Minutes – August 23, 2011

Suicide Prevention Coalition – Dublin-Laurens County 
August 23, 2011  

Dr. Patsy Thomas (Chief Executive Officer, CSB of Middle Georgia)
Dr. Thomas Rumble (Medical Director, CSB of Middle Georgia)
Denise Forbes, MS LPC (Deputy Director, CSB of Middle Georgia)
Judge Donald Gillis (Eighth District Judicial Circuit)
Linda L. Bailey (CMHC – Senior Manager, DD Services & Adult O/P) 
Tina Clements (CMHC – Adult MH/AD Services, Program Manager)
Amy Williams (CSB of Middle Georgia)
Dr. Rhonda Cumpsty (CSB of Middle Georgia)
Yolanda Campbell (CSB of Middle Georgia)
Brenda Yawn (Volunteer Citizen)
Margaret Turner (Director/Coordinator, Heart of Georgia Healthy Start)
Marnie Braswell (CSB of Middle Georgia)
Rick Tyson (CSB of Middle Georgia)
Clinton Thomas (CSB of Middle Georgia)
Ellise Tapley (CSB of Middle Georgia)
Marsha Williams (CSB of Middle Georgia)
Faye Mullis  (Bleckley County/Volunteer)  
Marquitta Timmons (Laurens County Board of Education)
Connie Smith (Laurens Family Connection)
Marlena Dixon (CSB of Middle Georgia)
Gloria Bowen (CSB of Middle Georgia)
Connie McDaniel (Laurens County Board of Education)  
Hugh Kight (Laurens County Board of Education)
John Draper (United Way, Executive Director)
Sonya Shinhoster, RN  (CSU Program Manager, CSB of Middle Georgia)
Pilar Archila (Volunteer)
Sherrie Malone (Laurens County Board of Education) 

The Suicide Prevention Coalition – Dublin/Laurens County met today with 27 present.  Denise Forbes opened the meeting with words of welcome and introduction of members for the benefit of those attending for the first time. 
The minutes of the July 26, 2011 meeting have been distributed and were accepted and approved.         

Contact information (spreadsheet of addresses, emails, etc.) was distributed for review/additions/corrections as needed.   Corrections and additions will be made to update this record.  

The Sub-committee volunteer signature sheet was distributed.  No additions or updates noted this date.  

Sub-Committee Reports 


Clint Thomas reported that the Golf Tournament scheduled for Saturday, August 20, 2011 at Riverview Golf Course was postponed, due to lack of participation.   It was noted that the Fundraising Committee had done an excellent job of planning.  Clint Thomas and Amy Williams appeared on the Sue Colter Show (TV 35) on Wednesday, August 3, 2011 to promote the golf tournament and to discuss the Coalition in general.  The “educational signs” to place on the golf course have been received and will be used for future community events.  A suggestion was made that we use them during the upcoming “Suicide Prevention Week” activities coming up in September.   We could also coordinate the use of these signs with Dr. Grigsby during the week-long activities planned by the V.A. Center in September.   


Brenda Yawn reported on the support group meetings.   The next meeting is this evening, Tuesday, August 23, 2011 from 7:00 pm until 8:30 pm in the Second Floor Conference Room at the V.A. Hospital in Dublin.  Brenda reported that they plan to continue to conduct these meetings, even though participation has been minimal.  Last month, the group welcomed a new member who had a number of good ideas for the group to reach out to the community.

Meeting Schedule: The fourth (4th) Tuesday of each month at the V.A. Hospital in Dublin in the Second Floor Conference Room from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.             


      Website: http://www.stopsuicidelaurens.org.    Email:  mail@stopsuicidelaurens.org. 


There was more discussion about the development of a youth advisory council.  Tina will talk with Jakimva Martin who is working in the school system to see if she can assist with planning and development.  Marquitta Timmons will also assist in identifying youth for this advisory council.   Marquitta felt that a purpose statement needs to be documented that can be used in the planning and solicitation of participants.  
Denise continues to communicate with Sally vander Straeten regarding the Coalition’s FY12 proposal for the grant from DBHDD.  Revisions were made per Sally’s instructions and the proposal was re-submitted last week.  The grant will have an effective date of August 15, 2011 and there will be no re-imbursement for the meeting in July 2011.   Sally noted that the grants are obtainable for three years and then the Coalitions must be self-sustaining.  It was also noted that the expectation of the deliverables to State increases with each year’s renewed grants.  This year we have more specific guidelines.  The guidelines of the new proposal and new re-imbursement rates were reviewed today.   It was suggested that the Coalition develop a Strategic Plan.  We will need to be more creative and more involved in the community.   There will need to be further discussion about this at the next meeting. 

Youth Suicide Prevention Plan/ Garrett Lee Smith Funding:
Application pending with Adam Lesser – Garrett Lee Smith Grant (for Laurens & Dodge County).     

