Archive for October, 2013

Kaiser Permanente’s Health plan benefits for transgender individuals

Health plan benefits for transgender individuals

Health plan benefits for transgender individuals

If you or a loved one are transgender, please read the update below about coverage for transgender-related care.

You may have heard about a new regulatory directive issued to California health plans by the California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) on April 9, 2013. The directive requires health plans with benefits that are regulated by the DMHC to provide transgender individuals with the same benefits that are available to non-transgender individuals.*

We want you to know that Kaiser Permanente’s health plans regulated by the DMHC now include coverage for medically necessary health care services for transgender individuals including, for example, behavioral health services, hormone therapy, and transgender surgery. General exclusions and limitations that apply to all services also apply to transgender services.

Some of our health plans were previously permitted to exclude coverage for transgender surgery. We are no longer applying that exclusion in our DMHC-regulated health plans. If you’re enrolled in one of those health plans, this means that you now have transgender surgery benefits even if your current Evidence of Coverage document lists transgender surgery as an exclusion. Also, for our DMHC-regulated health plans that previously covered transgender surgery and included a lifetime dollar limit on the surgery benefits, as of April 9, 2013, we are no longer applying those dollar limits.

For more information about these benefits, please contact our Member Service Contact Center at1-800-464-4000 (toll free). Learn more about transgender issues in our health encyclopedia.

Our Medi-Cal plans, KPIC insurance plans, and Kaiser Permanente employee benefit plans also include coverage for these services. Medicare and Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) plans, and most employer self-funded plans administered by Kaiser Permanente, do not include coverage for transgender surgery. Beginning January 1, 2014, FEHB plans will provide coverage for transgender surgery.


“Project WeHo” residential program for LGBT folks with COD

The Substance Abuse of Long Beach, Inc. (SAF) would like to announce that we currently accepting referrals for our new program “Project WeHo”, Project WeHo is funding by the City of West Hollywood to offer Residential Drug and Alcohol Treatment for the LBGT community members of West Hollywood.

The goal of the program is to increase access to substance abuse and co-occurring mental health treatment, HIV/AIDS services, including testing, access to treatment, education, and prevention, and recovery support services for homeless and economically disadvantaged Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) West Hollywood community members, ages 18 and older, who have a substance use disorder, or co-occurring substance use and mental disorders, and are living with or at risk for HIV/AIDS.

The LGBT West Hollywood community member is defined as a resident, a person who works in the City, a person who attends school in the City, a property owner, or a person who is homeless who spends the majority of the time in the City.

I have attached a flyer with contact information please share this information with the public, prospective clients, peers, colleagues, case managers, and other interested parties.

Thank you,

Arthur D. Romo
Marketing Director/Community Outreach
Substance Abuse Foundation of Long Beach, Inc
General Tel: (562) 987-5722 ext 230
General Office Fax: (562) 987-4586
Dial Direct (562) 216-6777

JOB OPENING: LAGLC | Psychosocial Case Manager

Applications emailed to:
Frances Marion, LCSW |

Position:      Psychosocial Case Manager
Program:        Health and Mental Health Services
Reports to:      Psychosocial Case Manager Supervisor
Salary:             $15.00/hr
Status:              100%
Probation:      90 days – Non-exempt Hourly Union
Benefits:          Medical, Vision, Dental, and Life Insurance; also including Long Term Disability, an Employee Assistance program, and a 403B retirement plan.

Under the supervision of the Psychosocial Case Manager Supervisor, the Psychosocial Case Manager serves as an integral member of the health and mental health services team by providing psychosocial case management and overall support services to patients while ensuring that psychosocial case management services operate within industry standards and meets all contractual requirements and guidelines.


