LA County DHS has an opening for Substance Abuse Counselor

LA County DHS has an opening for Substance Abuse Counselor. The exam (application process) will open tomorrow for applications. Please refer anyone you feel who may be interested.




Eve Rubell, MPH

Senior Staff Analyst

Whole Person Care –LA Department of Health Services

(213) 572-9966

Postdoctoral HIV Research Training Program for HIV Combination Prevention

Postdoctoral HIV Research Training Program
for HIV Combination Prevention

UCLA is seeking Ph.D. and M.D postdoctoral scholars for a T32 training program funded by the National Institute of Mental Health in HIV combination prevention and its comorbid conditions, focusing on novel technologies and reducing health disparities. UCLA offers an intensive and innovative, behaviorally-focused training experience that includes additional academic training, participation in research projects, and professional development, with a strong emphasis on technical writing, grant preparation, and networking. Trainees will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of research in Los Angeles, Asia, Africa and South America; major RCTs involving mental health, substance abuse, behavioral economics and health disparities among high-risk populations; and, novel technologies and research methods, including rapid diagnostic testing and social network analysis.

Successful graduates of this training program will
• Participate in day-to-day execution of several projects under the mentorship of a faculty member;
• Present findings in at least one major scientific conference annually and multiple regional conferences;
• Publish at least two first-authored papers annually in leading journals and collaborate on other peer-reviewed papers; and,
• Receive a multi-year grant or career development award and an academic position on a topic related to HIV.

Eligibility: Must be a U.S citizen or a green-card holder with a Ph.D. or M.D.

To learn more about the program and how to apply, please visit the HIV Combination Training page on our website (

watch the videos from the Shifting Paradigms conference

Shifting Paradigms 12-13-17 Flyer

 shifting paradigms


Missed the training? Watch the videos!



The California Community Foundation (CCF)

Public Transportation:

  • Figueroa & 2nd: 55/366, 60
  • Flower & 3rd: 701, 785
  • Beaudry & 4th: 53, 62, 721,760

MATERIALS (check back prior to training date)

  • Agenda
  • Evaluation



Melina Abdullah is Professor and Chair of Pan-African Studies at California State University, Los Angeles. She earned her Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Southern California in Political Science and her B.A. from Howard University in African American Studies. She was appointed to the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission in 2014 and is a recognized expert on race, gender, class, and social movements. Abdullah is the author of numerous articles and book chapters, with subjects ranging from political coalition building to womanist mothering. Professor Abdullah is a womanist scholar-activist – understanding the role that she plays in the academy as intrinsically linked to broader struggles for the liberation of oppressed people. Professor Abdullah is a leader in the fight for Ethnic Studies in the K-12 and university systems and was a part of the historic victory that made Ethnic Studies a requirement in the Los Angeles Unified School District. She was among the original group of organizers that convened to form Black Lives Matter and continues to serve as a Los Angeles chapter lead and contributes to the national leadership. She is co-host and co-producer of the weekly radio program Beautiful Struggle which airs on KPFK, part of the Pacifica radio network. Dr. Abdullah also serves on boards for the Black Community, Clergy and Labor Alliance (BCCLA), California Faculty Association-Los Angeles, Los Angeles African American Women’s Public Policy Institute, Los Angeles Community Action Network (LA-CAN), National Association for Ethnic Studies, Reverence-Wellness Salon, and Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education (SCOPE). Melina is the recipient of many awards, most recently the 2016 Racial Justice Award presented by the YWCA, 2016 Fannie Lou Hamer Award for outstanding community service presented by the Coalition of Mental Health Professionals, 2016 Fannie Lou Hamer Award presented by the National Conference of Black Political Scientists, 2016 Sacred Sistahs Award, 2016 California Teachers Association Human Rights Award, 2016 BCCLA Ella Baker Award, 2015 Freedom Now Award, and the 2015 Communitas Award. She was recognized by LA Weekly as one of the 10 most influential Los Angeles leaders, “Urban Girl of the Year” by 2UrbanGirls, and one of the 15 “Fiercest Sisters” of 2015 by Fierce. She has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, TV One, ABC, PBS, KTLA, KCET, BET, Free Speech TV, and Al-Jazeera, and is featured in the films 13th, When Justice Isn’t Just, and Justice or Else. Melina is originally from Oakland, California. She is a single “soccer mama” of three children and resides in Mid-City Los Angeles.

