Mental Health Board Executive Committee Meeting

July 1, 2020 from 10:30 AM 12:00 PM

Virtual Meeting

Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Meeting Documentation


In accordance with Executive Orders N-25-20 and N-29-20 the July 1, 2020 Mental Health Board meeting will be held virtually.

Members of the public may not attend this meeting in person.*

The June 17, 2020 Mental Health Board Meeting will be facilitated virtually through Zoom.f Members of the public can watch or listen to the meeting using one of the two following methods:

  1. Join the Zoom meeting application on your computer, tablet or smartphone:
    Access Meeting via Zoom
  2. Call-in and listen to the meeting:
    Dial +1 (669) 900 9128
    Enter Webinar ID: 983 8550 8477
    Enter password: 885186

Email Public Comment Prior to the Meeting: You may email public comment to DHS-MHB@sonoma-county.org by 12:00 noon, Friday, June 26, 2020.

All emailed public comments will be forwarded to all Board Members. During the meeting, if you have joined as a member of the public in the Zoom app or by calling in, there will be specific points throughout the meeting assigned to public comment.

*The rules for public observation and comment supersede and replace the standard provisions for the duration of the public health emergency.

In accordance with Executive Orders N-25-20 and N-29-20 the July 1, 2020 Mental Health Board Executive Committee meeting was held virtually. MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WERE NOT ABLE TO ATTEND THIS MEETING IN PERSON VITRUAL ZOOM WEBINAR MEETING

This meeting’s Zoom webinar audio recording will also be posted on the Mental Health Board web page as an attachment to these minutes.

Present: Kathy Smith, Bob Cobb, Bob Hales, Mary Ann Swanson, Sherry Weyers, Betzy Chavez, Peterson Pierre, Carol West, Becky Ennis, Bill Carter (SCHB Director), Rhonda Darrow (recorder)

Guests: Michael Johnson (MHB Candidate for District 3); Shannon Barton-Wren (MHB Candidate for District 4); Erika Klohe; Mary-Frances Walsh (NAMI); Kurt Johnson; Gina Barsanti; Debbie Howell; and three other callers.

  1. MHB Treasurer’s Report – Balance --$4,500.00
  2. Recruitment and retention of MHB members – One (1) vacancy in District 3 (Zane). **New appointments: Betzy Chavez, District 1, 6/23/20; Michael Johnson, District 3, 7/7/20; and Shannon Barton-Wren, District 4, 7/2020.
  3. Welcome to MHB Executive Committee Officers: Kathy Smith (Chair) and Peterson Pierre (Vice Chair)
  4. Approval of Minutes of 5/27/20 (Public Hearing) and 6/17/20, if available, at 7/21/20 MHB meeting.
  5. Discuss Board Planning: Special Topic Presentation: Local Guerneville/West County Issues – virtually Zoom webinar, as no facilities are available Bill Carter’s (BH Director) Report/DHS-BH Budget Update/Systems Update
  6. Discussion on inviting BOS representative to MHB meetings twice a year; and changing the MHB meetings to third Wednesdays of month, as BOS meets on Tuesdays
  7. Other Reports (Including CALBHB/C and Ad hoc committees: PAM and Mental Health Services/Needs at Sonoma County Main Adult Detention Facility (possible topic in September 2020)
  8. Discussion on MHB members’ experiences and impact of racial disparity and to add to agenda for MHB meeting on 7/21/20
  9. Confirm rescheduling of the special presentations: Sonoma County Resilience and the Importance of Trauma-Informed Care to November 17 and December 15, 2020
  10. Discuss mental health services and needs at the County Jail; plan for a potential presentation
  11. Discuss MHB acknowledging SCBH staff
  12. Reminder for MHB members to complete the Annual Client and Leadership Survey
  13. Conference Attendance Approvals
  14. MHB Chair’s Report
  15. Other Reports, i.e., CALBHB/C
  16. Future topics to add to agenda
  17. Public Comment

For information, disability-related modification or accommodation, or to review materials prior to the meeting, please contact Behavioral Health Program Support, Department of Health Services, 2227 Capricorn Way, Suite 207, Santa Rosa, CA 95407 (707) 565-4850, Rhonda.Darrow@sonoma-county.org.

The Mental Health Board Executive Committee welcomes you to its meetings that are held every first Wednesday of the month, except in August and December. The Board is a means by which consumers, advocates, and interested parties influence policies and the allocation of funds within Sonoma County Behavioral Health Services.

The meetings are conducted in accordance with the bylaws of the Mental Health Board and Robert's Rules of Order (revised). California law provides that no action may be taken on any matter that is not on the agenda.  However, brief discussion on procedural or preliminary matters that are not substantial may be allowed; for instance, the time and place of future Board meetings, a request to place a matter on a future agenda, or instruction to staff to gather information and return to a future MH Board Executive Committee meeting.

The Chairperson will invite members of the audience to address the MH Board Executive Committee on any matter related to mental health. Members of the public who wish to speak should stand or raise their hands, wait for recognition by the Chairperson and (if they wish) state their names and organizational connections.  The Chairperson may limit the time allowed to speakers in order to ensure maximum participation of those present.

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Kathy Smith, Chairperson

Sonoma County Mental Health Board

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2227 Capricorn Way

Suite 207

Santa Rosa, CA 95407

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