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!

 

General Meeting Mailing Agenda, April 8 2016

General Meeting Mailing Agenda

Friday, April 8, 2016 ~ 11:30am to 4:00pm
The Central Civil West Courthouse
600 Commonwealth Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90020
On the Second Floor Conference Room

11:30am ~ LACCC Registration will be held outside the Conference Room.
Please be on time to avoid the confusion, so we can start on time!

11:30am ~ Once Registered you will be ready to enter the Conference Room when it’s available to find your seats
12:00pm ~ A WORD FROM COALITION PRESIDENTS
Asian Coalition ~ Emily Wu Truong
LACCC ~ Betty Dandino
Coalicion de Clientes Latinos de Salud Mental ~ Haydee Guevara, President
Long Beach Coalition ~ Ursula Sims

12:15pm to 1:15pm ~ APRIL LUNCH ~ Box Lunch ~ Roast Beef, Turkey, Tuna, & Limited Vegetarian. Ice Tea & Water
1:15pm ~ LACCC General Meeting ~ Come to Order ~ Welcome ~ Introduction of Officers and Guests

GROUND RULES FOR LACCC MEETINGS ~ Read by John Banuelos
INTRODUCTION OF GUEST SPEAKER: Bruce Wheatley ~ Advocacy for SB ~ 614

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:
1. Questions for Acting Chief Deputy Chief Director ~ Dennis Murata, ~ Betty Dandino, LACCC President
2. Future General; Meeting Program Suggestions (Advocacy Oriented) ~ Carmen Huertas, Program Chair

UNFINISHED ~ NEW ~ BUSINESS:
1. “WE HAVE NOT BEEN SITTING ON OUR HANDS?”
2. “WHAT DOES OUR FUTURE HOLD ~ OR ~ WHO HOLDS OUR FUTURE?”
3. “WHY OUR MEETING LOCATION IS MOVING, BUT TWO OF THE BENEFITS!”
4. “HAS OUR SUPPORT SYSTEM CHANGED?”
5. “SPECIAL UP ~ DATE REPORT ON OUR 501 ~ C PROGRESS” ~ Kenneth Goff, CFO (Chief Financial Officer)
6. “SPECIAL EVENTS COMMITTEE” ~ Catherine Clay, Chair
7. “ADVOCACY COMMITTEE” ~ Marilyn Cross, Chair
8. “OUTREACH COMMITTEE” ~ Brent Popham, Chair
9. “GENERAL FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE” ~ Saadia Jackson, Chair
10. “HOSPITALITY COMMITTEE” ~ Antha Abraham, Chair
11. “CONFERENCE FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE” ~ Mark Karmatz, Chair
12. “WELCOME NEW OFFICIAL MEMBERS (4 CONSECUTIVE MEETINGS) ~ Brent Popham

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

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 Question for Acting Chief Deputy Director ~ Dennis Murata 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

UPCOMING GENERAL MEETINGS: The Following Meeting will be held at the Following Address:

CENTRAL CIVIL WEST COURTHOUSE
600 COMMONWEALTH AVENUE, Los Angeles, CA 90020

PLEASE NOTICE THE CHANGE OF MEETING PLACE FOR APRIL

General Meetings: ~ PLEASE NOTICE ANY CHANGES IN THE TIMES!

April 8, 2016 from 11:30am to 4:00pm
May 13, 2016 from 11:30am to 4:00pm
June 10, 2016 from 11:30am to 4:00pm

Executive Committee Meetings ~ DATES FOR MEETINGS ~ 550 South Vermont Avenue ~ 3rd Floor Conference Room
Tuesday, April 12. 2016 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Next Monthly Mailings ~ DATES FOR MEETINGS ~ PLACE UNKNOWN AT THIS TIME ~
DATES FOR MAILING ARE NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME DUE TO THE SCHEDULING OF FURTHER MEETINGS

Four NEW COMMITTEES for you to consider joining.

