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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

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

04/23/14-04/24/14: the 14th Annual Behavioral Health Information Management Conference and Exposition

For every five registrations paid by the same organization, an additional registration will be given complimentary to that organization. Please contact the CiMH conference department after you have registered
Learn from presentations that address:

  • Implementing health information technology to address the opportunitiesand challenges of health care reform.
  • Expanding electronic health information exchange to support care coordination across physical and behavioral health care, social services and criminal justice systems.
  • Innovative mobile applications and other types of technologies to enhance consumer recovery and wellness.
  • Updates on national and statewide policy developments guiding the use of electronic health record systems and health information exchange.
  • New technology and policy solutions to address privacy and security concerns in an increasingly complex health care environment.
  • Organizational examples of how to use electronic data effectively for decision support and quality improvement.

Participate in discussions and network with your colleagues!

Meet the major software companies serving mental health, alcohol, and other drug programs and evaluate their products – all in one exhibit hall!


05/03/14: Pasadena Mental Health Day “Healthy Minds, Healthy Families”

Pasadena Mental Health Day 2014

“Healthy Minds, Healthy Families”

Saturday, May 3, 2014

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Pasadena’s 4th Annual city-wide free event to promote mental health awareness


Mental Health Day occurs annually in May during National Mental Health Awareness Month, to address the mental health needs of Pasadena residents, which is fundamental to creating a healthy community. The event educates the public and raises awareness about mental health and mental illness with activities for seniors, adults, youth, children and families.                        

                                    Presented by

Pasadena Mental Health Advisory Committee


For more information visit our website

contact Dr. Jennifer Pruitt, Chair



Activities Include

  • Stress management & PTSD workshops
  • ŸWorkshops for teachers on how to manage mental health concerns in the classroom


  • Children’s programming and anti-bullying workshops
  • Workshops for parents
  • ŸWorkshops on Trauma and addiction
  • Workshops on suicide prevention
  • ŸArts & crafts
  • ŸRaffles
  • ŸVendors



02/12/14 meeting reminder and agenda

This is a reminder that our monthly meeting will take place on Wednesday, February 12th at 9:30am at the Village [1125 N. McCadden Place, LA, 90038.]

Here is the agenda:

P.S.:  it’s Ingrid’s birthday, so… 


The Los Angeles HIV Mental Health Task Force includes treatment providers as well as persons living with HIV/AIDS who advocate for the mental health service needs of persons living with HIV/AIDS in Los Angeles County. The Task Force meets every second Wednesday of the month from 9:30-11:30 at The Village at Ed Gould Plaza – 1125 N. McCadden Place, LA, 90038.

05/14/14: Ardis Moe to present at HIV MHTF meeting

Dr. Moe was scheduled to present at our March meeting, however her talk has been postponed until the May meeting. She will be presenting an update from CROI, as well as an Hepatitis C update.

05-14-14 HIVMHTF Dr Moe


02/07/14: Black Love = Safe Love | NBHAAD event in Inglewood

Black Love = Safe Love

01/25/14: Healthcare Insurance Enrollment and Wellness Fair

01/25/14: Healthcare Insurance Enrollment and Wellness Fair

March 2013 meeting

The March meeting will take place on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 9:30am at The Village at Ed Gould Plaza (1125 N McCadden Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90036).

If there is an item you would like to add to the agenda, please contact Susan Forrest at

The agenda can be downloaded here: 03-13-13 MHTF agenda

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