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3113 Affirming Health Summit Report
RESOLUTION # 3113
RESOLUTION AFFIRMING THE REPORT PRODUCED BY THE 2018 HUMAN SERVICES SUMMIT AND AUTHORIZING THE CREATION OF HUMAN SERVICES SUMMIT COMMITTEE CHARGED WITH RESEARCHING AND IMPLEMENTING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE SUMMIT REPORT
WHEREAS, since the privatization of Human Services decades ago there have been challenges with coordination and cooperation between Human Services vendors; and
WHEREAS, the BHARP (Behavioral Health Alliance of Rural Pennsylvania) recognized this and worked with multiple agencies to secure a SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) “System of Care” grant application; and
WHEREAS, a “System of Care” is: A spectrum of effective, community-based services and supports for children and youth with or at risk for mental health or other challenges and their families, that is organized into a coordinated network, builds meaningful partnerships with families and youth, and addresses their cultural and linguistic needs, in order to help them to function better at home, in school, in the community, and throughout life.; and
WHEREAS, Forest/Warren Human Services was awarded a “System of Care” grant in 2015, which became the source of funding for a Human Services Summit in May of 2018; and
WHEREAS, the Human Services Summit was conducted over four days from April 29th through May 2nd and attended by over 45 individuals representing over a dozen Human Services providers and included criminal justice professionals, medical professionals, psychiatrists and family members involved in the Human Services system; and
WHEREAS, in the months following the Summit, its coordinator, Chuck Gray, compiled an 80 page Report which includes all of the data collected during a comprehensive compression planning session that took place at the Human Services Summit with providers and families; and
WHEREAS, the Report includes numerous recommendations to improve Human Services delivery in Warren County which revolve around 5 focus areas including Mapping the System, Continuity of Care, Reducing Wait Times, Expanding Providers/Services, and Creating a Culture of Professionalism; and
WHEREAS, with the recommendations offered in the Report there is a need to research and execute those recommendations in an orderly manner and determine their priority, sustainability, and achievability; and
WHEREAS, the Warren County Board of Commissioners has taken a proactive role in improving Human Service delivery to the population of Warren County and neighboring counties in order to improve the livelihood of all residence and especially those citizens in desperate need,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONER OF WARREN COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, do hereby proclaim their appreciation for the work done by the volunteers, families and community members involved in the Human Services Summit and affirm the findings in the subsequent Report developed by the organizers of the Summit as a needed and positive step to improve Human Service delivery in Warren County, Pennsylvania,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that:
Section 1. Creation. There is hereby created the HUMAN SERVICES SUMMIT COMMITTEE.
Section 2. Purpose. The purpose of the Human Services Summit Committee is to take the recommendations outlined in the Human Services Summit Report and find ways to implement them in both Forest and Warren Counties to address gaps in Human Services delivery.
Section 3. Limitations on Authority. The Human Services Summit Committee is advisory only and shall not have the power or authority to commit Warren County or any of it agencies or instruments to any policies, incur any financial obligations, or create any liability, contractual or otherwise, on behalf of Warren County or any of its agencies or instrumentalities.
Section 4. Membership. The Human Services Summit Committee shall consist of a minimum of seven members appointed by the Warren County Board of Commissioners and consist of a minimum of one Warren County Commissioner and six or more community members.
- Member appointments shall be made at a public meeting of the Warren County Board of Commissioners. In the event of a vacancy by an existing member of the Human Services Summit Committee, a replacement shall be found and appointed at the next available public meeting of the Warren County Board of Commissioners.
- Members of the Human Services Summit Committee shall reflect the diversity of the community and include at least two, non-provider family members.
