SOS Meeting Notes – March 3, 2015

“Public Safety cost money. But then so does crime.”

-Archie Lidey (with some help from Sir Claus Moser)

MARCH 3, 2015 NOTES:

Run for the Law, A County United  


    • We had a Facebook Event https://www.facebook.com/events/784206188281689/
    • We asked you to go “on-line” and register
    • We had ~350 registered Runners and Walkers
    • We had over 50 children in our Free “Kid’s Dash” and each kid got a medal
    • Maria Simon photographed the event-she took over 600 Photos!
    • Club Northwest was our base
    • The GPDPS assigned Motor Officers Scott Williams and Dennis Burge
    • Greg Redfern led the 10K on his bike
    • The Young Marines from Merlin and White City did a fantastic job manning the run/walk corners along with employees from Performant and First Call Resolution (First Call Resolution has already committed to sponsorship for next year!) and Hidden Valley High School Cheerleaders!
    • Josephine County Commissioner Keith Heck helped with a sponsorship of the Run/Walk as Josephine County Commissioner Cherryl Walker medaled in the 5K!
    • GPDPS Chief Bill Landis, GP City Mayor Darin Fowler, Club NW CEO Scott Draper all spoke passionately about wanting to make Josephine County a safer place and thanked everyone for coming out and showing support and commitment to our home!
    • Mayor Fowler commented that he hoped next year, SOS would be talking about a different cause, the shell work of secure, stable and sustainable funding having been achieved!
    • After he ran the 5K with lightning speed—he practiced running down and arresting a fleeing suspect last week—true story—Josephine County Sheriff Dave Daniel thanked everyone for their support and spoke about how important it was that we all come together—as we had—and how he feels the future for our community looked promising! Sheriff Daniel said he felt the positive energy all about us!
    • Business Sponsors were: The Mid-Rogue Independent Physician Association, Johnston Dental (who led an ARMY of Tooth Fairies—“Preventing cavities/crime one tooth at a time!”), Taylor’s Sausage, the Grants Pass Police Association, Evergreen Federal Bank, Rogue River Family Practice, Gotcha-Covered Screen Printing, the Women’s Health Center, Performant, Southern Oregon Sanitation, Siskiyou Pediatric Clinic, Club Northwest, and Asante
    • Dr. Steven Marshak and Mr. Scott Draper handed out $1,000 to: 10K Male Winner David Laney, age 26, from Ashland and 10K Female Winner Amanda Phillips from Roseburg!
    • Rycke Brown cleaned the event afterwards!
    • Rachel Southmayd from Pixy Prints Photography was there and provided those that dared, a photograph from her photo booth!
    • Babe’s Bakery provided a breakfast and after run/walk treats!
    • Community United for Safety provided information about the upcoming May Levy and why it was so important
    • Julie Thomas donated Concierge Security for “overnight security” for the set-up
  • AMR was on-hand with an ambulance (I think it went unused!)
  • Club Northwest also provided FREE child care for those who wanted to race or walk and had small children!
  • Channel 12 featured us on their 5 PM and 6PM broadcasts!
  • Pat Fahey won again 1st place for his age category 57 ½!!!
  • Home Depot donated paint for the course
  • Jay Meredith estimates the financial benefit from the race at approximately $6,000!
  • Enough cannot be said about the Race Coordinator Holly Lidey and her amazing Run/Walk Committee, which included: Frank Morin, Jesse Sallas, Cheri Adkins, Quail Hlelmeir, Kay Smith, Bekah Lidey, Liz Hirni, Felicia Cohen, Alison (from GP Parks and Recreation), Megan Schwartz, Felita Short, Holly Gates (Perkins), Jennifer Essick, Kris Woodburn, Erin O’Donnell, Erin Smith-Mateja, Lisa Redfern, Mike Smith, Mark Gatlin, Jodi Nighe, Jay Meredith, Julien Silva, Cliff Thomason, John McCafferty and Mike Smith

Go to the homepage of www.securingoursafety.org to review the Run/Walk results and to see some pretty great pics of a County United!

Thank YOU!

Thank you for taking the time to unite and demonstrate your commitment to our home!


SOS Sponsor Report Jacki Halcomb

  • SPONSORS=50 (3/09/15)
  • FROM Jacki: “Our next meeting will be Friday the 13th at 1:00 pm for lunch. Let’s meet at Blondies.  We are going to be discussing ideas for a dinner for businesses to help them understand the importance of SOS and what being a sponsor is doing for them and their community.  We are looking at this event taking place either the 2nd or 9th of May.  If you can attend lunch I would greatly appreciate all ideas for this event.”
  • If you have any questions please feel free to call or email Jacki,  jaklar@msn.com or 541-218-1427


Community Research – Pat Fahey/Ken Smith/Linda Scott

MAT-C Committee

Nancy Yonally/Marilane Jorgenson/Dr. Felica Cohen

  • Dr. Steven Rotter Medical Director

Grace Roots: “Pathways to Wellness”

  • The VIDEO Premiere shall be Friday, March 20, 2015 at 7 PM at the Grants Pass Community Center located at 234 SW L Street, in Grants Pass, OR
  • There will be dessert with a chocolate fountain and musical entertainment
  • This shall be the first of many video showings
  • Flyers/Brochures complimenting the video are being created
  • There will be invitations sent out with RSVPs
  • MAT-C has funded their own efforts
  • PS. Nancy Yonally shared her newly published book: Almost Heaven by the Sea available at Barnes and Noble books in a few weeks
  • From Dr. John W. McIlveen, who attended our last MAT-C Meeting:

Hi everyone – thanks so much for inviting me to your MAT-C meeting last night; I certainly appreciate the warm welcome you all gave me and was very pleased to see your enthusiasm and dedication to addressing such a pressing addiction and public health issue in Josephine County.  I look forward to working with you all to try and increase the utilization of medication assisted treatment in the area to address the opioid epidemic in Josephine County. As I mentioned, OHA/AMH is dedicated to helping to expand access to MAT through our State, not just in Josephine County, as a key part of our 2015-2017 strategic plan, and we need the help of dedicated community members such as yourselves to not only implement these plans, but to sustain the effort and achieve the goal of getting Oregonians affected by conditions such as opioid dependence the most effective, evidence based treatment. 

