Archive for September, 2013

The Simplest Explanation Of Obamacare | Upworthy

Whether you’re for it or against it, health care reform can be a hard nut to track — and that’s before all the fighting and defending and saboteurs and exceptions. Kiddie though it may seem, share it with someone you care about; it could very literally save his or her life one day.


Dear Colleague,

I’m writing to let you know about a group forming to support adults newly diagnosed with HIV. The group will meet on Wednesday evenings from 7:00-8:30 in Old Pasadena and will involve general discussion, processing feelings and education about various aspects of living with HIV. I’ve enclosed a flyer for your information and would appreciate any referrals you may be able to direct our way.

This group is being offered as a partnership between myself and AIDS Service Center (ASC). It is free of charge to attendees. Anyone interested should contact me directly via the information on the flyer.

I’m also available to answer any questions you may have.

Although the flyer states the group is forming in September, we still have some spots open and would love to include anyone you think may benefit. Participants can start at any time.

Thank you for your interest!

 Kellum Lewis, LMFT
95 N. Marengo Avenue
Suite 205
Pasadena, CA 91101
(323) 860-8782

Send Us Your HIV Health Reform Resources!

Send Us Your HIV Health Reform Resources!Have you developed materials related to health care reform targeted for people with HIV? If so, send them to us so we can share them with the world!

We don’t think anyone should have to reinvent the wheel.  We know some of you have created great materials that others could adapt for their own states.

Please email them to John Peller. We prefer formats that others can modify, such as the original Word or PowerPoint slides.

Below are a few examples of the materials that other organizations have created and shared with for evryone to use.

•    The Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation (CHLPI) of Harvard Law School has developed a Marketplace Health Plan Assesment Tool.  Learn how to use this tool during our October 1 webinar (Register).

•    Market Place Information Brochure for People Living with HIV (Word):Created by the Duke University School of Law AIDS Legal Project, this clear and simple brochure explains the marketplace, how insurance works, and how ADAP and Ryan White can help.

•    Health Reform Passport (Word): Created by the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, this can be used to help consumers gather a list of the information they need to bring with them when they enroll in the exchange.

•    A Customizable Frequently Asked Questions Document about the Affordable Care Act designed for Ryan White Program Clients. This was created by Harder+Company Community Research, and the San Francisco HIV Health Care Reform Task Force.

Two HIV Health Reform Webinars in Time for Open Enrollment Oct. 1

Health Reform Enrollment Begins On October 1 – Learn How to Pick a Plan

Tuesday, October 1, 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET, 12:00-1:00 p.m. CT, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. MT, 10:00-11:30 a.m. PT (Please note the correct time for your time zone!)

Register Now

On October 1 – the day of this webinar – health insurance marketplaces across the country will reveal the health plans they will offer. It is also the day that people can start to sign up for a plan.

But how can we make sure people with HIV enroll in the best plan for them?

To help you evaluate the insurance plans in your state, the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation (CHLPI) of Harvard Law School has developed a health plan assessment tool that can help you figure out which plans are particularly well-or ill-suited for people with HIV.

On this webinar, we will train you to use the assessment tool. We’ll describe the steps necessary for evaluating a plan, highlighting the key provisions that will have the biggest impact on access to care and treatment, along with affordability. We’ll also go over a workbook and worksheet you can use to assess and compare the plans that are available in your state.

Marketplaces 101 – The New Basics of Health Reform for Frontline HIV Workers

The second webinar in the “We Can Do It” series will take place Thursday, October 3rd, at 3:00-4:30 p.m. ET, 2:00-3:30 p.m. CT, 1:00 -2:30 p.m. MT, 12:00-1:30 p.m. PT (note the correct time for your time zone!)

Register Now

People with HIV will be able to buy health insurance through online marketplaces in October. We’ll help you understand the tax credits and subsidies that make plans more affordable for low-income people, benefits that will be provided, coordination with ADAP and Ryan White programs, and other issues.

The “We Can Do It” series is focused on people working on the front lines of the HIV epidemic – case managers, peer navigators, planning council members, and others. Future webinars will cover Medicaid, the marketplaces, and the role of the Ryan White Program.

Click here for a flyer, which you can use as a promotional tool in your organization. Help us get the word out about this fantastic new webinar!