Lisa Marie Alatorre, MA is a community organizer and educator with over 18 years professional work experience from an anti-prison industrial complex (PIC) and anti-oppression movement building framework. Born and raised in Peoria, Arizona, she is currently based out of Middle Tennessee. Her past work experience as a social worker, community organizer, policy advocate, and educator have based her in Seattle, Chicago, New Orleans, Los Angeles, and the Bay Area. In addition to consulting, Lisa Marie volunteers as a community organizer with various local campaigns and coalitions. Her work as a community organizer and policy advocate have had direct impacts on preserving the rights of people of color and homeless & poor people locally and nationally, including fighting back criminalization, incarceration, and demanding housing and basic needs. Some examples of her campaign work, in multi-media form, with the San Francisco Coalition On Homelessness can be viewed here.  Lisa Marie earned her Masters Degree from the University of Chicago in Social Service Administration where she focused on Community Organizing and Public Policy. Lisa Marie was also a 2011 Women’s Policy Institute Fellow and recipient of the 2014 Berger-Marks Foundation Edna Award of Distinction for Women Leaders Under 35. She also served on the 2016 San Francisco Working Group to Re-Envision the Jail Project. She currently sits on the San Francisco Coalition on Homelessness‘ Board of Directors and was formerly on-staff as the Human Rights Coordinator for 4 years prior.  Additionally, Lisa Marie is a co-founder of Rhizome Consulting Project and the Chicago-based Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois and has worked as the National Campaign Director for Critical Resistance.

Grissel Granados has a Master’s in Social Work at the University of Southern California. She’s currently a Research Coordinator, at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, where she is running a study around HIV testing modalities with Latino youth; she also coordinates the hospital’s HIV counseling and testing services and co-facilitates the Youth Community Advisory Board. At Children’s Hospital, she works primarily with young gay and bisexual men and transgender youth of color.  Granados has worked with California’s Getting to Zero HIV-prevention plan, which empowers underserved communities, and she is currently the co-chairs of the Los Angeles County Commission on HIV. She’s part of J+LAC, an international network of Latin American youth and young adults living with HIV. Granados was one of the youngest appointees to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. Granados also advises and educates local and international communities and institutions on issues related to youth and HIV. She advocates for comprehensive sex health education for young people, and emphasizes the importance of a sex-positive approach to HIV prevention and care.

12/15/17:  Marijuana: Care Considerations Post-Legalization

Friday, December 15, 2017, 10:00am – 1:15pm

 Marijuana: Care Considerations Post-Legalization

 A Special Lecture Presented by:

County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health, Substance Abuse Prevention and Control Program with UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs, and the Pacific Southwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center


Featured Presenters:

  • Joseph Nicchitta JD, Los Angeles County Office of Cannabis Management
  • Larissa Mooney, MD, University of California, Los Angeles, Integrated Substance Abuse Programs



  • Tim Duenas, MPA, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Substance Abuse Prevention and Control
  • Yolanda Cordero, MPA, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Substance Abuse Prevention and Control
  • David Hindman, PhD, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Substance Abuse Prevention and Control
  • Yanira Lima, MPH, MHM, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Substance Abuse Prevention and Control
  • Gary Tsai, MD, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Substance Abuse  Prevention and Control

Cannabis legalization in California has raised many questions and concerns regarding the effect that it will have on the marijuana industry and the general population. This lecture will begin with an overview of the Cannabis Laws in California that have been developed throughout the years. There will be discussion of various issues that have occurred during the time of pre-legalization, and how these issues will change after the legalization of cannabis. How will ‘Medical Marijuana’ and ‘Recreational Marijuana’ be distinguished? How will marijuana be regulated post-legalization? These types of questions will be explored, along with many others pertaining to Cannabis legalization.

The afternoon presentation will review current knowledge of psychosocial and health effects of cannabis use. Functional outcomes associated with cannabis use including school and work performance, medical conditions, cognition, quality of life, and psychiatric symptoms will be discussed. Co-occurring psychiatric disorders observed in cannabis users will be reviewed, including a discussion of early cannabis use as a risk factor for development of psychosis. Evidence-based behavioral and pharmacological treatment approaches for cannabis use disorder will also be outlined.

The lecture will conclude with a panel discussion focusing on prevention interventions, clinical treatment interventions, and substance use disorder treatment system of care.

At the conclusion of the lecture, participants will be able to:
  1. Utilize DSM5 to identify two key differences between recreational use and a diagnosable Cannabis Use Disorder.
  2. Describe one major public health and safety concern related to marijuana use.
  3. Discuss anticipated changes in the prevalence and incidence of marijuana use pre- and post-legalization
  4. Recognize and assess common medical and psychiatric co-morbidities associated with Cannabis Use Disorders.
  5. Identify and select at least one evidenced based treatment approach for Cannabis Use Disorder.


Location and Time

County of Los Angeles Dept. of Public Health, Substance Abuse Prevention and Control

Alhambra Lecture Hall-Building A-7
1000 South Fremont Avenue
Alhambra, CA 91803


Friday, December 15, 2017

This lecture is accredited for CE and CME credit.  Please see attached flyer for mor details.

