Author: Brandy

Integrating Substance Use, Mental Health, and Primary Care in our Communities: Resilience in a Changing Environment

The 14th Annual California Statewide Integrated Care Conference will be held in Universal City, California, at the Hilton Universal Hotel on October 25-26, 2017.  This year’s conference theme is “Integrating Substance Use, Mental Health, and Primary Care in our Communities: Resilience in a Changing Environment”.

This conference will feature an LGBT track with presentations on the needs of low income adult seniors, transgender and gender non-conforming youth, and the family acceptance model.

Click here to learn more and register!

Register Today for our September Webinar!

Visionaries and Icons: Celebrating the Resiliency and Strength of the LGBTQ Community – Friday, September 22, 2017 at 11:00am PDT / 2:00pm EDT

 

This webinar will celebrate the resiliency and strength of the LGBT community with a focus on leaders, visionaries, icons and activism.  A brief overview of the GAY Pride movement and other key historical events will also be discussed.

 Please join us for this interactive webinar facilitated by Joe Amico, M.Div, CAS, LADC-1

Click here to register for this webinar! 

LGBT Pride Month

LGBT Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan.  As part of CSAT’s recognition of LGBT Pride Month the YMSM+LGBT COE would like to encourage you to visit our archived webinars where you can learn more about the LGBT community.  We have webinars available on many topics including Creating an LGBT Affirming Organization, Supporting Change for LGBTQ Young Adults, and Working with and for Two-Spirit Individuals.   To learn more please visit LGBT Webinar Recordings.

We are also proud to present a 2-part webinar series featuring four model programs serving YMSM of color.  The programs are SAMHSA Targeted Capacity Expansion (TCE) HIV grantee award winners who will share their successes and lessons learned providing substance use disorder treatment and HIV prevention services.  The first webinar will be held on June 23, 2017 and we will hear from Jorge Diaz from the Nuevo Amanecer/New Dawn program at Bienestar Human Services and Wendell Glenn from the ADAM Project at Behavioral Health Services.  The second webinar will be held on July 28, 2017 and will feature Donald Powell and Sean Underwood from Project Aspire at Exponents and Anthony Contreras from Getting OFF! at Tarzana Treatment Center.  Click here for more information!

National Cannabis Summit Program Focuses on Real World Experience with Marijuana Legalization

The National Cannabis Summit, to be held in Denver, August 28-30, 2017, offers a program packed with speakers and workshops that reflect the realities of legalizing marijuana. Keynote speakers include current and former public officials responsible for the implementation of medical and adult marijuana laws in states like Colorado and Washington. Workshops focus on lessons learned across public health, prevention, regulation, and more, emphasizing data-driven decision-making and evolving best practice. Speakers span academic, research, government, regulatory, community and policy arenas. For the list of keynote speakers, visit: www.nationalcannabissummit.org/speakers/.


“We designed the program to include real world examples from early adoption of marijuana legalization,” said Beth A. Rutkowski, MPH, Associate Director of Training and Epidemiologist at UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs and Pacific Southwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center, one of the organizations hosting the Summit. “The Summit will offer a chance for attendees to hear successes and challenges firsthand from those who have experienced it. Attendees will benefit from lessons learned and walk away with a tool box of emerging best practices.”


The Summit focuses on six key themes: the science of cannabis; the impact of emerging research and epidemiological data on legalization; public health and public safety; prevention; governance, federal law and emerging best policy practices; and regulatory issues. Workshops will offer insight into everything from cannabis use disorder among older adults and the impact of medical marijuana dispensaries to youth prevention and implications of legalized marijuana for drugged driving. For the preliminary program, visit: www.nationalcannabissummit.org/program/.


Grounded in balanced and objective perspectives, the Summit has no ties to industry, and focuses on science-based policy and best practices. “As more and more states approve legislation and referendums, there is a need for a neutral forum in which stakeholders can engage with the very real, very practical questions of marijuana legalization,” said Neal Shifman, President and CEO for Advocates for Human Potential, Inc., also a conference host organization. “The Summit aims to put data and experience front and center, invite dialogue, and provide vital information to those on the forefront of implementation.”


The 2017 National Cannabis Summit is being hosted by Advocates for Human Potential, Inc. (AHP), National Council for Behavioral Health, and the Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network (ATTC). For more information, please visit www.NationalCannabisSummit.org.

Coping with Hope

On June 6, 2017 Dr. Freese presented at Coping with Hope: HIV in Uncertain Times.  This conference was sponsored by the Los Angeles County HIV Mental Health Task Force.  His presentation focused on addressing substance abuse risk in LGBT populations.  Please visit our Facebook page to watch the hour long presentation and learn more our about out the trainings we provide.

Click here to visit our page: YMSM + LGBT COE Facebook Page

Join us for our next webinar – Models That Work: Program Outcomes and Promising Practices for YMSM of Color PART Two

Our next webinar will take place on Friday July 28, 2017 from 11:00am-12:00pm PDT / 2:00pm-3:00pm EDT.

The YMSM+LGBT COE is proud to present part two of our webinar series featuring model programs serving YMSM of color.  The programs are SAMHSA Targeted Capacity Expansion (TCE) HIV grantee award winners who will share their successes and lessons learned providing substance use disorder treatment and HIV prevention services to YMSM.

The upcoming webinar will feature Donald Powell and Sean “Tigger” Underwood from Project ASPIRE at Exponents in New York and Anthony Contreras from Getting OFF! at Tarzana Treatment Center in Los Angeles.

 

Click here to register for the July 28th webinar!

Spanish Language ToT

The YMSM+LGBT Center of Excellence hosted a Training of Trainers (ToT) event for Spanish speakers on March 30-31, 2017 in New York.  The Center of Excellence is excited to have more trainers available to conduct our new training “A Provider’s Introduction to Substance Abuse Treatment for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Individuals (2nd Edition)”.

TOT in Los Angeles

We hosted our fourth TOT event in Los Angeles, California on February 1-2, 2017!  We are excited to have twenty new trainers able to deliver trainings on behalf of the YMSM + LGBT CoE!

To learn more about our trainings and to schedule one please email btoeser@ucla.edu.

TOT in Mystic Lake, Minnesota

The Center of Excellence held it’s third Training of Trainer (TOT) events last week in Mystic Lake, Minnesota.  Trainers from all over the country met over a 2-day period and learned about the curriculum “A Provider’s Introduction to Substance Abuse Treatment for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Individuals (2nd Edition)”.  We now have over 60 trainers available who are able to deliver this curriculum to agencies and providers across the nation.

Thank you to everyone who applied to attend a TOT event – and to all who helped spread the word!