The KCMH Auxiliary met Wednesday, March 14, 2012 in the hospital basement conference room for the regular monthly meeting.

The KCMH Auxiliary met Wednesday, March 14, 2012 in the hospital basement conference room for the regular monthly meeting.  The meal was provided by the KCMH Dietary Dept with seven members and one guest to enjoy.  Two members came later to hear the speaker.  The Executive Committee met at 11:30 a.m.  At noon, the regular meeting began with the reading of the Auxiliary Prayer.  Following the meal the speaker commenced his presentation.  Travis Hamrick, LCP, is the Clinical Director of ICHD.  He provided some history regarding the 1992 Mental Health Reform Act, which was the “deinstitutionalization” of patients. There are 27 Community Mental Health Centers in Kansas to reach every county; ICHD serves four counties—Edwards, Kiowa, Comanche, & Clark.    The CMHC’s are to be gatekeepers to the state hospitals.  People cannot just be dropped off or left on their doorstep.  For admission to a state hospital there has to be a screening, case management, and discharge planning.  In 2002 houses were purchased to initiate “Transitional Living.”  This is to help consumers transition into or back into communities.  In 2010 Oakhaven Apartments opened for consumers to living independently (they are not for public renting).  There are various programs that require funds and one fundraiser is the annual Suicide Prevention Drive.  There is also the Good Samaritan Fund to which the public is invited to give but not just money but also household items and clothes.  Everyone deserves a chance and, if someone needs assistance, please make a referral.  For payment there is a sliding fee scale.

President, Carolyn Irvin, then began the regular meeting with having the minutes of the previous meeting read and the current account balance presented.  One of our projects this year will be to purchase a Tympanic (ear) thermometer for the Daycare.  To reciprocate the generosity of other hospital auxiliaries, we gifted $250 to the hospital auxiliary in Joplin, MO.  Our Treasurer, Roberta Seiler, spoke directly with their President, Paula Moore, and she stated it will be used to help reopen their gift shop.  There were additions and corrections for the handbooks; if needed, come pick up at hospital.  Carolyn sent via email Feb. 8 the article for the state newsletter, Sunflower Auxilian, which is a requirement for the Award of Excellence.  Yes, the auxiliary plans to have a booth at the upcoming health fair so stop by to visit and sign up to win a $25 Dillon’s Debit card.  March 30th is National Doctor Day; remember to stop by and say thank you to our providers for their continued service and care.  March is also National Professional Social Work Month.  Ongoing reminders:  bring handbooks to every meeting, RSVP for meals the preceding Monday of the meeting, and log all hours in the notebook.

The next meeting of the KCMH Auxiliary will be April 11th.  National Volunteer Week is April 15 -21.  Our speaker will be the pharmacist for the new Kiowa County Pharmacy, Merlin McFarland, RPh.  With no other items of discussion, meeting adjourned.


Carolyn Irvin, President