Register Today!


Seeking gay & bi Latino men for a research study

Flyer Final Flyer Pic



Contact: Michael Martinez at

Behavioral Health Services Inc. in Hollywood hiring Mental Health Clinician I or II

Company Name:     Behavioral Health Services Inc.
Company Address:     6838 Sunset Boulevard
City:     Hollywood
State:     California
ZIP Code:     90028
Company Website:

Position Title:     Mental Health Clinician I or II 2125 ( Hollywood / Los Angeles Skid Row)

Position Description:

Under general supervision, the Mental Health Clinician has responsibility for a psychiatric caseload of young adults who have been dually diagnosed as suffering from co-occurring problems of substance abuse and mental illness.


Mental Health Clinician I: Must possess a valid intern registration number from the State Board of Behavioral Examiners and be able to obtain an appropriate license to practice as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Marriage, family and Child Counselor, or Clinical Psychologist in the State of California within four years following registration as an intern. Recovering individuals must have a minimum two years clean, sober and abstinent to be considered for employment.


Current BHS employees who are interested in this position may apply by submitting an “Employee Request for Transfer” following the instructions shown on the form. The request must be received no later than the closing date of this recruitment. Internal applicants will be accepted after that time only if other applications are still being accepted and considered.

Other applicants may email resume to ( make sure to include job ref. #) or FAX (310) 679-4621, or apply in person at 15519 Crenshaw Blvd., Gardena, CA. 90249. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

CLOSING DATE:     Post for at least seven calendar days from above date.

Salary / Compensation:    Depending on Experience

Application Due Date:    01/01/2014

The White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) will be hosting two webcasts about improving outcomes along the HIV Care Continuum

From the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP):


Dear Colleague,


The White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) will be hosting two webcasts to gather input from stakeholders and the community on what federal agencies can do to improve outcomes along the HIV Care Continuum.


The webcasts are free, and open to the public. They will be held on Monday, September 16 and Tuesday, September 24 from 1:00 pm-2:30 pm EDT. You will be able to provide input on the questions below by calling-in or via email.



Each webcast will begin with a brief update on the National HIV/AIDS Strategy and the HIV Care Continuum and be followed by input from the participants on the questions below.


In your on-going work to implement the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, and within the framework of the Care Continuum, please be prepared to discuss the following on each webcast:


  1. What structural, policy, and programmatic actions could be taken to improve care continuum outcomes?


  1. What actions could be taken so that evidence-based interventions focusing on the care continuum are further integrated into other proven approaches to addressing HIV? (e.g., housing, substance use treatment)?


  1. What are the research gaps, including implementation research gaps, along the care continuum?


  1. What actions are needed so that care continuum data are used effectively to monitor outcomes and drive real-time change across programs?



Please go to the following URL on the day of the Webcast to be connected:


September 16:


September 24:



Please feel free to forward this message to your colleagues and community partners. We hope you are able to participate.

updates to the HIV DATF (week of 09/02–09/06)

Los Angeles County HIV Drug & Alcohol Task Force

Please be sure to check the the community calendar regularly, to see what is happening in Los Angeles. We post conferences, trainings, meetings, & special events. And in case you don’t know how to subscribe to the forums (if you subscribe you will get emails whenever something is posted) then please go here: 


 Drug and Alcohol Task Force | Members & Community category


2 new posts in the forum:  Community Planning and Organizing; and

·         3 new posts in the subforum:  mental health & substance…

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09-11-13 meeting reminder and agenda

Hi all:

Here is the agenda and a meeting reminder for this month’s meeting.  The meeting is on Wednesday, September 13th at 9:30 am at the Village (1125 N McCadden Place). See you there!

Latino gay, bisexual or MSM wanted for a study on culture & health-related behavior

Latino gay, bisexual or men who have sex with men (MSM) are wanted for a study aimed to understand the role that culture plays in the health related behavior among Latino gay and bisexual men.

In order to be eligible to participate in an online survey you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Identify as Latino
  • Identify as gay, bisexual or a man who has sex with men
  • Live in the United States
  • Had anal sex in your lifetime.

The survey will take 15 – 30 minutes to complete. At the end of the survey you will have an opportunity to enter to win 1 of 2 $25 Visa gift cards.


