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The Board conducted three in-person and seven conference call meetings during the past year, taking action in many areas thanks to the dedicated service of each Director. This report summarizes the Boardís activities in the categories of organization, education (including CIT), and advocacy.
During the year NAMI Idaho conducted the West Region Conference in January in Boise, the East Region Conference in April in Idaho Falls and the North Region Conference and Annual Meeting in September in Coeur díAlene. NAMI Idaho produced its electronic newsletter every four months; held bi-monthly conference call meetings with Affiliate Presidents; responded to NAMI Idaho helpline and NAMI Idaho e-mail inquiries; conducted an organizational meeting in Twin Falls to reorganize that affiliate; and entered into a revenue-sharing agreement with NAMI Boise to increase corporate sponsorships for their NAMI Walk.
The 2011 Byrne/JAG grant to support training in CIT was completed in June 2013 with the following results:
During the grant period, forty-hour CIT courses were held in all 7 DHW Regions and all are planning academies within the next year. Special thanks to Ann Wimberley for administering the grant and Mike Sandvig for handling all of the related financial work.
The Board gave significant input to DHW on the terms of the Request for Proposal (RFP) for Medicaid Managed Care for Behavioral Health, many of which were directly incorporated into the RFP. Optum Health, the chosen managed care organization, invited NAMI Idaho to review and comment on all their documents and forms before they were published. NAMI Idahoís most significant advocacy efforts were devoted to work with the legislature on what was termed Transformation legislation. NAMI Idaho supported the merger of mental health and substance use disorder councils into Regional Behavioral Health Boards but strongly opposed formalizing in statute the current limitation of services provided by the Division of Behavioral Health to those with severe and persistent mental illness when in crisis. Because of this opposition, the legislation failed to get out of Committee and was not passed. Transformation legislation is again being proposed for 2014 that has positively addressed all of our major issues. NAMI Idaho also joined a coalition to support the expansion (redesign) of Medicaid as allowed under the Affordable Care Act. I would like to thank the Board members who served during the year and will not be continuing on the Board: Amika DuPree, Dawn Smith, Ruth Spencer and Wendy Norbom. They all provided exceptional service to NAMI Idaho. I would also like to welcome the new members of the Board who were formally elected at the Annual Meeting: Kathleen Mercer, Catherine Perusse, Sean Rodgers and Shannon Rood. In this, my last report as President, I would like to thank you all for the opportunity to serve as President of NAMI Idaho over the last three years. I am confident that incoming President Tom Hanson will do an outstanding job. Doug McKnight, former President
Related Files2012 Presidents Annual Report (PDF File)
2011 Presidents Annual Report (PDF File)
Calendar 2011 Financial Statements (PDF File)