  1. Provide benefits/social services;
  2. Develop comprehensive benefits/social services plans for clients, providing support & guidance to client in the implementation of services plans;
  3. Prepare and submit monthly transportations reports to OAPP Transportation Unit;
  4. Prepares and coordinates paperwork for public and private disability programs;
  5. Acts as a liaison between the clinic and Department of Public Social Services for Medi-Cal Applications;
  6. Maintains an active case load with clients requiring on-going case management services and maintains complete and accurate files on all clients and document services provided;
  7. Provide appropriate information and referrals while serving as an advocate;
  8. Network with other community agencies and organizations in order to establish referral linkages;
  9. Assists in developing and researching resources for case management clients;
  10. Attends and participates in weekly staff meetings, case conferences and other meetings as assigned;
  11. Act as a liaison between the clinic and Department of Mental Health Housing and Homeless Division;
  12. Present clients in weekly case conferences;
  13. Makes appropriate referrals to ancillary team members, e.g., nutritionist, nursing case management, etc.
  14. Keeps Psychosocial Case Manager Supervisor informed on all patient information, or concerns;
  15. Provides referrals for a housing match based on clients’ psychiatric condition, social support network, substance abuse issues, and readiness for independent living;
  16. Documents all services provided and maintains client files and program statistics as required by Agency, contract, and or other related agencies;
  17. Provides best match housing placement and assists client with interviewing for housing placement;
  18. Interfaces with Department of Rehabilitation and other related community agencies relative to housing for clients;
  19. Gathers/maintains available information and prepares routine reports related to housing placement activity including client placement, successes and challenges to determine trends within the housing market and ensure long term placement for clients;
  20. Consults with staff on service coordination and service plans for clients referred to ICM program;
  21. Stats current on housing market activity to identify trends and prospective openings;
  22. Keeps the ICM program staff apprised of new housing opportunities;
  23. Maintains accurate, complete documentation of services provided to clients, ensures compliance with Agency policies and procedures, state licensing, on other regulatory agencies, prepares a variety of reports on housing placement activity for program, division, and Agency;
  24. Develops and maintains housing placement skills through seminars, workshops, or other forms of training/education;
  25. Other duties as assigned.


  1. At least 3 year experience providing direct client case management services, preferably within a clinic setting;
  2. Comprehensive knowledge of HIV/AIDS community resources, public and private HIV/AIDS benefits programs;
  3. Understanding of the global effect of HIV/AIDS on the person, their family members and significant others;
  4. Have a working knowledge of the housing market, DMH programs, and placement of individuals that meet the DMH criteria for placement services.
  5. Ability to handle multiple tasks, be detail oriented, and maintain strict confidentiality of medical information;
  6. Bilingual (Spanish/English) preferred;
  7. Superior verbal and written communication skills, including strong organizational, detail and interpersonal skills;
  8. Good computer skills and knowledge including word processing, database operations, spreadsheets (Microsoft Excel), and other software systems;
  9. Ability to work effectively with men & women of diverse races, gender identities, ethnicities, ages, & sexual orientations in a multicultural environment.


  1. B.A. degree in social work, psychology, sociology or a related field is preferred;
  2. Current AHA CPR certification.

10/16/13: Healing from within – the MH challenges of today’s veterans


download the brochure here: MILES brochure











I know and Love Someone with AIDS, Do You? | looking for folks to be in a documentary

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11/15/13: Understanding Interpersonal Violence and Suicide: Treatment and Preventative Approaches [Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D]

ONE DAY ONLY! Friday, November 15, 2013
Register Early – We Expect This Event to Sell Out
Professional Psych Seminars Presents One of the founders of Cognitive Therapy. Voted one of the ten most influential psychotherapists of the 20th century
Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D
Understanding Interpersonal Violence and Suicide:
Treatment and Preventative Approaches
Hilton Pasadena,
168 S. Los Robles Avenue,
Pasadena, CA 91101
November 15, 2013 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

This presentation will examine how interpersonal aggressive behavior and suicidal behaviors develop and the implications for both prevention and treatment approaches. Various intervention approaches will be critiqued, differentiating between those programs that “work” versus those programs that inadvertently increase the level of aggression. How to assess the risk potential and predict intimate partner violence and suicidality will be highlighted. The controversy concerning evidence-based interventions such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy for depressed clients will be considered. How to implement the Core Tasks of Psychotherapy with depressed and suicidal adolescents and adults will be demonstrated. Detailed handouts will be provided that enumerate specific assessment and psychotherapeutic interventions.

List three risk factors that contribute to the development of aggressive behaviors toward others

  1. Enumerate three specific ways that trainers can enhance the generalizability of treatment effects with aggressive individuals
  2. Specify three risk factors for assessing suicidal potential in depressed clients
  3. Describe three specific evidence-based intervention procedures that can be used with depressed and suicidal clients

Continuing Education Credit: Participants will receive 6.0 CE credits. Professional Psych Seminars is an approved provider for psychologists (APA ), LMFTs, LCSWs, LEPs and LPCCs, Drug and Alcohol Counselors (CFAAP/CAADAC), certified counselors (NBCC), nurses (BRN), and social workers (ASWB). Please see our website at for complete information on continuing education.

