WISE CALIFORNIA 2016

You’re invited to WISE CALIFORNIA 2016 the Ultimate Peer Employment Symposium for California’s Public Mental Health System

Organizational leaders, managers, and supervisors will improve their ability to hire, train, retain, and develop peer support staff. Peer employees and volunteers will learn the core competencies for their position and ways to grow and advance in peer support roles.

 Admission is free, but space is limited. Complimentary breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snacks will be served.

To be eligible to attend, you must be working or volunteering in California’s Public Mental Health System (PMHS).

PMHS means publicly-funded mental health programs/services and entities that are administered, in whole or in part, by the State departments or county. It does not include programs and/or services administered, in whole or in part by federal, state, county or private correctional entities.

SYMPOSIUM LOCATIONS:

AUGUST 25, 2016 | 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Modesto Centre Plaza
1000 L Street, Modesto, CA

SEPTEMBER 9, 2016 | 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
The California Endowment
1000 N Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA

SEPTEMBER 15, 2016 | 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Holiday Inn Ontario
1350 S Haven Avenue, Ontario, CA

SEPTEMBER 30, 2016 | 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Holiday Inn Redding
1900 Hilltop Drive, Redding, CA

OCTOBER 3, 2016 | 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Holiday Inn San Jose
1350 N 1st Street, San Jose, CA

FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT: WWW.WISEUP.WORK

SPACE IS LIMITED. REGISTER TODAY.

REGISTRATION IS FREE

COMPLIMENTARY BREAKFAST AND LUNCH SERVED

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

 

 

Please Don’t Tell Me I Shouldn’t Be Held Responsible For My Behavior by Kenneth Goff

Please don’t say that there shouldn’t be any consequences for inappropriate disrespectful behavior. When you do that it’s a gross insult to me and it says to me that the source it comes from fears accountability and the LACCC shouldn’t have a strong foundation. If this doesn’t apply to you let it fly. If it does say, “ouch!”

In our “Statement of Purpose” it says, “One of the main purposes is to teach and foster respect for one another, responsibility and accountability.”

Many of us have a desire to go back to work, school or volunteer opportunities. Guess what? The world, the job site, the school or wherever you may volunteer will hold us responsible and accountable for our behavior and I believe they should!

At our meetings we have people who are in hiring positions for paying jobs, volunteer positions and people from Agencies who bring their members. It pains me to see them shake their heads and leave the meeting because of the disorder, and disrespect we have been showing one another at the last two meetings. Is that what we want? If this doesn’t apply to you let it fly. If it does say, “ouch!”

There are some who would like nothing better to do than take advantage by using fear and confusion. If this doesn’t apply to you let it fly. If it does say, “ouch!”

A house, organization, or any relationship must have a strong foundation (rules / boundaries) with consequences. I thank God for rules and boundaries. I even thank him when I fail because I always learn from it.

I believe the LACCC can and will be a viable organization. We will have presentations given at our meetings with questions AT THE END. Showing courtesy and respect for the person who has the floor. If this doesn’t apply to you let it fly. If it does say, “ouch!”

I’m proud to be a member of the LACCC and our foundation can and will be strong!

Much Love,
Rev. Kenneth Goff.

I could not have said this any better, Kenneth! We have had to make many changes in our operation of the Coalition. Things may be strange and uncomfortable for a while but changes had to be made for one reason or another if we are to continue as a Coalition. I BELIEVE that we all can accept these changes and work with us to grow and improve our outlook on life. Most of all forget our “Past and the way things were done and comply with the new requirements that we have been given. LIFE AND TIMES MOVE ON! ARE YOU COMING?” Let’s at least try!   Betty Dandino

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