Message from President April 2016

To ALL who have an interest in the LACCC & the Executive Board,

How do you like US now? NOT SO MUCH NOW! We continue working on the By ~ Laws with USC LAW which are nearly done and the Budget & Goals for the Five Year Plan and the Budget & Goals for the Ten Year Plan.
We will have a report by Kenneth Goff on our progress with 501.C1

LACCC EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING AGENDA March 29, 2016

  1. I would like to turn over the meeting to Dennis Murata and let’s take a few minutes to calmly discuss the last three General Meetings and how you felt about them. I want each one of us to give an opinion of this issue.
  2. Let’s take a few minutes to voice OUR opinion on what WE are doing that is working and what is not working for US.
  3. What do you think WE could do to improve what WE are doing? How will WE and YOU work to improve OUR work?
  4. Now I would like to go forward with this meeting and discuss what YOU would like to do to improve OUR meetings. They can’t go on like they have.
  5. I hope YOU have all read the Newsletter and I would like YOUR opinion of the information presented in it and if anything what would YOU change?
  6. This is YOUR Coalition! If YOU would like it to represent YOU, YOU have to participate in the work and have a dedication to the position that YOU have accepted. It is not a one person job and it’s time that WE acknowledge it and take charge of YOUR positions.
  7. I want to be fair, but YOU have to be fair with ME too. I don’t take this job lightly! I didn’t take it on a whim. I prayed about it for over two months before I agreed to RUN for the office. There have been so many obstacles which WE have had to address and fix that WE can never catch up.
  8. I would very much like to have YOUR assistance if YOU would like to see the LACCC flourish and grow. It’s YOUR decision not MINE. WE will take the step into 2016 with YOU or without YOU. It’s YOUR CHOICE!

Now let’s see where WE are going from here. I can assure you that the Los Angeles County Client Coalition will continue to make a firm stand for the rights and care of the OUR Mental Health Community. We spent nearly a year with the Board of Supervisors and the Integration proposal. Our next April General Meeting, will be held just up the street at the Central Civil Court West Building, 600 Commonwealth Avenue. The location is ultimately convenient for transportation!

NEW ADVOCACY COMMITTEE ~ We as a Coalition are in great need of an “ADVOCACY COMMITTEE TO ASSIST” Marilyn Cross, your new Advocacy Chair, to keep us abreast of all of these proposals and all of the Senate & Assembly Bills that directly affects our lives and services as Consumers. It has been a WAKE ~ UP CALL for us. We will add any information to this Newsletter, emails and our Website as soon as it becomes available to us. I want each and every one to take this opportunity to become a part of this COMMITTEE TO SPEAK UP FOR YOURSELF AND ALL CONSUMERS! HELP US TO HELP YOU, AND YOU DO YOUR PART! “NOTHING ABOUT US ~ WITHOUT US! AND NOW WITHOUT YOU!” Everyone is concerned that some of our “RIGHTS ARE BEING TAKEN AWAY.” If that’s how you feel with DMH and LA County, where do you stand on the State and Federal Level? That has a BIGGER effect on our lives as well! Let’s get busy and start putting our efforts into ADVOCACY and stop finding FAULT WITH THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY CLIENT COALITION, THE SYSTEM AND DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

As I hope you remember from the published beginnings of (LACCC) also known as “THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY CLIENT COALITION”, “BY ~ LAWS AND POLICIES & PROCEDURES”, anyone wishing to become a “VOTING MEMBER” of the LACCC must attend 4 (four) consecutive General Meetings. Well, we have OFFICIAL LACCC VOTING MEMBERS! The LACCC Executive Committee has been hard at work preparing folders for New Voting Members to be presented at a future meeting. REMEMBER: Attendance is going by the “LACCC GENERAL MEETING ATTENDANCE SIGN ~ IN SHEETS” so I hope YOU did sign in if YOU are interested in being a VOTING MEMBER of the LACCC. SIGNING IN IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY! NOT OURS!

I am truly very happy that “WE” do have representation on the “IAB” (Integrating Advisory Board). Recently, the Board of Commissioners took the next applicant on their list to serve on the IAB, “Catherine Clay!” “I BELIEVE CATHERINE WILL BE A GREAT REPRESENTATIVE FOR US!” We have to keep our “VOICES & PRESENCE” known. Catherine will be a great advocate for Consumers, working alongside Commissioner Gasco and Commissioner DuBois, Consumers Reba Stevens and General Jeff.

