Category: Events

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!

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:

“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:

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

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!

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

YMSM Pre-Conference Workshop

The YMSM + LGBT COE held a pre-conference workshop on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 in Universal City, California at the Hilton Universal Hotel.

Workshop attendees participated in a new training entitled, “Engaging and Retaining Young Men Who Have Sex with Men (YMSM) in Culturally Responsive Services”.  This course is a full-day training, which is intended for any providers who have contact with YMSM individuals (including MH and SUD clinicians, HIV providers, state, local and county government employees, primary care providers, public health practitioners, prevention specialists, community based organizations, teachers and counselors).  The curriculum consists of five modules, beginning with an introduction to key terms and concluding with treatment considerations.  The other modules address culture, minority stress and related health issues.

By the end of the workshop participants were be able to:

  1. Define cultural competence, humility, proficiency and identity and incorporate practices that engage and retain YMSM in care.
  2. Define minority stress and explore its impact on the physical and mental health of YMSM & LGBT people.
  3. Identify two factors that might contribute to substance use among YMSM clients.

The Integrated Care Conference also featured and LGBT track.  To learn more please visit: Integrated Care Conference 2016



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Penny Lane Center’s 8th Annual EDGY Conference

The EDGY 2016 Conference will take place on November 18, 2016 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, California.  This meeting has a something for everyone – whether you are a professional that works with LGBTQ youth, a parent, or an advocate that wants to learn more about how we can all better empower and support LGBTQ youth and families.

Please visit the conference website to read more and register!