These are jobs for more than one person, that’s why we call them “Committees.” If you are new to the group this is a great way for you to interact with other. Members and get to know them on a more personal level and hopefully in a more social environment.
*Advocacy Committee Meeting ~ Marilyn Cross, Chair ~ DATE, TIME & PLACE UNKNOWN AT THIS TIME
*Hospitality Committee Meeting ~ Antha Abraham, Chair ~ DATE, TIME & PLACE UNKNOWN AT THIS TIME

*Special Events Committee Meeting ~ Catherine Clay, Chair ~ DATE, TIME & PLACE UNKNOWN AT THIS TIME
*Conference Fundraising Committee ~ Mark Karmatz, Chair ~ DATE, TIME & PLACE UNKNOWN AT THIS TIME

 

 

An Important Looking Forward Message From Your LACCC Executive Board & President

Dear Fellow Client Coalition Members & Friends,

As I write this message to you my mind is so full of changes for the next LACCC General Meeting. It’s a “NEW YEAR” and 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 looks like we have neglected the management of the Coalition, so we will have to get on top of things so that we can advocate protecting our rights as Consumers/Clients/Family Members. If we keep going at the rate we have been going in the recent past, I’m not sure what our future as a viable Coalition. We sure have to keep on our toes! THE DREADFUL BEHAVIOR AT THE LAST TWO MEETINGS IS NOT HELPING OUR CAUSE!

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 February General Meeting, again will be held at the California Endowment Center. If you have been there you know what a beautiful and comfortable place that it is with 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!

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!” 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 an effect on our lives too! Let’s get busy and start putting our efforts into ADVOCACY and stop finding FAULT WITH ONE ANOTHER.
The New Year is here and we can only BELIEVE that things will be better. 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 foresee 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). Just 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 “VOICE & PRESENCE” known.

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 OFFICIAL LACCC VOTING MEMBERS! The LACCC Executive Committee has been hard at work preparing folders for New Voting Members to be presented at the February 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!

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, HIPAA, 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!

We have a wonderful Website which we haven’t been using it to its 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.

The year 2015 has come to a close and I’m happy to see it over! Our beginning with the year 2016 has not been the greatest start! 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 February meeting, so please give it some thought!

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!

 

February Meeting Agenda

Friday, February 26, 2016 ~ 11:30am to 4:00pm

The California Endowment Center

1000 Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

In the Sierra Room

11:30am ~ LACCC Registration will be held outside the Sierra Room.
Please be on time to avoid the confusion, so we can start on time!

11:30am ~ Once Registered you will be ready to enter the Sierra Room when it’s available to find your seats

12:00pm ~ A WORD FROM COALITION PRESIDENTS

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

12:15pm to 1:15pm ~ FEBRUARY LUNCH ~ PASTA BAR: Bowtie Pasta or Whole Wheat Penne Pasta, Parmesan Cheese w/Marinara or White Wine w/ Lemon & Capers, Chicken, Classic Caesar Salad, Fruit Salad, Ice Tea & Water

1:15pm ~ LACCC General Meeting ~ Come to Order ~ Welcome ~ Introduction of Officers and Guests

GROUND RULES FOR LACCC MEETINGS ~ Read by “Jim the Hat” Whitener, Parliamentarian

ON ~ GOING BUSINESS
Questions for Acting Chief Deputy Chief Director ~ Dennis Murata, ~ Betty Dandino, LACCC President
Future General; Meeting Program Suggestions (Advocacy Oriented) ~ Betty Dandino, Interim Program Chair

“SPECIAL ‘RE ~ ORGANIZATION’ PROGRAM!”
UNHEALTHY BEHAVIOR WILL NOT BE TOLERATED AT THIS MEETING!
WHERE WE ARE GOING & ARE YOU PLANNING ON COMING TOO?

NEW BUSINESS:     

1. “WHAT MAKES YOU THINK WE HAVE BEEN SITTING ON OUR HANDS?”
2. “WHAT DOES OUR FUTURE HOLD ~ OR ~ WHO HOLDS OUR FUTURE?”
 3. “WHY OUR MEETING LOCATION WAS MOVED”
4. “WHO CHANGED OUR SUPPORT SYSTEM?”
5. “WHAT HAPPENED TO NOTHING ABOUT US, WITHOUT US?”
6. “WELCOME NEW OFFICIAL MEMBERS (4 CONSECUTIVE MEETINGS)
7. “WHAT COMMITTEE ARE YOU INTERESTED IN SERVING ON?
8. “WHAT OUR ‘SPECIAL EVENTS’ COMMITTEE WILL DO”! ~ Catherine Clay
9. “WHAT OUR ADVOCACY COMMITTEE WILL DO”! ~ Marilyn Cross
10. “WHAT OUR HOSPITALITY COMMITTEE WILL DO”! ~ Antha Abraham

IT’S YOUR TURN ~ OR WHAT DID I FORGET?

