Moraine Township

Moraine Township Board of Trustees
Thursday, September 8, 2011 5:00 PM
Moraine Township Office

September 8, 2011

The meeting was called to order at 5:00 PM, and upon roll call the following members were present: Supervisor Mari Barnes; Trustees Bryna Gamson and Jackie Schechter. Trustees Dwayne Douglas and Margoth Moreno were absent. Also Present: Clerk Ellen Gussin, Gary Smith, Pam Feinberg, Paula Peddle and Grizell Toledo.

The Regular Meeting Minutes of August 25, 2011 stand approved as written and distributed.

Approval of Bills
Trustee Schechter moved, seconded by Trustee Gamson, approval of $10,731.95 for General Assistance and $48,019.59 for Town Fund. Upon roll call, motion carried.

Public Comment

Agency Presentation
The Josselyn Center – Gary D. Smith, President, thanked the Board for the invitation to appear before it and let the Township know how their grant dollars are being used by the Center. They officially serve 15 communities on the North Shore but have actually served people from 60 different communities around the greater Chicago-land area. This is Josselyn's 60th anniversary, having been founded in 1951 by Dr. Irene Josselyn in the basement of the Highland Park Hospital. They offer comprehensive services in counseling including psychiatric as well as medical services for mental health issues. He noted that the mission of Josselyn is very consistent with the Township's. In the past year Josselyn served over 1,000 unduplicated clients, of which 124 or 14% were from Moraine Township. A total of 22,141 visits include about 12% from the Township. 99% of Josselyn's Moraine clients paid reduced fees, as per their sliding-scale-fee structure. 39% of patients are on Medicaid. Client satisfaction surveys show a high degree of success in clinical outcomes, and the Center is fully accredited on the Federal level. They have a commitment to not become stagnant and to always be looking for unfulfilled needs; now offering a variety of socialization opportunities including summer camp and field trips to help clients achieve greater success in their lives. A new peer program starting in October will allow volunteers to help clients achieve even greater success and hopefully prevent many clients in crisis from having to go to the hospital. Mr. Smith again thanked the Township for its partnership and read two touching testimonials from clients.

In response to a question about how accessible the program is to residents of Moraine Township, Mr. Smith explained that they have a 24/7 telephone intervention and a complete intake process; he will also send brochures to Paula Peddle. Josselyn receives referrals from schools, police departments and many of the surrounding Townships. The age spread for clients served is from 3 years of age to over 80. They have seen a small boost in the elderly population, but the majority of clients are adults, age 18 and above, with small surge in adolescent-aged clients. There is a bilingual case manager on staff, and they would like to find a bilingual therapist.

Tri-Con Child Care Center – Pam Feinberg, Executive Director, expressed her heartfelt appreciation for the partnership with the Township and thanked everyone for their hard work in making the funding happen. Ms. Feinberg is happy to report that a number of studies and advocacy groups are finally confirming and demonstrating that early childhood education really makes a difference in children's success in later years. The Illinois State contract has only guaranteed funding for the first six months of 2011. Funding from Moraine Township goes to students who do not qualify for State funding – the Scholarship Program. Costs per week per child come to $2,000, and currently 15 children are funded through scholarships. Research shows that education benefits the entire family by lending social and emotional support and helps to reconfigure behavior into more healthy lifestyles. Children from more vulnerable families who attend high-quality early childhood centers stay in school longer and tend to give back to the community. Tri-Con is faced with an inability to expand because of limited space and flooding issues.

Assessor's Report
no report

Supervisor's Report
Supervisor Barnes met with the Coast2Coast Rx Card company and they submitted a marketing agreement. They will distribute the discount cards to the various pharmacies and will educate the pharmacists about the program. The card is in lieu of the client using insurance but a well-informed pharmacist should be able to advise whether the card discount is better than what they might receive via insurance.

Work on the Holiday Gift Drive has begun and a very good improvement to the process will be implemented by District 112: they will send letters to all the families in their schools who they think might qualify for the Holiday Drive to advise what the Township is doing and ask them to call the Township if they are interested. This takes the social workers in the schools out of the loop and increases the involvement of the parents which should make the program work much better.

no report

Latino Advisory Committee
no report

Pantry Plants Garden Project
no report

no report

Lake County Coordinated Transportation Services Committee (LCCTSC)
no report

Human Relations Commission (HP)
Supervisor Barnes reported that the Commission is considering a change in direction where they would meet with various community organizations to find out more about what they are doing and become a conduit for resolving unmet needs.

Community Family Center
Next meeting is September 14.


Unfinished Business

New Business

With no further business to conduct, Trustee Gamson moved, seconded by Trustee Schechter, the meeting be adjourned at 6:08 PM. Motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,

Ellen S. Gussin, Moraine Township Clerk


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