Questions and Information:



On August 8, 2013 – Mr. Tom Donohoe, Director of the UCLA Pacific AIDS Education and Training Center, presented on the Affordable Care Act.  The presentation was given as part of the HIV Community and Research Colloquia Series hosted by the Los Angeles County (LAC) Commission on HIV and the UCLA Center for HIV Identification, Prevention, and Treatment Services (CHIPTS).   The presentation specifically focused on Covered California (California’s health insurance marketplace) and how it impacts consumers living with HIV in Los Angeles County.  Using case-based examples, the presentation helped to dispel misconceptions about what health care reform will do and not do for these populations infected and affected by HIV.   The event was attended by over 130 participants, including members of the LAC’s Commission on HIV, local HIV service providers, key community stakeholders, and consumers of HIV prevention and care services.   For a copy of the slides presented at the meeting, please click here.  To view the presentation, please click below.

The presentation was followed by a panel discussion.  The panelists included Derrick Butler, MD of THE Clinic, Aaron Fox of the LA Gay & Lesbian Center, John Riley of AIDS Project Los Angeles, Carlos Vega-Matos of Los Angeles County Division of HIV and STD Programs, and Michael Kelly.   To view the panel discussion, please click below.



10/09/13 meeting reminder and agenda

Hello, everyone:

Here is your monthly reminder that the next HIV Mental Health Task Force will be meeting on Wednesday, October 9th. The agenda is here:

“MY3” mobile app for individuals who are at-risk for suicide


Also known as the Mental Health Association in California

Please see information below regarding the Know the Signs Campaign “MY3” mobile app.




My name is Theresa Ly and I am with the California Suicide Prevention Marketing Campaign called Know the Signs. Know the Signs is administered by the California Mental Health Services Authority (, an organization of county governments working to improve mental health outcomes for individuals, families and communities. It is funded by the Mental Health Services Act, otherwise known as Proposition 63. The Know the Signs Campaign was started in the Fall of 2011 and has the goal of educating helpers within California to understand the warning signs of suicide, learn how about talk about suicide with someone who may be suicidal, and refer people to local resources and crisis support services for help. You can find out more about the Know the Signs Campaign at our website,

The Know the Signs Campaign will soon be releasing an exciting new mobile application made specifically for individuals who are at-risk for suicide. The mobile app, called MY3, was made in partnership with the Know the Signs Campaign, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline ( and the Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Department. It is a highly customizable mobile app that allows users to a) select individuals they would want to speak to when they are feeling suicidal, b) define their own safety plan, and c) select resources that work for them. See attached MY3 Overview document for more information about these features.

The Know the Signs Campaign would like to inform as many mental health care providers and other care providers that interact with individuals who may be suicidal about MY3, with the hopes that these care providers would be able to encourage their patients and clients to download the app and keep it as a tool to stay safe. Ideally, we would encourage care providers to help the patient or client to set up MY3, especially with identifying close networks and a safety plan, to ensure that the steps are feasible and realistic.

Please spread the word about MY3 to your personal and professional networks, particularly mental health care providers, other care providers and community gatekeepers. We expect MY3 to be available in the Apple and GooglePlay app stores in October. Please email me at or call me at 916.494.9616 to get on a distribution list that will a) inform you when MY3 is available for download and b) inform you of an official webinar that will introduce MY3 and describe its features.

If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to ask – you can reach me at or call me at 916.494.9616.


Theresa Ly, MPH 
Senior Program Specialist 
EDC  | 916.494.9616   


10/26/13: Mind Body & Soul | 11th annual lesbian health conference [CEUs]

Enjoy a full day of FREE workshops just for women who love women!

Build community, access valuable resources, listen to dynamic speakers, socialize, and join the conversation about issues affecting every aspect of your health and well-being.

Saturday, October 26
9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. 
The Center’s Village at Ed Gould Plaza  
1125 N. McCadden Place,  Los Angeles, CA 90038
(One block east of Highland, just north of Santa Monica)

FREE lunch • Child care provided • CEUs available

Please register and reserve child care by Oct. 14.

Mind, Body and Soul
The Village at Ed Gould Plaza    


For more information, contact the Box Office at 323-860-7300.




The 11th annual Lesbian Health Conference features workshops and presentations ranging from fertility and menopause to yoga, healthy relationships, and more.


Breakout sessions:

Communicating for greater intimacy
Relationship power dynamics
The coming out journey
Transgender relationships
. . . And many more


Featured presentations:

The 5 Health Exams Every Woman Should Have
Dr. Kathleen Young, California State University, Northridge
Department of Health Sciences

LGBT Health & Aging Advocacy
Shane Snowdon, Human Rights Campaign’s Director of Health & Aging Program

 The Power of Pleasure
Dr. Ava Cadell, Founder of Loveology University


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