MOTION TO ADJOURN THE MEETING

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 Question for Acting Chief Deputy Director ~ Dennis Murata 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

“Say Goodbye To A Ham And Cheese Life!” by Steven Harrington

Who among us is fully satisfied with their lives? Don’t we all, some place in our hearts and minds, long for something different ~ big or small ~ in our lives?

It seems part of the human experience to want change, always. It could be more money, better relationships, freedom from pain, acceptance, more comfortable surroundings or opportunities for personal growth. Even the most hopeless would welcome hope. Even the most lost among us would embrace direction.

But the reality is that if nothing changes, everything stays the same. Without change, life satisfaction remains an elusive shadow that follows us but cannot catch.
What would make your life more meaningful? Enjoyable? Satisfying? You probably already know. And you may also know how to obtain it. The hard part is acting on your plan to make changes to improve your life.

Consider this story:
Three construction workers building a skyscraper were sitting next to each other on a high beam hundreds of feet above the ground. The worker in the middle opens his lunch box and pulls out a ham and cheese sandwich.
“Ham and cheese! I’ve had ham and cheese sandwiches every day for the last year! If I get another ham and cheese sandwich, I don’t know what I’ll do!”

The three workers each ate their lunches and the next day, they again find themselves high above the ground sitting on a steel beam eating their lunches. Again, the worker in the middle pulls out a ham and cheese sandwich.
“Ham and cheese! I can’t take it anymore!”

With that, he jumps off the beam and falls to his death hundreds of feet below. One worker turns to the other worker still on the beam and says, “Gee, I’ve never seen anyone so upset about a ham and cheese sandwich,” The other worker turns to him and says, “Yeah. What’s really odd is that he makes his own lunch!” Is your life a ham and cheese sandwich? Is it the same every day? Instead of roast beef, are you settling for ham and cheese because fear of change compels you to pack the same lunch every day?

The ability to change our lives is within is within us. But it requires courage to risk stepping out of our routines. It takes willingness to challenge our fears and risk unpleasantness or failure. But we can do it in small steps at first until we gain the confidence risk takers know well.

Instead of plain ham and cheese, add a little mayonnaise one day, the mustard, toast the bread, and, soon, you’ll be ready for the roast beef.

Always remember: If nothing changes, everything stays the same. Remind yourself of how more satisfying, enjoyable and meaningful life could be.

Once you stop packing ham and cheese sandwiches for lunch, you may discover a world filled with egg salad, tuna, turkey, chicken and peanut butter. You may discover a world of immense diversity and rich with opportunity.

You may look back and scold yourself for living a life filled with ham and cheese sandwiches. But you will look forward to each lunch hour to opening your mouth wide to embrace new tastes.

If your life is one ham and cheese sandwich after another and frustration is compelling you to consider a leap off that steel beam, heed my words. Muster the courage to take a risk. Gather your dreams, hopes and desire for a better life and change your diet!

Steve Harrington lived on a steady diet of ham and cheese sandwiches for five years after he was diagnosed with a psychiatric condition. He now enjoys a great variety of food!

I could not have said this any better! Things may be strange and uncomfortable for a while but these changes have to be made for one reason or another. I hope that we all can accept these changes and work with us to grow and improve our outlook on life. Most of all forget our “Ham & Cheese Life AND MOVE ON!” Let’s at least try!   Betty Dandino

Message From Your LACCC Board and Chair

As I write this message to you my mind is so full of changes for the “NEW YEAR!” Again, 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 protecting 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 with 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!

With the New Year coming we can only BELIEVE that things will be better. 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 foresee 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 California Endowment Center, which I think is a fabulous place. The one thing that I don’t BELIEVE should be “YOURS OR MY’ reason for attending any meeting is for the FOOD! We have recently been blessed with 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 that the food will not be a problem!

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!

We have a wonderful Website which we haven’t been using it to its 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.

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 it’s 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 new year 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!

