CESSA Statewide Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes 07/10/23

Approved by Committee Members 08/14/2023

Community Emergency Services and Support Act (CESSA) Statewide Advisory Committee

Meeting Minutes - Monday, July 10, 2023 - 1:00 pm-3:00 pm via WebEx

This meeting was recorded

Call to Order/Roll Call

  • Meeting called to order by David Albert at 1:01pm.
  • Approval of Minutes (6/12 meeting): Brent Reynolds motioned to table approval of minutes to August meeting, seconded by Cindy Barbera-Brelle.
  • Members Present: Cindy Barbera-Brelle, Pooja Nagpal, Shelly Dallas, Brent Reynolds, David Albert, Bobby Van Bebber (Designee for Ashley Thoele), Blanca Campos, Emily Miller, Candace Coleman, Curtis Harris, Rick Manthy
  • Members Absent: Drew Hansen, Alice Cary, Jim Kaitschuk
  • Lee Ann Reinert reviewed procedures around the Open Meetings Act and meeting logistics.??

State Updates, Lee Ann Reinert

  • Staff acknowledgements:
    • Mellissa Guy has started at DMH and will be covering the DMH CESSA mailbox and taking over the duties Courtney has been doing for the last year or so.
    • Courtney Aidich has been 'on loan' for the last year and this may be their last call with us. Thank you for your incredible work.
  • The bill CESSA changes were incorporated into has been signed into law by the Governor
    • July 1, 2024, deadline
    • MCRT members not able to participate in involuntary admissions has been paused and will not take effect until July 2024
    • Now a requirement that DMH make a report to the General Assembly about the progress we are making Quarterly. The first report was submitted June 30th.
  • SAMHSA released a NOFO for improvements and updates to the 988 call centers. We have submitted our application/submission. If funded, the funding would start on September 30th.
  • Technical Subcommittees have all met this month and set their dates for FY 24. Dates are up on the OMA website.
  • There is one opening on this committee. We are working to find an advocate to fill the remaining Statewide role. We invite members and members of the public to let us know of anyone who would be a good fit through the dhs.dmh.cessa@illinois.gov email.

Regional Reports, Brenda Hampton

  • Last month we brought four RACs to present on process and progress in their Regions. We received feedback that this was very helpful to hear from them. We are inviting four RACs to join us today to give us updates on their Regions.
  • We will not be bringing RACs to the August meeting, but we will be bringing them to the September meeting.
  • Patrick Phelan RAC #1
    • Very active members
    • Good response from the Landscape Analysis (minus 1 PSAP)
    • Risk Matrix Analysis - slightly delayed, it's a challenge to complete the task, but the responses are now flowing in.
    • Quorum for each meeting.
    • Challenges: Understand how mental health response plays into time frames that PSAP, LE, and EMS are used to. Limited resources in rural areas make co-response models rare. Working to build a coalition.
    • Moving forward: What are the challenges and questions we can brainstorm and address? What future partnerships can we build?
  • Lisa Rhodes RAC #6
    • Attendance and representation is good, quorum at all meetings (though 9 members have missed over half)
    • Landscape Analysis complete, developed a comprehensive spreadsheet (minus four counties)
    • Had recommendations and vote on IRLM in June meeting to use it as is until rural counties have more resources, and a continued discussion and evaluation.
    • Challenges: Ongoing time commitment, understanding of deliverables, where are we heading now?
    • Positives: Urbana is already responding with Teams
  • Sam Johnson RAC #10
    • High participation level, always quorum, good attitudes
    • PSAPs completed landscape analysis, reviewing the IRLM with each PSAP individually (though 4 have not responded to outreach at all)
    • Challenges: Idea of a single regional response - well over 50 different LE agencies
    • Highlights: 4 590s are active and independently reaching out and building bridges
  • RAC #9 did not attend. They will present next time.

Quarterly Report, Lee Ann Reinert

  • Due July 1, 2023. Will be due quarterly moving forward to July 2024
  • Prepared in consultation with the UIC Crisis Hub.
  • This particular report was longer since it was the first one, we will be able to update some of the tables moving forward but keep it a bit shorter.
  • We tried to show how we are taking on this difficult task of making sure the crisis continuum and caring for those with mental health crisis across the state is being coordinated, worked on, and moving forward.
  • We are showing what has been completed, what we are in progress with, and what is our future work.
  • Implementation opportunities and Challenges: A big system change strategy, A lot of participants from a lot of places, A diverse state (Urban - Rural), No interconnected technological abilities between 911, 988 and MCRTs, Workforce shortages and preexisting work, Opportunity to build consensus and will require time to implement these changes
    • Brent Reynolds - Is there a chance that this committee could review the report prior to submission for comment? Moving forward
  • Lee Ann - I don't want to over promise that the content the group would provide would be in the report because the report has to come from DMH.
  • David Albert - I think we would welcome feedback.
  • Lorrie Jones - Something to remember is that timing may become an issue.
  • David Albert - Absolutely. Let's keep all of that in mind and just see what we can do.
  • Lee Ann - We can add a section to this meeting where members can suggest material to be added to the report.
  • Curtis Harris - We need to work on phasing the matrix out. I strongly oppose it.
  • Lorrie Jones - The matrix is only an interim guide. I think this is a good segue into the next section.

Visioning, Peter Eckart

  • We are early in the plan for this. This is our initial sense for how we are going to do this.
  • Driving the visioning exercise - Co-develop with all of the constituents a roadmap with the intention of every community across the state being able to deliver an appropriate on scene Tier 4 response.
  • Identify localities where we can pilot innovative approaches to Tier 2 / 3 calls
  • Co-develop and champion and communicate this in a way that meets legislative requirements and is consistent with CESSA
  • DMH, state agency leaders, Crisis Hub, and consultant will start the initial work
  • The consultant will have an in person SAC membership meeting
  • Work on implementation process design with Crisis Hub and RACs
  • CESSA itself will continue to be needed beyond the 7/24 deadline - collecting feedback, monitoring, making further improvements and recommendations
    • Curtis Harris - What are we going to do with the first quarter fiscal year proposal?
  • Peter - We are working to move CESSA forward as the legislators intended for the purpose of the legislation. I think we have to hold this intention, we have to be diligent, and work together after we meet the deliverables to continue the work.
    • Kathleen Macnamara - Identifying the cross-section of localities, the association of police services stands ready to advise with strategies for partners working together. Perhaps you will reach out to regions with co-responders. If you reach out to me I can put you in touch with all of those good folks.

Next meeting: August 14, September 11, October 16

Public Comment

  • Sue Schaffer - Are the quarterly reports going to be available for the public to see?
    • Lee Ann - Yes, we will get those posted and send a communication so that folks know it is available.

Adjournment: Meeting adjourned at 2:15 by David Albert. No opposition