I do want to reiterate, however, some of the points that I made last night in terms of setting up (or at least the possibility of setting up) a working OTP in Josephine County. As I said last night, it is a large undertaking, that involves a significant amount of dedication, expertise, knowledge, and simply just time consuming work and a lot of resources, including financial. From everything from regulatory issues, to best practices, to following State and Federal guidelines for administering MAT and managing patient medications, differences between “take homes”, dispensed medications, prescribed medications, etc.; there are a multitude of issues that need to be paid close attention to in MAT settings that are not necessarily present in your traditional A & D treatment setting. Innovative and holistic approaches to treatment are great, and I believe can add a great deal of value to the treatment experience – I want to make sure though that we aren’t putting the “cart before the horse” so-to-speak though, and that everyone is aware of the dynamics and details involved in this kind of undertaking. You all are very dedicated in your quest to address this issue, and I certainly don’t want this point to dampen that enthusiasm, rather to harness the energy present to begin to really get down to the nuts and bolts about what might work best in your community.

On that note, specifically, here are a few links; not just “of interest” but that are vitally important to look through and understand, especially for the folks that are going to, or may be, key active players in the possible planning of the expansion of MAT in JoCo. I’m going to start with a few links that are just the “basics” – rule, law, and guidelines, and we can go on from there as we move forward. First are the Oregon Administrative Rules related to synthetic opioid treatment programs in Oregon:


Next, a link to the Division of Pharmacological Therapies from SAMHSA – this link is a wealth of information; if you navigate this page, you’ll find an MAT overview, links of best practices, links to Federal rule/law (CFR 42 Parts 2 & 8), and even an updated (2013) Federal guidelines for the treatment of opioid dependence. It’s an absolutely great resource –  I use it constantly in the course of my day-to-day work


Next, here’s another very valuable document, that also can be seen as kind of an “MAT summary” – it’s from the White House Office of Drug Control Policy – a very good, readable summary of the medications, references to research on MAT, as well as a very good summary about maintenance, detoxification, and stabilization with this population. It’s a really good lay-person type introduction to the issue, and I think is vitally important for everyone involved in this project to read and understand before moving forward. 


And finally – here’s an excellent presentation from SAMHSA – good summary of Federal policy and MAT in general – many of you who attended Ron Jackson’s presentation in Medford yesterday are going to remember some of these things from that presentation, but I think it’s a good resource/reference in terms of summarizing in layperson’s terms the case for MAT and why we are supporting this treatment modality – it’s a response to a very real issue, as many of you are fully aware of. 


As an FYI, the site that came from (DEA Diversion) is also a very good site to navigate in terms of understanding the DEA’s role in this whole subject, but we can leave that discussion for another day.

That should be good for a few hours of reading for everyone! Let me know your thoughts – looking forward to working with you moving forward – I think these links/documents should generate some thought/discussion, and hopefully questions, which are really important to address at this point in the process. 

Thanks again, and I look forward to seeing you all again in the near future!

John W. McIlveen, Ph.D., LMHC

Operations and Policy Analyst/State Opioid Treatment Authority (SOTA)

Manager/Healthcare Professionals Service Program (HPSP)

Oregon Health Authority

Addictions and Mental Health Division (AMH)

500 Summer St. NE E86

Salem, OR 97301


503-990-4905 (cell)



SOS Strategic Planning – Jay Meredith

SOS Projects 2015 to 2016:

* Recap of how the SOS mission statement and major projects came together-we have been together for over 2 years!

Status of the current “citizen-voiced plan”:

  • A lot of people respect what we are doing!
  • Sobering Center-we helped get that going-now it’s its own non-profit-looking where to build-have funding-need roughly $250,000/year to operate-could be operational by 2016-it is very successful in Medford
  • State Lottery-we did research and now it is its own project-went all the way up through the Oregon Supreme Court-its current status is at Signature gathering—it will need some monetary help—revenue wouldn’t come to Counties in until 2017
  • Sales Tax Committee-we researched-stopped this effort because the majority of citizens said, “No.”       
  • Medically Assisted Treatment-Center-we are in the midst of making this a reality-will make a huge difference
  • Timber Committee-still active-we assisted in its’ formation and its’ pressure to create better efficiencies on County Land with timber for sale/harvest
  • Hard Rock Mining-research—had a classy/informative Summit last year-will provide the County $ resources in future after the industry is properly developed and we use/develop our County owned lands properly
  • Justice of the Peace Court-will need legislative changes but very possible—local control of local finances—theme!

SOS finances are in good shape!

SOS is embarking on the following projects—we need your help—we need your input!

* SOS Video/Awareness project 

* SOS Business Dinner

SOS meeting schedule for the remainder of 2015 will be bi-weekly after next week!

Increase PR efforts!



MISSION: “A citizen-voiced plan to provide for a secure, stable and sustainable Josephine County.”