sabet’s book, Smoke Screen, at the SAC office.  He has read his own copy, and he invited members to borrow it from the office.

The next meeting is scheduled Monday, August 2, at 1:30, at Central Library, Browning Room A.  

The next Executive Committee Meeting is Monday, July 19, at noon, via Microsoft Teams.

Jill Hoskins moved to adjourn the meeting; the motion was seconded by Mike Gray.  The motion passed, and Dee Lewis adjourned the meeting at 2:40 pm.

Submitted by Dan Miller

Director’s Report

July 12, 2021

Meetings attended:

Smoke-Free Evansville

Indiana Coalition Network monthly webinar

EVSC Big Table

I received and read 2020 grant 12-month reports, which were due June 25.  Some are late; some are still outstanding.  As I am doing this, I am making mental notes on things that need to be changed (1) with what the report asks for and (2) with our comprehensive plan. 

Race for Recovery:  Sent out sponsorship proposals, solicited t-shirt prices, and tried to make contact with the National Recovery Month sponsor, and with Rise Up and Run.  I obtained a Certificate of Insurance for the Event, inventoried sponsor banners stored in the office, and ordered Save the Date cards.

Fall Festival:  Obtained a Certificate of Insurance for the event and sent in our Munchie Map selections.  I had to resend our contract because when I sent in the Munchie Map, he did not have our contract.  He later found it, but I was sweating bullets.  Luckily, I had sent it and had requested confirmation that he had received it, and I still had that email.

I reserved the Browning Room for our July and August meetings.  I also set up and tested Microsoft Teams for smaller meetings such as our executive committee and subcommittee meetings.  It was good that I set up a test session because it failed spectacularly, but we succeeded on our third try.

I scheduled a critique of our CCP with Cory Smith and participated in that critique.  I asked to be critiqued early (he was going to do it in August) because I wanted to know what we need to work on.  The critique:  we need to work on updating our data, narrowing our problem statements to no more than 3, and refining our SMART goals.

While this was not in the scope of my employment, I attended the IPAC Summer Conference and moderated a panel discussion with elected prosecutors about Indiana’s Evidence Based Decision Making initiative and the pretrial reform pilots in Indiana.  That same week I was interviewed for a case study of EBDM focused on Indiana.  

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SAC Membership meeting Agenda July 12, 2021

Substance Abuse Council Agenda

July 12, 2021

Evansville Central Library, Browning Room A

1.         Call to Order

2.         Welcome and Introductions

3.         Approval of June minutes. (please check the attendance list for corrections)

4.         Committee Reports

            a.         Prevention

            b.         Law Enforcement

            c.         Treatment

4.         Director’s Report

5.         Old Business/Projects

            A.  2021 Grants: Funding Agreements came in; Vouchers submitted

            B.  Fall Festival Committee:  Meeting on August 28/Next meeting August 16

            C.  Race for Recovery, Saturday, August 28, 8:00 a.m.

            D.  National Night Out, August 3, 6:30 to 8:00:  a couple of volunteers for the booth

            E.  12-month reports

6.         New Business:

            a.  1st Quarterly Report due July 15.  Executive Director meetings with ICJI over 2021 CCP.

7.         Presentations:

            a.  Deaconess Cross Pointe

            b.  Vanderburgh Misdemeanor Court

            c.  Legislative Update by Dan Miller

            d.  Presentations August:  Alkermes;  Financial Literacy Training, Ben Joergens Old National Bank

8.         Agency Announcements: In addition to agency announcements being made here, please email flyers to Dan that can be forwarded early tomorrow.

9.         Adjournment

NEXT MEETING: The next meeting of the Substance Abuse Council will be held on Monday, August 2, at 1:30pm, at the Evansville Central Library, Browning Room A.

The SAC Executive Committee will meet July 19, at noon, by MS Teams meeting.

SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNCIL OF VANDERBURGH COUNTY

MINUTES OF THE MEMBERSHIP MEETING

 7 June 2021

Members present:  Kevin Groves, James Budde, Dee Lewis, Crystal Sisson, Wally Paynter, Jackie Hughes, Savannah Patterson, Julie Robinson, Sheila Rollins, William Wells, Jill Hoskins, Aimee Stachura. Hannah McPhail, Brigitte Hill, Heather Woods, Ginny France, Kelsey Hillenbrand Daren Harmon, Laura Wathen, Leslie Jackson, L Douglas, Amanda Hrabley, Aimee Stachura, James Akin, Christina Wicks, Elizabeth Greenwell, Dan Miller

Guests:  Tracey McCaffrey, Bri Bolin, Sara Naegele

The meeting via Zoom was called to order by President Dee Lewis at 1:30 p.m.

Minutes of the May 3, meeting had been emailed in advance of the meeting. Wally Paynter made one correction to the attendance list.  Bri Bolin was incorrectly listed as Brad Bolin.  Wally Paynter moved to approve the minutes as corrected; Daren Harmon seconded the motion.  The minutes were approved as corrected.

Committee Reports:

Prevention Committee.  Laura Wathen, chairman, had no report.

Law Enforcement Committee.  Chairman Daren Harmon had drug crime filing statistics from May.  His report is attached to these minutes.

Treatment Committee:  Chairman Jackie Hughes had no report.

Director’s Report:  Dan Miller reported on the director’s activities since the last meeting.  His written report is attached to these minutes.  He believes that we can meet in the Browning Room at Central Library at our next meeting on July 12.

Previous Business:

              2021 Grants:  Funding agreements were due on Friday, June 4.  Six funding agreements have not yet been turned in.  Dan submitted vouchers to the Auditor’s Office for all the grants where a funding agreement was turned in.  He must have a signed agreement before he can turn in a voucher.

              2021 Comprehensive Community Plan Update: We received approval for our Comprehensive Community Plan from ICJI.  We received it about a week after we had asked to be placed on the agenda of the County Commissioners to approve our funding requests.  As it turned out, that was the only question the county commissioners had for us: whether ICJI had approved our plan.

              Fall Festival Booth Committee:  The committee had its organizational meeting on May 24.  The next meeting is June 28, via Zoom.

              Race for Recovery:  We have set a date with Rise Up and Run for the Race for Recovery.  It will be Saturday, August 28, at 8:00 am in Garvin Park.  There will be a 5K run and a 1K walk option.  Sponsorship letters need to go out immediately as the time is short.  Recovery Month is September, and while we were not able to get a September date for the run, we could bill our race as a Recovery Month kick-off.

New Business:

              Events Committee:  Dan signed us up to have a booth at National Night Out on Tuesday, August 3, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.  He asked the National Night Out organizer what we had done in the past.  She indicated that we had things that we gave away and a game that people could play.  Dan asked the Events Committee to help to devise an activity for National Night Out attendees to participate in.  He also invited members to come and participate in the booth with him.

              Twelve-month grant reports are due June 25, 2021.  Fund rollovers need to be requested before the executive committee meets on June 21.

Presentations:

  1. Vanderburgh County Prosecutor’s Office:  Daren Harmon reported on the many activities of the Prosecutor’s Office, including the pretrial diversion program and the WeTip hotline.  He also reported on the program funded with the 2020 SAC grant.  “Hidden in Plain Sight” is a demonstration trailer that shows a teenager’s room and where controlled substances may be hidden.  The  Prosecutor’s Office has purchased the trailer and the supplies, but has not had the opportunity to give any demonstrations due to Covid.  It expects to put the exhibit to use in the next couple of months.
  • Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office:   Deputy James Budde gave the report.  5 sheriff’s deputies are assigned to the narcotics task force: 3 plain clothes and 2 uniformed interdiction officers along with a canine.  Deputy Budde talked about the technology challenges they face in enforcing narcotics laws.  Among the items purchased with SAC funds were Faraday bags which are used when seizing cell phones and other electronic devices.  The Faraday bag prevents the device from receiving a signal from outside the bag; this preserves the information on the device by preventing someone from remotely wiping information off the device.  The office is in the process of purchasing 3 smart tablets for officers to use in processing narcotics cases.
  • Girl Scouts:  Aimee Stachura described the Girl Scout programs.  They promote girl empowerment with a focus on 4 specific areas:  STEM (Science, Technology and Mathematics), outdoors, life skills, and entrepreneurship.  Their prevention efforts targeted middle and high school girls in underserved areas with the “It’s Your World, Change It” curriculum.  Because of Covid, they had to employ a new facilitation strategy, and acquired an additional partner, the Lilly Foundation, for funding.  They were able to mail their programming to girls in their homes.  Programming included a mental health check, self-care, hands-on coping skills, and emotional support.  They were able to reach 340 girls from six middle schools and two high schools.  They were also able to gather outcome data, and we look forward to seeing that date in their 12-month report.

