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HEALTH AND WELFARE COUNCIL OF THE BALTIMORE AREA
10 South Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
Plaza 2-4146
Minutes
Board of Directors
Date:
December 10, 1964
Place:
HWC Board Room
Present:
Dermis F. Smyth, Gordon W. Allen, Mrs. Louis Azrael, Willia.
P. Carton, ' Mrs. Eleanor Corner, Dr. Edward Davens, F. A. Davis, Sr., Rt. Rev. Msgr. David I. Dorsch, Edgar W. Ewing, ClarkHobbs, Arnold J. Kleff, Miss Esther Lazarus, Harry L. Lippincott, Mrs. John S. McDaniel, Jr., Mary Claire Mullen, Robert D. Myers, Joseph H. Purdy, Herbert Taylor, Dr. Alvin Thalheimer, Dr. Isadore Tuerk, P. H. Van Gelder, Mrs. Thomas J. S. Waxter, Arnold Wilkes, N. Page Worthington, Guests: Dr. Alice Tobler, Dave Nurco. Staff: William E. Sprenger, Daniel Fascione, John M. Spence Presiding:
Dennis Smyth, President
Citizens Conference in Philadelphia
Mr. S~h announced that the biennial conference for citizen
leaders in Health and Welfare Councils will be held in Philadelphia on
Januar,y 14 - 16. He urged all board members who are able to plan to
attend. Those who have attended in the past have found the conference
most valuable.
Minutes of previous meeting
The minutes of the previous meeting were unanimously approved
as mailed in advance of today's meeting.
Resignations
Mr. Smyth read letters of resignation received from Dr.
George Brain who is about to leave Baltimore for another position; and
from R. V. Haysbert whose business obligations have compelled him to
withdraw from the Board. Both resignations were accepted by the
Board with regret.
Letter from Dr. Tuerk
Mr. Smyth then read a letter from Dr. Tuerk expressing apprecia­
tion for the part the HWC pl~ed in the development of the homemaker pro­
ject which has recently been financed b.Y the National Institute of Mental
Health as a joint project of the Family and Children's Society and the
State Department of Mental Hygiene.
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Meeting of the Board of Directors
December 10, 1964
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Study Request from Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc.
John Spence was called upon by the President to report in the
absence of William Passano, Chairman of the AgenC,Y Services Committee to
l~o7 which the request for study had been referred for review. A subIll ,#/ committee had reviewed the proposed study plan and had discussed it With
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EdwardHolmgren, Executive Director of Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc.
Mr.
VV Holmgren had been frank to state that his agency hopes that the study will
help it gain membership in the Community Chest, but also stated that the
study would be desired even i f Chest membership were not at issue. The
agenC,Y hopes that the study will strengthen its services and its re­
lationships with other organizations in the community.
After further discussion of the financial problems facing
Baltimore Neighborhoods, Mr. Purdy moved, and Mr. Ewing seconded, his
motion that the HWC undertake the study of Baltimore Neighborhoods on the
basis of the proposed study plan. UNANIMOUSLY CARRIED.
Mental
He~lth
Planning Committee
Mr. S~h called on Dr. Alice Tobler, Director of the
State Office of Mental HealthPlanning, to comment on the study plan
prepared by the HWC staff. The plan proposes that the awc take re­
sponsibility for the Baltimore City component ot the comprehensive
state-wide mental health study now being conducted in Mar,yland counties
under the guidance of Dr. Tobler's oftice. The basic concept ot the
plan was worked out by HWC in collaboration with the staft of the Office
of Mental Health Planning. It calls tor an assessment of mental health
needs in Baltimore City. The results ot the study are to be transmitted
to Dr. Tobler by March, 1965. The information from this stuqy will then
be pooled with similar information developed by the counties. An
ana~sis of the information and recommendations will then be made by a
State Taskforce under the auspices of the Office of Mental Health Planning.
Dr. Tobler expressed approval of the plan developed for Baltimore City
by HWC.
Mr. MYers questioned whether or not staff time is available
for the study and Mr. S~h indicated that it is. Mr. Kleff asked i f
the HWC would be reimbursed for its staff services; Mr. Sorenger ex­
plained that because the HWC would be assuming responsibility for a
local planning committee which would arrive at policy recommendations,
the awc would provide its regular staft services to the committee.
Therefore, the question of payment of staff services rendered to
another organization does not apply in this instance. Mr. S~h then
added that projects of this kind have been cited as justification for
the HWC' s request of the State for regular operating funds.
Mr. Van Gelder then moved, seconded by Mr. Purdy, that
the Board accept the proposal as presented. UNANIMOUSLY CARRIED.