Kenneth Goff and I have been working with Elizabeth from USC Law School to do the paperwork for the 501~C for the Incorporation of the Coalition. Papers were filed for our intent and the next step will be the By-Laws and Policies & Procedures. Working with Elizabeth has made the process much easier as far as acting in accordance with the “Brown Act, HIPPA, and State Laws.” The sooner we get this issue taken care of the sooner we can move forward with the other requirement that we need to meet the terms that DMH is requiring. WE HAVE TO ADJUST TO A FEW CHANGES AT THIS TIME BUT, “I BELIEVE IT WILL BE A BENEFIT TO US IN THE LONG RUN! SO LET’S RUN WITH IT!

Our beginning with this New Year 2016 has not been the greatest start! We had one great month (February) of planning and a very positive meeting. We have already wasted two months with arguing and nothing accomplished and more issues to be resolved. That’s one step forward and two steps back! Have you asked yourself, “How and where do I fit into the Los Angeles county client coalition?” We have so many openings for people to become members of the different committees. Why not give it a try? We will have sign ~ up sheets at our April, May, and June meetings, so please give it some thought!

Los Angeles County Client Coalition Re ~ Organization Plans!
1. Unhealthy behavior will not be tolerated at this meeting or any meeting!
2. Where we are going in the very near future to be defined more clearly!
3. Are you planning on staying behind or are you planning on coming with us?
4. Attendance for membership will be taken by LACCC monthly sign ~ in sheet only! It is your responsibility and yours alone to sign in! Records for attendance will be maintained by the corresponding secretary.
5. You must sign ~ in on the DMH lunch sign ~ in sheet too!
6. Everyone is encouraged to join and attend one of the committees. This is where
“nothing about us without us” counts! It counts more when it includes you!
7. It’s about time that we start acting like adults instead of naughty children!

 

The Year-End Forward Looking Message

The Year-End Forward Looking MessageDear Fellow Client Coalition Members & Friends,
THE CHEESE IS MOVING AGAIN!   THE CHEESE IS MOVING AGAIN!   THE CHEESE IS MOVING AGAIN!

As I write this message to you my mind is so full of changes for the “NEW YEAR!” Things have been so strained with the “Integrating of the Departments” that we have had little time to think of anything else. At this point in time it doesn’t look like things will be SLOWING DOWN in the near future, so we will have to stay on top of things so that we can advocate to protect our rights. We sure have to keep on our toes!

Now let’s see where we are going from here. I can assure you that the Los Angeles County Client Coalition will make a firm stand for the rights and care of the OUR Mental Health Community. Our next January General Meeting, will be held at the California Endowment Center, the place where we hold our Annual Innovations Conference. If you have been there you know what a beautiful and comfortable place that it is. Plenty of room with comfortable and accessible Rest Rooms. The location is ultimately convenient for transportation with Union Station just a block away, with trains and buses coming from all over the county to this main location. And should you need one, the elevators WORK!

PLEASE DON’T FORGET ABOUT “YOUR” ADVOCACY COMMITTEE TOO!

NEW ADVOCACY COMMITTEE ~ We as a Coalition are in great need of an Advocacy Committee TO ASSIST Marilyn Cross, your new Advocacy Chair, to keep us abreast of all of these proposals and all of the Senate & Assembly Bills that have an effect on our lives and services as Consumers. It has been a WAKE ~ UP CALL for us. We will add any information to this Newsletter, emails and our Website as soon as it becomes available to us. I want each and every one to take this opportunity to become a part of this COMMITTEE TO SPEAK UP FOR YOURSELF AND ALL CONSUMERS! HELP US TO HELP YOU, AND YOU DO YOUR PART!

“NOTHING ABOUT US ~ WITHOUT US! AND NOW WITHOUT YOU!”

With the New Year coming we can only BELIEVE that things will be better. I’LL be looking for that Rainbow! If you hear of one or see one call me right away! I’LL BE THERE IN A NEW YORK MINUTE!
I AM THANKFUL FOR ALL OF YOU! When I accepted this job as the “Chair” now referred to as “President,” it was my dream to ease the membership into a more active role. I didn’t for see the Illustrious County Board of Supervisors helping me! They certainly have given “US” a very harsh wake ~ up call! I am truly very happy that “WE” do have representation on the “IAB” (Integrating Advisory Board). We have to keep our “VOICE & PRESENCE” known.

I can’t believe that I was resisting the Endowment Center, which I think is a fabulous place. The one thing that I don’t believe should be your’s or mine reason for attending any meeting is for the FOOD!

We have recently been blessed a Caterer that has pleased us with everything that they bring which fits our Budget, and the quality and taste is beyond belief! As of this writing I’ve been assured it will not be a problem!