QPR Training –   Question, Persuade,  Refer
QPR trainers:  
Marquita Timmons Laurens County Board of Education (QPR CERTIFIED)
Kelly Canady Dublin City Schools  (QPR CERTIFIED)
Connie McDaniel West Laurens Middle School  (QPR CERTIFIED)
Tina Clements CSB of Middle Georgia   (QPR CERTIFIED)
Connie Smith Family Connection  (QPR CERTIFIED)
Sherri Malone West Laurens High School (QPR CERTIFIED)

Tina reported on QPR trainings for  FY12.  A tentative schedule of QPR training sessions has been developed.  Tina will work with this group to coordinate as needed. A QPR refresher course is being offered during the upcoming State-wide Stakeholder’s Conference on Thursday, September 8, 2011.  Tina Clements and Connie Smith have confirmed their attendance and registration for the refresher course.   

Update on Training Opportunities
Training was held Thursday, August 4, 2011 at Macon State College (10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.).  Denise Forbes, Tina Clements, Sonya Shinhoster, Dr. Rhonda Cumpsty, Marlena Dixon, and Faye Mullis attended as representatives from the coalition. There were seven total coalition members represented at this event, including Dr. Grigsby, who was the facilitator.  Marlena Dixon set up the Coalitions’ exhibit table at this event, and our resource information was well received. .    

Reminder:  Dr. Grigsby has invited the Coalition members to the Carl Vinson’s Suicide Prevention Program on September 8th at 1:00 p.m. in the V.A. Center Auditorium. Nominated members of the Coalition will participate in a brief presentation.  Our exhibit table will also be present during this event.  Denise encouraged any members of the Coalition who would like to attend this program on September 8, 2011, to contact Dr. Grigsby at the V.A. Center.  Ellise will also send out an email reminder to the Coalition members regarding this.  

“Together We Can: Looking Back, Moving Forward”, a conference for Georgia’s Suicide Prevention Stakeholders, at the Macon Conference Center (Macon, GA) on September 8th –10th.   At Sally vander Straeten’s request, several from the Coalition will participate at the State-Wide Conference to serve on two panels.  Notification of dates and times has been submitted to all who have been nominated to participate and was reviewed this date.   

Suicide Prevention Community Event (FY12):  On Thursday, November 3, 2011 from 9:30 until 4:30 p.m. Dr. Grigsby will conduct a continuation of training (Recovery Resources) for university/college counseling center staff with a focus on veterans.  The training has been expanded to six hours and is being conducted for the approximately 20 colleges who were unable to attend the August 4, 2011 training in Macon.  This training has also been opened to Technical Schools and Two-Year colleges/schools.  He is expecting 50-70 individuals.   The CSB of Middle Georgia will be providing the location for this training at CMHC Building 4.  Patricia Filios, USG Military Outreach Coordinator from Atlanta, Georgia is coordinating plans for the noon meal that will be provided by the University for those in attendance, and she has already contacted Ellise Tapley about some details.   This training will count as an event for the Coalition and we will be able to submit for reimbursement for this as part of our grant.   

Other  reports/information/events:
Contact was made to recruit involvement from the Hispanic community on the Coalition.   Pilar Archila expressed her interest in joining the Coalition and was present at today’s meeting.  We welcome her to the Coalition.

John Draper, Executive Director of United Way, was also present for the first time today.  We also welcome him to the Coalition.   Mr. Draper provided contact information for three (3) additional organizations and individuals that he would suggest we include in the Coalition activities.    

Suicide Prevention Awareness Event:
Open-Air Movie – Tina has received and reviewed the movie, “Odd Girl Out”.   A brief planning meeting was held following the Coalition meeting this date.  Several new ideas were discussed and committee members will follow up with assignments to coordinate this event.   A tentative date for Saturday, October 15, 2011 has been set.   Michael Bracewell from the CSBMG  IT Department was present to assist with the planning of this event along with various other Coalition subcommittee members.  

Volunteer Project Manager:
It has been suggested that we recruit a volunteer project manager for the Coalition.  Any recommendations of someone to contact regarding this are welcomed.  

Margaret Turner, Director of Heart of Georgia Healthy Start invited the Coalition members to their upcoming Annual Meeting and Infant Mortality Awareness Month Kickoff scheduled for Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at 11:30 at the Healthy Start House on Bellevue Avenue in Dublin,GA.  Lunch will be provided (RSVP).  Flyers were made available at today’s Coalition Meeting.  

Various resource materials are always made available during the coalition meetings. 

Georgia National Violent Death Reporting System  (website)
Oasis (google this) Georgia Public Health    death / mortality rates /morbidity.
Georgia Crisis and Access Line    1-800-715-4225  www.mygcal.com
Suicide Prevention Life Line        1-800-273-TALK (8255)

The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday,  September 27,  2011 at 11:30 a.m. at the Community Mental Health Center, Building 5, 2121 Bellevue Road, Dublin, GA. 

Lunch provided.  
Thanks in advance to Hugh Kight and Sherrie Malone from the Laurens County School System. They have volunteered to provide a portion of the lunch for the September meeting. 

RSVP to:   etapley@csbmg.com