Prevention Connections a Program of the Family Guidance Center
Coalition for Healthy and Safe Communities
(Regional Coalition & Drug Free Communities)
Minutes September 26th, 2016
Present: Sarah Perramant, Dan Hirschberg, Randi Hengst, Elizabeth Sartori, Richard Burke, Earl Clymer, Pat Kollar; Staff: Mary Jo Harris, Liz Montalvo
Absent: Timothy McMahon, Tiffany Kushner
Excused: Aaron Perkins, Alex Bender, Alyssa Gammel, Amy D’Olivo, Anthony Jannetto, Ashlei Carlsen, Ayla Satter, Bill Eppell, Bill Stover, Brian Rother, Catherine Brewster, Charley Keusher, Cindy Armstrong, Debi Natale, Dominique Voitek, Donald Hallcom, Donald Kophazy, Earl Clymer, Elizabeth Sartori, Emily Reisberg, Erin Hartung-Ruane, Dr. Eugene Decker, Gabby Lorusso, Garrett Foley, Georganna Connell, Gionna Rossi, Gratia Burke, Fred Foti, Helen Carey, Hope Hollenbeck, Jackie Russo, Jake Smith, Jan Swick, Jeff Greenfield, Jennifer Spuckes, Jim Seng, Joyce Estey, Julie Profito, Justin Larsen, Kanish Vaughn, Karyl Cleary, Katie Hargendon, Kay Nunez, Kelly Shelton, Lauren Grigoletti, Leslie Fulmer-Cook, Martha Teixeira, Mary Pat Quinn, Matt Butman, Matthew Chodosh, Melanie Loth,Michael Calderon, Michele Andrews, Mike Frands, Nancy Wilson-Soga, Natilie Dispoto, Nick Loizzi, Nicole Chaladoff, Pam Drager, Pat Kollar, Pat Balodis, Paulette Hussey, Penelope Griffin, Peter Keady, Peter Kromer, Prosecutor Burke, Rebecca Cruz, Rich McDonnell, Richard Gardner, Rita Foti, Ron Pantuso, Rondi Bogwald, Sandi Cerami, Shannon Brennan, Sharon McCarver, Stacy Heller, Syria Geddis, Tara Kirkendall, Tara Veerman, Dr. Thomas Altonjy, Tiffany Kushner, Tim McMahon, Timothy Downs, Tina Ritchie, Tom Cicerelle, Vitteria Calello, Walter Koch, William Lundon, Yvette Day, Paul Rinaldi, Marybeth Ringo, Debi Meade, Jonathan Asayad, Diane Bonelli
|Welcome & Introductions
|· Sarah welcomed everyone, introduced herself, and requested others in attendance gave brief introduction.
· Minutes from last month’s meeting were not available for approval
|Committee Reports Underage Drinking
· Chasing the Dragon: Members in attendance viewed the first 10 minutes of the Chasing the Dragon film created by the DEA and FBI. A conversation ensued after to discuss how this video can be used to further the message of addiction and prescription drug/heroin abuse. The video has currently been shown to youth from grades 7 to 12. The discussion guide that comes with the video was used in these groups to facilitate a discussion on what was seen. Members in attendance believe that the video is impactful and should be used. Earl Clymer suggested that since the age of first use is 11 years old- younger students would benefit from seeing it. A screening of the video for a younger age group and their parents was suggested as a way to determine how to use the video with younger students. The video can also be used as a component of the 8th grade Health Class Curriculum if it possible to get additional time from the schools. The overall consensus from the Coalition is that younger students (7th/8th grade), HS seniors and college students would benefit from seeing the film because they relate more to real stories of people who lived through addiction. A panel of young recovering addicts would be an excellent addition to the viewing of the film for students.
· Marijuana Legislative Breakfast: The breakfast needed to be rescheduled due to conflicts. The Coalition is currently awaiting for dates of availability from Jim Gerhardt, keynote speaker. The current dates under consideration include December 1st, 2nd, 6th, 7th or 8th. Once the date is determined the committee will reconvene planning.
· Prosecutor Burke updated the Coalition on the work and upcoming events. Members of One Voice are attending a summit that is sponsored by Hunterdon County’s faith based coalition. The committee will meet after the summit to discuss the ideas that were shared and how they can be implemeneted to prevent use at the local level. Shannon Brennan from the Department of Human Services will be providing a Mental Health Provider training for the One Voice committee on November 4th.
· The Health Department will be conducting an audit of tobacco retailers over the next couple of months. This audit will include observing the prices of tobacco products, number of advertisements, ID checking practices and potentially a test to ensure retailers are checking IDs. The SAC Counselor Breakfast Meeting Group is going to begin again soon, which is going to start with a focus on e-cigarettes and vaporizers. SAC Counselors report that they are prevalent within the schools and that the schools do not have enough information on the items.
Next Meeting: Monday October 24th @ 9 am Family Guidance Center