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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

06/06/17: Coping With Hope 2017

Mark Your Calendars! You’re invited to…

Coping with Hope 2017: “HIV in Uncertain Times

Date: Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Time: 8:00 am

*A free, one-day symposium addressing the mental health needs of people living with HIV/AIDS. Registration will open April.



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

03/29/16:”OUTcompetent” – Cultural Competency and the Stigmatization of STIs, HIV, PrEP, and Mental Health (webinar)


“OUTcompetent” – Cultural Competency and the Stigmatization of STIs, HIV, PrEP, and Mental Health

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

1:00 – 2:00 P.M. EST
This webinar will discuss the impact of stigma in STIs, HIV, PrEP, and mental health that LGBT individuals face when accessing healthcare. The webinar also will equip attendees to effectively engage LGBT individuals who seek care in the areas of STIs, HIV, PrEP, and mental health. OUTcompetent is defined as being culturally competent and inclusive when treating LGBT individuals and recognizing the impact of stigma on the health outcomes of LGBT individuals.

Recent studies have shown:

  • More than half of LGBT individuals have faced discrimination from healthcare providers.
  • 1 in 5 LGBT individuals report withholding information about their sexual history from a health care professional.
  • 89% of transgender individuals fear providers are not adequately trained to treat them.
  • 30% of gay and bisexual men have never been tested for HIV.
  • Only 26% of gay and bisexual men know about PrEP.
  • LGBT individuals are 2.5 times more likely to experience depression, anxiety, and substance abuse than the general public.


Topics and faculty:

  • HIV – Venton Jones, Program Officer, LGBT Health & Wellness Initiatives,  National Black Justice Coalition
  • PrEP – Damon Jacobs, Licensed Family Therapist and HIV Prevention Specialist
  • STIs – Stephen Hicks, Health Equity and Capacity Building Manager, National Coalition of STD Directors
  • Mental Health – Adam Swanson, MPP, Senior Policy Associate, National Council for Behavioral Health

Intended Audiences: LGBT health professionals, clinical providers, behavioral health providers, service providers, and consumers.

LGBT Health Awareness Week: The webinar will be held during the 14th annual LGBT Health Awareness Week – March 28 to April 1, 2016. The National Coalition for LGBT Health created LGBT Health Awareness Week in 2003 to raise awareness of LGBT health disparities. This year’s theme is “OUTvisible: Redefining Stigma in LGBT Healthcare from Invisible to OUTvisible.” To learn more about the Coalition’s activities during National LGBT Health Awareness Week, click here.For more information, please contact: Ryan Meyer –, 202.507.4735.

About the National Coalition for LGBT Health
Founded in 2000, the National Coalition for LGBT Health is dedicated to achieving LGBT health equity. The Coalition is comprised of leaders from national and state LGBT organizations, health centers, health departments, universities, health organizations, clinical and behavioral health providers, and LGBT individuals and allies who are committed to addressing LGBT health. For more information, or to join the Coalition, visit, contact Ryan Meyer at, 202.507.4725, or follow the Coalition on Twitter: @healthlgbt or Facebook.


Ranji U, Beamesderfer A, and Salganicoff A (April 2015). Health and Access to Care and Coverage for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Individuals in the U.S. Issue Brief, The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

Lambda Legal (2010). When Health Care Isn’t Caring: Lambda Legal’s Survey of Discrimination Against LGBT People and People with HIV. Report, Lambda Legal.

National Women’s Law Center (May 2014). Health Care Refusals Harm Patients: the Threat to LGBT People and Individuals Living with HIV/AIDS. Fact Sheet, National Women’s Law Center.

Hamel L, Firth J, Hoff, T, Kates J, Levine S, and Dawson L (September 2014). HIV/AIDS in the Lives of Gay and Bisexual Men in the United States. Report, The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

Connect with Us
National Coalition for LGBT Health
2000 S St. NW
Washington, DC 20009

03/09/16 reminder: meeting & PrEP training

The regular monthly HIV Mental Health Task Force (HIV MHTF) meeting is on Wednesday, 03/09/16 from 9:30am to 11:30am. The training “PrEP: Stigma, Fear, Relief & Joywill begin at 10:30. We encourage you to attend the entire meeting.


The agenda is attached.

 The Village at Ed Gould Plaza


1125 N. McCadden Pl

Los Angeles, CA 90038



Parking:                                               free parking in lots across the street

Public transportation:                   4, 156, 704, DASH Hwd

Cost:                                                     free



  1. Identify the advantages and disadvantages of PrEP use
  2. Understand the roots of PrEP stigma
  3. Better assist clients in making decisions regarding use of PrEP


For more information:  Susan Forrest: 


1.0 CEU &  1.0 HIV training hour Continuing Education Units provided by the HIV Drug & Alcohol Task Force through the Foundation for Advancement of Addiction Professionals (CFAAP): CAADAC provider #2N-10-141-0416 California Alcoholism and Drug Counselors Education Program.

