08/26/17: Unique Carnival – education as radical resistance (for LGBTQ+ youth & allies)



Hello Everyone,


We are a 11 days away from an event that will get the LGBTQ youth in LA access to the most important resources available to them. We are hoping for your support in showing up to partner with us, or become a new partner; to equip our LGBTQ youth with resources in Leadership, Sexual Health, Well-Being, Career, Education and several other vital resources for them to engage in a healthier lifestyle.


We have attached a sponsor form with more information about the event, which is due by August 22nd, 2017. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to reach out to our youth development coordinator CJ, crichardson@lalgbtcenter.org – 323.860.3640.


Rainbow Festival Unique Carnival

12 pm to 3 pm (Games, Music, Tabling)

3 pm to 4 pm (Talent Show)


We would hope that each resource would have a fun and engaging way to get youth interested in your services. That can look like ring toss, guessing game, spin the wheel, face painting, etc. if you need any support in figuring out an engaging way please feel free to contact us.


We hope we can count on your support this year!


P.S. If you’ve already filled out a form, thanks so much and you’ll get a follow up email the week of the event J



Dominique Guillermo

Health Education Specialist II, Youth Services Program
Children, Youth & Family Services

+1 (323) 860-3689

08/08/17: Mass Incarceration (webinar)

Tue, Aug 8, 2017 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PDT

Every second Tuesday of the month at 10AM PDT, the Black AIDS Institute will broadcast a webinar on a topic related to a quarterly theme. The webinar will be viewed live, but will also be recorded for later use. Recordings and/or content can be used for chapter in-services or incorporated into other events.
August 2017 Brown Bag Lunch Webinar: Mass Incarceration
At the end of the webinar, participants should be able to:
  1. Describe how mass incarceration impacts the HIV pandemic
  2. Discuss recent studies on the disruption of communities
  3. Identify ways to lower HIV transmission and improve viral suppression after release including linkage to care

From Susan Forrest, Chair, HIV DATF

(apologies if you receive this more than once)

Effective June 30, 2017 – today – I will no longer be reachable through my BHS email. I am leaving BHS after 17 years, as a result of the elimination of CASC through START ODS.  Moving forward, you can contact me through the HIV DATF (hivdatf@gmail.com). This is also the email from which all training confirmations will be coming.

HIV Drug & Alcohol Task Force (HIV DATF)
website | forums
I will remain Chair of the HIV DATF. The HIV DATF will continue to provide trainings, and I will still be reachable and will even be expanding the work of the HIV DATF.  Because of the ODS changes, we will most likely not be doing any trainings until September (with the exception of the previously-scheduled full-day LGBT training on 08/24/17) as we anticipate that not many people will be available to attend trainings which aren’t specifically related to service delivery. One thing is for sure: Network & Nosh will be more vital than ever this year! If you want to stay in touch with the HIV DATF, please register to follow the website &/or the forums. Or to reach us, the email is hivdatf@gmail.com.

CASC HIV Resource Specialists
provider forum
The Client Engagement and Navigation Services (CENS) will replace the existing Community Assessment Service Centers (CASC), and will be co-located at various County partner sites to support certain populations in connecting with treatment. The CENS will conduct the brief screening and will no longer conduct a full assessment. See the June 1, 2017 Provider Meeting Video or Handout for more information. I have added a  provider forum the HIV DATF forums through which we can communicate. as with all of our forums, you can participate by posting, replying, and reacting to other peoples’ posts.  The forum is for any provider in any of our service delivery systems and is intended as place for us to share what we learn as the theoretical changes “go live”; we have resources, information, and a responsibility to help each other get through the changes that start 07/01/17.

While our CASC positions are gone, our knowledge and resources/connections remain, and at least, speaking for myself, I hope people continue to  contact me when they need help related to a client living with or at risk for HIV. I am concerned that the CENS will not be able to provide the in-depth HIV/HIV risk assessment and HIV-specific referrals (along with referrals for PrEP or PEP). I hope we will utilize this forum to share information, strategies, ideas, and resources.

