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
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
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.
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).
Addictive Disorders Committee SSgt 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.
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
Program Activity No Report In need of a civilian liaison Public Awareness Committee LTC Denis Riel
Program Activity 3 Apr: Attended VSO Meeting 17 May: Presentation of VTFRI at State Elks Convention Community Outreach Committee LTC Bruce Fletcher/Nigel Unarie
Program Activity Peer-to-Peer Program update Peer Support Committee MAJ Michael Manning/Chris Morse
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.
Dr. Pedro/David Cram TBI Services Eliza Vorenberg Legal Services Colin Foote NeuroDevelopment Center Presentations