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Zoom event: Coping with Substance Use or Alcohol During Coronavirus19 Pandemic:

How do you or loved ones get help during this hard time? Coping with substance use or alcohol during Coronavirus19 Pandemic.

 Kelsey Dahl, Jaime Purves and Deb Guthmann will do an hour presentation on September 10th, 2020 on Zoom and to include resources available nationally online as well recruit minnesota residents and will have Jaime talk about the referral for those needing treatment at the MN M Health Fairview program. Since they are still able to take Hard of Hearing, Deaf, and Deafblind during the co-vid19 pandemic wave. Anyone can come and participate to hear us. The zoom link will be posted on the flyer and Facebook page of Minnesota Deaf Substance Use Dependency program (https://www.facebook.com/MNDeafSubstanceUserProgram). ASL interpreter will be provided. 

Questions? Contact Kelsey Dahl at kelsey.dahl@minndeaf.org about this event. For referral information, contact Jaime videophone at 651-964-1427 or voice at 622-273-4459

When: September 10 at 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Where: on Zoom https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88243835458?pwd=ZHhnRGFhUGhpOVdCeFlJYWZsaXBTQT09

Business Meeting on August 22, 2020 via Zoom:

MADC will be having a business meeting on Saturday, August 22nd from 1-3PM via Zoom. Please join us!

Zoom Meeting Information: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89989611634?pwd=Z3drMFYyVnFMbWgwYmRYR2pyZGphZz09

Meeting ID: 899 8961 1634

Passcode: 505322

Meeting ID: 899 8961 1634

Passcode: 505322

Here is a video sharing information about our upcoming meeting. https://youtu.be/MKRNBWJCUBc

Community Meeting on Saturday May 16th at 2 pm to 4 pm. 


Announcement for Online Access

Google Meet Link for MADC Meeting

This link is scheduled for May 16th at 2:00 PM




        Officer Reports

                 - President

                 - Vice President and Committee’s Report

                 - Secretary


         Member-At-Large Reports:

                  - Kelsey Dahl: 

                         - TED program (DHHS) - Assurance Wireless

                         - Department of Commerce

                         - Chemical Dependency Program on Hold


                  - Website

                  - ASL Eagles

                  - Lakeville Teacher Situation

        Community Input



Announcement of a Licensing Bill Ad Hoc Committee by President Jackie Correa-Alley

Link to Vlog: ASL version

Link to Letter: MADC Letter

Announcement from our President Jackie Correa-Alley and Vice President Emily
Smith-Lundberg about COVID-19

Link to Vlog: ASL version.

President Jackie Correa-Alley

Greetings! My name is Jackie Correa-Alley, MADC President. MADC Vice President, Emily Smith-Lundberg and I want to make a quick vlog with updates with MADC, COVID-19, and Governor Tim Walz’s order that was made yesterday.

We are committed to providing a safe environment for the people we serve, the Deaf community, & our board. We want to do a quick vlog to acknowledge that this is a difficult, scary, stressful time, but we will get through it together just like how our community always has. There is nothing like the Deaf community here in Minnesota. We’re in this together! Let us explain some important details ahead.

We, MADC, want you to know that we are here for you and the community. We want to make sure that our community feels safe, has access to information to make sure you stay safe.

We, MADC, will not have any in-person meetings or events for the time being. Our next business meeting will be on May 16, 2020, time TBA and will share our Zoom meeting information, where you can view the meeting.

We have a spreadsheet that was created by the Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing community all across the US, full of resources during a time like this. Please have a look at it. Make sure to check in with everybody, by calling, texting, emailing, or on social media. It is important that we take care of each other during this time.

- Link to this spreadsheet: COVID-19 resources. 

Please feel free to contact us through email. Our officers’ email addresses will be added at the end of this video.

Stay safe and healthy! We will continue to do this, keeping our members and community updated of developments during this time with COVID-19 and other MADC business.

Now, Emily will be sharing some points about Governor Walz’s order that was made yesterday. Thank you for all of your support!

Vice-President Emily Smith-Lundberg

Hi! I will be sharing some key points from Governor Walz’s announcement of the stay at home order.

First, we are thrilled that Governor Tim Walz has had CDIs at every announcement regarding this virus. Thank you to everybody who was involved in the work to make this successful and possible.