If you meet the criteria above follow the link below:


If you know anyone that may meet the criteria please forward this message to them.

This study has been approved by the University of La Verne’s Institutional Review Board.



Thank you for you participation,


Michael Martinez, M.S.

Doctoral Candidate

University of La Verne


09/10-09/13: Latino Behavioral Health Institute 19th Annual Latino Conference

Latino Behavioral Health Institute
19th Annual Latino Conference
September 10 – 13, 2013

“Advancing Latino Behavioral Health:
From Margin to Mainstream”
Sheraton Los Angeles
711 S. Hope Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017


2013 LBHI Conference Brochure


September 10, 2013 – Tuesday
Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.
Introduction to Substance Abuse Treatment of LBGTT Hispanic/Latino Population
JoAnne Keatley, MSW Time: 9 a.m.– Noon
Medical Assisted Treatment
Victor Flores, MC, LAC, Darice Orobitg, PhD Time: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Multicultural clinical supervision and consultation: A Latino Focus
Regina Armas, PhD, Yvette Flores, PhD Time: 9 a.m. – Noon,
1 p.m. – 4 p .m.

September 11, 2013 – Wednesday
Registration begins at 7:00 a.m.
Conference 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Alex Kopelowicz, MD – LBHI President – Welcome
Principal Speaker
Marvin J. Southard, DSW
Director, Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health
Principal Speaker
Luis F. Ramirez, MD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
“El amor y Jose Alfredo”
Lunch on your own
Concurrent Workshops
Complementing Evidence Based Practices with Personal and Cultural Wisdom
Christopher Camilleri, MD, Luis Orozco, MSW
Depression in Adolescents
Pedro Delgado, MD
Ecological Associations of Alcohol Outlet Density with Drunk Driving and Underage Drinking Between Latino and White Populations in Los Angeles County
Ricardo Contreras, MPH, MA, Tina Kim, PhD
Preferencias de tratamiento para la salud mental con personas de desendencia Mexicana (Spanish Session)
Tanya Sorrell, PhD
Improved Depression and Diabetes Care Management Among Older Adult Latinos
Veronica Cardenas, PhD, Consuelo Razo, RN, Elizabeth Lugo-Butler, MD
Dandole la mano a nuestro hermano: A New Approach for the Delivery of Mental Health Services to the Latino Community
Jose Salazar, DrPH, Judith Perrigo, LCSW, Gloria Sistos
Ventanillas de Bienestar- Effective Outreach and Enrollment Training Strategies for Uninsured Latinos
Frederick Sandoval, MPA
Concurrent Workshops
Risk and Protective Factors for Adolescent Suicide: An Overview
Derek Hsieh, LCSW, PhD
Project Q’s Working with Latino LGBTQ Youth: What you Really Need to Know
Cristina Torres, MS, Rebeca Grande BS
Factores que impactan la provision de servicios de salud mental en profesionales que trabajan con sobrevivientes de trauma (Spanish Session)
Teresa Celada, PhD, Veronica Chavez, PsyD
Latinos and Behavioral Research Health Participation
Bernardo Ng, MD, Denise Chavira, PhD, Alvaro Camacho, MD MPH, Maria P. Aranda, PhD, MSW
Behavioral and Mental Health: Linking Industry to the Classroom
Gustavo Loera, EdD
Eating Disorders in the Latino Community
Patricia Pitts, PhD, MFT
Curanderismo in the 21st Century
Juan Paz, MSW, DSW

