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Welcome all Committee Members and Guests!. Happy 1 Year Anniversary!!. Rhode Island Task Force Meeting Agenda 17 July 07, 0900 - 1100 VA Hospital, 5th Floor Advisory Committee - Welcome, Review Dr. Susan Storti/CMSgt Lori Ashness Addictive Disorders Committee SSgt Alida Roa/Cindy Williams

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Rhode Island Task Force Meeting Agenda

17 July 07, 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/Minerva Thomas

Public Awareness Committee

LTC Dennis Riel/Norman Deragon

Community Outreach Committee

LTC Bruce Fletcher/Michele Jackson

Peer Support Committee

CPT Michael Manning/Christopher Morse

Family Network Committee

Maj Judy Ferriera/Kathy Neil

Open Discussion/Networking

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Veterans Task Force of Rhode Island

Highlights

  • Met with CDR Cherylynn Bradeen, RNC MSN and
  • Ms. Jennifer Kiladitis -- Health Promotion/Individual Medical
  • Readiness/Deployment Health Clinics, Newport Naval Base
  • Interview with Peter C. Wells, The Providence American
  • Article 19 Apr 07. Pub date 13 – 17 May 2007.
  • Technical Assistance provided to Pennsylvania designing
    • workforce development activities (community providers to assist in mental health care for returning military members/families)
  • Spoke with Walter Stone (esq.) from the RI Foundation regarding support for Veterans Task Force and new initiatives
  • Development of Resource Guide (through Sen. Reed’s office)
  • Stacy Viens updating content; disseminated at ISFAC
  • meeting; currently awaiting proposed content changes
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Veterans Task Force of Rhode Island

Highlights

  • Met with Kenny Carnes, a writer, performer and Army veteran
  • to discuss future collaborative activities (theater production Pieces of War, given at colleges to raise the level of awareness)
  • Met with Dr. John Rodolico, McLean Hospital, MA, Commander of Combat Stress Unit in Iraq (link w/Tri-Care, Brown)
  • New Mexico Blueprint will be introduced on July 31, 2007 in
  • Albuquerque, NM (Dr. Storti attending)
  • Providing in-person consultation to Virginia – kick-off
  • conference scheduled for September, 2007
  • Briefed Dr. Clark, Director of the Center for Substance Abuse on treatment of current status of veterans initiative (supportive, looking for funding)
  • Presented at the first regional workshop addressing the
  • issues faced by returning military members and their
  • families (Multi-disciplinary health care providers)
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Veterans Task Force of Rhode Island

Highlights

  • Forwarded the RI Blueprint and Handbook to the American
  • Psychological Association (req. of Dr. Johnston VA)
  • National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse
  • Directors charged with developing programs to address
  • needs of returning military members and their families. RI
  • highlighted as the national model to follow. (at annual conference)
  • Request for technical assistance from Oklahoma (sent information)
  • Collaborated with Mark Paolicelli, Military legislative Fellow,
  • Office of Senator Jack Reed in writing an amendment to the
  • Dignified Treatment of Wounded Warriors bill
  • Met with Ann Balboni, PsyD to outline operational guidelines
  • for the peer support program
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Veterans Task Force of Rhode Island

Highlights

  • Rhode Island Council of Community Mental Health
  • Organizations (Liz Earls/Sue Earley)
  • Contacted by Congressman Kennedy’s office -- Texas
  • expressing interest in learning about the RI model
  • Interviewed by Emily Hager, Video Journalist, NY Times
  • Met with Nancy Pedagno, LICSW, Military Life Consultant
  • 10,000 Handbooks printed and 98 % disseminated through the Inter-service Family Assistance Council (ISFAC) (Army Res pending)
  • Discussion held with Libby Arron – Senior Projects
  • Discussion held with Dan Evangelista State of RI – Div of Veterans Affairs (RI Military Night)
  • Providence Phoenix paper meeting, 19 Jul (Jessica Kerry)
  • SOFAR Info
addictive disorders committee ssgt alida roa cindy williams
Program Activity

Met with DATA Committee in May –

- educate community treatment providers about

substance abuse issues in returning soldiers

- request assistance with slots pro bono/sliding fee

- Increased gambling assessments

Goals Reached

- Evening appointments on Monday and Tuesday night

Addictive Disorders CommitteeSSgt Alida Roa/Cindy Williams
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Program Activity

Incorporate sensitivity/awareness training monthly in New Employee Orientation

As needed/Upon request: Sensitivity training/Awareness to Service Line in PVAMC about Women Veterans Issues

Upcoming: July 18 2007-Will provide sensitivity/awareness training to Emergency Room Staff through interactive presentation & discussions with Nurse Manager/Chief Physician

Relocation-involved in monitoring/advocating for the appropriate environment/services for Women Veterans in Primary Care Integration

Policies-Revising PVAMC policies re: Provision of Care

to Women Veterans

Women Veterans Committee

LTC Jeannine Vachon/Minerva Thomas

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Program Activity

18 July – Will Conduct 3rd quarterly briefing for women veterans of RI at VET Center, Warwick.

Fall timeframe - Legislative Tea at State House.  In process of confirming date with legislature, LT Governor, etc.

Long Range Plan:  26 Sep  07 - Operation Stand Down for RI Women Veterans. Met with RI Homeless Coalition to assist in coordination.

Goals Reached

Quarterly Briefings have been successful

Women Veterans Committee

LTC Jeannine Vachon/Minerva Thomas

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Program Activity

Goals Reached

Public Awareness Committee

LTC Denis Riel/Normand Deragon

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Program Activity

Contacts with Veterans Groups (VFW, Amer Legion)

Goals Reached

Tenative Scheduled Appearences on Senior Journal, Rhode Island Soap Box

Senior Projects

Producing 30 & 60 Second Public Service Announcements for Cable

Community Outreach Committee

LTC Bruce Fletcher/Michele Jackson

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Program Activity

Vet to Vet program update

Goals Reached

Peer Support Committee

CPT Michael Manning/Chris Morse

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Goals Reached

3 June 2007 – First Post-deployment VA Briefing held at Quonset (110 members of the RIANG and MG Bray attended)

Program Activity

Family Symposium in the Fall

Weekday VA Briefing for full-time members of the RIANG being scheduled

Additional VA Briefings to be scheduled on UTA weekends

Family Network Committee

Maj Judy Ferriera/Kathy Neill