August 10, 2015 Rotogram: 6

Mississippi Museum Update

Katie Blount, Mississippi Department of Archives and History director, will report on the 2 Mississippi Museums project that is nearing completion in Jackson. Bill Parrish will introduce her.

Next Week: MSU’s Shackouls Honors College

Chris Snyder is a professor of history and dean of the Shackouls Honors College at Mississippi State University. Nancy Hargrove will introduce him.

For the Record—August 3

  • Invocation and pledge:             Frank Chiles
  • Attendance:                                         70.2%
    Present — 106 (43 exempt)
    Absent — 75 (13 exempt, 12 honorary)
  • Guests: Guests of the club were Hayden Carr and Connor Guyton, Starkville Daily News.

Meeting Notes

  • President Zach gave kudos to Bart Harris for his promotion to vice president and branch manager of the Starkville office of Mississippi Land Bank.
  • He announced that Richard Blackbourn has been named among the top 30 deans of education in the U.S.
  • Oktibbeha County Hospital is one of nine Mississippi medical facilities recognized for achieving national organ donor performance standards. President Zach congratulated Patti Faver and Richard Hilton.
  • Members were encouraged to donate backpacks and supplies to the Greater Starkville Development Partnership’s drive to equip homeless students in the Starkville Oktibbeha School District.
  • It was noted that Hank Moseley had completed his fifth round of chemotherapy.
  • In Habitat for Humanity’s recent golf tournament thank you advertisement, 32 individual Rotarians or their businesses or organizations were noted as sponsors. That shows how Rotary gives back to the community in many ways.

Speaker’s Honorarium Match

There still is time to commit to helping match the budgeted speaker’s honorarium. All matches will make a greater impact on our donation to the Steinway Initiative in the MSU Music Department. The initiative seeks to equip the department with 30 new Steinway pianos.

Monthly Board Meeting

Club board members are reminded that the monthly meeting convenes at Harvey’s tomorrow at 11:45.

Rotaract Club Considered

We are considering establishing a Rotaract Club at Mississippi State. If you are interested in mentoring college students, let President Zach know.

Community Counseling Brings Hope to Disabled and Troubled

August 3—In more than four decades, Community Counseling Services has aided 1,078 individuals in Oktibbeha County.

Martha Allen, director of business development for the Pines and Cady Hill Recovery Center in Columbus, outlined the function and resources of the Region VII Mental Health/Mental Retardation Commission.

Serving Choctaw, Clay, Lowndes, Oktibbeha, Noxubee, Webster and Winston Counties, the organization is one of 14 regions in Mississippi.

More than 325 staff members provide services in some 40 programs at around 30 sites. When its doors opened in 1974, CCS had four staff.

The private, non-profit’s annual budget has grown from $519,820 in 1984 to $20 million last year. As a fee-for-services agency, 89 percent of its budget comes from clients. Grants account for ten percent, and the county contributes one percent.

In Oktibbeha County, the CCS budget is $4,618,260 of which the county contributes $45,000 annually. There are 67 full-time and 12 part-time employees.

The service exists in the state under the Regional Commission Act, passed in 1966 and amended in 1972. This act required counties to join together and form 15 regional commissions on mental health and mental retardation. Each county is required to pay up to 2 mills per $1,000 on the property rates to the CMHC annually (1982’s property rates).

Nationally, the 1963 Community Mental Health Act authorized one time federal grant funds for construction of public or non-profit community mental health centers to provide inpatient, outpatient, partial hospitalization, emergency care and consultation/education services.

Allen made clear that one-time “start-up” monies were not to be used to build or buy properties. All money was to be spent on direct client services.

As the coordinator of mental health marketing programs, she explained that CCS set up an independent entity in 1976 to own and maintain properties and be a progressive arm of the organization. Consequently, the foundation board owns 88 properties across its seven counties. Oktibbeha’s foundation member is Martha Taylor.

Stressing that CCS staff aren’t state employees, she explained that the service’s vans, most visible in the community, bear government tags because tax dollars pay for them.

Jessica Brewer, one of three supported employment coaches, explained that a good, steady job enhances a person’s mental health recovery by building self-esteem. Structure and routines are key.

Supported employment helps clients find and maintain meaningful jobs in the community. It provides resources to both employee and employer to maintain positive working relationships through social network strengthening.

Eligibility is based on client choice because persons perform better in work they appreciate and enjoy. SE is integrated with treatment. Specialists keep close contact with clients and their employers. The result is increased quality of life, better control of symptoms and reduced substance use.

One in four Americans lives with a diagnosable, treatable mental health problem. That adds up to about 61.5 million people. Half of them never seek or receive help due to stigma, lack of information, cost or lack of insurance coverage.

Allen noted that CCS is one of the first units certified in Mental Health First Aid. Contact information is deployed with the city’s police officers to help defuse potential threats to public safety.

 

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