Please update your contacts to be sure that we stay in touch.  If you have any questions about the Task Force moving forward, please don’t hesitate to contact me.



Susan Forrest

07/06/17: mandatory all SAPC Network Provider meeting

Dear SAPC Providers,

The next mandatory all SAPC Network Provider meeting will be held Thursday, July 6, 2017 (details below). We recommend that one clinical and one administrative manager attends given session content. Due to space limitations, registration is required and attendance is limited to two individuals per agency.

Launch of the START-ODS System of Care

Thursday July 6, 2017

9 AM – 3:30 PM (one session)

Rowland Heights Community Center, Multi-Purpose Room

18150 Pathfinder Road

Rowland Heights, CA 91748

Attendance Limit: 2 persons per agency



Dates for future provider meetings are listed on the attached agenda.


Thank you,


SAPC Group Rates Update

Dear SAPC Providers,

The Department of Health Care Services’ (DHCS) group services billing formula has changed and is now based on the duration of the group session and no longer fluctuates based on the number of participants. Additionally, SAPC has updated the Rates and Standards Matrix to allow providers to submit claims for documentation time for group counseling sessions, provided it does not exceed the following standards and represents actual time documenting notes tailored to each participant:


  1. 2-4 participants one 15-minute unit;
  2. 5-8 participants up to two 15-minute units; and
  3. 9-12 participants up to three 15-minute units.


The number of minutes would be added to the total time submitted for the group session, but it must be clear what amount of time relates to the time spent conducting the group versus the time spent documenting individualized group session notes. See the attached document for examples or visit SAPC’s Network Providers page.


Other changes to the document include: (1) equalizing the room and board rate for ASAM 3.1, 3.3, and 3.5 to $46.96 and (2) removing physical exam as a reimbursable service, at least for now, given uncertainty about whether this service is permissible in outpatient settings and because this service is better reimbursed under fee-for-service Medi-Cal or by the patients’ primary care doctor.


If you have any questions please email SUDTransformation@ph.lacounty.gov.


Thank you,


Wesley L. Ford

Director, Substance Abuse Prevention and Control


CCAPP Strongly Opposes AB 700, the Counselor Demotion Bill 

CCAPP Strongly Opposes AB 700, the Counselor Demotion Bill 
Your urgent response is necessary to kill this bill and save your job!
On Monday, CCAPP voted to oppose Assembly Bill 700 (Jones-Sawyer) due to the devastating impact it would have on counselors in California. To cover the costs of AB 700, certification organizations will be forced to raise their renewal fees to over $800 to pay for it. According to CCAPP CEO Pete Nielsen, CCAPP is protecting counselors from this burden. “The Assembly Appropriations Committee estimates the program will cost over $4 million in just the first year – that’s $4 million out of counselors’ pockets to pay for it,” said Nielsen. “We can’t let that happen to our members, AB 700 will increase certification fees by over 300%,” said Nielsen.
In addition to the cost to counselors, the bill also forces a large portion of certified counselors down the career ladder. “AB 700 demotes more than one-half of counselors,” said Nielsen. AB 700 “demotes” the current workforce by relegating all non-degreed counselors to “0” level, regardless of skill, accomplishment, years of service, or seniority, he explains. “No matter how much education you’ve obtained, if you do not have a degree from an accredited college, you will be at the bottom of the ladder.” If not stopped, the bill would be implemented on January 1, 2019 and it has no grandparent for the current workforce. All LAADC, CADC I, and CADC II, certified counselors without degrees will be forced to step down upon renewal. According to Nielsen, this will drive pay downward for experienced counselors, “As employers restructure staffing to reflect the career ladder, older, more experienced counselors will be shorted, as less experienced degreed counselors are rewarded at the top of the ladder.”