Announcements:

  • TSA announced it was hosting a movie night this coming Saturday at the AMC theater on the west side.  They will resume in-person meetings on June 19 and plan to add a second Zoom only meeting for those who cannot attend in person.
  • Youth First has several professional job openings.  It has openings for more than one masters level social worker and for a bilingual (Spanish language) program coordinator.

The next meeting is scheduled Monday, July 12, at 1:30.  Dan Miller will let us know next week whether we have a room for an in-person meeting.

Wally Paynter moved to adjourn the meeting; the motion was seconded by Daren Harmon.  The motion passed, and Dee Lewis adjourned the meeting at 2:20 pm.

Submitted by Dan Miller

Director’s Report

June 7, 2021

Conversation with Susie Schenk, the coordinator for the Regional Prevention Council.  Turns out her emails were going into my junk email folder.  I have corrected that and we are now able to communicate.  Attended my first meeting of the Vanderburgh Prevention Resource Group.

Meetings attended:

Smoke-Free Evansville

Virtual Big Table (EVSC)

Vanderburgh Prevention Resource Community Coalition

Indiana Coalition Network monthly webinar

I submitted our grant funding request to the Vanderburgh County Commissioners along with supporting documentation, that among other things, gave a short synopsis of each of your grants.  I was a bit nervous when I asked to be on the agenda because we had not yet gotten approval from ICJI for our comprehensive plan.  However, the plan was approved, and I was able to supplement my request with the approval letter.  On May 25, I attended the county commissioners meeting.  I was prepared to explain and defend our funding allocations.  It did not come to that.  The only question I was asked was whether we had approval from ICJI for our plan.

Our funding request also included a proposed administrative budget for SAC.  For everyone’s information, the bare-bones budget I included is about $6,000.00 more than what we will receive.  I am not worried this year; we have enough in reserve to make it through to July, 2022, and I will be parsimonious.  However, I worry about the following year because countermeasure fee collections are way down, and I will be surprised if they top $80,000 total for 2021.

I inventoried T-shirts from past Races for Recovery.  We have 200 shirts of varying sizes.  I intend to use them for our booth workers at the Fall Festival.  After Fall Festival, I will be seeking ways to dispose of them.

In preparation for our Fall Festival Booth, I spoke with the salesman about our order for food and supplies.  More on that in the business reports.  I have also inspected the booth and determined that before we do anything else with the booth, we thoroughly scrub it on the inside.

I also looked into a room for in-person meeting for our July meeting.  At present, the Browning rooms appear to be free, but it will not let me book the room more than 30 days in advance.  So I will try at the beginning of next week to book a room for an in-person meeting.  Unless the executive committee tells me otherwise, our next executive committee meeting will still be on Zoom.

Felony Statistics Summary Report

05/01/2021 – 05/31/2021

Drugs

Total: 239

Causing Serious Bodily Injury when Operating a Vehicle with a Schedule I or II Substance in Blood: 3

Dealing in a Schedule I Controlled Substance: 4

Dealing in Marijuana: 6

Dealing in Methamphetamine: 7

Obtaining a Controlled Substance by Fraud or Deceit: 1

Possession of a Controlled Substance: 36

Possession of a Narcotic Drug: 19

Possession of Marijuana: 52

Possession of Methamphetamine: 82

Possession of Paraphernalia: 13

Unlawful Possession of Syringe: 16

Agenda: Membership Meeting

June 7, 2021

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1.         Call to Order

2.         Welcome and Introductions

3.         Approval of March minutes. (please check the attendance list for corrections)

4.         Committee Reports

            a.         Prevention

            b.         Law Enforcement

            c.         Treatment

4.         Director’s Report

5.         Old Business/Projects

            A.  2021 Grants: Funding Agreements are Due last Friday

            B.  2021 Comprehensive Community Plan Update

            C.  Fall Festival Committee.  Next meeting June 28, Noon: https://zoom.us/j/97565797265

            D.  Race for Recovery in August

6.         New Business:

            a.  Events Committee:  National Night Out booth, August 3, 6:30-8:00 pm.

            b.  12-month reports.

