Archive for May, 2017

06/16/17: LA County LGBTQ Youth Preparedness | Stakeholder Convening

Dear Colleague,

On October 11th, 2015 the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors passed a motion to hire a consultant to assess all county departments with regard to their work with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth.  On March 28, 2017, Khush Cooper & Associates, in collaboration with the Williams Institute at UCLA, submitted our report on the Los Angeles County LGBTQ Youth Preparedness Scan to the Office of Child Protection.  The report is available by clicking here.

You are cordially invited to attend a Stakeholder Convening where we will discuss implications contained in the report and begin a community conversation about how we can work together to prevent LGBTQ youth from becoming disproportionately represented in the Los Angeles child welfare system and experiencing disparities.

This event will be held at the Center at Cathedral Plaza on June 16th, 2017 from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm.

Center at Cathedral Plaza
555 W. Temple St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Self-paid parking $10
The parking structure is located directly under the conference center.  Entrances off both Temple and Hill Street.

8:30 am – 9:00 am                Registration and Breakfast
(Buffet features fresh fruit cocktail, scrambled eggs, potatoes, bacon, pastries, butter and preserves, orange juice, coffee and teas)
9:00 am – 9:15 am               Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:15 am – 10:15 am              Presentation
10:15 am – 10:30 am           Break
10:30 am – 11:30 am           Table Discussions
11:30 am – 12:00 pm           Report Out and Wrap Up

Kindly RSVP by June 7th, 2017 by completing the information below and replying to

Last Name:_______________________

First Name:_______________________

Organization/County Department:_________________________


Phone Number:___________________

Your presence and partnership for this important conversation is greatly appreciated.

Kind Regards.

Khush Cooper

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05/10/17: HIV MHTF meeting reminder | Dr. Ardis Moe “CROI Update”

The regular monthly HIV Mental Health Task Force (HIV MHTF) meeting is on Wednesday, 05/10/17 from 9:30am to 11:30am. This is our first meeting of 2017, so we hope to see everyone there.

Here is the agenda: 05-2017 agenda

  • 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

05-10-17 HIVMHTF Dr Moe05-10-17 HIVMHTF Dr Moe [pdf]

DISCOVER PrEP (research study recruiting)

If you are interested, or have clients you believe may be interested, in being part of the DISCOVER PrEP STUDY that is comparing Truvada vs. Descovy for the prevention of HIV-infection, new candidates have until Friday, May 12 to screen. This is a 144 week study offering all clinical visits, labs, STD testing and treatment and drug at no cost, plus an incentive for your time and travel.  Please click the link below or see the English/Spanish postcards attached, for more information.

Thanks much,






Director, Programs & Education

Men’s Health Foundation

9201 W Sunset Blvd, Suite 814

Los Angeles, CA 90069

310.550.1014 (Office)

310.550.0650 (Fax)

F/T Bilingual (English/Spanish) Patient Care Manager Position Available In MCC program in East Los Angeles

For more information, please contact Alonso Bautista, MA, MFTI at 323-869-5408 or visit http://www.AltaMed,org and search job openings utilizing the job title listed below and apply directly online:

Job Title: Case Manager III – HIV Services

Under the general supervision of the Mental Health Supervisor, the Case Manager III will be responsible for functions related to the Home-Based Case Management/Medi-Cal Waiver Program (HBCM/MCWP) or the Medical Care Coordination (MCC) program. This position will work as part of the interdisciplinary team in a primary medical care facility for persons living with HIV and AIDS. The scope of duties include but are not limited to: conduct psychosocial assessments and re-assessments of the patients enrolled in the HBCM/MCWP or MCC programs, provide social and community referrals to assist patient with accessing psychosocial services provide emotional/mental health crisis interventions, participate in case presentation with the RN Case Manager (RNCM) involved in care of patient conduct emergency referrals, document promptly and assist clients with advocacy and education about HIV and AIDS. For LCSW, clinical duties may be assigned which will include short-term therapy, crisis intervention, and other evidenced-based practices.



  1. Conducts initial comprehensive psychosocial assessments of new patients and periodic reassessment as indicated by contract protocols and any changes in client’s medical, mental and/or emotional status.
  2. Works closely with the RNCM and others from the comprehensive medical team to develop and implement comprehensive quality care plans.
  3. Provides appropriate referrals; acts as a liaison and advocate for client with other agencies, facilitation access to public assistance programs and other AIDS organizations, medical needs, mental health services, housing, and any other care plans.
  4. Provide crisis interventions and/or other interventions within the scope of practice. Assesses clients for indicators of any acute and/or ongoing psychological distress and/or substance abuse.
  5. For LCSW, provide age-appropriate and culturally sensitive counseling and individual/family treatment as well as assistance in family life crisis situations.
  6. Attend and participate in program meetings, including weekly multidisciplinary team meetings. Consultation and ongoing communication with the other members of the multi-disciplinary team about the client and result of evaluation and interventions.
  7. Provide counseling/education to client and his/her family
  8. Prepare, organize and maintain client’s chart.
  9. Keep track of changes on state forms and consents.
  10. Maintains and completes accurate and timely documentation.
  11. Maintains a case load of 40 patients(HBCM/MCWP program only).
  12. Keeps abreast of latest medical information regarding HIV and AIDS.
  13. Attend weekly clinical supervision (group and individual) in accordance with regulatory board requirements.
  14. Provide coaching and mentoring to Case Managers I & II as needed.
  15. Perform other related duties as assigned.