Governor Walz has gone into isolation at his residence starting on Monday because one of his bodyguards tested positive for COVID19. As of now, he has not been tested positive for COVID19, just as a precaution.

Because of his isolation, he announced his mandatory “stay-at-home” order away from others, so there was not a CDI present nor were there appropriate captions. Here are some key points from his announcement.

- Yesterday, Governor Walz ordered a “stay-at-home” order in Minnesota from Friday, March 27 from 11:59 PM to Friday, April 10. People are asked to stay home and only leave their homes unless it is absolutely necessary. To be able to control this spread of COVID-19, please stay home.

- Minnesotans will be able to go and get groceries, gas, emergency medical supplies, caring for family members, friends, pets, and going to appointments that are important. Minnesotans who are currently out of state and need to travel back home will be allowed to.

- Minnesotans will be able to go outside, yet keep social distance which is 6 feet apart from another person. Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has a great website with all the information needed to know about COVID-19 here in the state.

- Anyone found to violate this order could get a misdemeanor citation, a $1,000 fine and/or 90 days in jail.

- He also has extended schools to remain closed until May 4th, subject to extension. Dine-in restaurants and bars will remain closed until May 1st, also subject to extension.

- Again, To reduce the spread of COVID19, we need to stay home, stay away from others as much as we can, and stay at least 6 feet away from others. Stay healthy and safe!

Below are our officers' names and e-mail addresses.

Jackie Correa-Alley, President      Jackie.CorreaAlley@minndeaf.org

Emily Smith-Lundberg, Vice-President   Emily.SmithLundberg@minndeaf.org

Jason Valentine, Secretary  Jason.Valentine@minndeaf.org

Karen Pugh, Treasurer  Karen.Pugh@minndeaf.org

  Important Announcement about Deaf Awareness Day:

Please watch a vlog from David Nathanson with an update for the upcoming Deaf Awareness Day (DAD). DAD is postponed to fall 2020.

Link to the vlog: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4wjhFU_Z4E

Transcript: (White presenting male with silver hair, wearing a maroon polo shirt with gold MADC logo on the left chest).

Hi, my name is David Nathanson. We have the 7th Deaf Awareness Day at White Bear Lake High School, on April 18. 2020. Due to the recent circumstances, we are now looking into the plans to rescheduling the event. It will most likely be happening in the fall. As soon as I have more information, I’m guessing in about 2 to 3 weeks I will have more information about the reschedule, I will announce then. So, please be patient while I work on this. Keep watch for this on MADC’s facebook and DAD’s webpage: dadmadc.com.

NAD needs your support!!  Find out about their "Signing is Language" Act, H.R. 5483 by clicking on this link:  Signing is Language

MADC Board Meeting - Saturday, February 22, 2020

Please come to our MADC board meeting. Jason Valentine, MADC Secretary, has created a vlog with the information and the agenda. Here is the ASL vlog: MADC Business Meeting 2-22.

Here is the transcript for the ASL vlog with Jason.  

Opening slide with MADC logo (yellow state with maroon ribbon wrapping around the state and ending in the yellow star. Maroon text: MADC on top in maroon and EST. 1885 at the bottom)

(White male with blond hair pulled back and black sweater with Metro Deaf School logo)

Hello, my name is Jason Valentine (showed sign name JV). I’m Secretary of MADC. I would like to announce that on February 22nd, we will have a MADC business meeting from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM at the Rondo Community Library conference room. Located at 461 Dale Street N, Saint Paul and the zip code is 55103.

We have an agenda for the meeting that I am going to share with you. The business meeting will begin at 3:00 PM.

- From 3:00 to 3:15, we will be approving the minutes from the previous business meeting.
Next, from 3:15 to 3:45 board reports: President’s report, Vice-President’s report, Secretary's report, and the Treasurer’s report. All four reports will be completed in that order.
- Next on the agenda from 3:50 to 4:30 is the MADC action summary, summarizing our actions since (previous business meeting and) especially our priorities.
- Then from 4:30 to 4:40, we will discuss DAD (Deaf Awareness Day) conference; discussing the logistics of that day and business relating to paperwork.
- After that from 4:40 to 4:55 is the open session with the community, allowing anyone to share comments. The business meeting will tentatively conclude at 5:00.

