1degree.org – a great new resource

Here is a great resource that you can use and also share with clients. It’s in BETA form right now, but is fully functional in other geographic areas.



from the website:

We want to make sure that you, as a nonprofit or social work professional, are taking full advantage of all the tools we offer to help you better find and access social services for you and your clients.

Learn how you and your organization can maximize your One Degree experience with the resources below. Stay tuned – we will have additional tools and resources coming soon!

Join us at our next Office Hours Session:

Every third Wednesday of the month from 4:00 to 5:00 PM, we host office hours at our offices in the Mission.  You can get answers to any One Degree question you may have, get an express training, get help searching for an specific resource, discuss ideas with us or simply stop by and meet our team!  Let us know you’re coming by signing up below, and we will send you instructions as of how to get here.

October: Wednesday 10/19, 4:00-5:00 PM
November: Wednesday 11/16, 4:00-5:00 PM
December: Wednesday 12/21, 4:00-5:00 PM
January: Wednesday 1/18, 4:00-5:00 PM
February: Wednesday 2/15, 4:00-5:00 PM
March: Wednesday 3/15, 4:00-5:00 PM

Add your organization to One Degree

Can’t find your organization or agency listed on our site? Login or sign up for a One Degree account, then visit here to add it.

Get affiliated with your organization on One Degree

Link your account to your organization’s One Degree profile to edit its information, add opportunities, create collections and more! Click here to get started.

Update your organization’s information on One Degree

Search for your organization by using the search box above. Once you locate your organization’s page and review the information. If something’s doesn’t look right, use the “Suggest edits” tool.

Request a FREE One Degree training for your team

We’ll come to you! We train social workers, case workers, doctors, teachers, and any team interested in fast resource discovery, team collaboration and more! Click here to start your request, we’ll contact you to set a date.

Request a FREE One Degree webinar for your organization

Our webinars walk you through all of One Degree’s features and tools from the comfort of your computer.  Click here to start your request, we’ll contact you to set a date. 

Invite One Degree to your next community event

We would love to be a part of your event – from tabling to demos, we welcome every opportunity to meet our community! Click here to send us more info so we can join you!

Request One Degree flyers (in English and Spanish)

They’re FREE! We’ll mail them to you free of charge and you can distribute them however you see fit –they’re the easiest way to let your clients know where they can find the resources they need. Click here to give your mailing info or click here to download the files and print your own.

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

SAPC Info: Launching START-ODS

Dear SAPC Providers and Stakeholders,

As you know, after several years of planning and preparation, we are finally ready to launch Los Angeles County’s Substance Use Disorder (SUD) System Transformation made possible by Medicaid (Medi-Cal) expansion and parity provisions of the Affordable Care Act. In addition, leadership from the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) enabled counties to improve access to a more comprehensive and outcome-focused continuum of care via the Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery System (DMC-ODS) Waiver (known locally as START-ODS). The dedication of Substance Abuse Prevention and Control (SAPC) network providers and stakeholders through continuous engagement in our shared stakeholder process has shaped the development of the delivery system and guided how services will be delivered locally. We believe that this work will ultimately contribute to improved outcomes and sustained recovery for patients. As with any major implementation process, we expect that not everything will go exactly as planned and modifications will have to be made along the way to collectively develop a model system of care in California, and the United States.  We will rely on all providers, big and small, to communicate with SAPC about both the successes and challenges of this transition so that we can address issues rapidly and provide technical assistance and training where needed. To effectively track and respond to issues, we ask that you send communication directly to SUDTransformation@ph.lacounty.gov, or at least include this email address as a ‘cc’ when sharing system level-achievements and problems with SAPC leadership/managers.

As we approach Saturday, July 1, 2017 and the launch of START-ODS, network providers and SAPC staff understandably have anxiety about our transition to START-ODS, including apprehension about having to meet new expectations, excitement about new possibilities for patients and new referral sources such as health plans, and so on. While it may seem like everything is changing at once, we want to remind you that our approach will not be a ‘flip of the light switch,’ but rather a ‘raising the dimmer from off to on.’ This isn’t to say that new expectations will be lax, but rather that we understand it will take time for things to run smoothly. We will work with agencies through this process, including having the California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions (CIBHS) conduct more business development trainings and continuing to have monthly provider trainings.

There are a few areas we would like to highlight as we move into implementation, and we will have more opportunity to discuss these issues at the July 6, 2017 provider meeting:

Substance Abuse Service Helpline (SASH)

The SASH is the new toll-free number that the public (youth and adults) can call 24/7/365 for screening and referral services. The line (1-844-804-7500) will be active July 1, 2017, so please ensure that you have staff available during normal business hours to answer referral calls from the SASH in real time. If there is no answer, SASH staff will move on to the next qualified provider with the goal of setting an intake/assessment appointment while the caller is on the line. See the June 1, 2017 Provider Meeting Video or Handout for more information.

Client Engagement and Navigation Services (CENS)

The 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 same brief screening as the SASH and will no longer conduct a full assessment. Similar to the SASH, it will be important to have staff available to answer calls in real time so that the CENS can set an intake/assessment appointment while the individual is present. See the June 1, 2017 Provider Meeting Video or Handout for more information.

