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Welcome all Committee Members and Guests!. Rhode Island Task Force Meeting Agenda 22 Apr 08, 0900 - 1100 VA Hospital, 5th Floor Advisory Committee - Welcome, Review Dr. Susan Storti/CMSgt Lori Ashness Addictive Disorders Committee SSgt Alida Roa/Cindy Williams Woman Veterans Committee

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Rhode Island Task Force Meeting Agenda

22 Apr 08, 0900 - 1100

VA Hospital, 5th Floor

Advisory Committee - Welcome, Review

Dr. Susan Storti/CMSgt Lori Ashness

Addictive Disorders Committee

SSgt Alida Roa/Cindy Williams

Woman Veterans Committee

LTC Jeannine Vachon/Carla Murchelano

Public Awareness Committee

LtCol Denis Riel

Community Outreach Committee

LtCol Bruce Fletcher/Nigel Unarie

Peer Support Committee

MAJ Michael Manning/Christopher Morse

Family Network Committee

LtCol Judy Ferriera/Kathy Neil

Dr. Pedro/David Cram

Cortical Integrative Therapy - TBI Services

Eliza Vorenberg

Legal Services

Dr. Lawrence Hirshberg

NeuroDevelopment Center

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Program Activities

2 Jan/5 Mar: Chief Ashness and Dr. Storti attended the New Bedford Mental Health Meeting, assisting in starting MA Task Force.

3 Jan: Chief Ashness and Dr. Storti briefed Lt. Governor Roberts about the RI Blueprint and Veterans Task Force of RI.

3 Jan: Meeting held w/MG Bray, to provide update on Task Force activities.

3 Jan: Chief Ashness, Col. J. Vachon, Col. L. Hague, S. Usler, and Dr. S. Storti met to discuss the creation of medical screening protocols for military members leaving on multiple deployments.

30 Jan: Chief Ashness, Dr. Storti, and Ms. Williams met to revise training outline for RI Council of Community Mental Health Organizations.

6 Feb: Meeting w/Donna Callahan (ESGR), discussion of educational classes for employers of deployed members.

Veterans Task Force of Rhode Island

Highlights

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Veterans Task Force of Rhode Island

Highlights

  • Program Activities
  • 29 Feb: Met w/Deb Kelty (VA) to identify key informants for the Women Veterans study.
  • March: Information forwarded to Kentucky and Oregon SSA Directors.
  • 4 Mar: Col Vachon and Chief Ashness attended Warwick Teachers Assoc and briefed on VTFRI, specifically Woman Veterans Committee activities.
  • 21 Mar: Dr. Storti and Chief Ashness presented VTFRI briefing at VA Regional Office.
  • 21 Mar: Gave VTFRI briefing at State Elks meeting, invited to give briefing at annual State conference, May 08 (Nigel Unarie will attend).
  • 27 Mar: Attended URI deployment issues briefing, potential partnering for URI undergrad to intern w/FRG.
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Veterans Task Force of Rhode Island

Highlights

  • Program Activities
  • 3 April: Chief Ashness and Dr. Storti briefed Veteran Service Organizations about the RI Blueprint and Veterans Task Force of RI. LtCol Fletcher and Nigel Unarie in attendance.
  • 17 Apr: Meeting held for military/civilian liaisons, great discussion on potential activities/gaps needing attention.
  • Dr. S. Storti presented one-day trainings - PTSD and Substance Abuse: Understanding the Challenges Experienced By Returning Military Members – Reno, NV 11 April; Las Vegas, NV 14 April 2008.
  • Chief Ashness attended two pre-deployment briefings (w/families) and one departure ceremony.
  • Chief Ashness attended monthly family meetings, there is a need for this to continue (currently only for the deployed Security Force Flight).
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Addictive Disorders CommitteeSSgt Alida Roa/Cindy Williams

Program Activity

  • The RI National Guard will have a Prevention Coordinator as of April 21, 2008 for all Substance Abuse Prevention for both Army and Air National Guard. (SSG Stephanie Riotte)
  • Our goal is to address the alcohol issues that our service members are dealing with, to include prevention and testing.
  • Increased number of military members coming in for substance abuse treatment because of legal problems.
  • Guest speaker now coming to the Evening program to educate participants about sexual dysfunction issues.
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Program Activity

Sexual Assault Resource Manual & Fund Raising

Women Veterans Resource Manual (Next project)

Sat. 3 May Women Vet’s Benefits Fair, Schofield Armory (9am – 1pm)

29 April, Women Legislative Tea, hosted by LT Gov Elizabeth Roberts. Women Veterans meet Women Legislators.

Women Veterans Committee

LTC Jeannine Vachon/Carla Murchelano

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Program Activity

No Report

In need of a civilian liaison

Public Awareness Committee

LTC Denis Riel

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Program Activity

3 Apr: Attended VSO Meeting

17 May: Presentation of VTFRI at State Elks Convention

Community Outreach Committee

LTC Bruce Fletcher/Nigel Unarie

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Program Activity

Peer-to-Peer Program update

Peer Support Committee

MAJ Michael Manning/Chris Morse

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Family Network Committee

LtCol Judy Ferriera/Kathy Neill

Program Activity

  • Family Symposium (Kathy)
  • Additional VA Benefit Briefings to be scheduled on UTA weekends (Lt Col Ferriera)
  • Partner w/LtCol Matt Santos and Family Program staff on various initiatives.
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Dr. Pedro/David Cram

TBI Services

Eliza Vorenberg

Legal Services

Colin Foote

NeuroDevelopment Center

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