- Any member vacancies on the Warren County Taskforce shall be filled by appointment of replacements by the Warren County Board of Commissioners in a public meeting after recommended replacements have been presented to the Commissioners by the Human Services Summit Committee. If the County Commissioner serving on the Human Services Summit Committee is unable to perform their duties on the Committee, they must be replaced by another Warren County Commissioner by appointment at a Public Meeting. In the event of a chairperson vacancy, the vice chairperson shall conduct the meeting and the members of the Human Services Summit Committee shall select a new chairperson at that meeting. In the event of a vice chairperson vacancy, the chairperson shall conduct the next meeting and the members of the Human Services Summit Committee shall select a new vice chairperson at that meeting.
Section 5. Organization and procedures at meetings. Human Services Summit Committee shall meet within 60 days of the appointment of its minimum seven members. Additional meetings may be held at the discretion of the Human Services Summit Committee. Members of the Human Services Summit Committee shall select their chairperson and vice chairperson at the first official meeting. The chairperson shall preside at all meetings at which he or she is present. The vice chairperson shall act as chairperson in the absence of the chairperson.
The Human Services Summit Committee may establish, adopt, and amend bylaws, rules, and regulation for its own governance. In order to transact any business or to exercise any power vested in the Human Services Summit Committee, a quorum consisting of a majority of those persons duly appointed shall be present. The members of the Human Services Summit Committee shall serve without compensation.
Section 6. Regulations. All proceedings of the Human Services Summit Committee shall be conducted in accordance with the Government in the Pennsylvania Sunshine Act, 65 Pa.C.S. §§ 701-716 and the Pennsylvania County Code. The Human Services Summit Committee shall be deemed an “agency” for the purposes of the Open Records Law. The Human Services Summit Committee shall be governed by all State and County conflict of interest laws, as applicable.
Section 7. Summit Report and General Responsibilities. The Human Services Summit Committee shall utilize the current (2018) Human Services Summit Report as a guide to produce policy changes, identify grant and other funding opportunities, help agencies coordinate, and essentially assist in the implementation of the changes proposed in the Human Services Summit Report. The Human Services Summit Committee will subdivide itself based on the five focus areas and may look to the volunteers identified in the report who originally signed up to serve on those subcommittees for support.
Section 8. Follow-up Summit and Report. The Human Services Summit Committee will be responsible for executing a follow-up Human Services Summit in the spring/summer of 2019, and all Human Services Summits thereafter. Following the second Human Services Summit in 2019, the Human Services Summit Committee will produce a supplemental report within 60 days for the review of the Warren County Board of Commissioners on whatever progress has been made on the initial findings and recommendations of the Human Services Summit Report.
Section 9. Staff. The Human Services Summit Committee may be provided with assistance from County staff on an as-needed basis. The staff may be tasked with keeping and preparing records of the Human Services Summit Committee; may prepare, in cooperation with the chairperson, the agenda for each meeting; be responsible for the preparation of reports, minutes, documents, or correspondence as the Human Services Summit Committee may direct; and, generally administer the business and affairs of the Human Services Summit Committee, subject to the limitations of the County budget and general staff availability. The County Solicitor shall provide legal counsel, as needed, to the Human Services Summit Committee.
Section 10. Authorized collaboration. Although the Human Services Summit Committee reports directly to the Warren County Board of Commissioners, the Board encourages and supports federal, state, and local initiatives to increase redevelopment and business investment and encourages collaboration and coordination by the Human Services Summit Committee with local, state, and federal agencies and officials in order to acquire data, solicit recommendations, and promote join ventures and investment.
Section 11. Sunset. The Human Services Summit Committee shall sunset and be considered dissolved on the 31st day of January 2020 unless the next Board of Warren County Commissioners chooses to extend the term of service by majority vote at their first public meeting in January 2020. The Human Services Summit Committee may need to continue beyond the sunset period in order to provide guidance and coordination on the execution of projects related to its initial proposals and provide public education and further guidance to the community beyond its initial parameters.
APPROVED this 25th day of July, 2018.
COMMISSIONERS OF WARREN COUNTY
Attest: Vice Chair
Pamela J. Matve Jeff Eggleston
Chief Clerk Secretary