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Draft Minutes June 17, 2020

Present: Terry Kelley (Chair), Cynthia Scarborough (Vice Chair), Lea Black (Secretary), Jen Arent, Dorothy Fried, Jenny Helman, Peter Holewinksi, Jim Redding, Judy Rice, Alain Serkissian, Diane Spain, Don Streeper
Absent: Rick Baum, Bonnie Koagedal, Sean Madison, Rosa Reynoza, Deanna Shaat, Erin Stroud

Guests:  Trayce Beards (Sonoma County Ombudsman), Marrianne McBride (Council on Aging), Renee Tolliver (Council on Aging), Crista Nelson (Senior Advocacy Services), Jeff Pucket (West County Community Services), Linda Civitello (Sebastopol Area Senior Center), Scotty King (Sebastopol Area Senior Center)

Staff: Paul Dunaway, Tracy Repp, Katie Parrish, Kathleen Cortez
Minutes: Bron Anderson

  1. Welcome & Introductions (Kelley) – Meeting called to order at 1:03 PM all welcome and introductions made.
  2. Chair’s Report (Kelley)
    • Election of Advisory Committee Officers for Fiscal Year 2020-2021
    • Ballot includes Jenny Helman as Chairperson, Cynthia Scarborough as Vice Chair, and
    • Motion to approve ballot as Submitted – Rice/Black, MSC, YEAS – 13, NOES – 0, Abstentions – 0
    • Reappointment of Peter Holewinksi to serve on the Advisory Council for another term (2020 – 2022)
    • Motion to reappoint Peter Holewinski to Advisory Council – Redding/Black, MSC, YEAS – 12, NOES – 0, Abstentions – 1.
    • Future Advisory Council Meetings
    • The Advisory Council schedule for the beginning of the 2020-2021 Fiscal Year will include meetings in July and August, months where there are typically no normal meetings
    • Advisory Council August Planning Day may have to move to a month where congregating in public is allowed. Or, it may take a while to come up with an alternative.
  3. Director’s Report (Dunaway, Repp)
    • Dunaway was part of a Zoom Town Hall panel organized by Supervisor Zane on 6/15/20 honoring Elder Abuse Awareness Day highlighting existing services and supports that assist older adults to be safe.
    • Sonoma County has been given target reductions in the State budget. Not known exactly what the State budget will look like when it is passed, or how much federal money will be coming to states to help cover the gap.
    • There have been efforts to have Sonoma County employees return to office on a partial basis
    • Governor announced Great Plates Delivered program to assist people to get food from local restaurants during pandemic. Sonoma County ultimately declined participation. Instead, Sonoma County AAA received emergency funding from federal government Families First Coronavirus Response Act and combined a portion of that funding with funding from Jordan Family Foundation to enter into a partnership with Sonoma Family Meal to provide restaurant prepared food in West County to Guerneville area. Looking to expand to Cloverdale and to Mono-Lingual Spanish speaking people in Sonoma Valley.
    • Sonoma County will receive additional funding from the CARES Act passed by Congress. This funding will help with supportive services, nutrition, ombudsman, and caregiver support.
    • Committee staff changes will go into effect in Fiscal Year 2020-2021. Kathleen Cortez will staff Housing Committee. Katie Parrish will join Planning & Funding to walk the committee through the Request for Proposal process.
  4. Group Discussion - (All)
      • What services for older adults are you seeing as the most important now and the immediate future?
      • Beards – People seem to be having trouble finding IHSS providers
      • McBride
        • High volume of calls from people looking for financial assistance
        • People were calling to get assurance that they didn’t need to pay their bills at this time
        • People with dementia are having trouble without the adult day care programs
        • High level of need for meals and case management
      • Puckett – West County has been in a high level of need for IHSS workers. Financial concerns are major concerns for people in the area as well. People are being evicted from their homes and often don’t have the immediate resources to know their rights during the pandemic. People are having trouble filling prescriptions, so mental health is suffering as well.
      • O’Brien – Neighbor’s Network provides volunteers who can help shop for people
      • Civitello – People miss the social aspect of congregate dining. Isolation is getting to people
    • Information Sharing - (All)
      • Beards – Ombudsman staff participated in a training on how to get people on large scale Zoom meetings to discuss issues and solutions for isolation during the pandemic. Particularly getting in touch with family members
      • Civitello – Sebastopol Area Senior Center started Zoom support groups in lieu of Pride Month activities for people to get together and talk
    • Meeting Adjourned at 2:34PM

Contact Information

Tracy Repp

Program Development Manager

Area Agency on Aging

Human Services Department
County of Sonoma
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