7.         Presentations:

            a.  Vanderburgh County Prosecutor’s Office

            b.  Vanderburgh County Sheriff Office

            c.  Girl Scouts

            d.  Reports for July meeting:  Deaconess Cross Pointe, Vanderburgh Misdemeanor Court

8.         Agency Announcements: In addition to agency announcements being made here, please email flyers to Dan that can be forwarded early tomorrow.

9.         Adjournment

NEXT MEETING: The next meeting of the Substance Abuse Council will be held on Monday, July 12, at 1:30pm.

The SAC Executive Committee will meet June 21, at noon, by Zoom meeting.

SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNCIL OF VANDERBURGH COUNTY

MINUTES OF THE MEMBERSHIP MEETING

 3 May 2021

Members present:  Kevin Groves, Kathryn Kornblum-Zelle, Crystal Sisson, Julie Robinson, Stacey Kuder, Sheila Rollins, Lauren Wathen, Mike Gray, Jill Hoskins, Ginny France, Heather Woods, Susie Schenk, Daren Harmon Kelsey Hillenbrand, Christina Wicks, Cassidi Todd, Beth Greenwell, Jane Vickers, Ben Joergen, Aimee Stachura, Wally Paynter

Guests:  Tracey McCaffrey, Brad Bolin, Iluna Askelid, Amanda Hrabley

The meeting via Zoom was called to order by Vice-President Heather Woods at 1:30 p.m.

Minutes of the April 5, 2021, meeting had been emailed in advance of the meeting. Some corrections were made:  Marie J. is Marie Johnson.  Other spelling errors were corrected.  Kathryn Kornblum-Zelle moved to approve the minutes as corrected; Kevin Groves seconded the motion.  The motion passed and the minutes were approved.

Committee Reports:

Prevention Committee.  Laura Wathen, chairman, had no report.

Law Enforcement Committee.  Chairman Daren Harmon had drug crime filing statistics from April.  His report is attached to these minutes.

Treatment Committee:  Chairman Jackie Hughes indicated prior to the meeting that she would not be present and had no report for this meeting.

Director’s Report:  The director’s report is attached to the minutes.  Dan Miller made one addition to the Director’s report.  He was able to make contact with Susie Schenk, the Regional Prevention Coordinator, who also attends Substance Abuse Council meetings and was present at this meeting. 

Previous Business:

              Screening Committee Recommendation:  James Akin, chairman of the Screening Committee, gave the committee report.  The committee recommended 21 grants to be funded, but not all will be funded in the amount requested.  The funding recommendations are attached to these minutes.  The screening committee voted to approve this recommendation at its meeting.  This being a committee recommendation, a second was required.  Keven Groves moved to second the recommendation of the Screening Committee.  The funding recommendation passed.

              2021 Comprehensive Community Plan Update:  Dan Miller has not yet received any notice from the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute about whether our plan has been accepted.  This will be required before we can proceed with the funding just approved by the council.

New Business:

              Fall Festival Booth Committee:  A chairman needs to be selected.  Dan Miller found a job description for the position of booth committee chairman, but he does not know where that description came from.  It appeared to him that many of the duties are those that the director should do; however, direction and decisions should come from the committee.  Also, booth leadership is needed during the festival.  The executive committee strongly recommended Crystal Sisson.  She is willing to serve but not as the chairman.  James Akin, Heather Woods, Dee Lewis, Avril Miller and Kim Ashby were also mentioned as potential members with previous experience.  Kevin Groves, Daren Harmon and Jill Hoskins also expressed willingness to serve.  Someone from Now Counseling also indicated to James Akin that they wished to be part of the committee.  It was suggested that perhaps we have co-chairs instead of a single chairman.  A committee meeting date was set for May 24 at noon.  Dan Miller will make the arrangements for that meeting and will send meeting invitations.  Anyone else interested in being on the committee were invited to contact Dan.

