September 19, 2013 Print E-mail


Meeting Minutes of September 19, 2013 
(approved on 11/20/13)

I.   Welcome and Introductions
Present:   Kate Green, Claire Knox, Mark Lovelace, Sheryl Lyons, Ronnie Swartz
Staff:   Wendy Rowan, Andrea Sousa
Guests:   Mary Ann Hansen, Meg Walkley, Sherri Whitt, Kristi Martinez, Beth Heavilin
Absent:    Susan Buckley, Ovieda Elliott, Siddiq Kilkenny

Claire Knox called the meeting to order at 8:05 am

II.   Public Comments and Announcements 
No Public Comments or Announcements were made.

III.  Executive Director Report

  • Wendy thanked Meg Walkley for all her work in the upcoming Child Abuse Prevention Coordinating Council Roundtable, to be held on Sept. 20th at the Veteran’s Memorial Hall in Eureka.  Judge Hinrichs will be a keynote speaker.  She is scheduled from 9:15 am to 10 am.  Commissioners were encouraged to attend the keynote.
  • Commissioners received playgroup magnets.  The playgroup design originated from a parent of a Southern Humboldt playgroup.
  • Wendy shared the Scope of Work and Evaluation Plan for the Hoopa School Readiness Program.  We recently executed an Agreement with the School District and are hopeful that the work is moving forward.  We are working on solving some challenges, i.e. communication regarding evaluation, and meeting dates for the Advisory Committee.  The Superintendent for the Klamath-Trinity Joint Unified School District has resigned and a new interim Superintendent will begin working next week.  Wendy has maintained her communication with the Education Director at the Hoopa Tribe.  Mary Ann Hansen will oversee the Scope of Work and Kim Puckett will oversee the Evaluation Plan for the Hoopa School Readiness Program.
  • Wendy and Commissioner Green are travelling to Orleans tomorrow to visit the Orleans Playgroup.
  • The Technical Assistance Plan for the Fiscal Year for PFS Programs was shared.  The T.A. Plan outlines the technical assistance and support for all funded programs and the staff assigned to specific tasks.
  • A “Ready Nation” flyer was shared.
  • The draft 2014 meeting schedule was shared.  Please give input by the next meeting.
  • Wendy will schedule an Executive Committee meeting in the near future.
  • The Red Folder was routed with the new “Potter the Otter” book, a “Men’s Health Guide” in English and Spanish, a photo from the First 5 Humboldt display during Woofstock, the new Kid’s Digest, a newsletter from the Discovery Museum, and the annual report 12/13 from HCOE.

IV.  Approval of Minutes
Commissioner Knox requested a correction to the minutes under the Public Comments and Announcements section.
ACTION:  The minutes were approved as corrected.

V.   Consent Calendar: 
A.    June 2013 Postings
B.    July 2013 Postings
C.   CLIF Award:  Holiday Funding Partnership
ACTION:  The Consent Calendar items were approved as presented.

VI.  Information Item:  0-8 Mental Health Collaborative
A PowerPoint presentation was reviewed, which included the following slides: The 0-8 Mental Health Collaborative Purpose Statement; Rooted in Best Practices – Infant-Early Childhood Mental Health; 0-8 Mental Health Collaborative is Sown and Grown in Partnerships; Contributing to a qualified workforce in Humboldt County; A growing and improving system – 0-8 Mental Health Collaborative – Logic Model; Last Years Highlights; and Vision for this Year.

Meg Walkley, Sherri Whitt, and Beth Heavilin updated Commissioners on the status of the 0-8 Mental Health Collaborative.  They shared a model that shows the structure of the Collaborative. Commissioners received a handout with the Collaborative’s Activities, Outcomes (short-term, medium-term, long-term), and Goals.

Activities include presenting information to community stakeholders, cultivate and obtain community partner commitments, recruit trans-disciplinary participants, maintain and disseminate a county-wide training calendar, convene monthly Planning & Advisory Group meetings, and collaboration with community efforts to develop a system of data collection, evaluation and quality improvement. The 0-8 Mental Health Collaborative’s Goal is to form an established 0-8 Mental Health Collaborative Partnership to create a qualified workforce that supports healthy social & emotional development for children and families of Humboldt County.

Commissioners reviewed the short-term, medium-term, and long-term outcomes. A conversation arose around the California Infant Family and Early Childhood Mental Health (IFECMH) Endorsement and the extensive process to receive an Endorsement. Humboldt County is the first rural county to seek an IFECMH Endorsement.

