HOUSE COMMITTEE ON

HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

 

 

February 08, 2005                                                                                              Hearing Room  343

3:00 P.M.                                                                                                                     Tapes  13 - 15

Corrected 10/03/2005

MEMBERS PRESENT:         Sen. Bill Morrisette, Chair

Sen. Jeff Kruse, Vice-Chair

Sen. Rick Metsger

Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson

Sen. Charles Starr

 

STAFF PRESENT:                 Rick Berkobien, Committee Administrator

Brittany Kenison, Committee Assistant

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:         Rep. Billy Dalto, Chair

Rep. Carolyn Tomei, Vice-Chair

Rep. Gordon Anderson, DDS

Rep. Deborah Boone

Rep. Mitch Greenlick

 

MEMBER EXCUSED:          Rep. Bob Jenson, Vice-Chair

Rep. Tom R. Butler

 

STAFF PRESENT:                 Sandy Thiele-Cirka, Administrator

Pamella Andersen, Assistant

 

MEASURES/ISSUES HEARD:        

Informational Meeting

      “Investing Early: Protecting and Nurturing Oregon’s Children to Ensure a Positive Future.”

 

These minutes are in compliance with Senate and House Rules.  Only text enclosed in quotation marks reports a speaker’s exact words.  For complete contents, please refer to the tapes.

 

TAPE/#

Speaker

Comments

TAPE 13, A

The  Committee met jointly with the Senate Committee on Human

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055

Bruce Perry

MD, Ph.D.  Submits informational handout for testimony (EXHIBIT B).  Comments on state programs and agencies. Provides overview of testimony addressing how to use Oregon’s current limited resources.

090

Perry

Discusses choices and the decisions a person makes over the course of a lifetime.

125

Perry

Explains how the brain allows us to absorb experiences over a lifetime.

150

Perry

Discusses potential of the brain through repetition.

160

Perry

Provides examples of socio-cultural evolution; language, religion, childrearing practices, family structure, art science, technology, cultural history, educational practices, values and beliefs.

225

Perry

Discusses how we live in a child-illiterate society.

245

Perry

Reviews chart of a decrease in the size of households and another chart showing Privacy and Isolation.

275

Perry

Discusses how the relational landscape is changing.

290

Perry

Discusses the poverty of relationships: compartmentalization of culture. Expresses need for children to spend time with other generations.

310

Perry

Explains why children need exposure to multi generational people.

335

Perry

Shares video that shows neurons connecting with stimulating learning.

360

Perry

Discusses how being born a human being does not ensure a child will become humane. Discusses how humans become humane.

TAPE 14, A

020

Perry

Discusses how the brain has relational health.

030

Perry

Reviews chart showing relational interactions of healthy child through out the day.

040

Perry

Reviews another chart of relational interactions but with a  high risk child.  Chart shows little positive interactions.

060

Perry

Describes scenario that introduces the healthy child and high risk child to methamphetamine and possible outcomes for each.

070

Perry

Discusses how relational health is related to eating, pregnancy, behavior and heart disease.

080

Perry

Discusses how the brain is a biological organ that develops.  Explains that most neurons we have now are ones we are born with.

095

Perry

Explains how neurons change with experience.

100

Perry

Discusses the rate of change in adult hood and how it is more so in early childhood.

110

Perry

Shows chart on total percentage of body energy of the brain.

115

Perry

Reviews chart showing the growth of the brain from infant stage to an adult.

125

Perry

Reviews chart on brain growth versus body growth patterns.

145

Perry

Discusses child neglect and the effects on the child and society.

160

Perry

Shares video clip of child who had lived with a pack of dogs due to a negligent mother.

175

Perry

Shares video clip of child who lived in neglect environment for three years and his self punishing behaviors.

195

Perry

Explains how early childhood development has a huge impact.

200

Perry

Discusses sensory deprivation. Gives example of a boy who spent first three years in orphanage.

220

Perry

Shows pictures of a normal brain versus extreme neglect of a three year old.

240

Perry

Shows chart on sensory deprivation neglect.  Explains enhanced effects of early intervention on brain growth.

290

Perry

Explains different types of good and bad of stresses and what they lead to.

315

Perry

Reviews chart of the heart rate of children after the Columbine School assault.

330

Perry

Shows chart of trauma induced stress reactivity.

375

Perry

Discusses how fear changes the way we think and provides chart supporting this. Discusses how some children come to class in high arousal states and cannot concentrate in class

400

Perry

Reviews chart of social environments.

TAPE 13, B

015

Perry

Reviews issues and discusses solutions.

030

Perry

Discusses how communities are crucial in determining child health and welfare.

035

Perry

Discusses elements on community and how children come out healthier.

055

Perry

Discusses how people, not programs, change people.

065

Perry

Discusses how the number and quality of relationships help everyone.