              Race for Recovery:  The Race for Recovery typically takes place in August, but it was cancelled last year.  The question Dan posed was whether we should try to have it again in August 2021.  The costs of putting the race on were relatively low; the profit in 2019 exceeded $5,000.00.  In the past, a race organizer handled many of the arrangements.  Dan Miller will contact the race organizer to determine if it is possible to schedule the race for this August.

Presentations:

  1.  Counseling for Change:  Cassidi Todd gave the partner report.  Counseling for Change provides a variety of treatment services and is also a Recovery Works agency.  They received a Substance Abuse Counsel grant to provide treatment services to low income clients.  In 2020, CFC was able to provide 30,000 different treatment services; 10,000 of those services were at Lighthouse Recovery in Washington, Indiana.  The grant from the Council helped 40 clients receive treatment by paying all or part of the treatment costs.  CFS also has the Peppiatt House which offers a 90 residential program where clients receive treatment in house or can walk to CFC’s facilities for treatment.
  • Evansville Police Department:  Mike Gray gave the department’s report as the acting Lieutenant of the drug enforcement unit.  EPD’s “Communication is Key” grant provided protective equipment so that officers could field test suspected narcotics which could contain highly lethal fentanyl analogs.  It also funded extra batteries for communications equipment; this is useful for surveillance and other enforcement operations which can last up to 24 hours.  Mike further reported that synthetic drugs periodically run through the homeless shelters, causing overdoses.  Heroin, fentanyl and other opiates are fueling area overdoses, and narcotics detectives are trying to connect the overdose back to the dealer of the drug.  Methamphetamine remains the most abundantly used and dealt drug in Vanderburgh County; it is not uncommon for law enforcement to recover pounds or more of methamphetamine.  A new phenomenon is methamphetamine combined with heroin.  THC vape cartridges, containing nearly pure delta-in tetrahydrocannabinol are also prolific.  Within the last 18 months, cocaine has re-emerged in Vanderburgh County with law enforcement recovering dealing amounts from offenders.  Finally, since Mike became acting lieutenant in late 2020, his detectives have recovered 24 guns in their investigations.  EPD is currently understaffed due to a combination of retirements and officers with less than 5 years’ experience leaving the department.  The narcotics division is currently three officers short.  However, the department benefit by having officers assigned to FBI and DEA task forces, which enhances their investigative abilities.  Finally, they are asking for a grant this year to enhance their video capabilities; it is virtually impossible currently to prosecute drug transactions without video.

Announcements:

  • Dan sent out an email this morning from Avril Miller about job opportunities for high school students at Burdette Park.
  • Kelsey Hillenbrand announced that Girl Scouts was filling their summer outreach calendar and will come to any youth program during the summer to present educational programming.  Girl Scouts is also looking to employ summer interns to deliver this programming.
  • Laura Wathen from Youth First announced that Youth First is making its counselors available to summer youth programs.
  • Heather Woods announce that the CHINS (child in need of services) drug court has changed its name to Family Treatment Court.

The next meeting is scheduled June 7.  Dan Miller asked if it would be possible or desirable to begin meetings in person.  The consensus seemed to be cautious but to plan to have an in person meeting once a quarter.  We will see about having an in-person meeting in July.  Dan was directed to check with the public library about the Browning Room or to check with St. Vincent Hospital about one of its meeting rooms.

Marie Johnson moved to adjourn the meeting; her motion was seconded by Laura Wathen.  The motion passed, and Heather Woods adjourned the meeting at 2:30 pm.