Sheri Whitt talked about the Logic Model and that some of the stakeholders have not made a “formal” commitment yet to the 0-8 Mental Health Collaborative. It is anticipated within the next 5 years to get formal commitments from some entities. Meg explained that some entities are focused on early intervention resources and the 0-8 Mental Health Collaborative is focused on a prevention-based model. Sheri shared that the Collaborative is hoping to access funds from the Mental Health Services Act in the future to develop county-wide trainings. Commissioners discussed possible approaches to get “formal” commitments from some entities.

Commissioner Swartz inquired about the wording of the Logic Model and suggested adding inclusive language, which would open up possibilities for accessing funding from other sources. Meg replied that the Logic Model was established by a workgroup and approved by the Collaborative, and that it could be amended.  Commissioner Swartz also suggested generalizing the language of the Logic Model, adapting it to the target audience when making presentations about the 0-8 Mental Health Collaborative.  Wendy said she can help with this task.

Beth Heavilin showed the highlights of the 0-8 Mental Health Collaborative’s work during the last Fiscal Year, which included providing Dr. Perry Pre-training sessions, supporting the Dr. Perry training, providing training with Mary Claire Heffron, and providing an intensive intervention series on Autism. The vision for this Fiscal Year is to provide “road shows” about the 0-8 Mental Health Collaborative to several groups, including Early Childhood Educators and Social Workers.

Commissioner Swartz asked if the outreach of the 0-8 Mental Health Collaborative reaches beyond Humboldt County. He also suggested getting in touch with Jaclyn Culleton from the Humboldt County Department of Health & Human Services.  Supervisor Lovelace offered to convene a meeting with the county to consider how to strengthen the county’s engagement with the work of the 0-8 Mental Health Collaborative.

Commissioners thanked Meg, Sheri, and Beth for their presentation.

VII.  Discussion Item:  Reflective Supervision
Commissioners discussed the practice of Reflective Supervision and how it supports the workforce serving young children and families. Commissioners discussed how Reflective Supervision is different from a Clinical setting vs. a PFS setting or an ECE setting, but how it should contain a common understanding. The difference between individual vs. group settings was discussed. Meg shared the “Competencies and Guidelines for the Infant-Family and Early Childhood Reflective Practice Facilitator,” which she uses in her 0-8 Mental Health Collaborative work. She suggested how this model could cross different modalities and how common terms could be used.

Commissioner Knox talked about how the early childhood community could use Reflective Supervision.  Wendy shared that Reflective Supervision was touched on by the Early Childhood Care & Education (ECCE) Subcommittee since the CARES Plus Program has ended and the Subcommittee is considering how to be responsive to the ECCE field. Mary Ann Hansen said she is excited about how the ECCE field could interface with the 0-8 Mental Health Collaborative’s work and sharing Reflective Supervision principles. The ECCE field stumbles with this subject and how it needs to be more integrated into the ECCE work. She talked about the work of Robin Renshaw and how she uses Reflective Supervision with her staff. In addition the Director/Mentor Program could be helpful with promoting Reflective Supervision to ECCE providers. Kristi Martinez from the Director/Mentor Program shared that the Director/Mentor seminars are open to anyone that supervises staff and that Reflective Supervision could be a subject at a future seminar. Kristi and Mary Ann will meet with Meg to discuss this further.

Meg shared that it would be helpful to create a common infrastructure/language across all domains. Beth Heavilin mentioned that in a multi-disciplinary group setting like the 0-8 Mental Health Collaborative people have the opportunity to learn from each other by reflecting on specific practices. Wendy said that using Reflective Supervision increases the quality of the workforce. Commissioner Knox agreed and said that Reflective Supervision is an inherent component of helping people growing their skills.  Beth shared that during the Mary Claire Heffron training, the differences/dynamics of Reflective Supervision vs. Reflective Coaching was explained.

Commissioner Lyons mentioned that Reflective Supervision fits within the work of Child Welfare Services. The key piece is to integrate ongoing coaching to help people grow their skills. Mary Ann shared that she sees the work in the context of building a house.  The Keystone is the entryway to the blocks; the blocks are the knowledge; and the mortar is the Reflective Practice. 

VIII.  Discussion Item:  Social Media Policy
Due to time constraints, this discussion item will be brought back at the next meeting.  The Social Media Policy currently is in the draft stage.  Commissioners were encouraged to give input to Wendy.

The meeting was adjourned at 10 am.

Next Meeting:
Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013
5-6:30 pm
Humboldt Area Foundation, Emmerson Room

Chair:  Susan Buckley  

Minutes compiled by:  Andrea Sousa, Executive Secretary, First 5 Humboldt, 1012 - 2nd Street, Eureka, 95501

Future Meetings:
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013; 5-7 pm at HCOE, Madrone Room
Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013; 8-10 am at HCOE, Madrone Room