STATE OF MINNESOTA TENTH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-FIFTH SESSION
MENTAL HEALTH DIVISION
Representative Neva Walker, Chair of the Committee, called the meeting to order at 10:09 A.M. on Friday, February 22, 2008, in Room 500S of the State Office Building.
The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.
WALKER, Neva (Chair)
OTREMBA, Mary Ellen
BRYNAERT, Kathy (Vice-Chair)
Report from the Department of Human Services on children and adolescent bed availability:
Glenace Edwall, Director, Children's Mental Health, Department of Human Services
A quorum was present at 10:20 A.M.
Rep. Greiling moved that the minutes of February 15, 2008 be adopted. MOTION PREVAILED.
Chair Walker announced that the committee would postpone the sixth item on the agenda, Additional questions to DHS from members regarding the Mental Health Initiative, until a later date.
Resumed discussion on children and adolescent bed availability. Ms. Edwall took questions from committee members.
Additional testimony on children and adolescent bed availability:
Timothy P. Gibbs, M.D., Lead-Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Chair-Abbott-Northwestern Hospital Department of Psychiatry, and Fellow-American Psychiatric Association
HF2588 (Ward) Regional treatment centers and state-operated nursing homes relocation authorization required (Brainerd Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Services)
Chair Walker moved that HF2588 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Health and Human Services.
Providing testimony in support of the bill:
Thomas Wittkopp, M.D., current Brainerd CABHS psychiatrist
Mental Health Division
Mark Holub, M.D., child psychiatrist, former CABHS consultant
Janet Sarver, children's mental health case manager, Isanti County Family Services
Lynn Nelson, children's mental health case manager, Crow Wing County
Brian Morse, parent of former client at Brainerd CABHS
Providing testimony to the bill:
Wes Kooistra, Assistant Commissioner, Department of Human Services
Lynn Aves, House Research, clarified that under the Enterprise law DHS does have the authority to close a facility when it is no longer self-sufficient.
Chair Walker renewed her motion that HF2588 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Health and Human Services. THE MOTION PREVAILED.
The meeting was adjourned at 12:03 P.M.
Rep. Neva Walker, CHAIR