The Community Justice / Safe Community and Suicide Preventionist met on May 18, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at the Beatrice Police Department.
Introductions were made with an agency update:
Amber Jurgens with District #1 Probation shared that they have openings for 2 ½ officers at this time. They are hosting a class on June 9th at the Probation office for juvenile offenders. It is very victim focused and the cost is $100. It is for probationers, but would also be beneficial for diversion or other juveniles.
Jill Rice is a community counselor with Beatrice Public Schools. Discussed with her and others in attendance items around suicide prevention.
Dr. Jami Jo Thompson is director of student programs with Beatrice Public Schools. Discussed with her and others in attendance items around suicide prevention. School continues to work on strategic planning through the summer.
Melissa Syder-Carlson – is the facilitator and coordinator for Out of the Darkness. The prevention walk will be September 29, 2012 at Chautauqua Park at the tabernacle with registration beginning at 11:30 and the walk at 1:00. On June 23rd, Melissa and others are hosting a Women of Faith simulcast at the Beatrice Mennonite Church. “Brokenness” is the theme of the event. Tickets will be $10 until June 15th and $15 following.
Laurie Klostermeier is with the Nebraska Safety Council and interested from the Safe Community perspective on the work of the coalition and the community.
Teri Magnus works with the Resolution Center. She was filling in for the Director and Laura Edmonds by attending the meeting. She noted that they are expanding their services and reaching out to a broader population.
Kerri McGrury discussed National Crime Victims Rights month in April and some of the special events. She also had handouts from Gage County Victim’s Assistance.
Julie Compton with the Beatrice Fire Department shared that May 24th will be an open house from 1-4 for children and families. There are games and a raffle.
Wes Henning with the Beatrice Police Department. Discussed daily events. Shared with Kerri McGrury numbers for calls for service regarding mental health and suicide.
Mental Health / TASC 44 25
Emergency Protective Custody 14 9
Attempted Suicide 3 4
Suicide 3 7
Good attendance and materials from recent QPR trainings. Would like to host law enforcement specific training and another community event at the hospital in the fall.
Sheriff Millard Gustafson with the Gage County Sheriff’s Department. Concern for legislation introduced that would extend time in county jail. Discussion of healthchare, meds and rural area. Substance abuse and other challenges. Blue Valley Behavioral Health and New Beginnings has medication assistance programs. Gus also shared that he felt the take-back program was successful with 55 lbs. collected. Discussed the cooperation of the DEA, Keep Beatrice Beautiful and Gage County MAPS in making this event successful. Sam and Louie’s also provided food for volunteers.
Darcy Bear – Hope Crisis Center discussed upcoming event – Rock against Rape – to be held May 19th at Risky’s in Beatrice.
Christina Lyons - Gage County MAPS. Discussed the COPS Internet Safety dvd’s that should be ready to share with families by June 15th. Discussed idea with Summer Safe Fun Passport that built on the 40 Developmental Assets and distributing those to families in Gage County. Group agreed that this was a good alternative to National Night Out that has been done in the past. The COPS dvd’s would be able to be distributed by the police, sheriff and fire departments.
Julie Rogers with the Nebraska Juvenile Justice Institute shared information on the Juvenile Justice Plan and the requirements for the update that need to be completed. We will be receiving a link for a survey to be sent out to anyone in the county that works with juveniles. The priorities for the plan will be derived from this survey data.
Next meeting date is June 22nd at 10:00 a.m. at the Beatrice Police Department Conference room.