September 2010

Minutes from the Sunday Supper Club Sept. 12, 2010

Unfortunately we had a rather small turnout for our September meeting but those of us who made it to the Marshall Community Center were treated to a wonderful presentation by Brian Duncan of the Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services Board (RRCSB).  He shared with us the many ways in which the RRCSB works within our community and also cleared up a mystery for me.  I’ve often driven down 29 S. toward Charlottesville and wondered about the old brick motel (and the many people always gathered in front) across from the car dealerships outside of Culpeper. Had you been at our meeting Sunday, you would now have an explanation for this. J

Five Minute Flash Reports:

Local Composite Index- School board member Sally Murray took a few minutes of her time to explain to us about the “Local Composite Index” (LCI) and how this effects the funding of our schools.  This is a rather complicated topic so forgive me if my summary is a little lacking.
The LCI is the algorithm used to determine the money that our public schools will receive from the state; this formula effects 2/3’s of the funds given to FCPS.
In simple terms, the LCI is 10% retail sails, 40% income and 50% property values.
Due to the Land Use (agricultural) exception in Fauquier and many other counties, there is a vast difference between the Fair Market Value of Land (FMV) and the taxable FMV.  For example, while the FMV of a piece of land may be calculated at $25,000/acre the actual tax paid on the land may be only $330/acre for property under agricultural use.
76 (out of 95) VA counties participate in Land Use.  In Fauquier County, 51% of land is in Land Use.
Not all of the funds FCPS receives from the state are calculated using the LCI.  Of those funds which are affected, a change to the use of taxable values rather than FMV would result in an increase of 1.8 million dollars for Fauquier County.
Under the current system, counties are penalized for keeping land undeveloped.
Sally suggested that we communicate with our state legislators and ask them to address this issue.

March on DC for Jobs, Peace and Justice- Linda Swanson brought us information on the Oct. 2nd March on DC.  Labor, peace and social justice forces will join hundreds of thousands of civil rights, immigrant rights, faith, women’s, youth, LGBT, environmental and other progressive organizations in a unified call for change.  For more information visit www.OneNationforPeace.org or www.OneNationWorkingTogether.org

Fauquier Women- Linda Dulicai invited us to connect with Fauquier Women, an organization focused on women’s issues, actions and successes in the Fauquier County Area.
Connect Luncheon- First Friday of the month at 11:45 AM
Connect Meeting- Third Thursday of the Month from 6:45 to 8:30PM
Visit www.fauquierwomen.org for more information on these meetings and other exciting events.

House Party for Krystal Ball- Andrea Martens invited all in the 1st Congressional District to a house party in Bealeton for Democratic nominee Krystal Ball.  The event will be held on Sunday Oct. 3rd from 5:30 to 7:00.  Come and meet Krystal Ball and share your thoughts and concerns with her.  For more information contact Andrea at 540-439-6130 or almartens@gmail.com or Christine Conley at Christine@topofnowhere.com

Fauquier County Landfill and Recycling News- Trish Ethier sent along the latest news.
Waste and recycling collection sites are now open again 7 days a week.  Most days they are open 7am-3pm with the exception of Thursdays at the remote sites where the late hours are available (11am-7pm) during the summer and 9am-5pm in the winter.
Wasteline News newsletter availability notification is now on-line.  Sign up today at www.fauquiercounty.gov, look along the bottom of the homepage for                      “e-notifications”.
Eyeglasses are now being collected at collection sites and are given to the Fauquier Lions Club.  A collection box is located in the textile shed at all collection sites and in the electronics building at the Corral Farm Collection Site near Warrenton.

Guest Speaker

We were very pleased to welcome as our speaker, Brian Duncan, executive director of the Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services Board for the past 17 years.  Prior to assuming this position, Brian worked for the Commonwealth of Virginia and at the Crossroads Services Board in Farmville focusing on services to individuals with disabilities.

*Brian was kind enough to share a powerpoint presentation with us from which I have borrowed liberally for my notes.