  1. Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology or Social Work required; licensed-eligible (clinical supervision provided).
  2. If licensed LCSW, must maintain current licensure through California Board of Behavioral Sciences
  3. A minimum of one year of experience working with HIV populations required.
  4. Experience and sensitivity in working with diverse organizations and constituencies, including the HIV/AIDS, Latino, Gay, Lesbian and Transgender communities.

Political Anxiety and Advocacy Group meets monthly

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Office of AIDS website overhaul

Dear all,

Yesterday, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Website launched a new layout and look. The changes are designed to maximize user friendliness, enhance search capability, and to ensure compliance with the Americans with Discdph-logoabilities Act. The new website is accessible at and CDPH’s old website is still accessible at  Documents will be migrated to the new website over time, and most CDPH Office of AIDS (OA) forms and documents will not be migrated to the new website until sometime after the launch of the new site.  In the meantime, we wanted to make sure that you have access to the forms and documents that you need; therefore, we would like to provide you with the following:

NEW Office of AIDS Links: 



NEW Care Links:

NEW Prevention Links:

 At this link you will find the main Prevention webpage and other important Prevention documents and forms:


NEW Surveillance Links:

Thank you for the work that you do on behalf of all people in California living with and at risk for HIV.

Michael L. Foster, EdD, MPH
California Department of Public Health
Center for Infectious Diseases
Office of AIDS
1616 Capitol Ave, Suite 616
PO Box 997426, MS7700
Sacramento, CA 95899-7426
(916) 445-2982 (phone)
(916) 449-5912 (fax)

HIV/AIDS & Mental Health May Newsletter

May 2017 Newsletter

Upcoming Webinars 

Mental Health Clinical Care – Use of PrEP for Clients at High Risk of HIV

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 – 1:00pm – 2:30pm EST

More info

Linkages to Care: Promoting Access to Care & Treatment for People Living with HIV/AIDS

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 – 2:00pm – 3:30pm EST

More info

Latest News

Behaviour change interventions in HIV prevention: is there still a place for them?

aidsmap, April 2017

Varied Reports of Adult Transgender Suicidality: Synthesizing and Describing the Peer-Reviewed and Gray Literature

Transgender Health, April 2017

Southern Voices: Speaking Out About HIV in the Deep South

aidsmap, April 2017

HIV And HCV infection among opiate-dependent patients and methadone doses: the PROTEUS study

AIDS Care, April 2017

Correlates of sexual-risk behaviors among young black MSM: implications for clinic-based counseling programs

AIDS Care, April 2017

Harder-to-reach people living with HIV experiencing high prevalence of all-type mental health disorder diagnosis

AIDS Care, April 2017

Exploring Patterns of Awareness and Use of HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Among Young Men Who Have Sex with Men

AIDS and Behavior, April 2017

Awareness and Acceptability of Pre-exposure HIV Prophylaxis Among Men Who have Sex with Men in Baltimore

AIDS and Behavior, April 2017

The Importance of Sexual History Taking for PrEP Comprehension Among Young People of Color

AIDS and Behavior, April 2017

See links to full articles

Provider Tools and Resources is a new interactive website that visualizes the first standardized state-level estimates of people with past or current Hepatitis C infection across the United StatesDecisions in Recovery: Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder As a part of its comprehensive strategy to address the opioid use crisis and overdose epidemic in the United States, SAMHSA launched a new interactive tool for consumers. Decisions in Recovery: Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder supports people with opioid use disorder in making informed decisions about their care and treatment choices.

SAMHSA Spotlight: Building Resilient and Trauma-Informed Communities

The SAMHSA Spotlight Series highlights different approaches to building trauma-informed, resilient communities, explores strategies for developing trauma-informed communities and discusses the consequences of trauma and adversity for clients.

New Archived Webinar

LGBTQ Youth and Homelessness: Opportunities for Risk Reduction and HIV Prevention

HIV & Aging Toolkit

The HIV and Aging Toolkit is available to help clinicians understand a variety of issues facing older patients living with HIV, including medication management, side effects, and ailments that can accompany aging with HIV.

Rural HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment Toolkit

Check out this new toolkit on HIV prevention and care for people living in rural areas is available from the HRSA-supported Rural Health Information Hub.

Personalized Cognitive Counseling: An adaptation for working with trans women 

A guide to the adaptation of the Personalized Cognitive Counseling intervention for trans women who have sex with men.

New Medication Adherence e-Learning Training Toolkit for Providers

The Every Dose Every Day e-Learning Training Toolkit features four evidence-based strategies that can be delivered by a variety of HIV providers, including medical providers, mental health providers, HIV case managers, health educators and/or peers.

The HIV / AIDS & Mental Health Training Resource Center website is developed under a task order from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), reference #283-12-2401, for training and technical assistance purposes only. The content, views, and opinions expressed on this site do not necessarily reflect those of HHS, SAMHSA or CMHS.

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06/06/17: Coping with Hope 2017: HIV in Uncertain Times


CWH brochurecover

Below you will find the brochure for Coping with Hope 2017. To register, click here

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

7:30 am – 4:30 pm

The California Endowment
The 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:

Please see attached PDF file

For further information regarding Coping with Hope, please contact Sandra Cuevas at

We look forward to seeing you there!

Sandra M. Cuevas
Project Coordinator, Los Angeles Region Pacific AIDS Education and Training Center
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Department of Family Medicine
10880 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 1800
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 794-3944
(310) 794-6097 (fax)

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