LACCC VOTING MEMBERS
As I hope you remember from the published beginnings of (LACCC) also known as “THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY CLIENT COALITION”, “BY-LAWS AND POLICIES & PROCEDURES”, anyone wishing to become a Voting Member of the LACCC must attend 4 (four) consecutive General Meetings. Well, we have a list of bonified LACCC VOTING MEMBERS! The LACCC Executive Committee has been hard at work preparing folders for New Members to be presented at the December meeting. We have been going by the “ATTENDANCE SIGN-IN SHEETS” so I hope you did sign in if you are interested in being a Voting Member of the LACCC. Signing in is your responsibility!

WEBSITE
We have a wonderful Website which we haven’t been using it to it’s fullest. I will take the responsibility for that and I apologize for it. I BELIEVE the NEW YEAR will bring us many, many changes. I want to keep you all informed, so look to our website for all-important information. As soon as I have any new information, I will pass it on to Sandra, our faithful website manager, so that she can get it put up on the website.

Go to www.lacclientcoalition.org

NEW YEAR 2016
We have to adjust to a few changes at this time but “I believe it will be a benefit to us in the long run. So let’s run with it! I’ll believe for you until you believe it too!” The year 2015 is fast coming to a close with the year 2016 fast on its tail! Have you asked yourself, “How and where do I fit into the Los Angeles County Client Coalition? We have so many openings for people to become members of the different committees. If you become a member of one of the committees, you will get to know many of the other members on a more personal level. I know that from personal experience. Why not give it a try? We will have sign-up sheets at our December meeting, so please give it a thought!

In the meantime, let me take this time to wish each and every one of you a very happy holiday season to you and yours! Love to you all! 

P.S. I just realized that I forgot to mention the prayer before lunch. I want it to be all-inclusive, so if you wish to make a contribution from your heritage of belief, please let me know by email or phone. I want to hear from you! Nothing about us, without you!

From “YOUR LACCC Executive Committee,” & Betty Dandino, “YOUR LACCC,  Chair”.

December Special Holiday Program

LACCC December Meeting

We know it’s early but come wearing your best holiday dress of your ethnic background!
A Small Gift From The Coalition
Singing A Few Holiday Songs With Staff
Gift Exchange
To make the day special we would like to have a “GIFT EXCHANGE”!
If you would like to participate, please bring a wrapped gift suitable for man or women.
$5.00 BUT NOT TO EXCEED $10.00

December 2015 General Meeting Agenda

General Meeting Agenda
Friday, December 11, 2015 ~ 11:30am to 4:00pm

Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health Headquarters
550 South Vermont Avenue. Los Angeles, CA 90020
2nd Floor Conference Room

11:30am ~ Registration held in the snack/lunchroom.
Please be on time to avoid the confusion, so we can start on time!
12:00pm to 12:15 ~ 2nd Floor Conference Room will open to find your seats

A Word From Coalition Presidents:

  • Coalicion de Clientes Latinos de Salud Mental ~ David Sanchez
  • Long Beach Coalition ~ Ursula Sims
  • Asian Coalition ~ Emily Wu Truong
  • LACCC ~ Betty Dandino

12:15 pm to 1:15 pm ~ DECEMBER LUNCH ~MENU:  FAMOUS HAMBERGER BAR W/ALL THE TRIMINGS!

1:15pm ~ LACCC General Meeting:

  • Come to Order ~ Welcome ~ Introduction of Officers and Guests
  • ONGOING BUSINESS
  • Questions for Robin Kay & Dennis Murata, LA County DMH Interim Director ~
  • Future General Meeting Program Suggestions (Advocacy Oriented) ~ Betty Dandino, Interim Program Chair

1:30pm ~ MOTION TO SUSPEND THE MEETING FOR HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS

NEW BUSINESS:

OR 1. “WHO MOVED OUR COALITION?”
OR 2. “WHO CHANGE OUR SUPPORT SYSTEM?”
OR 3. “WHO MOVED OUR MEETING LOCATION?”
OR 4. “WHO TOOK AWAY OUR FOOD CATERER?”
OR  5.  “WHAT HAPPENED TO “NOTHING ABOUT US, WITHOUT US?”
OR  6.  “WELCOME NEW OFFICIAL MEMBERS (4 CONSECUTIVE MEETINGS)

IT’S YOUR TURN ~ OR WHAT DID I FORGET?
MOTION TO ADJOURN THE MEETING

The Los Angeles County Client Coalition is an Association of current or former Mental Health Clients/Consumers/Survivors who carry the message of Hope, Recovery, Wellness and Self ~ determination to its Peers and Communities, including the Mental Health Community, through its Advocacy efforts

UNNEEDED DISTURBANCES during the Meeting ~ PLEASE don’t walk around aimlessly during the meeting; if you have to leave the room, okay, but wandering around disrupts the meeting.