The RRCSB exists because of the government response to social needs which resulted in the 1960’s Older Americans’ Act and the 1970’s Community Mental Health Center Act.  These pieces of legislation have changed greatly over the years and form the anchor of how the RRCSB was established.

The RRCSB-AAA Mission
“To bring about quality of life improvements for our communities to individuals with disabilities and seniors” through collaboration with the individual, the family and the community (including concerned citizens, faith-based groups, human services, primary care and health systems, local government).

What is the RRCSB-AAA?
Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services Board and Area Agency on Aging (try saying that 5 times fast)
A nonprofit providing services to over 6,000 citizens in our 5-county area
An agent of each county’s Board of Supervisors
A combined agency providing services to individuals with disabilities and senior citizens
An organization with over thirty-five years of experience providing services.
A lead agency in the planning and provision of services for individuals with disabilities.
A lead agency in the planning and provision of services for senior citizens
A key collaborator with other organizations and local government in both planning and service provision.

The RRCSB is governed by a 15-member Board made up of appointed local citizens who volunteer their time.
The RRCSB has a 20 million dollar budget and 26 service locations with over 375 employees.  The budget comes primarily from fees charged for services (paid by Medicaid).  $900,000 of the budget comes from local money with Fauquier being the largest contributor.

What is the RRCSB to Fauquier County?
Fauquier is the largest of the five localities we serve.
In a typical year, we will serve over 1800 Fauquier County Residents.
The Fauquier BOS has a long history of support for the organizational mission.
We have strong ties to Fauquier Dept. of Social Services, FCPS, Mental Health Associations, Piedmont Alliance for the Mentally Ill, Arc of North Central Virginia, Fauquier Health Systems and the Aging Together Partnership.

Successful Fauquier Collaborations
1. Warrenton Community Center- includes the Shadow Lane Senior Center and Adult Day Care Services for those with dementia/Alzheimer’s.
§         The senior center serves 40-50 seniors a day with transportation provided as needed.  No fees are charged.
§         Day Care Services are paid for by Medicaid.
§         The BOS provides the facility.
§         A Meals on Wheels Program is also available for those who are eligible. Up until two years ago all meals were prepared and frozen as necessary at the center but for reasons of quality and selection, meals are now purchased from a national supplier.  All meals consumed at the Senior Center are still prepared on site. This service is provided by paid staff and volunteers.
§         Volunteers are a key component of senior services.
2. Fauquier Mental Health Clinic (located on Hospital Hill)
§         This is a public agency which serves all regardless of the ability to pay.  All are charged a fee based on a sliding scale.
§         The clinic provides outpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment to over 1200 people annually.
§         They are open 5 days a week and also provide after hours emergency services.
§         The staff includes therapists, a clinic psychologist and a physician.
§         There is a substantial backlog (6-7 weeks) for seeing a therapist for non-emergencies- in Culpeper this can extend up to 10 weeks.  The wait for a psychiatric appointment is approximately 2-3 weeks.
§         An “emergency” is defined as acute duress, suicidal thoughts, threats to yourself or others or the demonstrated gross inability to care for yourself.
§         Non-emergency mental health is the most poorly funded service.
3. Bridges Rehab Program
§         Serves 50-60 adults with intellectual disabilities
§         Operating here for 10 + years
§         Provides rehabilitative and some employment services
§         Serves primarily Fauquier County with some attendees from Rappahannock and Culpeper
4. New Group Home in Remington
§         The BOS used money from the Neighborhood Stabilization Program to provide the RRCSB with a 4 bedroom home for use as a group home.
§         Group homes typically have very low turnover- residents often remain for decades if not their entire lives.
§         Under VA law, a group home which is a residence for adults with intellectual disabilities or mental illness, housing 8 or fewer residents and 1 resident staff member, qualifies as a single family home.  RRCSB group homes house 4-6 residents.
§         RRCSB operates 8 homes in the region, 7 for intellectual disabilities and 1 for emotional disabilities.
§         With these 8 homes, the RRCSB comes close to meeting the needs of the community; many who require services do not need 24 hour care and are provided with smaller amounts of in home care.

