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May 2021

INVEST TO PREVENT: PATHWAYS TO END DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN CALIFORNIA

VIRTUAL BRIEFING TUESDAY, JUNE 1ST AT 11 AM PT Please Join us for an important conversation about the impact that investing in prevention and early intervention strategies can have on reducing domestic violence. As outlined in the Little Hoover Commission report, now is the time to invest, especially given the increase of domestic violence over the past year. By increasing state level coordination of violence prevention efforts, supporting successful state and local programs, leveraging...

California Health and Human Services Agency Children and Youth Behavioral Health Initiative Timeline May Revision 2021-22

Behavioral Health Service Virtual Platform (DHCS) Year One: 1. Issue request for proposal (RFP) and secure virtual platform vendor, eConsult service and direct service provider network. 2. Hire behavioral health Subject Matter Experts (SME) or issue an RFP to hire a contractor to do landscape review of current behavioral health app-based services that appeal to children and youth, selecting the best in the field to link to the platform. Years Two through Five: 1. Build statewide community...

Community Safety Realized: Public Health Pathways to Preventing Violence [preventioninstitute.org]

From Prevention Institute, May 2021 Summary The Community Safety Realized report describes how the science and practice of public health and the values of equity and justice can shape community-driven, multi-sector approaches to safety. The dual purposes of the report are to expand collective understanding of community violence prevention policies, practices, and programs, and to invite collaboration among community-based organizations, government agencies, policymakers, and local, state,...

California simplificará la solicitud de alivio del alquiler [calmatters.org]

Por Nigel Dura, Cal Matters, May 26, 2021 Una nueva encuesta encuentra que los inquilinos están teniendo dificultades para acceder al alivio de alquiler de emergencia de $2.6 mil millones del estado, que está contribuyendo a la lenta distribución del programa de marquesina de California para frustrar un posible tsunami de desalojo en todo el estado. Con un mes hasta el final de la moratoria de desalojos del estado, la encuesta de 177 defensores de inquilinos publicada el martes encontró que...

California to simplify rent relief application [calmatters.org]

By Nigel Dura, Cal Matters, May 26, 2021 A new survey finds tenants are having a hard time accessing the state’s $2.6 billion emergency rent relief, which is contributing to the slow distribution of California’s marquee program to thwart a potential statewide eviction tsunami . With one month until the end of the state’s eviction moratorium, the survey of 177 tenant advocates released Tuesday found that tenants had trouble applying in languages other than English and Spanish, and that a lack...

Why summer school in California will prioritize fun and reconnecting students [edsource.org]

By Diana Lambert, EdSource, May 26, 2021 Merced County Office of Education students will hike through a wildlife preserve, fish in the Merced River and take sailing lessons from a local yacht club as part of this year’s summer school program. Elk Grove Unified students have the option to learn to act, sing or perform slam poetry. San Francisco students can take archery at a local park or classes in a high-rise downtown building that is usually home to tech workers. Although school districts...

Criticizing ACEs in Peer Reviewed Professional Journals Impairs Child Abuse Treatment

Criticizing ACEs in Peer Reviewed Professional Journals Impairs Child Abuse Treatment Jeoffry B. Gordon, MD, MPH May 23, 2021 As a family doc practicing in San Diego I was privileged to hear Dr. Vincent Felitti talk about his inspired development of the ACEs questionnaire and its association with many adult mental and physical diseases directly from him only a few years after his original insight. Yet, although I had a lively clinic and learned how to manage a vast array of medical...

NCSL database tracks ACEs and trauma legislation since 2018

Starting in 2018, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) has tracked trauma-related state legislation that addresses childhood trauma, child adversity, toxic stress, or “adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).“ This link will take you to the NCSL Injury Prevention Legislation Database|Opioid Abuse Prevention page to access the ACEs legislation database. Here’s how you use it: Under “Topics,” choose the first topic listed (ACEs) and under “States,” choose “All States” or the...

ACEs Aware in Action: May Newsletter [acesaware.org]

ACEs Aware in Action May 2021 Our State of CAre is ACEs Aware This month, we launched a statewide health care provider engagement campaign to expand the reach and impact of the ACEs Aware initiative. The campaign is designed to help clinical health care teams understand the importance of screening for adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), and invites them to join the ACEs Aware movement by getting trained and certified to screen for ACEs. The campaign uses digital and print media to raise...

A Better Normal: Practicing Resilience | Witnessing Ourselves: Grief & Self-Care in Times of COVID-19 Transition

Please join us for our next A Better Normal: Practicing Resilience episode, a live Zoom event! In A Better Normal we imagine and create a PACEs science-informed world together. In Practicing Resilience we fill up our own cups with healing practices for ourselves. Witnessing Ourselves: Grief & Self-Care in Times of COVID-19 Transition Thursday, June 17th, 2021 | Noon to 1pm PDT Live on Zoom | Hosted by Gail Kennedy and Lara Kain Guest: Sandra J. Valdes-Lopez, MDiv, CA, TCTSY-F, RYT...

Our One and Only PACEs Hero, Gail Kennedy, on Delusional Optimism!

In this episode of Delusional Optimism, Dr. B and Seth Creekmore speak with Gail Kennedy from PACEs Connection. Gail talks about the connection between adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and positive and adverse childhood experiences (PACEs). She also discusses how PACEs Connection provides a worldwide online and community-based network with the goal of raising awareness in how ACEs can change and impact who we are as well as the positive things that happen to us. “Once you learn about...

Fix youth mental health crisis with collaborative action [calmatters.org]

By Lisa Pritzker, Cal Matters, May 25, 2021 Decades ago, as a hotline volunteer with Safe & Sound , I spoke with exhausted parents in crisis because there were no preventive supports to proactively alleviate their poverty and trauma. As a volunteer for the Child and Adolescent Psych Services Department at San Francisco General Hospital , I witnessed traumatized children waiting for mental health visits in a cramped, dark waiting room next to adult patients in psychiatric distress. The...

HHS to Establish Behavioral Health Coordinating Council, Distribute $3 Billion in MH, SUD Funding [alert.psychnews.org]

By American Psychiatric Association, May 19, 2021 The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Tuesday announced plans to establish a Behavioral Health Coordinating Council focused on collaboration and strategic planning across the department. The council will “ensure that millions of Americans receive prevention, early intervention, treatment, and recovery services for mental illness and substance use disorders,” an APA news release stated. APA applauded the Biden-Harris...

CALIFORNIA ACES ACADEMY - Medical Advocacy in the Face of Discrimination | May 27 [avahealth.org]

Medical Advocacy in the Face of Discrimination presented by Sharon Cooper, MD, FAAP Thursday, May 27, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm (PT) There is a significant impact on the body, mind, and spirit when racism is a part of a child and adolescent’s life experiences. The historical impact of systemic racism affects how families of color will parent their children, and at times intentionally overlook discriminatory treatment for fear of retaliation against their child. This realization has not been...

A Better Normal | Number Story | Wed, May 26, 2021, 12pm PT

Join us for the next A Better Normal community discussion series where we envision and create a trauma-informed society together. Wed, May 26, 2021, 12pm PDT >>Register Here<< We will be learning from Sarah Marikos and Joy Thomas of the ACE Resource Network about the wide impact their Number Story campaign is having through the use of strategic partnerships. This intervention helps individuals understand their ACE numbers and connects them with the resources and tools to heal.

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