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How legislation is helping prevent veteran suicides (

An average of 20 veterans commit suicide each day, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. The Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for Americans Act, signed into law by President Barack Obama in February 2015, aims to reduce that number and improve mental health of veterans who are transitioning out of the military. Clay Hunt was a decorated Marine from Houston who committed suicide in 2011 at age 28, according to the White House website. He served in Iraq and Afghanistan and struggled...

Private mental health staff doubles in county jails (

A new deal struck with Liberty Healthcare Corporation doubles the number of private staff providing mental health services in county jails and results in more than $14 million in extra costs. Officials say, however, it won't result in net costs to the county. On Tuesday, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to OK an amended contract with Liberty, effective Aug. 23, "for comprehensive mental health and programming services in the County's correctional facilities."...

Advance Practice at the ACEs 2016 Project Showcase

From the organizers of the 2016 ACEs Conference , San Francisco, CA, October 19th -21st, 2016. Please consider submitting your project today! We know building connections and learning across fields is the best way to advance practices that support children. That’s why we’re very excited to invite you to submit your work to the 2016 Conference on Adverse Childhood Experiences Project Showcase . We’re looking to highlight research, programs, tools or other initiatives that: Highlight the role...

Putting the Power of Self-Knowledge to Work [NY Times]

Thirty years ago, the Nobel Prize-winning novelist Doris Lessing gave a series of lectures, later published in a book, “ Prisons We Choose to Live Inside ,” in which she reflected on the brutality in the world and asked how individuals and societies could evolve into something better. It’s a sobering book, but Lessing is hopeful — and her main source of hope stems from the capacity of human beings to study themselves and learn from their own behavior. “I think when people look back at our...

San Bernardino County wants to find housing for hundreds of homeless individuals (

After leading an effort in 2015 to provide permanent housing to all identified homeless veterans, top San Bernardino County officials and their partners will now shift their focus to the county’s chronic homeless population. On Tuesday, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors voted to expand and implement its programs and strategies to find housing for 376 identified chronic homeless individuals, including 31 between the ages of 18 and 24. “We learned many lessons in our efforts to...

KPJR Films Announces RESILIENCE Community Screening Rental

KPJR Films is making its latest documentary, RESILIENCE , available for screenings in local communities. According to Resilience Executive Producer, Karen Pritzker , "We created Paper Tigers and Resilience for all segments of our community to use as tools, both as a source of inspiration and and education, towards trauma-informed practices. Directed by James Redford , RESILIENCE , is a one-hour documentary that delves into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the birth of...

Movement-Making in Buncombe County (NC): Opportunity-Based Narrative and Creation Spaces

Mobilizing action can be intimidating. Creating a movement even more so. John Hagel provides the following definition of a movement: “an organized effort mobilizing a large number of independent participants in a grassroots effort to pursue a broad agenda for change.” He indicates that there are two key ingredients in movement making: 1) compelling narratives and 2) fostering creation spaces. In Buncombe County, we are experimenting with both of these notions. Opportunity-based Narrative A...

County wins 45 awards from National Association of Counties (

The County of San Bernardino’s innovative and groundbreaking programs earned 45 Achievement Awards from the National Association of Counties (NACo), continuing a tradition of recognition from the organization. Every year, NACo recognizes programs across the country that modernize county government and increase services to county residents. This year, NACo awarded 618 entries from 112 counties in 34 states. In 2015, San Bernardino County won 46 Achievement Awards from NACo, the most in the...

Great videos on the what we are learning about telomeres (and how to lengthen them!)

I get daily updates in which Dr. M Greger reports on the science of the benefits of plant based diets. Here he covers telemores and what science is showing related to meditation, exercise and diet for lengthening telemores. I found these videos very interesting but I won't be eating processed meats anytime soon! Research Into Reversing Aging Does Meditation Affect Cellular Aging? Telomeres: Cap It All Off with Diet

Toxic Stress, Toxic Streets (4 minute video)

This video is about 2 years old, but I just came across it last week and wanted to share with you all. It is a powerful statement by the students at Leadership High School in San Francisco, CA. They speak about the ongoing adversity and toxic stress in their daily lives and in their community, all through the power of music. The youth voice is so important as we work to bring trauma-informed and resilience building practices to communities. Link to video: Toxic Stress, Toxic Streets

ACEs Connection Network Confab -- Southern California, May 10, 2016

(l to r) Sienna, one of the teens from Youth Voice from City Heights; Dana Brown, ACEs Connection Network regional facilitator and co-founder of Youth Voice; Francisco Mendoza, CEO, Mendoza Consulting; Jessica, Youth Voice; Lizette, Youth Voice; Talitha Thompson, Youth Voice co-facilitator; Joshua Aguirre, RISE Up Industries board of directors; Stephanie Linderman, Youth Voice mentor; Arturo Soriano, Youth Empowerment co-founder; (in front) Adrian, Youth Voice.

A foster child forever changed (

Her name was Syrena. She was just 5 years old when she was removed from her home as a result of her parents’ drug use and years of neglect. After just a few months of visits with her mother, Syrena’s contact with her parents came to an end. Five years old and alone in the foster care system. Unfortunately, even the best system is a terrible replacement for a loving and consistent family. At 13, she heard from a fellow foster youth about CASA. Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASAs, are...

Ella Baker Truth and Reinvestment Justice Teams underway in 8 CA Counties

There are various forms of emergency preparedness for natural disasters. From an early age, one learns how to put out a fire, board up their home if a hurricane or tornado is coming, or drop under a desk if an earthquake hits—but low-income communities of color have little to no response to more frequent incidences of state violence in the streets and inside of jails. The Justice Teams for Truth and Reinvestment will be the local rapid response networks inside of eight different counties...

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