Meeting of Board of Directors
December 10, 1964
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Human Renewal Program
Mr. Worthington, who was named by the HWC as its representa­
tive on the Steering Committee for a Plan for Action for Human Renewal,
briefly traced the HWC's involvement in this project and expressed his
gratitude for having had the opportunity to participate. He then paid
tribute to the awc staff for its efforts.
Mr. Smyth then asked Mr. Purdy to chair the remainder of
the meeting since Mr. S~h had to leave because of another urgent
commitment.
Mr. Purdy then asked Mr. Sprenger to present the two items
in the "Plan for Action tI which require Board action.
The first of these is the provision in the Plan that the
HWC continue its planning function of designing additional program
components as needed, modifying components of the present Plan, preparing
special analyses for program evaluati.on purposes, and developing demon­
stration projects to test new approaches before they are incorporated
into the permanent program.
Mr. Worthington then moved that the awc officers and staff
be authorized to contract for additional planning work with the CANDO
program if and when the COWlcil is requested to do so. Mr. Myers
seconded the motion. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
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Mr. Sprenger then referred to the program in the "Plan for
Action" (page 61) entitled VolWlteer Service Corps. He explained that
the Steering Committee considered a number of different auspices but
concluded that the HWC was the most appropriate.
Dr. Davens moved that the HWC accept this responsibility i f
and when the Council is requested to do so. His motion was seconded by
Mrs. Daniels. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
Mr. Van Gelder then followed with the statement that labor
will 'Wholeheartedly endorse the total "Plan for Action" and will
cooperate in its implementation. However, he expressed his desire to point
out a deficiency in the general approach as established in the Federal
legislation. The absence of more financial support to people in need is
the deficiency. He said that we are now giving handouts under public
welfare but not giving enough and giving in a degrading manner. The
first priority should be to increase welfare grants, give the welfare
department adequate staff, enact on adequate minimum wage law, and in­
crease unemployment compensation. Mr. Purdy commented that Mr. Van
Gelder's statement was appreciated and would be duly noted.
He then asked Msgr. Dorsch to dismiss the meeting with a
prayer.
The meeting adjourned at 1:40 p.m.
Submitted by:
William F. Sprenger
Associate Executive Director
C
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p
y
December 2, 1964
Mr. Dennis F. Smyth, President
Health and Welfare Council
10 South Street
Baltimore, Maryland
21202
Dear Dennis:
I just received from Harold an announcement of the December
meeting of the Health and Welfare Council. His communication reminded
me that I should write to you to let you know that I will be departing
for the West coast on approximate~ that date. Therefore, it is with
regret that I submit my resignation as a member of the Board of
Directors of the Health and Welfare Council.
I have enjoyed my very small part in the work of the Council
and I have admired particularly the manner in which the Council has
responded to the ideas presented in "A letter to Ourselves ll • You,
Harold, and the members of the Board and staff should take considerable
satisfaction in the completion of the plan for action on the problems of
Baltimore1s disadvantaged people. The hard work remains to be
accomplished but the plan provides the framework within which community
leadership can be organized to commence the effort and reach the objectives
which have been so well expressed in the report.
I know that the Council can continue to count on full cooperation
from the Department of Education. Edwin Stein, as Acting Superintendent,
should be your immediate contact for follow-up of those activities with the
Council which relate to the programs and services of the Department of
Education. He is an able and qualified administrator. Moreover, he is
a strong professional educator whose counsel and assistance I know you
will come to appreciate as you work with him.
I extend my gratitude and appreciation for your many services
and for the cooperation and assistance which the Council, its members,
and staff have given to the Department of Education during the period I
have been privileged to serve as Superintendent.
Best holiday wishes and every success in your undertakings in
the new year.
Kindest personal regardst
Sincerely,
George B. Brain
cc:
Mr. Stein
~Ir. Edelston
I
C
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P
y
October 28, 1964
Health and Welfare Council of the Baltimore Area, Inc.
22 Light street
Baltimore, Haryland, 21202
Attention:
Dennis F. Smyth, President
Please accept my resignation from the Health and Welfare Council Commit­
tee, to be effective the 1st of November.
Our company hopes to build a new plant within the next 12 months. I find
I must devote my attention and energies to this major and vital project.
I have enjoyed my association with the Committee and wholeheartedly
support its aims but find that I must concentrate on press of business
affairs for a year.
