16 September Minutes

September 2016 Minutes

Board of Directors Meeting


Mission: Drug Free Johnson County is a volunteer organization dedicated to serving as a catalyst for preventing, treating and reducing the negative effects of substance abuse by youth and adults in Johnson County.


Attendees:  Rick Hughes, Jim Hoeing, Kayley Dotson, Dustin Burton, Sonya Ware-Meguiar, Abby Hamilton, Susan Sahm, Kendee Kolp, Erica Garrity, Aaron Hagist, John Regas, Karen Fitzgerald


Michelle McMahon was not present at the meeting, and requested Sonya Ware-Meguiar to be her proxy.


  1. Call to Order: Rick Hughes called the meeting to order at 1132 hours.
  2. Rick Hughes gave members time to review the August minutes, and asked if there were any amendments that needed to be made. No members recommended any amendments.  Susan Sahm made a motion to approve the minutes as written, and Sonya Ware-Meguiar seconded the motion.  Rick Hughes called for a vote.  All members voted in favors, with none opposed.
  3. Jim Hoeing provided the coordinator’s report.
    1. Jim Hoeing reported the August income as $7,763.53. This brings the income to $70,262.43 for the year.
    2. Jim Hoeing explained the 2016 State Drug Free Fund Program to the board. The grant is now available, and applications are due by October 3rd, 2016.  The application must be completed by the LCC, and the LCC is responsible for maintain the grant and all paperwork required.
      1. Rick Hughes asked board members for any thoughts / suggestions for the grant, and if the board was interested in completing an application. Several members were interested, but concerned about the amount of time available to put the grant together.  No recommendations were made about a project.
      2. Jim Hoeing stated he received the suggestion to utilize the grant for a Simulated Impaired Driving Experience Vehicle (SIDNE). The go kart simulated impaired / distracted driving.  The board discussed this idea, and the possible uses.  It was determined that SIDNE could be used in all Johnson County Schools to educate youth in the dangers of impaired driving.  The vehicle could also be used at city festival throughout the various city festivals in Johnson County.
  • The board determined this would be an ideal grant request. Jim Hoeing will begin the application process.
  1. Jim Hoeing stated that he has received the 2016 IPRC report, and will use those numbers to continue working on the new Comprehensive Plan. He hopes to have the new plan completed and ready for the board’s approval at the November meeting.
  2. Jim Hoeing reminded the board that 2017 funding application will become available September 15th, 2016. Completed applications must be submitted by October 31st, 2016.  Jim Hoeing will email all current grantees the application on September 15th, 2016.  He will also submit an announcement to the Daily Journal for publishing.
  1. Rick Hughes provided a grantee update for Adult Probation. He stated that probation uses funding from DFJC to drug test probationers.  This is a large expense for them.  Rick Hughes stated that the probation department is not seeing a lot of marijuana come back on the test.  Opiates and methamphetamine account for most of the positive returns.  Rick Hughes stated that 16 of 45 tests were positive.
  2. Rick Hughes completed the update for probation, and asked which grantee would like to provide an update for the October meeting. Kendee Kolp stated that she would provide an update on Reach for Youth.
  3. Old Business: Rick Hughes asked if there was any old business to report on. No old business was brought forward.
  4. New Business:
    1. Kayley Dotson, Indiana State Department of Health stated that ISDH received a grant in March from the CDC. Opioids and Heroin are the focus of the grant.  She stated that Indiana ranks 16th nationally in overdose deaths.  Community intervention is one of the main goals of the grant.  The focus is to cut back on prescription prescribing habits.  Kayley Dotson stated they wanted to see what the different counties were doing / seeing in their areas.
    2. Sonya Ware-Meguiar stated that Empower Johnson County received a grant for drug free communities. They will be having a meeting on September 29th and more information will be provided at the October meeting.
  5. With no further new business brought forward, Susan Sahm made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Aaron Hagist seconded the motion, and Rick Hughes called for a vote.  All members voted in favor, with none opposed.  The meeting was adjourned at 1223 hours.