FOOD:  For special dietary needs or if you must eat before lunch is available, PLEASE bring your own food.

NOTICES
If you have a “Questions for the LA County DMH Director” pick up a form &
Write your questions on the form & SIGN UP ON THE DMH Director Sign ~ up Sheet.
LA County DMH Director Meetings:  Subject to any change in their schedule ~ 12th floor Director’s Conference Room

Training for the Community Planning Processes

Effective & Meaningful Client Stakeholder Participation: A Training for the Community Planning Processes (CPP)

Friday, November 13, 1016 9am-4:30pm

Who Should Attend?

Los Angeles County Stakeholders, especially transition age youth clients, older adult clients and clients of multicultural diversity. Open to other participants in Community Planning Process.

How Do You Apply to Attend?

Submit application by clicking on the link to answer questions:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/d9rh7hq

Deadline is 10/16/2015. Accepted applicants will receive a registration link by email on 10/21/2015.

If you need a paper application or help, please contact Malia Fontecchio, MSW at (323)346-0960 ext. 216.

Learning Objectives

  • Know your rights to participate in CPP activities which may shape public policy and services for years to come.
  • Background, values and mechanics of CPP to better act in the interests of the community.
  • Learn venues for stakeholder involvement and skills needed to participate.
  • Practice skills and develop an action plan for meaningful effective participation.

Presented by the Stakeholder Training Activating Key Empowerment (STAKE) — A Program of the California Association of Mental Health Peer Run Organizations (CAMHPRO) http://camhpro.org/

In collaboration with Project Return Peer Support Network

Effective & Meaningful Client Stakeholder Participation: A Training for the Community Planning Processes (CPP)

2015 Alternatives Conference – Memphis, Tennessee

You are cordially  invited  to  apply  for a  scholarship  to  attend  the  Alternatives  Conference.  

lacdmh-logo-tree These scholarship applications are available for consumer and family members to attend particular conferences.
Please note applications will be verified and must be complete for consideration.

Download Application here:

Application  for  the  Alternatives  Conference.  

The  Alternatives Conference will be held on October 14 until October 18, 2015, in Memphis, Tennessee.
This year, we focus on the power of believing in ourselves, our cultures, and each other. Belief in the promise of  peer support and recovery, along with the evidence to support it, has transformed the mental health system and helped grow a national and international community of peers and supporters.
The  scholarship will cover the registration fee to attend the conference, transportation fees  (flights and baggage fees,  shuttle/bus/taxi  to  the  airport  and  hotel),  and  five  meals  (one  lunch,  four  dinners).  Any  other  expenses incurred  to  attend  the  conference  will  be  the  responsibility  of  the  participant.
You  must  also  complete  the Alternatives Conference registration form. Your  submission is  not  a  guarantee  of  approval.  The  Office  of  Consumer  &  Family Affairs staff  will  review all submitted  scholarship applications to  determine awardees.
The  last day to submit your  application  is August  28, 2015.  Late  applications  will  not  be  accepted.
We  will  notify  you via  phone  or  email  no  later  than Thursday, September 10, 2015 if your application was approved.

12th Annual Statewide Integrated Care Conference Scholarship

lacdmh-logo-tree These scholarship applications are available for consumer and family members to attend particular conferences.
Please note applications will be verified and must be complete for consideration.

Download Application here:

Integrated Care Conference Scholarship 2015 Application

If you need specific information about the scholarship opportunities please contact:

The Office of Consumer and Family Affairs
213-738-3948
Scholarship@dmh.lacounty.gov

You are cordially invited to apply for a scholarship to attend the 12th Annual Statewide Integrated Care  Conference “Integrating Substance Use, Mental Health, and Primary Care Services: Integration from the Ground Up”.
The Conference will be held on October  28 and October 29, 2015, at the Hilton Universal Hotel in Universal City, California.
Through the conference, we hope to bring together physical health, mental health, and substance use disorder  treatment  providers  to  strengthen   partnerships  and   inform   innovative   services  across   our  diverse communities.
The scholarship will cover the  registration fee to attend the conference. The  registration includes two  continental breakfasts,  and one lunch  (October 28, 2015). Any other  expenses  incurred to attend the conference  will  be the responsibility of  the participant.

You  must  also  complete  the 12th Annual Statewide  Integrated  Care Conference registration form. Your  submission  is  not a guarantee  of  approval. The Office of  Consumer  and Family Affairs staff  will review  all submitted scholarship applications to determine awardees.

The  last day to submit  your  application is  September 11, 2015.
Late applications will not be accepted. We will notify you via phone or email no later than Friday, October 7, 2015 if your application was approved.