Archive for April, 2015

04/27/15: LA County Health Integration Public Convening

04/27/15: LA County Health Integration Public Convening.

Click here for details on the stakeholder meeting about the unification of health services.

LA County PEP/PrEP Provider Directory

Los Angeles County HIV Drug & Alcohol Task Force

DHSP has created a form for providers to indicate that they would like to be included in the LA County PEP/PrEP Provider Directory which will be distributed soon. There is also space on the form for providers to indicate that they would like to receive training and technical assistance to better integrate PEP/PrEP services into their clinical practice. Sonali Kulkarni wrote a Dear Colleague letter that was sent to providers introducing the form. Please share the attached documents with providers in your network.

HIV Pre and Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP and PrEP) Provider Survey

 The Los Angeles County Division of HIV and STD Programs (DHSP) fully supports the use of HIV biomedical interventions (PEP/PrEP) as critical components of comprehensive medical services for individuals at high risk for HIV.

DHSP is identifying providers who are already providing PEP and or PrEP services and who are willing to be listed in…

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05/19/15: Trauma Informed Services for Women with Substance Abuse, HIV and/or Other Co-Occurring Disorders

you can register on the HIV DATF site (the embedded link)

Los Angeles County HIV Drug & Alcohol Task Force

Trauma Informed Services for Women with Substance Abuse, HIV and/or Other Co-Occurring Disorders

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RNs, LCSWs  & MFTs Addiction professionals please register here

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“Making Space” by Keiko Lane | A&U Magazine

Keiko Lane, who wrote this, will be presenting at Coping With Hope next month.

My partner sits on the table in our gynecologist’s office undressed for her annual exam. The hospital gown is flapping open around her back when our gynecologist says that given my partner’s age, health history, and low risk factors, she can skip the pap smear. I’m a little irritated; and it takes m…
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05/19/15: Trauma Informed Services for Women with Substance Abuse, HIV and/or Other Co-Occurring Disorders

SAVE THE DATE! MAY 19, 2015

Trauma Informed Services for Women
with Substance Abuse, HIV and/or Other Co-Occurring Disorders

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If you do not need CEUs, Please click here to register for the training [pdf]

RNs, LCSWs  & MFTs Please click here to register for the training & to sign up for CEUs [pdf]

Addiction professionals must register for CEUs here and then click here to register for the training.

06/05/15: Hepatitis C: access to medication – pursuing the cure

Hepatitis C.

Hepatitis C

To reserve a space at the training (not requesting Addiction CEUs)

  1. email daniel@beingalivela.org or call 323.874.4322 to reserve a space at the training.

To register for Addiction Professional CEUs, please:

  1. click here and fill out the registration form. DO NOT PAY!
  2. email daniel@beingalivela.org or call 323.874.4322 to reserve a space at the training.

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Safe Refuge (formerly Substance Abuse Foundation of Long Beach) announcement

Los Angeles County HIV Drug & Alcohol Task Force

community rebranding letter (PDF)

Dear Community Partner,
I am very pleased to introduce to you the new name of our organization, Safe Refuge, which is the culmination of the comprehensive rebranding program we began in 2014. When combined with our new tagline — Hope. Change. Success. — we believe this creates a powerful new identity for our organization that embodies not only our current activities, but also our future vision and our continuing dedication to providing a truly safe refuge for all who need our help.

As you may know, our organization began in 1988 here in Long Beach. For most of these years, our formal name was the Substance Abuse Foundation of Long Beach. In time, many people just referred to our initials, SAF. Our name was accurate but it did not convey the inspirational aspect of our mission. Nor did it encompass the broader scope of services we now provide, including our division Ventures Employment Services…

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CMS Proposes Mental Health Parity Rule for Medicaid and CHIP | SAMHSA

CMS Proposes Mental Health Parity Rule for Medicaid and CHIP

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced a proposed rule to align mental health and substance use disorder benefits for low-income Americans with benefits required of private health plans and insurance. The proposal applies certain provisions of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 to Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The Act ensures that mental health and substance use disorder benefits are no more restrictive than medical and surgical services.

Under the proposed rule, plans must make available upon request to beneficiaries and contracting providers the criteria for medical necessity determinations with respect to mental health and substance use disorder benefits. The proposed rule also would require the state to make available to the enrollee the reason for any denial of reimbursement or payment for services with respect to mental health and substance use disorder benefits.

Read the Press Release

Learn More About the Proposed Rule

Visit SAMHSA’s Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act Web Page

04/08/15: meeting reminder and agenda

This is a reminder that our monthly meeting will take place on Wednesday, April 8th at 9:30 am at the Village [1125 N. McCadden Place, LA, 90038.]

Here is the agenda:

download toolkit for Mental Health Month (May)

Did you know that May is Mental Health Month? This year, the toolkit provided by Mental Health American is available in English and Spanish. To download the toolkit, click here.

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