*To register online click here or complete the attached flyer and return to

12/08/17: Continuum of Care (A. Early Implementation)

Continuum of Care (A. Early Implementation)

Sponsored By:

  • California Department of Health Care Services
  • California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions
  • UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs
  • Pacific Southwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center
  • LA County Department of Public Health Substance Abuse Prevention and Control (SAPC)

Friday, December 8, 2017, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sign-in will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the training will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m.

SAPC Headquarters- Conference Room 8050
1000 South Fremont Avenue
Alhambra, CA 91803

Parking is available for $3.00 per vehicle. Carpooling is encouraged.


This six-hour training is free and is open to staff who are interested in learning about the ASAM Criteria and Documentation, including:

  • Psychologists
  • LMFTs and LCSWs
  • Registered Nurses
  • Certified Substance Use Disorder Treatment Counselors
  • Other Behavioral Health Specialists/Clinicians
  • Clinical Supervisors/Clinical Trainers are encouraged to attend, as well, in preparation for future Training of Trainer sessions

The use of the ASAM criteria in determining the provision of outcome-oriented and results-based care in the treatment of substance use disorders enhances a provider’s ability to thoroughly assess and appropriately place an individual in a level of care consistent with identified risk level and treatment need. This introductory training to the Continuum of Care expands upon the ASAM assessment by defining the Levels of Care under the DMC Waiver and connecting placement at each level to the clinical need of the individual. Participants will develop an understanding of the different Levels of Care, the intensity and type of services provided at each level, and the interaction between each level providing a continuum of support for individuals in substance use treatment.

At the conclusion of the COC-A training, participants will be able to:
Continuum of Care (A. Early Implementation)

  1. Identify the clinical and cost-effective benefits of treatment level of care
  2. Describe the six dimensions utilized to assess patient need profiles and their
    importance in making placement decisions regarding level of care
  3. Demonstrate an ability to recognize and apply the criteria for various levels of

The training course meets the qualifications for the provision of four and one-half (4.5) continuing education credits/contact hours (CEs/CEHs). UCLA ISAP maintains responsibility for this program and its content. UCLA ISAP is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs (Provider #64812). UCLA ISAP maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. Course meets the qualifications for four and one-half (4.5) hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCS, and LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. UCLA ISAP is also an approved provider of continuing education for RADTs I/II, CADCs-CASs, CADCs I/II, CADCs-CSs, and LAADCs (CCAPP, #2N-00-445-1117), CATCs (ACCBC/CAADE, #CP 20 872 C 0819), and CAODCs (CADTP, #151). CE credit will be awarded at the conclusion of the training. Partial credit will not be available for those participants who arrive late or leave early.

Andrew Kurtz, MA, Integrated Substance Abuse Programs

12/06/17: ASAM Criteria Training: Using the ASAM Criteria to Re-Assess Clients within the Context of the California Treatment System (ASAM-C)

Below is a training announcement focused on the ASAM Criteria. We encourage you to share this with your staff and hope that you take advantage of this great learning opportunity.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 9:00am-4:30pm

ASAM Criteria Training: Using the ASAM Criteria to Re-Assess Clients within the Context of the California Treatment System (ASAM-C)

Sponsored by:

  • County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health, Substance Abuse Prevention and Control Program; with
  • UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs; and
  • the Pacific Southwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center

This interactive training will provide an overview of the ASAM Criteria, Levels of Withdrawal Management and ASAM Levels of Care. Using case examples, participants will be divided into two groups with the task of reassessing individual case studies and determining if the client is to remain in the same level of care or be stepped up or down, depending upon the outcome of the assessment across each of the six dimensions. Participants will present their case to the overall group, describe the re-assessment process, provide an overview of the risk rating for each dimension, and establish a level of care placement utilizing the ASAM Level of Care Determination Tool developed in Los Angeles County.

At the conclusion of this training, participants will be able to:

  1. Review the ASAM Criteria and discuss the value of a multidimensional assessment
  2. Apply, through case study discussion, the use of ASAM criteria to establish risk ratings for each case study across the 6 ASAM dimensions
  3. Explain how to determine an appropriate level of care based upon the risk ratings for each case study reviewed

Location and Time:

Behavioral Health Services: 15519 Crenshaw Boulevard Gardena, CA 90249

Wednesday, December 6 2017, 9:00am-4:30pm

For all of the trainings’ details and registration forms, please visit SAPC’s training website at: On the upper righthand corner, click on the calendar icon as below. Then, you’ll see the monthly calendar with all the different trainings within each day. Click on the training topics you’re interested in and they will take you to the specific details of each training, including the registration link.