September 12, 2013 –Thursday
Registration begins at 7:00 a.m.
Conference 8:00 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.
MaJose Carrasco, MPA – LBHI Board Member – Opening
Plenary Session
H. Westley Clark, M.D., J.D., M.P.H., CAS, FASAM, Invited
Director, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT)
Concurrent Workshops
Narrative Solutions to Relational Dilemmas, Couples Therapy with Latinos
Yvette Flores, PhD, Hector Rivera-Lopez, PhD
Targeted School Violence
Tony Beliz, PhD, Maria Luz Martinez, LCSW
Latinos and Health Disparities in Substance Abuse Treatment
Erick Guerrero, PhD, Tina Kim, PhD
Experiencia de establecimientos especializados en adicciones para mujeres en el estado de Nuevo Leon
Laura Cavazos Cardenas, MD (Spanish Session)
Training and Building Cultural and Linguistic Competencies
Henry Acosta, MA, MSW, LSW, Eduardo Morales PhD
Suicidality and the Latino Psychiatric Patient
Michael Escamilla, MD, Cecilia DeVargas, MD, Richard Wagner, MD
Latino Immigration, Cultural Trauma and Cultural Complex: A Psy-choanalytic/Phenomenological Examination of the Impact of Re-peated Trauma of Immigration on the Individual and Collective Psy-che
Salvador Trevino, PhD
Lunch on your own
Concurrent Workshops
Impact of Parental Detention and Deportation on Latino Citizen Chil-dren’s Psychological Well -being: Three Case Studies
Lisseth Rojas-Flores, PhD, Marisol de Jesus-Perez, MA
Tailoring Treatment to the Unique Needs and Stressors of Hispanic Adolescents
Daniel Santisteban, PhD, Richard Cervantes, PhD
Qualitative Study: Barriers and Limitations Faced by Migrant, Un-documented and Monolingual Latinos/as When Engaged in Outpa-tient Substance Abuse Services Using a Cognitive Behavioral Ap-proach
Maria Sariol, MA, MSW, Kay Scott, LCSW-R, ACSW, CASAC
Corazon de Aztlan: La Prevencion de Abuso de Drogas y del Virus de Immunodeficiencia Humana (Spanish Session)
Juan Paz, MSW, DSW
Mental Illness in a South Border Population: Ethnic Differences in Prevalence, Use of Mental Health Services and Its Association With Traumatic Experiences
Juan Zavala, MD, Ricardo Pulido, BS, Brenda Castillo, BS
Utilization of Bilingual Supervision for Spanish Speaking Practitio-ners in a Mental Health Clinic
Veronica Chavez, PsyD, Teresa Celada, PhD, Huong Diep, PsyD
Using Social Media and Internet Technologies to Engage Latinos in Behavioral Health Services
Eduardo Morales, PhD, Carlos Valdovinos, MA, PhDc

Concurrent Workshops
Midnight-Sunrise, Grief: Loss of a Loved One
Paul Rodriguez, EdD
The Wise Latino Elder: Strengthening Our Ability to Serve as Mentors
and Teachers
Roberto Vargas, DrPH
An Existential Liberation Model for Working with Gay Latino Men
Jose Navarro, LCSW, EdD
Promoting Hope and Recovery among Latinos with Serious Mental Illness
Maria Restrepo-Toro, MS
Animo! The Westside Latino Integrated Service Management Model
Jaime Garcia, MD, Julie DeRose, MFT, Adrianne Angeles, LCSW, Elena
Fiallo, L.Ac.
Triple P: Programa de paternidad positiva (Spanish Session)
Nadia R. Jones, MFT, EdD
The Healing Music of Afro-Latinos
Melissa Shepard, MFT, Melena Francis
Registration begins at 7:00 a.m.
Conference 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Larry Gasco, Ph D – LBHI Board Member –
Opening Comments
Principal Speaker
Alex Kopelowicz PhD-Chief of Psychiatry-Olive View Medical
Center-”Involving Latino Families in Mental Health Treatment”
Concurrent Workshops
Providing Comprehensive Multidisciplinary Care to Childhood Cancer
Laura Bava, PsyD, Lisl Schweers, LCSW, Kasey Rengan, RN
Strategies for Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care Services:
Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)
Thomas Freese, PhD, Beth Rutkowski, MPH
La Psicobiologia del Amor y El Bolero (Spanish Session)
Luis F. Ramirez, MD
Getting Organizational Buy-in for Cultural Competence and Latino
Inclusion Efforts
MaJose Carrasco, MPA
Differentiating the 3 Ds (Dementia, Depression and Delirium) with the
Mario Rodriguez, LCSW, MPA, PhD, Carlos Rodriguez, MS, PhD
See, Believe, and Achieve: Mental Health Policy and Advocacy
Ane C. Romero, MPA
Hosted Lunch, Awards and Closing Remarks
Ed Viramontes — LBHI Board Member
HONOREE: William Vega, Provost Professor
Executive Director, USC Edward R. Roybal
Institute on Aging


2013 LBHI Conference Brochure


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