Archive for June, 2014

Job Opportunity at AltaMed

AltaMed Health Services

Join a company ranked among the TOP 25 Companies to Work for in Los Angeles!
Join AltaMed’s team of multicultural health care professionals in serving more than 150,000 families a year. Our integrated system emphasizes prevention and healthy living to reduce health care disparities in multi-ethnic communities and avoid unnecessary trips to the emergency room or other more costly forms of care.

AltaMed is the largest independent Federally Qualified Community Health Center in the U.S., with more than 930,000 annual patient visits. Our culturally competent physicians and health care professionals provide integrated primary care services, senior care programs, and health and human services at 43 accredited sites in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. Established in 1970, AltaMed is proud to be a national model for the delivery of quality, patient centered care to underserved communities. We currently have an excellent opportunity for the following:
Case Manager III HIV 012714 Rev (2)

Case Manager III position will be responsible for fulfilling the duties of our Patient Care Manager (PCM) in our Medical Care Coordination (MCC) program housed at our Commerce Clinic. Successful candidate must be bilingual (Spanish/English) and be able to provide case management and clinical services in both Spanish and English as well as hold a Masters degree in Social Work/Social Welfare or Clinical/Counseling Psychology. For job details and description please refer to the above link.


To apply, please visit and follow the instructions outlined in the “Careers” tab or feel free to contact Alonso D. Bautista, MA, MFTI at 323-869-5408.

The link between weed and schizophrenia is way more complicated than we thought

The link between weed and schizophrenia is way more complicated than we thought

Study finds genetic overlap between cannabis use and schizophrenia
By Arielle Duhaime-Ross on June 24, 2014

Laverne Cox and the Urgent Pedagogy of Survival | Keiko Lane

Laverne Cox and the Urgent Pedagogy of Survival

California-Institute-of-Integral-Studies Posted on May 29 2014

By Keiko Lane 

The following article will be featured in the Spring 2014 issue of CIIS Today.

We were on our feet long before Laverne Cox walked onto the stage. Karim Baer, Director of Public Programs & Performances, introduced the evening, shouting out the LGBTQI organizations that helped with the event. He told us who was in the theater with us, and who had tried to be in the theater with us: an activist in London who had heard about the event and raised funds to ensure that young trans people who might not otherwise be able to attend, could, and two trans activists from Sudan who couldn’t get visas. “We’ll get them here next time,” Baer promised.

“As a university, one of the things that we want to do is use arts and ideas to promote change,” Baer continued. “We wanted to honor Laverne, and what better way to celebrate Women’s History Month than by hosting Laverne Cox.”

The audience of 1,200 cheered. Then we quieted long enough for him to introduce Theresa Sparks, Executive Director of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission, and the first trans woman named “Woman of the Year” by the California State Assembly.

“We need to change the public’s perception of how they see us and who we are,” said Sparks. “Media is the most powerful way to do this. We need strong voices, courageous spokespeople—and we need them to be visible. Laverne Cox is one of those individuals emerging as our face, our voice, and our very integrity.” >>> FULL ARTICLE 

meeting reminder and agenda

This is a reminder that our monthly meeting will take place on Wednesday, June 11th at 9:30am at the Village [1125 N. McCadden Place, LA, 90038.]

Here is the agenda:

07/08/14: Transitioning to DSM-5 and ICD-10-CM (SAMHSA webinar)



Free Webinar and Continuing Medical Education

Transitioning to DSM-5 and ICD-10-CM

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 | 3-4:30 p.m. Eastern Time

The Fifth Edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), developed by the American Psychiatric Association (APA), is the compendium of mental disorder criteria and diagnostic codes used by clinicians in the U.S. health care system. Since its release in May 2013, clinicians and outside organizations have expressed to the APA and SAMHSA a need to know more about DSM-5’s approach to diagnostic coding.

This knowledge is critical, as International Classification of Diseases (ICD) codes are reported to insurance companies for the purposes of providing reimbursement for clinical services. Clinicians need to understand and appropriately use DSM-5 codes in order to avoid barriers to or delays in treatment. This program will help clinicians to better understand the coding changes in DSM-5; how DSM-5’s approach is similar to and differs from that in DSM-IV; the rationale behind the revisions; and specific clinical implications.

By the end of the program, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the ways in which the ICD coding structure of DSM-5 compares to that of DSM-IV.
  • Identify the different uses of DSM-5’s ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM codes.
  • Describe specific coding corrections that have occurred post-publication that clinicians should implement in patient care.

Only the first 1,000 registrants will be able to take part in the webinar. Note that the webinar will be viewable after July 8.

Register for the Webinar

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