Archive for August, 2016

09/21/16: Medical Necessity: The DSM-5 and ASAM Criteria (free CEUs!)


09/14/16 HIV Mental Health Task Force meeting reminder & agenda

The regular monthly HIV Mental Health Task Force (HIV MHTF) meeting is on Wednesday, 09/14/16 from 9:30am to 11:30am. This month we meet in room 209.

The agenda is attached.

  • Location:  The Village [1125 N. McCadden Pl Los Angeles, CA 90038]
  • Parking:free parking in lots across the street
  • Public transportation:4, 156, 704, DASH Hwd

LAC DPH Health Alert: Outbreak of Synthetic Cannabinoid (“Spice”) Overdoses

Los Angeles County HIV Drug & Alcohol Task Force





This message is intended for emergency departments, urgent care clinics, behavioral health providers, and other health care facilities and professionals caring for patients at risk for substance misuse and abuse. 

Please distribute as appropriate

Key Messages

  • There is an outbreak of “Spice” (aka: synthetic cannabinoid) overdoses in the Skid Row area of downtown Los Angeles leading to numerous hospitalizations.
  • “Spice” can lead to unpredictable and life-threatening health effects.

Suspected “Spice” cases should be referred to the nearest emergency department and reported to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LAC DPH).



This health alert describes a recent outbreak of “Spice” (synthetic cannabinoid, K2) overdoses in the Los Angeles area that have led to numerous hospitalizations.

On Friday, August 19, 2016, the City of Los Angeles Emergency Medical Services transported 17 homeless individuals from 5th Street and Wall Street in Los Angeles to…

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State of California—HHS: New Vaccine Recommendations to Contain the Outbreak of Meningococcal Disease in Southern California: What Providers Need to Do

Please read attachment from the State of California, Health and Human Services Agency Re. New Vaccine Recommendations to Contain the Outbreak of Meningococcal Disease in Southern California:  What Providers Need to Do.

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09/23-09/24/16: Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance’s 23rd Annual Conference “Making the Most of our Moods”

We are holding our California State Annual Conference on September 23rd & 24th which is a Friday and Saturday. Our topic for the event is “Making the Most of our Moods”. The conference will encompass professionals, consumers, and people with a mental illness and we are expecting around 100 people to attend. For your information, we no longer have any rooms available that would be paid for by DBSA. Any expenses, including overnight stays, will be your responsibility.

We have medical professionals that will be speaking at the conference which will be informative and enlightening. We also will have a talent show Friday evening that is free to attend. I hope to see you there.

I have attached a brochure and registration form for your review.

Please call or email me if you have any questions.

Wanda Sellers
DBSA California Planning Committee

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: The Actors Fund – Social Work Supervisor

Social Work Supervisor, Entertainment Assistance Program, Western Region
The Actors Fund, a nationwide human services organization that helps all professionals in performing arts and entertainment, seeks a Social Work Supervisor for the Entertainment Assistance Program (“EAP”) in the Los Angeles office to provide clinical and administrative leadership to EAP services which includes: Intake, Mental Health Services, Addiction and Recovery Services, Housing Resource Center and the Financial Wellness Program. These services are designed to work with individuals, couples and families to address a myriad of issues faced when working professionally in the Performing Arts and Entertainment Industry. The position supervises all program staff and interns and is responsible for the development of the following services and resources under the EAP umbrella.
  • The Social Work Supervisor of the EAP ensures the delivery of clinical and case management services to EAP clients, families and significant others adhering to agency policies and procedures. Assigns caseloads and related duties. Provides weekly supervision with individual workers and/or interns. Oversees the program development of Intake Services, Mental Health Services, Housing Resource Center and Financial Wellness Program. These programs are designed to meet the learning and wellness needs of all Social Services clients.
  • Provides direct services to clients, their families and significant others including evaluation and advocacy for financial assistance through The Actors Fund and/ or other agencies, case management services, crisis intervention, information & referral, education and counseling. Provides short-term therapy groups, support groups and educational groups as well as, facilitates groups, workshops and seminars that address a variety of wellness, mental health and educational needs of the community. Visits clients at home and/or hospital when necessary.
  • Manages mental health services provided through the EAP including critical incident response, crisis intervention and short-term counseling, assessment and referral for psychotherapy, and advocacy for financial assistance for treatment when applicable.
  • Identifies new community resources, mental health facilities, clinicians and psychiatrists. Negotiates treatment fees and/or interfaces with insurance companies on behalf of clients to understand and maximize benefit coverage. Provides outreach to community and education, speaking on behalf of program and agency.
  • Maintains all paperwork and statistics pertinent to program. Oversees and reviews staff’s charting. Ensures the confidentiality of all information. Provides back-up and coverage for all social services programs as needed
  • Master’s Degree from an accredited School of Social Work. State Licensure required.
  • Minimum of six years post-MSW experience including 2 years of experience in providing clinical/case management services. Experience with providing supervision, crisis intervention, dual diagnosis and brief treatment model desirable.
  • Experience working with Entertainment Industry population preferred.
  • H/She should consistently convey a sense of empathy with clients and demonstrate solid clinical acumen. H/She will be providing supervision to direct service clinical workers. H/She should value the clinical supervisor/ supervisee relationship process and have the willingness and objective of creating a safe and stimulating working environment with supervisee. Uses the individual and group clinical supervision process to reflect, observe and enhance clinical and supervision practice.
  • Strong program development skills a must. Flexibility and good interpersonal skills are required.
  • Worker will adhere to and be compliant with NASW code of ethics and CA-BBS guidelines in supervising MSW supervisees toward licensure, as well as interns in graduate training.
  • Works with Director in developing policies and procedures governing service delivery.
  • Ability to handle large work flow volume and multi task in a fast paced setting a must.
  • May be required to work an adjusted schedule; evening or weekend hours
  • Local travel for client visits is required; an unrevoked driver’s license, valid in California and access to a vehicle are necessary
This is a full-time salaried position based in The Actors Fund’s Western Region offices in Los Angeles. The Actors Fund offers a competitive salary, as well as a comprehensive benefits package, including: choice of multiple health and dental plan options, voluntary vision, flex and dependent care plans, employer-paid life and long-term disability insurance, supplemental life and disability, 401(k) plan with generous employer match, tuition reimbursement, generous paid time off and paid parking, depending on location.
Apply online at A complete application will include a resume/cover letter/salary history and/or salary requirements.
The Actors Fund is a national human services organization that helps everyone— performers and those behind the scenes—who works in performing arts and entertainment, helping more than 17,000 people directly each year, and hundreds of thousands online. Serving professionals in film, theatre, television, music, opera, radio and dance, The Fund’s programs include social services and emergency financial assistance, health care and insurance counseling, housing, and employment and training services. With offices in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, The Actors Fund has been—for 132 years—a safety net for those in need, crisis or transition. Visit