Submitted by Dan Miller

Felony Statistics Summary Report

04/01/2021 – 04/30/2021

Drugs Total: 233

Dealing in a Schedule I Controlled Substance: 4

Dealing in Marijuana: 5

Dealing in Methamphetamine: 20

Maintaining a Common Nuisance – Controlled Substances: 2

Possession of a Controlled Substance: 31

Possession of a Narcotic Drug: 23

Possession of Marijuana: 41

Possession of Methamphetamine: 89

Possession of Paraphernalia: 10

Unlawful Possession of Syringe: 8

DIRECTOR’ REPORT

May 3, 2021

I submitted our 4th quarter report to ICJI by the deadline of April 15.  This was a difficult report to prepare because it is the final report of our progress in the 2020 grants, and you will not submit your final grant reports until July.  As to our comprehensive plan, the folks at ICJI reported that they were halfway through the more than 80 county plans, and they still had to be reviewed and approved by the division leader.  They said they were looking at completeness, whether the smart goals are achievable, and the funding calculations.  I am cautiously optimistic, but we have to wait and see.  We cannot finalize our grants for next year until this process is finished.

For our grant screening process, the screening committee met for 2 hours after the executive committee meeting on April 19.  There were 7 readers and the chairman, James Akin; I served as the 7th reader and the third reader on all grants.  So one of my activities in the last month was to read and score all 21 grant applications.

I attended the Stepping Stone virtual forum on April 13, a SAMHSA webinar on medically assisted treatment on April 20, and a meeting of the Indiana Coalition Network on April.  The ICN is a coalition of LCC’s like us from around the state.  One of the things that learned is that the Division of Mental Health and Addictions has Prevention Regional Coordinators to help counties develop drug abuse prevention strategies.  I was not aware of this program.  I got the name of the coordinator for our region.  Her name is Susie Schenk.  I reached out to her, but I have not gotten a response yet.  I would like to know if anyone here was aware of the prevention regional coordinators or had met Susie Schenk.  If someone else doing work in the prevention area in Vanderburgh County, I would like to make sure that we are on board and coordinating with them.

The executive committee has authorized me to contact A2Z services to make changes to our website and email accounts as well as to empower me to make changes as needed to the website so that it is up-to-date on events and meetings.  If you have visited www.drugfreecounty.org recently, you will notice that I have been posting our meeting agendas on the website to comply with the state’s open door requirements.  I also post the agenda outside the door of our office.

Other tasks:  Paying bills and booking the payments that get made automatically or by electronic funds transfer into Quickbooks.  I reconcile the checking accounts every month, which, given our relatively low activity, is not difficult.  However, we do it in Quickbooks so that there is always a record of the reconciliation for the auditors.  That task is something I have had to learn, and I will be faster as I get a few more under my belt.

I am in the process of compiling a master list of SAC members, including grantees with all contact information, which is something I do not currently have.  I want this to keep track of meetings for purposes of grant compliance, as well as establishing voting rights.  I also need this for accurate reporting to ICJI.  The lists I have are wanting in several respects, and there are people on the lists whom I’ve never met and not yet seen at a meeting.  If we were meeting in person, I would have you all write the information I need on a sheet, and I would record it.  As it stands, I will likely send something out via email and ask you to supply missing information.  It may be that some of my large email group members are not members in reality, but rather supporters who should be part of a different contact list.  I will see what kind of response I get.  So, if you receive a request to check your information on a membership list, please respond.

Finally, as of this meeting, the following grantees for the current cycle have not given presentations:  Vanderburgh Misdemeanor Court, Girl Scouts, Prosecutor’s Office, and Deaconess Cross Pointe.  I point this out not as an accusation; things have been up in the air for the past year.  Rather, it is a task that needs to be completed.  So I ask your cooperation to volunteer to give your presentation at either the June or July meeting.

AgencyProject NameContactPre App RequestAmount Requested SAC Approved AmountFinal ICJI Funding   
   
Law Enforcement         
Evansville Police DepartmentNext Level TechMichael Gray 6,000 $           4,440.00    
Foundation Assisting in Recovery (FAIRS)Drug TestingJames Akin 6,000 $           4,440.00    
Vanderburgh County Adult ProbationBus TokensCherie WoodCherie Wood2,000 $           1,480.00    
Vanderburgh County Adult ProbationExpanded Drug ScreensCherie Wood 4,000 $           2,960.00    
Vanderburgh County Prosecutors OfficeDigital Evidence StorageJessica Powers 5,475 $           3,650.00    
Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s DepartmentOperation Black BoxJames Budde 4,000 $           2,960.00   
Vanderburgh County Superior Court, Juvenile Div.Vanderburgh County CHINS Drug CourtHeather Woods 1,000 $               850.00    
Vanderburgh County Superior CourtVerification OfficerLeslie Jackson 4,000 $           2,000.00   
YWCA of EvansvilleCourt ServicesDee Lewis 3,000 $           2,220.00    
          