070

Perry

Discusses how to create policy and practice that capitalize on our biological gifts.

075

Perry

Shows chart on change in the brain and how money is spent when changing is later in life.

090

Perry

Believes that programs should be in place during the head start years and would be more effective in the years to come.

100

Perry

Summarizes and concludes.

115

Rep. Boone

Comments on simplicity and how it can make a big difference. Asks how to best address the early childhood trauma element and how late it can show.

135

Perry

Answers that original manifestations don’t show until later in life.  Comments on increase of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and how it relates to trauma.  Also reports on Medicare spent in California on children.  Explains how illnesses are tax consuming.  Expresses the need for early intervention programs.

175

Rep. Tomei

Asks if he aware of health start program in Oregon.

177

Perry

Explains that he is aware of several related healthy start programs.

181

Rep. Tomei

Clarifies question. Asks what intervention programs help the most.

185

Perry

Answers that there are programs to prepare an expecting “at-risk” mother. States that the key part of intervention programs is to develop trust.

220

Sen. Kruse

Notes that Oregon’s head start program is similar to  Hawaii’s model. Comments that there are overworked clinicians that are diagnosing inappropriately with medications and not getting to core causes. Asks how to create awareness.

245

Perry

Explains how pharmacy companies are too influential.  Expresses need of awareness for content to be common knowledge. Believes fundamental knowledge is good for everyone, no matter the position. Notes a pilot program developed in Michigan for schools to teach a 30 hour curriculum about early childhood development.

290

Sen. Morrisette

Comments on previous bill passed.

300

Sen. Kruse

Comments on his interest with the Human Services committee. Comments on decrease of two parent families and the effect on the community. Asks how to get the education to the public appropriately.

350

Rep. Boone

Asks how prevalent multiple personality disorder (MPD) is.

355

Perry

Answers that as children get older, MPD is rare.  Children are being diagnosed with multiple persona disorder. Explains disorder.

380

Rep. Boone

Asks how to treat the disorder.

385

Perry

Provides background on “fight or flight” response. Correlates response to treatment.

TAPE 14, B

005

Perry

Continues discussing treatment for multiple persona disorder.

015

Rep. Tomei

Asks how to identify at risk parents and to provide services.

020

Perry

Comments that it would be very inexpensive and explains how beneficial it would be.

045

Rep. Tomei

Comments on bill to require parenting classes in high school, however high school students expressed need to start classes earlier.

047

Perry

States that he agrees with the students.  Explains the program started with high school students. Explains how they are taking the high school content and now making it for middle school and earlier years.

065

Perry

Explains program in Canada that lets pregnant mothers being in a first grade class. After the mother has given birth, the baby and mother follow the students through their grade years. Explains how biologically this is helpful and stresses importance of multi generational interactions.

090

Rep. Anderson

Comments on lost relationships in society. Asks about the location of the successful programs in the county and to provide examples.

105

Perry

Provides examples such as the, Boys and Girls Club.  Answers that the most explicit programs happened in San Diego after they put different generational programs together.  Explains another early childhood program in Ontario, Canada that co-houses adult activities with day care. Stresses importance of multi-generational programs.

160

Rep. Anderson

Comments on a mayor in Indianapolis who visited a park that was Abandoned and run down and how he got the community involved to clean it up. Also comments on community that 30 churches got together to prevent methamphetamine areas of the community in his district.

185

Perry

Explains community generated programs.  Referrers to program created in Los Angeles, CA. Also provides another example of compartmentalized community.

220

Sen. Morrisette

Comments on community experiences and support.

230

Sen. C Starr

Comments on personal background of extended family.  Believes that people will make the biggest difference rather than tax dollars. Believes that opportunities and volunteers would greet this.

305

Randy Franke

Legislative Liaison, Coalition of County Children and Family Commission.  Comments on need to focus on early childhood.  Asks how to mobilize the community to step forward and participate.

370

Perry

Comments on being smart to spend money and recognizes the different need of communities.  Believes that government can underline all efforts and change direction of awareness at all levels and sectors of public.  Explains how California spent their extra money for specialized training for all areas of government.

TAPE 15, A

005

Perry

Continues to discuss how to better educate with multi levels of education.  Gives example how sports have changed in the last ten years and games and practices are now on Sundays.

040

Perry

Discusses how government can make a difference in educational content about fundamental issues.

045

Chair Morrisette

Confirms website address.

050

Perry

Answers www.ChildTrauma.org and explains the content.

060

Chair Morrisette

Closes informational meeting on Investing Early: Protecting and Nurturing Oregon’s Children to Ensure a Positive Future. Adjourns meeting at 4:57 p.m.

 

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A.     Investing Early, biography, staff, 2 pp

B.     Investing Early, informational handout, Bruce Perry, 2 pp