Service and Bed Availability Tool (SBAT)

The SBAT is one of the main tools that the public, SASH, and CENS will use to identify referral sites. Therefore, it is important to keep your information updated, including updating appointment/bed availability daily. Instructions are included on the SABT Update Instructions document. (The provider secure logon instructions and screenshots are attached for your reference.) The SBAT will only include DMC-certified locations. For this reason, it is important to notify SAPC as soon as a DMC location is certified to include it in your contract and the SBAT list. To better ensure patient access to services, sites that are not DMC certified (particularly residential locations), may continue to get referrals if DMC certified locations are at capacity. In addition, we are correcting SBAT information issues that were identified in the recent provider review, but if you see errors related to your site(s) after July 1, please contact SAPC to rectify those issues.

Sage and Billing

Sage (SAPC’s new electronic health record-EHR) will not be ready to launch until late summer/early fall. Therefore, you will continue to use the current e-billing system for claims and LACPRS for data collection. See the June 15, 2017 Provider Meeting Handout for more information on the Sage rollout, including the plan for eligibility and medical necessity verification, Sage deployment, and trainings and preparation for EHR implementation. The Rates and Standards Matrix also provides more information on billable services and associated standards.

Screening/Assessment and Authorizations/Pre-Authorizations

All new admissions beginning July 1, 2017 must receive a screening (if all levels of care are not offered by the agency).  If the recommended level of care is offered, providers must offer an American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) assessment using County developed or County approved tools. In addition, all new residential treatment admissions on or after July 1, 2017 must be authorized by SAPC using the Service Request Form. Authorizations are also required for Recovery Bridge Housing (using the Recovery Bridge Housing Authorization form). Clinical forms are available on SAPC’s website by selecting the Network Providers button on the home page. See the June 15, 2017 Provider Meeting Handout on Pre/Authorizations for more information.

Drug Medi-Cal and My Health LA

Individuals who are eligible for Medi-Cal or My Health LA, but whose benefits are not yet established cannot be turned away while their benefits are being established. Network providers need to screen individuals and, if treatment services are likely needed, assist individuals in acquiring benefits and establish medical necessity via the assessment process. Through the new case management benefit, providers can be reimbursed for time dedicated to providing benefits acquisition services. Providers will also be reimbursed for delivered treatment services for up to 45 days after admission and completion of LACPRS for: (1) patients who are likely eligible for Medi-Cal and whose complete Medi-Cal application is submitted with a CIN number assigned but whose application was ultimately denied by the State; and (2) patients who need current Medi-Cal benefits re-assigned to Los Angeles County due to a permanent move. See the May 4, 2017 Provider Meeting Video or Handout for more information on establishing Medi-Cal benefits, or the June 1, 2017 Provider Meeting Video or Handout for more information on leveraging case management benefit.

SAPC Provider Manual

Version 1.0 of the SAPC Provider Manual will is posted under the Network Providers button. Thank you to all agencies who submitted feedback and questions.

Thank you for your dedication, hard work and partnership to make this a successful transition to provide a full spectrum of SUD services for Los Angeles County residents who need substance use disorder treatment services. As noted above, any questions or comments can be directed to SUDTransformation@ph.lacounty.gov, and SAPC staff will be available on Saturday, July 1, 2017 to answer any implementation questions or problems you may encounter as we roll out our new SUD delivery system of care.

Thank you,

Wesley L. Ford

Director, Substance Abuse Prevention and Control

NOTE: If you select text that is blue and underlined, it will take you to the referenced document or link.

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


It’s now or never. Let’s #KillTheBill!

It’s now or never. Let’s #KillTheBill!

The American Health Care Act is back! The bill is still a reckless and unprecedented attack on health care as we know it. The AHCA prioritizes tax cuts for the rich, guts Medicaid as we know it, would take health care away from up to 23 million people!

Today is National HIV Call in Day! Call Today — and keep calling! Send this to your networks!

The Senate is our last chance, and they will vote this week!

Option 1: Call Your Key Senator

Option 2: Email Your Senators

We’ve made it easy to use our online system to email your Member of Congress! Click here!


Sign-on Request: Opposing Bill on Sentencing and Synthetic Drugs (deadline Friday COB)

Dear friend,

Next Tuesday, June 27, the US House of Representatives Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime will hold a hearing on H.R. 2851, Stop the Importation and Trafficking of Synthetic Analogues Act of 2017.  This bill would expand Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ ability to re-escalate the drug war.  A Washington Post article about the bill is at https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/06/16/congress-is-considering-a-bill-that-would-expand-jeff-sessions-power-to-escalate-the-war-on-drugs/.

We are supporting the attached sign-on letter, which was drafted by colleagues at the Sentencing Project and the Drug Policy Alliance.  Please reply to (borden@drcnet.org) if your organization can endorse it.  I will forward any endorsements to the organizers.  A summary of what the bill does is also attached.  The deadline for signatures is 5:00pm ET this Friday, June 23.

Thank you for your support in our collective efforts to block the regressive Sessions agenda.


– Dave

David Borden, Executive Director


P.O. Box 9853 / Washington, DC 20016


“U.S. and U.N. Drug Policy Reform”

Congress is considering a bill that would expand Jeff Sessions’s power to escalate the war on drugs – The Washington Post


The bill would represent the most significant expansion of the Controlled Substances Act in nearly 50 years.