January 2016 General Meeting

General Meeting Mailing Agenda
Friday, January 15, 2016 ~ 11:00am to 4:00pm

The California Endowment Center
1000 Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
In the Mojave Room

11:45am ~ LACCC Registration will be held outside the Mojave Room.
Please be on time to avoid the confusion, so we can start on time!
11:45am ~ Once Registered you may enter Mojave Room to find your seats
12:00pm ~ A WORD FROM COALITION PRESIDENTS
Asian Coalition ~ Emily Wu Truong
LACCC ~ Betty Dandino
Coalicion de Clientes Latinos de Salud Mental ~ Emmanuel Martinez
Long Beach Coalition ~ Ursula Sims

12:15pm to 1:15pm ~ JANUARY LUNCH
1:15pm ~ LACCC General Meeting ~ Come to Order ~ Welcome ~ Introduction of Officers and Guests
GROUND RULES FOR LACCC MEETINGS ~ Read by “Jim the Hat” Whitener, Parliamentarian

ON ~ GOING BUSINESS
Questions for Robin Kay & Dennis Murata, LA County DMH Interim Director ~ Betty Dandino, LACCC President
Future General; Meeting Program Suggestions (Advocacy Oriented) ~ Betty Dandino, Interim Program Chair
We know it’s early but it’s never too early to get started on ADVOCACY!
 

Today We are privileged to have Jane Foster as our Guest Speaker.

“The History of Advocacy and How & Why We Should Use It!”
Jane has been a very successful part of our General Meeting Programs and more recently our “INNOVATIONS CONFERENCE” this past year.
Because the response to her Workshop was so overwhelming and the attendees have asked for more, she has graciously agreed to do this presentation on ADVOCACY!

NEW BUSINESS:    

1. “What Does Our Future Hold ~ Or ~ Who Holds Our Future?”
2. “Why ~ & ~ Who Moved Our Coalition?”
3. “Who Moved Our Meeting Location?”
4. “Who Changed Our Support System?”
5. “What Happened To Nothing About Us, Without Us?”
6. “Welcome New Official Members (4 Consecutive Meetings)
It’s Your Turn ~ Or What Did I Forget?
Motion To Adjourn The Meeting

 

What Are We Thankful For?

WHAT ARE YOU THANKFUL FOR? COME AND SHARE!

A MESSAGE FROM YOUR LACCC  

Dear Fellow Client Coalition Members,

THE CHEESE HAS MOVED! THE CHEESE HAS MOVED! THE CHEESE HAS MOVED!

As I write this message to you I am TOTALLY BUMBED from the Board of Supervisors Meeting and the decision they made concerning the IAB or Integrating Agency Board and the Leadership decision!  What are they thinking?  Or maybe they weren’t!  Jean Harris, who was announced as our Representative on this Board, has been disqualified by the Board as not being a Consumer by their qualifications.

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 getting any better in the near future, so we will have to stay on top of things so that we can advocate to protect our rights.  Now let’s see where we can go from here.  I can assure you that the Los Angeles County Coalition for an Office of Healthcare Enhancement will make a firm stand for the rights and care of the Mental Health Community.

The New Year is coming and we can only hope that things will get better.  I’LL be looking for that Rainbow!  If you see one call me right away!

NEW ADVOCACY COMMITTEE ~ We as a Coalition are in great need of an Advocacy Committee to assist Marilyn Cross, our 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.  You may have noticed we have had many, many meeting concerning the upcoming proposal for the merger of the three County Departments which could mean more changes in services for us.  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 of you to take this opportunity to become a part of this COMMITTEE TO SPEAK UP FOR YOURSELF AND ALL CONSUMERS!  HELP US AND DO YOUR PART!
“NOTHING ABOUT US ~ WITHOUT US! AND NOW WITHOUT YOU!”

WE HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL AT THE NEXT MEETING ON NOVEMBER 13, 2015.  AS A HOPE FOR THE FUTURE WOULD YOU PLEASE BRING AT LEAST ONE THING THAT YOU ARE THANKFUL FOR, TO SHARE WITH THE GROUP.  JUST AS AN EXAMPLE ~ I’M THANKFUL FOR ALL OF YOU!

From “YOUR LACCC Executive Committee,” & Betty Dandino

“YOUR LACCC,