Registration Still Open for the 2017 Annual Statewide Integrated Care Conference!

Registration Still Open for the 2017 Annual Statewide Integrated Care Conference!

**Come Meet the Experts in the Substance Use, Mental Health, and Primary Care Services Fields**


When: October 25-26, 2017

Where: Hilton Universal City Hotel





Scientific and Clinical Perspectives on Cannabis Use:

An Update



Steven J. Shoptaw, PhD

UCLA Department of Family Medicine


David Goodman, MD

UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine


A great social experiment is ongoing regarding increasing use and misuse of cannabis. Scientific findings are showing clear health enhancing effects and health risks to misuse of cannabis, especially among adolescents and young adults.   Evidence outlining these will be presented. Clinical perspectives will also be provided that can be used to guide interventions that are accurate and acceptable to patients.


What We Learned About Electronic ASAM Assessments for Substance Use Disorders: Feasibility and Validity

Desirée A. Crèvecoeur-MacPhail

UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs


Tina Kim, MA, PhD

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


Gary Tsai, MD, FAPA, FASAM

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



This presentation will include an overview of electronic American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) assessments used as part of two pilot projects conducted within the specialty substance use disorder (SUD) system in Los Angeles County in preparation for the Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery System (DMC-ODS) Waiver. These electronic ASAM assessments are based on a computer algorithm that consolidates the information gathered from a multidimensional ASAM assessment and produces SUD level of care recommendations based on the clinical information gathered; This presentation will also include findings of two pilot projects.


Whole Person Care, LA: Striving Toward an Integrated Health Delivery Model


Belinda Waltman, MD

Los Angeles County Department of Health Services


Flora Gil Krisiloff, PHN, MN, MBA

Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health


Leepi Shimkhada, MP;P

Los Angeles County Department of Health Services


Whole Person Care – LA is a Medi-Cal waiver-funded program and five-year initiative that will provide comprehensive and coordinated services to the sickest, most vulnerable LA County Medi-Cal beneficiaries focusing on those who are homeless, justice-involved, or have serious mental illness or severe/persistent substance use disorder or medical issues or are perinatal high-risk.



Please contact Shannon Bertea at or (310) 267-5398 with any questions.

October HIV MHTF meeting at new location. Parking info below

For those interested in attending the LA County HIV Mental Health Task Force, the next meeting is October 11th, and it is at the Actors Fund.

Los Angeles County HIV Mental Health Task Force

The regular monthly HIV Mental Health Task Force (HIV MHTF) meeting is on Wednesday, 10/11/17 from 9:30am to 11:30am. We are meeting at new location this month.

5757 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036

The Actors Fund will be able to validate parking for the following location: S.C. Prestige Parking: 5657 Wilshire Boulevard. Lot entrance is on Hauser, on the west side of the street, ½ block North from the corner of Wilshire. (Building entry/exit is located directly next door to Black Dog Café.) This is valet parking. We have arranged this service with the parking office and NO TIPPING IS NECESSARY.

Important Note About Parking: While they do validate as indicated above there are some people that choose to park at metered street parking in the area. If you choose street parking over these lots, please read all parking signs carefully, as restrictions…

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09/23/17: Policing – women of color and LGBTQ communities

LGBT WOC policing2215 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90007


Women of color and the LGBTQ community will be the focus of the upcoming countywide Policing and Human Relations public hearing of the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission. The hearing will take place Saturday, September 23, 2017, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Los Angeles Trade Tech College in Room 101 in Aspen Hall (2215 S. Grand Ave.). The hearing is the sixth in a series of public hearings that are being used as opportunities to assist the Commission in strengthening trust between police and communities, and advancing positive intergroup relations through policing practices. Members of the community are invited to share their experiences of interactions with law enforcement, including the LAPD, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), within Los Angeles County and/or provide recommendations to address policing issues.

According to the 2016 Report on the Status of Women in Los Angeles County there are 5.1 million women and girls living in L.A. County. L.A. County has experienced an increase in women of color over the past decade, with the population increasing from 71% in 2006 to 74% in 2014. UCLA Law think tank TheWilliams Institute estimated in 2016 that out of the 1.3 million LGBT residents in California, over 31% percent live in Los Angeles County.

The hearing is being presented in conjunction with the African American Policy Forum, Gender Justice LA, TransLatin@ Coalition and the San Fernando Valley’s Somos Familia Valle.

For more information, please visit or call (213) 738-2788.

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CARS now available for download and use

CARS now available for download and use

Foundation For Advancing Alcohol Responsibility
Computerized Assessment and Referral System (CARS) is an easy-to-use computer guided interview that includes comprehensive psychosocial and mental health assessments. CARS is flexible, allowing the user to integrate assessment information from multiple sessions. CARS is easy to understand, providing immediate personalized information about the mental health disorders for which a client qualifies or is at risk, a summary of other risk factors and important issues, and a list of resources personalized by a client’s issues and location.  READ MORE

HIV+ cis/trans women – emergency/transitional housing program

W.E.C.A.N Transitional Housing is an Emergency/Transitional housing program for cis and trans women 18 years and older living with HIV/AIDS.

This innovating housing program is designed for women who are committed to achieve independent living skills in an effort to enhance their quality of life.


  • SSI Benefits Award letter dated within last 12 months
  • GR Awards letter 3 months of net spend transactions
  • Bank statements for the last three months
  • Identification Card
  • Diagnosis form indicating the client is HIV+

**Our Mission is to provide a clean peaceful and nurturing environment while encouraging self reliance to women as they transition into independent living.

AETC’s HIV Medicine Fellowship Program

The AIDS Education and TraiKCMO HIVFellowship_2017_bookletning Center (AETC) at the Keck School of Medicine at USC has expanded their HIV Medicine Fellowship Program, a competitive program designed to train primary care providers to become experts in comprehensive HIV medical care. Beginning in August 2016, in order to further meet the needs of underserved HIV communities, the program has partnered with the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (LAC-DHS) HIV Program, UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine’s Southern California Clinical Leaders Program, and ViiV Healthcare to expand our fellowship to accept up to four fellows annually. Continuing the program’s commitment to develop highly trained HIV experts, this new collaboration is a unique opportunity for young physicians who are committed to improving primary care for people living with HIV in underserved communities. The fellowship is for primary care physicians to become knowledgeable and have the necessary skills to provide comprehensive high-level, patient-centered HIV care, so that as providers they can develop community specific interventions, become systems leaders, and be successful community partners for the most vulnerable populations in HIV epidemics.

Please refer to the attached flyer for more details.

KCMO HIVFellowship_2017_booklet