CBHTF Update

Well, it has been a while since we last heard from CBHTF (Children’s Behavioral Health Task Force). Because of my disorganization, as well as my swinging into depressive/not-caring moods, I thought I missed an opportunity to comment upon the first draft of the report I worked on for the DPW (PA Department of Public Welfare). Why do I say this? Well, I received the draft on April 26 with a note to respond with any comments by May 1. Then the other day, I received the report that was sent to a bunch of people in the PA state department and appropriate organizations.

Any way, I decided to start reading the 91-page document yesterday and sent in some comments, even though they were late. I still feel that I am a part of this task force and will until the ideas and suggestions by us are accomplished by the state of Pennsylvania.

I will continue reading the massive document and submit additional comments where appropriate.

Conference Call April 6, 2005

Well, we had our call. It went well. We all seemed to come together at the end. There had been some misunderstandings about the direction we had chosen to go in. But we agreed on what had proceeded. The final report is supposed to be done by Friday, April 15, 2005.

Before then, the parents on the committee are supposed to identify what our concerns are, what issues remain unresolved, and what we would like to see. At this point, we’ve had one comment, not from a parent, but from a consumer. A young adult (age 21) has been on our committee from the beginning but has only voiced his concerns now. Thank goodness because he represents a stakeholder group that we seem to have overlooked.