July 24th, 2023
11:00 am

2nd Floor Conference Room
Central Park Complex Bldg., 110 Franklin Street, 4th Floor, Johnstown, PA 15901
Conference Line

Commissioners Tom Chernisky, BJ Smith, Scott Hunt, Tanya Kvarta, Rebecca Valle, Elyse Kirchner, Tracy Selak, Tracy Shultz, Fred Oliveros, Amy Hamilton, Brandy Mangus

  • Approval of Minutes: May 22 nd , 2023 meeting minutes: Approved motion by Commissioner Hunt/seconded by Commissioner Chernisky. No discussion.
  • Review of requested financials: (See attachment): No changes, no discussion.
  • CFST Contract: Signed by Commissioner Chernisky
  • OOC by-laws: Updates needed
    • Voting: This section needs updating to reflect the HC board members’ voting capacity on agenda items.
      • We meet bimonthly on the 4 th Monday of each month here in the CPC building.
      • Voting:  We are required to have HealthChoices board members as voting members, (we have 2 members on the board) it is my understanding from our HC counsel Lawrence Tabas that the scope of their voting powers can be limited to certain agenda items.
      • Value Behavioral Health needs changed to Magellan Behavioral Health of PA
      • DHS has placed us on a calendar year, so our annual audit usually begins In February and commences in May of the following year.
  • BHoCC internal audit (sent via interoffice on 5/23/23)
  • Reinvestment Committee Meeting: Ad hoc:
    • Walk-In Crisis approved. Open house scheduled for October 18 th at 2:30
    • Transitional Housing approved.
    • Low Barrier Housing approved.
    • Recovery Community Center awarded RFP. In search of property.
    • Supportive Housing discussions taking place
  • Behavioral Health of Cambria County (BHoCC) Key Initiatives for 2023:
    • Housing
    • Suicide Awareness
    • Educating schools on IBHS/referrals
  • Magellan Behavioral Health (MBH) Updates:
    • Housing Consortium was held on July 17th.
    • Housing roadmap to be created
    • Housing APP to be created to show available services for housing
  • 2023 BHoCC Trainings: UPDATE: All trainings will be held in-person (Cambria County Academic Center) and transition to zoom if needed due to COVID regulations. More information can be found on our FB page and/or website www.bhocc.org.
    • Motivational Interviewing 2-day; April 11 & 12, 9-4, Barbara Orr
    • “All Stressed Up and No One to Choke”; April 25th, 9-4, Karen Vadine
    • Blended Family; May 10th, 9-4, Barbara Orr
    • Adolescent MH Issues & Intervention Strategies; June 14, 9-4, Barbara Orr
    • LGBTQ, July 14th, 9-4 – Melissa Perkins
    • Teen Social Media and Mental Health Usage Trends for Therapists and Counselors, August 1st, 9-4, Ryan Klingensmith
    • Trauma-Informed Care; August 9th, 9-4, Barbara Orr
    • Ethics; September 15th, 1-4, Andrew Nocita
    • Motivational Interviewing 2-day; September 26 & 27, Barbara Orr
    • S.M.A.R.T. Goals; October 11th, 9-4, Barbara Orr
    • Motivational Interviewing Tot 3-day; 9-4, November 7, 8, 9, 9-4, Barbara Orr
    • Opiates, Opioids, & Emerging Trends; November 13th, 9-4, Bruce Schaffer
    • Report to the Community; December 1st, Tanya Kvarta
  • Executive Session: n/a
  • Adjourn: Motion to Adjourn: Approved motion by Commissioner Smith/seconded by Commissioner Smith. No discussion

Next meeting: September 25th, 2023

2023 Meeting Dates:
January 23
March 13
May 22
July 24
September 25
November 13

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