Archive for April, 2014

CALL FOR PAPERS: 19th Annual LGBT Psychotherapy Conference



19th Annual LGBT Psychotherapy Conference

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Great news!!! We are proud to announce that our annual psychotherapy conference will be hosted by Antioch University Los Angeles (AULA) and the LGBT Specialization in Clinical Psychology on November 2, 2014.

We are simplifying the workshop submission process. Below is a link to the downloadable application form. We are asking that you submit a short “concept” application to help us create an exciting program. Once these are reviewed and accepted, then presenters will be asked to complete the longer APA certified application. We are asking for your concept applications immediately; but then you will have a month to complete the full application. So put on your thinking caps and submit a “concept” for workshop.

Persons who are selected to present at the Conference will receive significant benefits including: half-off full membership rate in LAGPA (a $60 saving), reduced admission to the Conference (a $120 saving), and can have his or her business card printed in the Conference Program besides appearing on our website and newsletter for one year.

Save the Date:  November 2, 2014.

Workshop Concept Applications (“Call for Papers”) due: May 15, 2014

Download Concept Application here:


Please consider sponsoring or advertising in the Conference.  More than 100 professionals attend.  What better way to reach this targeted audience than to sponsor or advertise?  Here are the appropriate forms.

Download Sponsorship form:

Download Advertising form:


Chuck Stewart, Ph.D.
LAGPA Executive Director
P.O. Box 34142
Los Angeles, CA  90034
310-838-6247 (f)

Direct contact to Chuck Stewart
3722 Bagley Ave. #19
Los Angeles, CA  90034
310-838-6247 (voice and fax)

Announcements can be placed at our Facebook forum:
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05/14/14 meeting reminder | Dr. Ardis Moe presents on CROI

05-14-14 HIVMHTF Dr Moe

This is a reminder that our monthly meeting will take place on

Wednesday, May 14th at 9:30am

at the Village [1125 N. McCadden Place, LA, 90038.]

Dr. Ardis Moe will be presenting at 10:15am

Here is the agenda: 05-14-14 MHTF agenda

REGISTER for Coping with Hope 2014

The Los Angeles HIV Mental Health Task Force invites you to attend a free symposium addressing mental health needs of PLW/HIV/AIDS in the third decade of the pandemic:


Coping With Hope 2014

The HV Care Continuum

 Thursday May 22nd, 2014


The California Endowment Center for Healthy Communities
1000 N. Alameda Street
Los Angeles,  CA 90012

near major freeways and public transportation lines       parking is free

For a map and driving directions, please visit:

information & details about the conference *


Coping With Hope brochure now available

COPING WITH HOPE 2014 | brochure 

RNs, MSWs & LCSWs who work with HIV+ clients are especially encouraged to REGISTER EARLY!






Medicare Physician Payment Bill Includes Two Mental Health Provisions

Medicare Physician Payment Bill Includes Two Mental Health Provisions

Last night, the U.S. Senate passed HR 4302, the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) extension. The bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives last week and now goes to President Obama for his signature. HR 4302 includes two provisions that are relevant to people living with mental illness and their families.

First, the bill includes the Excellence in Mental Health Act demonstration project. This eight (8) state pilot is critical to modernizing publicly funded mental health services to align with evidence-based practices and to streamline Medicaid funding. The eight states selected will receive planning grants and Medicaid funding to provide comprehensive community-based mental health services and supports, including integrated mental health and primary care treatment. Community mental health programs participating in this program will be required to provide a broad range of services, including 24-hour mobile crisis teams, crisis stabilization services, outpatient mental health and substance use services, peer and family supports, and intensive, community-based services for veterans.

Second, HR 4302 includes authority for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to undertake a new pilot program for states to establish and expand “Assisted Outpatient Treatment” (AOT) programs. This program applies to individuals living with serious mental illness who are not participating in treatment and experience serious adverse consequences such as repeated hospitalizations, homelessness or incarceration. States that choose to apply for funding appropriated for this program will be required to gather outcomes data on the effectiveness of the program, including its impact on reducing negative outcomes.

HR 4302 can be accessed here. The Excellence in Mental Health Act demonstration project can be found in Section 223 and the Assisted Outpatient Treatment demonstration program in Section 224.

meeting reminder and agenda

This is a reminder that our monthly meeting will take place on Wednesday, April 9th at 9:30am at the Village [1125 N. McCadden Place, LA, 90038.]

Here is the agenda:

L.A. County Issues Meningitis Alert

Please note attached County health alert regarding invasive meningococcal disease (IMD) resulting from a cluster of IMD infections among MSM, some of who are HIV-positive.

The County’s Department of Public Health (DPH) is recommending that all HIV+ MSM and high-risk HIV- MSM get the appropriate vaccinations. Attached is information from DPH regarding current IMD infections, and locations of free vaccinations.

Please disseminate as widely as possible.


Dear Colleagues,


Please review the attached documents for information regarding a potential cluster of invasive meningococcal disease cases among MSM in LAC and new recommendations for vaccination for HIV+ MSM and HIV-negative MSM with risk factors.


Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.




Sonali P. Kulkarni, MD, MPH
Medical Director
Division of HIV and STD Programs
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
600 S. Commonwealth Ave 10th floor
Los Angeles, CA 90005
213-351-8264 (office)
213- 252-4506  (fax)



L.A. County Issues Meningitis Alert for At-Risk Gay Men (Breaking)


please sign on to this letter of support help promote Motivational Interviewing skills among HIV providers to treat substance abuse

Hi Everyone-

Can you please support the application of Dr. Bryan Garner to help promote Motivational Interviewing skills among HIV providers to treat substance abuse (alcohol specifically)? Your letter of support does not commit you or your providers to be part of the training project, but simply states your HIV agency supports such an effort. Dr. Garner comes highly recommended from Dr. Tom Freese and Beth Rutkowski from the Pacific Southwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center. Attached is a sample letter of support. Dr. Garner’s contact information is below should you have any questions. Feel free to share with other HIV programs.

From: Bryan Garner []

I’m attaching the 1-page letter of support we would like for community-based HIV service organizations in CA, AZ, and NV to complete and return to me (  This letter of support is NOT committing organizations to participating in the project.  Rather, it’s simply to help us demonstrate to the NIH reviewers that we do indeed have considerable support for this project. 

If funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), this project will only be able to include 12 community-based HIV/AIDS service organizations.  That said, the more letters of support we can get for the application the better.




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