08/23/16: HIV Drug & Alcohol Task Force training subcommittee meeting

As discussed during the HIV Mental Health Task Force meeting today, you are invited to attend the next HIV Drug & Alcohol Task Force training subcommittee meeting. We will be sketching out our next few trainings. On the table for discussing: “HIV Criminalization”; “Self-Harming Behaviors in Early Recovery”; “DSM-V & Medical Necessity, with an Ethics component”


Come suggest other topics, or help us flesh out these ideas!


Start Date/Time:              Tuesday August 23, 2016   11:00 AM

Duration:                             approximately 2 hours

Location:                              BHS

6838 W Sunset Blvd

Los Angeles CA 90028


(free parking in lot behind building, accessible from Mansfield)



Susan Forrest, Co-Chair

Los Angeles County HIV Drug & Alcohol Task Force

general information:

training information:

The mission of the LA County HIV Drug and Alcohol Task Force is to advocate for the needs of drug and

alcohol users and people in recovery who are at risk for or living with HIV/AIDS and/or Hepatitis C.

Please Join Us As We Celebrate The Life Of Mollie Lowery

Please pass this on to your homeless clients and peers who work in with that population.

Los Angeles County HIV Drug & Alcohol Task Force

Please Join Us As We Celebrate The Life Of Mollie Lowery

“I know we’re supposed to think big and mainstream. On the occasions I’ve tried to do that, I’ve realized I’m just about one-on-one, one person, one life, one relationship at a time to make it a better world” — Mollie Lowery

Dear Susan,

Please join us as we celebrate the life of Mollie Lowery.

Date: Tuesday, August 16th
Time: 10:00AM-12:00PM
Location:  The Fonda Theatre
6126 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

We will be forever grateful for the honor we had of working with Mollie. Eternally thankful to her for sharing her life with us. We look forward to celebrating her life with you.With gratitude,

Celina Alvarez
Executive Director
Housing Works


There are two discounted parking options.  First, the small lot adjacent to (east of) The Fonda Theater will honor a $5 price if you indicate you…

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08/10/16 meeting reminder and agenda

The regular monthly HIV Mental Health Task Force (HIV MHTF) meeting is on Wednesday, 08/10/16 from 9:30am to 11:30am. This month we meet in room 209.

The agenda is attached.

  • Location:  The Village [1125 N. McCadden Pl Los Angeles, CA 90038]
  • Parking: free parking in lots across the street
  • Public transportation: 4, 156, 704, DASH Hwd

08/20/16 due date: L.A. County Comprehensive HIV Plan open for public comment

please check the mental health areas and be sure to get comments in by 08/20

Los Angeles County HIV Drug & Alcohol Task Force

To:  Community Stakeholders and Partners:

The draft Los Angeles County Comprehensive HIV Plan (CHP) is now available for public comment.  A copy of the draft CHP may be viewed at and is also attached.  Comments must be submitted in writing to by 5pm on August 20, 2016.  Thank you.

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