R. V. Haysbert
H. G. Parks, Inc.
RVH/eam
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P
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State of ~Iaryland Department of Nental Hygiene State Office Building 301 W. Preston Street Baltimore, f1aryland
21201 December 2, 1964
Mr. Dennis F. Smyth
President
Health and Welfare Council of the
Baltimore Area, Inc.
22 Light Street
Baltimore, Maryland
21202
Dear Mr. Smyth:
Back in 1962, the Health and Welfare Council of the Baltimore
Area conducted a study of Homemaker Service Needs in Metropolitan Baltimore.
Out of that carne a recommendation which ultimately culminated in the Family
and Children's Society of Baltimore joining forces with the Department of
Mental Hygiene in the submission of a Title V Grant request to the National
Institute of Mental Health. After much effort and revision of the initial
request, on November 23, 1964, the Family and Children's SOCiety of Baltimore
was notified that the application entitled "Homemaker Services as an Aid to
Community Treatment" had been approved.
The funds allocated amounted to $44,985.00 for the period
2/1/65 - 1/31/66, and the sum of $51,530.00 for the period 2/1/66 - 2/1/67.
The main sponsor of this project is the Family and Children's Society of
Baltimore with the Maryland Department of Mental Hygiene as co-sponsor.
1 am hopeful that this project will prove to be of real value,
and 1 am grateful to the Health and Welfare Council of the Baltimore Area
for inspiring it! Yw. Mock and Mrs. Blake wish to join me in this expression
of appreciation to the Health and Welfare Council.
Sincerely yours,
Isadore Tuerk, M.D.
Commissioner
1T:S
cc Mr. Edelston
Mr. Sprenger
Mr. Mock
HEALTH AND WEIFARE COilliJCIL OF THE BALTIMORE AREA, INC.
10 South Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
Plaza 2-4146
November 19, 1964
Study Plan
Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc.
I.
Background and reason for study request
On August 14, 1964 the Executive Director of Baltimore Neighborhoods re­
quested the Health and Welfare Council (HWC) to undertake a study of
Baltimore Neighborhoods.
The letter of request stated that Baltimore
Neighborhoods planned to make application for membership in the Community
Chest in the near future.
Before submitting its formal application, the
agency wanted the EWC to conduct a study aimed at evaluating certain
aspects of Baltimore Naighborhoodsr purpose and program related to eligibility
for Community Chest membership.
II.
Scope of the study
The study l,J ill be concerned with three aspects of the operation of
Baltimore Neighborhoods.
First, it will attempt to define which services currently provided by
Baltimore Neighborhoods in the Baltimore metropolitan area are unique and
which (if any) are similar to those being provided by other agencies and
organizations in the community.
This will include a consideration of any
uniqueness in the methodes) employed by Baltimore Neighborhoods in pro­
viding its services.
Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc.
November 19, 1964
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Second, it will consider what effect, if any, membership in the Community
Chest might have on the current programs of Baltimore Neighborhoods and
the methods it employs in carrying out those programs.
The study will not
attempt to deal with how the possible membership of Baltimore Neighborhoods
in the Community Chest would affect the fund-raising potential of the
Community Chest.
It will not recommend whether the Chest should accept
Baltimore Neighborhoods to membership.
These determinations are the
responsibility of the Community Chest.
Third, it will evaluate the degree of responsibility employed by Baltimore
Neighborhoods in its activities and consider the acceptance of its efforts
by various segments of the community.
III.
Method
A. Personnel
1. Study Committee - the President of the
~~
will appoint a small
committee to conduct the study and submit a report of its findings
to the Board of the HVJC.
This committee will be composed of lay
people, some of whom .have backgrounds in the field of housing or
real estate.
No committee member will be a paid employee of any
public or private agency working in the field of housing or
civil rights.
Such people will be involved as needed as con­
sultants to the committee.
2. HWC staff - a staff member assigned by the Executive Director of
the HWC will provide staff service to the committee.
He will be
responsible for collecting background information and necessary
data to be used by the committee.
He will handle all arrangements
Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc.
November 19, 1964
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connected with committee meetings and will discharge the usual
staff services.
B. Data to be collected
1. Baltimore Neighborhoods - a review of the history and present
structure and operation of Baltimore Neighborhoods.
This information
will be compiled from material supplied by Baltimore Neighborhoods.
Such material could include
Byla~,
an information manual prepared
by the agency, minutes, annual reports, and other operating and
budget statements.
The following aspects of the agency will be
covered:
a. history
b. auspices
c. purpose
d. struct ure
e. current activities and methods used to carry them out
f. method of financing
g. staff
h. advisory groups and consultants used by the agency
i. geographic area served
j. client-group served
k. relationship to other community agencies and organizations
2. Community agencies and organizations with programs and interests
related to Baltimore Neighborhoods--information 1.vill be obtained
from the following concerning their general purpose and current
program:
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Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc.