5.  Group Home in Remington
§         The RRCSB owns another 6 bedroom home in Remington which has served as a group home for over 15 years.
§         This residence began as a collaboration with the parents of disabled children.
§         During the day, residents of group homes go to rehabilitation programs such as Bridges or Didlake (private, non-profit, sheltered workshop).

RRCSB as Regional Provider of Services-
The RRCSB does not provide all services in every county but instead brings people to the services.
§         In Culpeper, there is a psycho-social rehabilitation program for adults with serious mental illness.  This program, which serves residents in neighboring counties as well, is designed to give each person the ability to manage their illness.
§         RRCSB also operates the 34 bed, Boxwood Recovery Center out of the old Boxwood Hotel on Rt. 29 in Culpeper (mystery solvedJ).  This is a 28-day, scripted, voluntary, residential, recovery program.  The program is accessed through an individual’s local Community Services Board.  After being evaluated by staff a person is referred to the program.  There is generally no waiting period for admittance into the recovery program.
§         The residential program is a “short piece of a much longer program.”  Approximately 350 people a year come through this program; 40-50 are repeat visitors, some from years past.  Often times a break in recovery is not a complete breakdown.  The goal is to reduce the time between acute episodes.
§         Construction is almost complete on the Boxwood Recovery Center’s new building- a 32 bed facility which is slated to open around Thanksgiving.

Proposed Collaborations in Fauquier County- under consideration by the BOS
The Fauquier County BOS is very willing to work with the RRCSB- this is not the case in every district
New group home properties in Warrenton
Virtual “Department of Aging” to enable Fauquier Citizens to access information on services through the county website

Guiding Principles of the RRCSB
Respect for the rights and choices of individuals
Focus on recovery- We want individuals to achieve their highest possible standard of living.
Hope

The Unmet Needs
Reasonable access to non-emergency care for mental health and addictive disorders.
Access to, and providers for, growing number of seniors in need of in-home and respite care.
Accessible housing for adults with disabilities.
Services for the growing number of children with autism spectrum disorders and developmental delays/disabilities.

What can you do?
Support a community that provides access and opportunity for all, regardless of disability or age.
Educate yourself about the needs of your community.
Volunteer your time and talents where you believe they will matter the most.  Call 540-825-3100 and ask for the volunteer coordinator.  Volunteers are need for delivering meals and for driving seniors to and from medical appointments.
Encourage the BOS to provide funding for non-emergency mental health.
Donate money directly or through the United Way.

Contact Information for the Brian Duncan and the RRCSB-AAA
540-825-3100
www.rrcsb.org
bduncan@rrcsb.org

The SSC is so grateful to Brian Duncan and all of our other wonderful speakers for taking the time to share their programs and passion with us!!

To our “members”- There has been some concern on the planning committee over rather low attendance at a few recent meetings.  Perhaps this is simply due to scheduling conflicts, beautiful weather, vacations etc. but if there are ways in which the SSC is not meeting your needs, please feel free to communicate with one of us.

Scribe’s Note- If what is keeping you away is the thought that “I’m not particularly interested in that topic” I would highly encourage you to attend anyway.  In my 3+ years of involvement with the SSC I have dragged myself to a few meetings that I thought had no real interest to me and I have ALWAYS found myself drawn in by the great speakers and the endless wealth of information that I “didn’t know I didn’t know” and therefore didn’t know would actually interest me J

Save the Dates
You won’t want to miss the interesting meetings we have planned!

Oct. 10th- Members of the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors

Nov. 14th- “A Potpourri of Alternative Healing”

Dec. 12th- We’ve got an exciting speaker lined up but I’m keeping you in suspense J

Happy Autumn Everyone!

Andrea