Angels Step Up – LGBT IPV services

Angel Step Up offers advocacy and outreach to victims of intimate partner violence and services include crisis intervention, court support, advocacy, and linkage to community resources.  Karina Herrera is our Advocate/Volunteer Coordinator and she may be reached at 562-923-4545 x2254.

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Angel Step Up Brochure

Arlene Vasquez
Research & Grant Coordinator
Southern California Alcohol & Drug Programs, Inc.
11500 Paramount Blvd.
Downey, CA 90241
562-923-4545 extension 2241
562-445-1843 cell

LGBT Recovery Bridge Housing Program opening soon

LA CADA Art House logoArt House is a Recovery Bridge Housing program opening in late November, 2017. In northeast Pasadena, below the foothills of Altadena, Art House is situated on a large, private lot close to public transportation, health services, and green park space. We are a peer-supported housing program that provides a safe interim living environment for people who are homeless and are in either outpatient or intensive outpatient treatment for substance misuse.

art house front - winterArt House has been conceptualized to meet the needs of populations who have marginalized sex characteristics, sexual orientation, and/or gender identities (e.g.: “LGBT”) . We ensure a home environment which is consciously trauma-informed, intentionally affirming of our multiple, often intersecting, identities, and encouraging of artistic/creative self-expression. We are invested in healthy community-building and social justice.

Art House is a space free of societal stigma, discrimination and marginalization, in which our residents can recuperate from the minority stress that plague our lives, and from which our residents can begin to unpack and address internalized -isms and implicit/subconscious bias and shame. Art House sees the creation of intentional safe space; the respite from the larger, often oppressive, culture; and this shared, yet specific internal work as a critical core component in the recovery and well-being of populations – a component which usually remains unacknowledged in traditional treatment programs.

living roomResidents can stay at Art House for a maximum of ninety (90) days per calendar year. If the entirety of the 90 calendar days is not utilized, the remainder of the unused days can be applied later during the calendar year. We will assist our residents in navigating the Coordinated Entry System (CES) with a goal of obtaining permanent housing before they leave Art House.


Art House is interested in collaborating with local artists and arts groups, health and sculpturerecovery-supportive communities, identity-affirming clubs, groups, and organizations, and social justice movements with the goal of creating a space in which our residents can participate in healthy, affirming community-making. We want to open our space for local folks to make art, to break bread with us, have discussions, and to share in our vision.


Mission: Art House provides a safe, supportive, and affirming home space where people seeking recovery from substance misuse can begin the process of self-actualization through affirmation of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity and the establishment of long-term stability.

Vision: Together with and for people who have been marginalized because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, Art House will provide an environment where whole person safety and well-being can be realized through creative expression and discourse directed at individual health, building supportive communities, and celebrating our cultural diversity.

If you would like more information, or if you share in our vision and would like to donate or participate in some way, please contact Susan Forrest at the office (626-314-3333), my cell (213-277-7179) or by email at

HIV Leaders of Color Announce Their Declaration of Liberation

This press release is available on our website here.

HIV Leaders of Color Announce Their
Declaration of Liberation

The Framework to Build a Racially Just and Strategic HIV Movement Addresses Root Causes of the Epidemic and Lights a New Way Forward



Contacts: Naina Khanna, (510) 681-1169,
Charles Stephens, (404) 550-4697,

November 9, 2017: What could radical leadership look like from an aligned, collaborative group of people of color under current conditions in HIV community work, and in the HIV movement? A group of leaders in the United States HIV movement has attempted to answer that question, among others, in the framework: A Declaration of Liberation: Building a Racially Just and Strategic HIV Movement.

“Advocates and policymakers are racing to end the HIV pandemic; but that will remain a tall task if we continue to look away from the racial injustices   perpetrated on Black and brown bodies,” explains Cecilia Chung, Senior Director of Strategic Projects for Transgender Law Center. “It’s undeniable that HIV is not a single issue – it shines a spotlight on multiple forms of inequity, including racism. The updated national HIV strategy guides us to look deeper into social determinants of HIV prevention and treatment; it is time to recognize how oppressions intertwine, and how racial inequity affects who defines the ways HIV prevention and access to care are understood, and every aspect of the pandemic.”

The framework, drafted and edited by over 20 HIV movement leaders of color from across the nation in a collaborative process spanning several months following an initial convening in July, with the support of the Elton John AIDS Foundation and the Ford Foundation, serves as a lens for analyzing the present moment and its future implications. It is also an expression of the love being brought to this work from the people doing the work. The framework is a call to summon the magic that emerges when people of color speak and work from the truth of their experience and strategize to build power.

The group hopes the framework will be adopted and used by organizations involved in HIV care, prevention, research and advocacy to analyze and adjust their practices, and that it can also inspire leaders of color working in the HIV movement to join forces and demand a racial justice audit of their organizations. While the framework is a first step, the group intends to create additional resources and tailor them to key areas of the HIV community.

For more information on the framework contact Naina Khanna at or Charles Stephens at

Download the framework here.


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Positive Women’s Network – USA is a national membership body of women living with HIV and our allies that exists to strengthen the strategic power of all women living with HIV in the United States. Founded in 2008 by 28 diverse HIV-positive women leaders, PWN-USA develops a leadership pipeline and policy agenda that applies a gender lens to the domestic HIV epidemic grounded in social justice and human rights.


Every day we inspire, inform, and mobilize women living with HIV to advocate for changes that improve our lives and uphold our rights. In addition to federal advocacy, PWN-USA supports regional organizing and leadership development at a local and state level.

11/29/17: last chance in 2017 to attend the SUD Treatment for LGBT Individuals training – FREE! FREE CEUs!

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(including registration form to register by email or fax)11-29-17 LGBT flyer


DATE:  November 29, 2017

TIME:  9:00am – 4:00 pm

Behavioral Health Services, Inc.
15519 Crenshaw Boulevard
Gardena, CA  90249


Parking:  parking lot & street parking

Public transport:
2, 10, 126, 210 (Crenshaw Bl/154th St)
210, 710 (Crenshaw Bl/Manhattan Beach Bl)


CE credits and HIV training hours

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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