Be aware that the library closes at 5:30 PM. So the important thing to do after the business meeting, (if you) want to stay and socialize, it is best to step out to the parking lot or go to one of the local places nearby to socialize.

We are aware (that) our meeting on the 22nd conflict with MNCDHH’s training regarding Census 2020. Our goal henceforward is to establish future meeting dates that will not conflict with other events. We appreciate your understanding and we will make an effort not to (make) the same mistake again. Thank you. (Waving bye)

Closing slide with MADC logo (yellow state with maroon ribbon wrapping around the state and ending in the yellow star. Maroon text: MADC on top in maroon and EST. 1885 at the bottom)

The meeting will be on Saturday, February 22, 2020. The time is 3 pm to 5 pm. The location is Rondo Community Library (461 Dale St N, St Paul, MN 55103). Google link to location 


- 3:00p-3:15p Approve Minutes from last meeting

- 3:15p-3:45p Reports (President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer)

- 3:50p-4:30p MADC Action Summary to Community about Priorities

>Deaf CDP (SUD)

>ASL Teacher Licensure

>D/HH Teacher Licensure

- 4:30p-4:40p DAD Committee Discussion and Proposals

- 4:40p-4:55p Open Community Comment Period

- 5:00pm Adjourn

***Library closes at 5:30pm***

If you have any questions, please email Jason.Valentine@minndeaf.org. We are looking forward to see you there! 

A letter to James Hereford, President/CEO of M Health Fairview:

This is a letter from MADC to James Hereford, President/CEO of M Health Fairview regarding to recent changes to the Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Treatment Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. We also sent a copy to Chris Hickman, System Director, Behavioral Health and System Clinical Integration, M Health-Fairview.

Link to a PDF of the letter for James Hereford, President/CEO, M Health-Fairview

February 4, 2020 - Training - Art of Lobbying and Meeting Your Legislator

Jason Valentine created a vlog about the event: Art of Lobbying and Meeting Your Legislator. 

vlog link: https://youtu.be/ZYyFIccOpXM

Video Transcript:

Hello! My name is Jason Valentine and I am the secretary of MADC.

We wanted to inform you of a training called "The Art of Lobbying and How to Meet your Legislators" on Tuesday February 4th, from 10am to 11am, at the State Office Building at 100 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard., St Paul, MN 55155.

That training will provide you with the opportunity to find your legislators and either talk directly with the legislator to share your stories or provide information to the legislative aids.

The purpose of this is to educate legislators on the issues facing Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing ASL users in need of accessible treatment for Chemical Dependency and Substance Use Disorder and asking them for support in the future when we need it.

Please contact your local legislator to set up an appointment between 11am and 1pm on Tuesday, February 4th.

Again, the meetings will be at the State Office Building at 100 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard., St Paul, MN 55155 from 10am to 1pm.

The room number where we meet is to be determined and when you arrive, we will have someone directing you where to go.

Interpreters will be provided.

Please email Phillip Steinbruckner, community activist, at psteinbruckner90@gmail.com if you plan to attend and have made an appointment with your legislator or not.

Please attend this public forum to share why the program, Minnesota Substance Use Disorder Treatment Program for Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals and other important programs must be saved and continued!

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Christ on Capital Church
105 University Avenue W.
St Paul, Minnesota

Attention!!  Public rally for the Substance Use Disorder Treatment Program

There will be a rally January 23rd to show Fairview Hospital CEO our support for the MN Substance Use Disorder Treatment program for Deaf and Hard of Hearing.  Please consider attending this rally.

Questions - contact Phillip Steinbruckner at psteinbruckner90@gmail.com

Thursday, January 23, 2020

7:30 - 8:30 AM

Outside of the entrance to Continental Hotel

11 East Kellogg Boulevard

Saint Paul, MN 55101

Kelsey Dahl and Jackie Correa-Alley created a vlog for us to watch about a bit of the background for the closure of Substance Use Disorder Treatment Deaf-Hard of Hearing program. https://youtu.be/VpdYwrjmufI

Transcription is linked here for Kelsey and Jackie's vlog: Video transcription of the background information.

Please watch an ASL Vlog of Phillip Steinbruckner and Kelsey Dahl about the rally: https://youtu.be/a_RVrGGcujo

Transcription is linked here for Phillip and Kelsey's vlog: Video transcription of the rally vlog 

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