January 05, 2017

January Meeting Minutes

• Introductions
• Announcements:
       o The Long Term Care Ombudsman Program will be holding a new volunteer training in the spring. Stay tuned for the date. The volunteers undergo a 24 hour in-class training to prepare them for the position. The position requires the volunteer to spend at least 2 hours per week in their assigned facility. Right now, this programs serves about 14,000 residents
       o Alzheimer’s Association Dementia Care Symposium is on April 21, 2017 for caregivers and professionals
       o Meals on Wheels is becoming a secure building so our members will have to buzz in starting at the next meeting
• Our speaker was Tiffany Szymanek, Development Director of the Family Justice Center (FJC) of Erie County
       o The FJC is located at 438 Main Street, Suite 201, Buffalo, NY 14202 and they are open Monday through Friday from 8:30-5. They have satellite offices located at 4383 South Buffalo Street, Orchard Park, NY 14217 and are open Wednesday and Friday from 8:30-5 and at 330 North Forest, Amherst, NY 14221 and are open Monday and Tuesday from 8:30-5.
       o The FJC is a one stop shop for all victims and survivors of domestic violence and their children
       o The FJC works in collaboration with 14 partner agencies to provide free services
       o A Buffalo Police Officer is on site to complete Domestic Incident Reports and to amend them if appropriate
       o The FJC has a forensic medical unit so clients can have their injuries documented in case they would ever like to press charges
       o The FJC has a partnership with Family Court so clients can do a web conference for a family offense petition
       o Neighborhood Legal Services is their contact for civil legal issues and they also work with the University at Buffalo Family Violence and Women’s Rights Clinic for clients who make a little too much money to qualify for free representation
       o Erie County SPCA Paws for Love is providing therapy dogs at the FJC for clients to interact with
       o The FJC validates parking and provides bus tokens to clients once they are at the building. A barrier for clients accessing services is transportation to one of their offices. They hope that the satellite locations will help with this.
       o Clients can come back to receive services as many times as they need to
       o The FJC is starting to reach out to populations of potential clients that they are currently not serving – they just started a partnership with Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled
       o The FJC served about 1,700 clients last year between all of their locations
       o The majority of clients are in the age range of 29-49 years old
       o The FJC is seeing an increase in cases where the abusers have gotten their victim addicted to drugs, which makes the victim more hesitant to reach out for help
       o The FJC’s forensic nurse has started sending a release to a client’s primary doctors, with the client’s signed consent, letting the doctor know that the client is a victim/survivor of abuse and may have health concerns relating to the abuse. This is especially relevant for individuals who have been strangled
       o The next CEA meeting will be on February 7, 2017