2015 Multicultural Neuropsychology Conference | Alliant University

2015 Multicultural Neuropsychology Conference

Peter Theodore, PhD (Event Coordinator)

Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM (PDT)

The Health Emphasis is proud to announce its 2nd Multicultural Neuropsychology Conference (MNC) at Alliant International University, Los Angeles on April 11th 2015, from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM. Last year’s conference was a success; and we look forward to another inspiring event.  This year we have three excellent speakers lined up: Dr. Terece Bell, Ph.D.; Dr. April Thames, Ph.D.; Dr. Olivia Hsin, Ph.D. who will be speaking on a variety of topics including how to use a neuropsychological approach to assess learning disabilities in children and adolescents from underserved communities, and understanding the influence of psychosocial factors such as stereotype threat on neuropsychological test performance.  Once again, we will also be hosting a poster-session in which graduate students will share their knowledge of current clinical issues and/or recent work in the areas of multicultural neuropsychology and health assessment.  Lunch will be provided and licensed mental health professionals will be able to earn 3 CEUs for attending the entire conference.

Alliant International University is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing eduation for psychologists.  Alliant maintains responsibility for the program and its content.  Alliant is approved by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences to provide continuing education for MFTs and LCSWs (provider#PCE234).  Alliant is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing to provide continuing education for Nurses (provider#CEP11235).

Have questions about 2015 Multicultural Neuropsychology Conference?Contact Peter Theodore, PhD (Event Coordinator)


Fost-Adopt Social Worker MSW (Palmdale, CA)

Note: MSW degree required. Bilingual in English/Spanish preferred. Bilingual candidates nearing graduation with a MSW degree are encouraged to apply.

Koinonia Family Services is looking for a qualified individual to work as a full-time Fost-Adopt Social Worker in our Palmdale office. We are looking for someone who lives in/near Palmdale, and another person who lives in/near Santa Clarita/Newhall to service children and families in that area. The position requires a Master’s degree in social work (required). Bi-lingual in English/Spanish strongly preferred. Responsibilities include social work and case management of children in fost-adopt placement; providing support services to resource parents; writing S.A.F.E. adoption home studies for Koinonia certified resource families who are adopting foster children placed in their homes; writing home studies for county-referred families, and providing on-going case management and services for children in approved adoption placement, including post-adoption services. See the job posting on the Koinonia website for a more detailed description of the job duties and other information.

The work schedule is regular business hours, Monday-Friday, with some occasional early evening and weekend work. The position requires driving up to 1 hour (and sometimes more) to complete home studies. The salary range begins at $40,035 annual salary (negotiable based upon education and experience). Koinonia offers a rich benefit package, with a very low employee contribution level. Benefits include employee and dependent group health insurance (medical, dental and vision), life insurance, 401k, paid time off, paid holidays, and supervision toward LCSW licensure. Koinonia’s group health plans are compliant with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and meet all of the requirements for the “individual mandate.” All individuals enrolled on Koinonia’s group health plan will satisfy the requirements of the ACA.

Koinonia Family Services is a foster care and adoptions agency that has served children and families for 30+ years. We have approximately 200 staff, over 450 foster families and over 600 clients in our various programs. Koinonia has about 30 offices located throughout California and Nevada, and we are one of California’s and Nevada’s leading foster family and adoption agencies.

TO APPLY…Please visit our website at Click on the job titled “Fost-Adopt Social Worker MSW – Palmdale” and follow the instructions at the bottom of the job posting to apply. Koinonia is an equal opportunity employer.

question about psych tech jobs

I received this email and I was wondering if anyone has an answer or suggestion for a referral:

Are you familiar with the psych tech job role and do you know any agencies, programs or sites that use psych techs? We do some international work and a group we work with is looking into psych tech programs for some of their staff. 



A West Los Angeles, nonprofit community mental health agency is seeking an organized, motivated and professional candidate for a FULL TIME position providing office and field-based case management and mental health services to adults and older adults coping with a full spectrum of DSM diagnoses. The individual will provide assessment, linkage, crisis, individual, conjoint, and group therapy and rehabilitation services as part of a multi-disciplinary team. Duties include treatment planning, implementation, and documentation of delivered services. Registered interns may obtain BBS intern hours while receiving mental health training, supervision, salary and employer paid benefits.


  • California BBS registered or licensed MFT/LCSW.
  • Ability to document provided services in an accurate, thorough, and timely manner according to LAC-DMH and Medi-Cal billing standards.
  • Ability to follow detailed directions and independently complete assigned tasks.
  • Effective interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
  • Ability to collaborate effectively in a team setting.
  • Ability to perform basic computer skills required for an electronic record.
  • Evidence of clear criminal record, eligibility to claim Medi-Cal, and proof of valid California Driver’s License.
  • Prior training or related work experience in a social service setting preferred.
  • Experience providing services to individuals living with mental illness in a directly operated, county contracted, residential or other mental health agency preferred.
  • Ability to provide bilingual services in English, and Farsi or Spanish, preferred.

This Full Time position is available immediately.
Work hours are Monday through Friday between 9:00am-5:00pm.

Individuals may apply by submitting resume to:

  • E-mail:
  • mail: Alcott Center for Mental Health Services, 1433 South Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035
  • FAX: (310) 553-6052 attention: Trevor Powell


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.

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