  Total 35,475 $         25,000.00    
Prevention/Education         
Boom Squad, Inc.Boom Squad Social Worker PartnershipAvril Miller 6,000 $           6,000.00    
Holly’s HouseThink First and Stay SafeCrystal Sisson 6,000 $           6,000.00    
Patchwork CentralArts&Smart Sparks Protective FactorsJane Vickers 6,000 $           6,000.00    
Tri State Alliance and Unity FellowshipTSA Youth GroupWally Paynter 6,000 $           3,000.00    
Vanderburgh County Health DepartmentRecidivism Reduction ProgramSavannah Patterson 4,000 $           4,000.00    
  Total 28,000 $         25,000.00    
Treatment         
Echo Community HealthcareTreatmentJackie Hughes 4,000 $           3,320.00    
YWCA of EvansvilleClient ServicesDee Lewis 3,000 $           2,512.50    
Drug&Alcohol Deferral ServicesCognitive Behavioral Interactive JournalsWilliam Wells 2,003 $           1,660.00    
Safe Haven FoundationTelemedicine Accesibility IniativeSara Goad 5,250 $           4,357.50    
Southwestern Behavioral Healthcare, Inc.TransportationKevin Groves 4,800 $           4,020.00    
Vanderburgh County Superior Court, Juvenile Div.Vanderburgh County CHINS Drug CourtHeather Woods 5,000 $           4,150.00    
Counseling for ChangeLow Income TreatmentKen Scheller 6,000 $           4,980.00   
  Total 30,053 $         25,000.00    
          
21 grants Total 93,528     
          
Administrative Costs     $           24,648.00   
Total     $           99,648.00    

General Membership meeting

Substance Abuse Council Agenda

May 3, 2021

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1.         Call to Order

2.         Welcome and Introductions

3.         Approval of March minutes. (please check the attendance list for corrections)

4.         Committee Reports

            a.         Prevention

            b.         Law Enforcement

            c.         Treatment

4.         Director’s Report

5.         Old Business/Projects

            A.  2021 Grants: Screening  Committee Funding Recommendations

            B.  2021 Comprehensive Community Plan Update

6.         New Business:

            a.  Fall Festival Committee

            b.  Will there be a Race for Recovery in August?

7.         Presentations:

            a.  Boom Squad

            b.  YWCA Transitional Housing

8.         Agency Announcements: In addition to agency announcements being made here, please email flyers to Dan that can be forwarded early tomorrow.

9.         Adjournment

NEXT MEETING:

The next meeting of the Substance Abuse Council will be held on Monday, June 7, at 1:30pm via Zoom.

The SAC Executive Committee will meet May 17, at noon, by Zoom meeting.

Agenda for April 5, 2021

Substance Abuse Council Agenda

April 5, 2021

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1.         Call to Order

2.         Welcome and Introductions

3.         Approval of March minutes. (please check the attendance list for corrections)

4.         Committee Reports

            a.         Prevention

            b.         Law Enforcement

            c.         Treatment

4.         Director’s Report

5.         Old Business/Projects

            2021 Grants: Distribution of grant applications to readers; process description, setting of screening committee meeting dates

6.         New Business:

            a.  Approval of the 2021 Comprehensive Community Plan

7.         Presentations:

            a.  Boom Squad

            b.  YWCA Transitional Housing

8.         Agency Announcements: In addition to agency announcements being made       here,     please email flyers to Dan that can be forwarded early tomorrow.

9.         Adjournment

NEXT MEETING:

The next meeting of the Substance Abuse Council will be held on Monday, May 3 at 1:30pm via Zoom.

The SAC Executive Committee will meet April 19 at noon, by Zoom meeting.

Nut Club Fall Festival – Great Panini’s!

New Addition of Cheesy Cheddar Grits!

Faces of Change – Watch for future updates!