November 19, 1964
a. Baltimore Community Relations Commission
b. Baltimore County League for Human Rights
c. Baltimore Urban League
d. Citizens Planning and Housing Association
e. Commission on Interracial Problems and Relations (State of
Maryland)
f. A representative neighborhood improvement association
g. Other organizations working primarily in the field of civil
rights, i.e., NAACP, CORE, CIG.
3. Community Chest member agencies in other cities that are working
in the field of housing - a questionnaire will be designed and
sent to Community Chests and/or these Chest member agencies in
other cities.
Chest and/or agency executives will be asked to
indicate whether or not the housing agencies engage in activities
similar to those engaged in by Baltimore Neighborhoods, and, if
they do, whether, in the opinion of these executives, Chest
membership has had any limiting effect on their programs and the
methods of achieving their objectives.
They will also be asked
what reaction there has been to the fact of Chest membership from
various segments of the community.
4. The
Byl~
and requirements for membership in the Community Chest
of the Baltimore Area, Inc. will be considered in relation to the
effect meeting such requirements might have on the operating
programs of Baltimore Neighborhoods.
C. Sequence of study activities
1. Secure Baltimore Neighborhoods' concurrence with this Study Plan
2. Obtain approval from the HWC Agency Services Committee to under­
take the study on the basis of this Study Plan
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a1timore Neighborhoods, Inc.
ovember 19, 1964
3. Obtain
4. Staff compilation of necessary background material to be used by
~JC
Board approval for the study based on this Study Plan
the Study Committee
5. Appointment of a Study Committee by the President of the HWC
6. Meetings of the Study Committee to consider the issues and draft
a report
7. Action by the HWC Board on the Committee report
8. Transmittal of the HWC approved report to the Board of Baltimore
Neighborhoods
D. Timing
If this Study Plan is approved and the Board of the HWC authorizes
the study at its December, 1964 meeting, the final report should be
completed by June, 1965.
HEALTH AND WELFARE COUNCIL OF THE BALTIMORE AREA
10 South Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
PLaza 2-4146
December 2, 1964
Stu,3Y Plan BALTIMORE CITY MENTAL HEALTH PLANNING COMMITTEE I.
•
Problem--The State of Maryland is now engaged in a study of mental health
needs and services for the development of a comprehensive state-wide mental
health plan.
This activity stems from the new State Office of Mental Health
Planning recently established under a Federal grant-in-aid.
The grant was
allocated to the State Board of Health and Mental Hygiene following approval
of a study plan submitted to the National Institute of Mental Health.
The
new State Office of Mental Health Planning has been established temporarily
from July 1, 1963 to June 30, 1965 as an independent state agency under the
directorship of Dr. Alice Tobler.
Recently, staff of the HWC met with staff from the OMHP to explore the possi­
bility of HWC help in developing information and data relevant to mental
health needs in Baltimore City.
The study plan of the OMHP calls for the
establishment of local planning committees for each of Maryland1s political
subdivisions.
The local planning committees in the counties are conducting
surveys using a guide prepared by the State Office.
The information collected
throughout the state will then be pooled for analysis by State task force
committees who will develop recommendations for a state-wide comprehensive
mental health plan.
Study Plan
BALTIMORE CITY MENTAL HEALTH PLANNING COMMITTEE
December 2, 1964
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I":c ctings of the two staffs established that the HWC could make a contr ibution
to the
state~wide
plan as it relates to Baltimore City.
Essentially, such a
contribution would consist of identifying the local mental health needs and
establishing an order of priority for services to meet these needs.
On the question of documentation of these needs, it was mutually decided that
the procedures outlined in the State's guide for the counties would not be
feasible for Baltimore City.
The guide prepared for the counties is so in­
clusive and encompassing, that its use in the city would prove impractical
in terms of available time and staff.
As an alternQtive procedure to the type of survey suggested in the guide, it
"ms agreed that documentation of mental health needs would be sought from
knowledgeable professionals.
The extent to which statistical data will be
utilized in this documentation of needs shall depend upon (1) its availability,
(2) the degree of consensus among knouledgeable professionals, and (3) the
judgement of the local planning committee.
II. t~s~~~.§~~--The
in Baltimore CitYo
purpose of the study is to identify mental health needs
The findings will then be utilized by the OMHP in con­
junction with information obtained from the counties for the development of
a state-wide comprehensive mental health plan.
