Budget Workshop: May 20, 2019

Budget Workshop: May 20, 2019

Budget Presentations:
Indian River County Hospital District
May 20, 2019

TRUSTEES: Marybeth Cunningham Michael Weiss
Ann Marie McCrystal Tracey Zudans
Barbara Bodnar Karen Deigl

EXCUSED: Allen Jones

STAFF: Ann Marie Suriano Jennifer Frederick
Kate Voss Jennifer Peshke, Esq.

OTHER ATTENDEES: Andrea Berry Kristen Crocker
Elisabeth Bublitz Dennis Saver
Shelly Stuven Jeff Shearer
Randy Riley

Convene Meeting – Marybeth Cunningham, Chairwoman

Mrs. Cunningham convened the budget presentation meeting of the IRCHD at 2:00 PM by welcoming those in attendance.

Funding Requests-

Senior Collaborative

Mr. Riley, executive director of the Senior Collaborative, provided a review of their funding request for fiscal year 2019-2020. He explained that the Senior Collaborative was incorporated in August, 2018 and was developed to address the needs of the rapidly growing aging population in Indian River county. He stated that the collaborative is requesting funding in the amount of $15,000 to assist with operating and overhead expenses. It would also help with the creation of a software database, which would create an interactive website with detailed information on all senior services provided in Indian River. Additionally, the collaborative is expecting to receive it’s 501 (c)(3) approval by the end of June, 2019. This will allow the collaborative to apply for and obtain additional funding opportunities.

Tykes & Teens

Mr. Shearer, CEO of Tykes & Teens, provided a review of their funding request for fiscal year 2019-2020. As a historical background, Mr. Shearer explained that the center has been providing mental health prevention and treatment services to children and families in Martin County for 23 years. Due to a high demand for services, they began offering assistance in Indian River county starting in 2016. In a partnership with the Indian River County School District, Tykes & Teens is committed to addressing the behavioral needs of students identified as having an emotional disturbance. The $15,000 in funding that they are requesting will support a program which addresses these issues with evidence based mental health services. The services will be provided by therapists that are not billable or covered by other funding sources. These include individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, and family interventions which target social and emotional learning skills. Mr. Shearer further discussed the outcome measures for the program.

Healthy Start Coalition

Ms. Berry introduced the additional staff members she bought to the presentation, which included Kristen Crocker, R.N., who runs the Nurse Visitation program and Elisabeth Bublitz, who was just hired on as the Associate Executive Director. Ms. Berry provided a brief history of the Healthy Start Coalition which was a program created through legislation by the State of Florida. The total funding request for fiscal year 2019-2020 totals $135,000. This request is to fund three program components which include the Newborn Home Visitation, Nurse Family Partnership. Additionally, the request includes funding for a new program Presumptive Eligibility for Pregnant Women, better known as “PEPW”. PEPW assist eligible pregnant women with immediate prenatal care for up to 45 days through Medicaid. The program is designed to improve early access to outpatient prenatal services and support high risk pregnant mothers, as soon as they seek help from a medical care provider. Historically, the Health Department offered these services but is transitioning the service to Healthy Start for easier access to the patients. She further discussed the other two programs which the District began funding in fiscal year 2018-2019.

Public Comment- There was no public comment.

Adjourn- The meeting was adjourned at 3:00 PM