This procedure requires the
local study group to restrict its scope to identification of need, leaving
the development of specific and detailed planning to the state group.
For purposes of this study, the concept of IImental health needs" must be
delineated
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Study Plan
BALTIMORE CITY MENTAL HEALTH PLANNING COMMITTEE
December 2, 1964
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It can be said that virtually every aspect of individual and community life
in some way affects mental health.
for example, the relationship of the
policeman on the beat with an individual family; the attitude of a public
school teacher to an individual student or class; the availability of em­
p10yment opportunities or recreational facilities all have an impact on the
mental health of someone ••• somewhere.
However, the scope of the local group
identifying mental health needs requires realistic boundaries.
Its findings,
therefore, will be focussed on the need for resources which deal directly
with the psychiatric aspects of mental health.
Such resources might include
the availability of residential psychiatric care, psychiatric out-patient
clinics, private psychiatric care, psychiatric day care hospitals, child
guidance clinics and other services dealing with direct preventative or
treatment facilities for psychiatric problems.
In all probability, the local group will have problems in identifying some
needs and resources as strictly psychiatric as opposed to those needs and
resources which impinge directly on mental health, but which may not be
psychiatric in the traditional sense.
for example, a family counseling
service may not give a pure psychiatric service, but its marital counseling
and child-parent counseling functions are directly related to mental health.
Such decisions of scope defining character will need to be made by the local
group as the study progresses.
III.
Method
A.
Personnel
1.
Cornmittees--It is proposed that there be one central committee for
Baltimore City under the auspice of the HWC to be known as the Baltimore City
Mental Health Planning Committee.
This committee will be composed entirely of
I
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Study Plan
BALTIMORE CITY ~~NTAL HEALTH PLANNING COMMITTEE
December 2, 1964
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"non-professionals" numbering no more than eleven members.
Its primary job
will be to identify local mental health needs and list them in priority for
transmittal to the OMHP.
In addition to the central committee, a small number of technical advisory
panels will be established to help feed data and information on mental health
needs through HWC staff to the central committee.
The advisory panels will
be composed primarily of professionals who have special knowledge of mental
health needs in Baltimore City.
2.
~--At
least the equivalent of the full time of one professional
HWC staff member will be required to complete this project.
In addition, it
is anticipated that professional staff from the OMHP will be present at meet­
ings of the central committee and some of the advisory panel meetings to
lend guidance and direction as needed.
It may be possible for the OMHP to
assist HWC staff with other aspects of the local project if assistance is
needed.
B.
Data To Be Col1ected--Some data on Baltimore City with respect to mental
health facilities and their use by those requiring psychiatric treatment are
already available from Maryland's Psychiatric Register and other sources
through the OMHP.
Other data, symptomatic of mental health problems, are
available but need to be correlated with the task of the committee.
Still
other data may need to be developed if deemed necessary by the local committee.
C.
Sequence of Staff and Committee Activity--HWC staff have met on three
different occasions with staff from the Office of Mental Health Planning to
evaluate the possible role of the
ill~C
in the project, as well as to evaluate
the feasibility of completing the project in the time allotted by the study
Study Plan BALTIMORE CITY MENTAL HEALTH PLANNING COMMITTEE
December 2, 1964
plan for the Federal grant-in-aid.
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In addition, HWC staff have compiled a
listing of Baltimore City organizations and resources to be utilized as a
resource pool in developing the technical advisory panels.
A tentative list
of possible central committee members has also been developed for use at the
proper time.
It is proposed that the first activity of HWC staff be directed to
the formulation of the Baltimore City Mental Health Planning Committee.
The
committee would then be convened to acquaint them with the project, their
function in the project, and the study plan.
Staff from the Office of Mental
Health Planning would be present to orient the committee to the state-wide
effort and the relationship of the committee to the state-wide comprehensive
plan.
At the same time, staff would formulate the technical advisory
panels grouping them according to similarity of fields of interest.
Prior
to the second meeting of the central committee, it is anticipated that work
with the advisory panels will have been completed and data collected for
consideration by the committee.
The central committee would then proceed
to develop its recommendations for transmittal to the Office of Mental Health
Planning.
D. Estimated Cost-­
1. Staff time •..•••••.•••••••••••••.•.•.••..••••.•••• $3,500 - $4,000
2. "Out-of-pocket expenses" .••••.•.•.••••.•••••••.•.• None anticipated
E. Timing--The results of the study are due in the Office of Mental Health
Planning by the end of March, 1965.
for the project.
This allows a period of 3t months

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