Lake Tahoe Collaborative

October 14, 2013



1.  Welcome

Approve September Minutes with the change of Ted Gaines as the October special guest (for which he cancelled) and not Tom McClintock.


2.  Introductions and Announcements

a. Diana Lozano, South Lake Tahoe Library: Two big events month: Teen Writing Group for “National Novel Writing Month”, meets Fridays at 3pm; “A Toast to Twain” in celebration of his 150 Anniversary, $40 appetizers and all you can drink wine, all proceeds go back to SLT Library. Go online to see their story time calendar for children 0-5 years, “”.

b. Leanne Wagoner, Barton Health: The Health and Wellness Directories will be updated for January, please review your organization’s listing and submit edits if needed. The free community lecture series continues with the “Shoulder Injuries and Treatment Options”, October 23, 6-7pm, Kahle Community Center.

They are focusing their community outreach on the Healthcare Reform, Covered California or Nevada Health Link. Covered California is working with Blue Cross and Blue Shield. They will be doing many enrollment days and outreach efforts in coming months. Call her with questions, (530) 543-5537.

c. Megan Ciampa, Foster Family and Adoption Services: She will present later in the meeting. They are hiring two part time positions in our South Lake Tahoe office. One is for a clinician; the other is for a visitation coordinator /mental health worker. Here are the links to the job postings on Craigslist for those who are interested:


d. Jenyn Darnell, Sierra Child and Family Services:  She is based in Diamond Springs and comes up to Tahoe once per week for mental health related services.

e. Sabrina Owen-Balme, El Dorado County Mental Health: They provide services to adults and continue to see children through their contract providers. They see children to do their assessments. They focus primarily on adult mental health issues and have just hired four new clinicians.

f. Theresa Papandrea, SOS Outreach. They are signing youth up for the 5-day “Learn to Ski/Snowboard” (have 7 days or less or have never skied/snowboarded) ages 8-18: Middle School registration is October 30 at 5pm for middle school and high school youth; Bijou Community session is December 10 at 5:30pm for elementary aged youth; Sierra House registration is November 5at 5pm for elementary aged youth. They will schedule a Tahoe Valley registration date soon. 

The Long Term Program is for youth who already know how to ski/snowboard who have 8 days or more experience and are 9-18 years old.  Registration is October 23, with a mandatory meeting on Oct. 27.  See website for more information,  

SOS is still looking for service projects for members for December through April.


g. Francie Alling, St. Joseph’s Community Land Trust just had their “Hike For Housing” at Kahle Meadow, in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity. Their next meeting is November 21 at St. Teresa’s Parish Hall.

h. Josefina Solano, El Dorado County Public Health is continuing to do Flu Clinics, $10, but they don’t turn people away for inability to pay. Flu Clinic locations and times: October 16, Bijou School Teacher’s Lounge, 3-6pm; October 23, Senior Center 9am-12pm; October 23, South Lake Tahoe Airport, 1901 Airport  Road, 3-6pm. Once the community clinics are over, If individuals wish to receive the Flu shot or Mist they can call their clinic and make an appointment (530) 573-3155, option 1 on the phone menu. Rite Aid and CVS bill insurance for flu shots. Cobra California may be doing some outreach at upcoming clinics.

October 26th is Lead Prevention Week, there will be screenings done at physician’s offices.

i. Sally Williams, Juvenile Treatment Center:  They are going strong with the girls at the facility and staffing with females remains really good.  They have 2 girls-only curriculums, Girls Circle and Girls Book Circle, which are very well received by the girls.

j. Rich Barna, Tahoe Turning Point: They are hiring for line staff for child care workers for extreme at-risk youth; call their office 530- 541-4594. Group homes are serving ages 13-18, and they can serve 19 year olds through AB 12 and work on high school diploma/GED. THP+FC can serve foster youth from anywhere in California as long as the county is willing to pay for it. They do remote sites for 18-21 year olds and they can receive services up to age 21. Remote sites means TTP puts them in an apartment and they are visited everyday by TTP, they are visited by a worker twice a week, and work with budgeting and independent living skills.  They prescribe to remote sites so that the youth are so successful with independent living skills that they take over the rent for the apartment.  If you know of foster youth struggling with transitional housing, send them to TTP. They serve transitional housing youth ages 13-21 and soon to age 23.

k. Tina Barna, Choices for Children is helping families find child care. They need additional child care for off-hours and for infants, especially for weekends. As soon as the ski season bumps up, they will need more off-hours care providers. They offer emergency formula and diapers. The local WIC office closed their doors because of Federal Shutdown. Let WIC families know Choices can help parents (formula, diapers, etc.).

l. Arturo Rangel, Lake Tahoe Community College Cal Works and Latino Affairs Group: The Latino Affairs Group held an Affordable Health Care Act presentation at Lake Tahoe Community College last week for the Latino population, 80 people attended. They were able to talk about issues people had and there is a need for more information to be provided via a future community forum.

m. Diana Hankins and Marlene Ames, National Alliance on Mental Illness: Marlene will be attending LTC. Marlene has been part of NAMI for many years and she teaches “Family to Family.” National Alliance on Mental Illness are advocates for the mentally ill to get them the services they need ex: navigating community services, medication assistance. They partner with the jail and Health Works. Tuesdays they have a support group at  the library conference room.

n. Mary McKee, Court Appointed Special Advocates is having a fundraiser at Chevy’s, October 29th from 5-8pm, $10 for adults, $5 for children, there will be a taco bar and costume contest.

o. Alissa Nourse, Tahoe Youth and Family Services: Alissa is stepping down as the Executive Director. She will be working at TYFS through end of October. She has accepted the Director of Behavioral Health position in Alpine County.  They are accepting Executive Director applications through mid-November. Cheyenne Lane will be in charge in the interim, with support from Pam Wheeler, President of the Board.

They are seeing an influx of youth.  Our community received the Federal Drug Free Communities Grant; Leanne Wagoner is the Chair of the DFC.

They have hired two clinicians to work at Juvenile Treatment Center and school sites and help with Medi-Cal sites. They have been approved to be a Medicaid provider.  They applied to two grants this year to fund working with runaway and homeless youth and received an increase in the grant awards.

p. Frank Blakeney, Live Violence Free had a successful Gala last month. October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. The SLT Library Playmobile, an impromptu play center, visited LVF this month.  Any center may request a visit from Playmobile. Their attorney has historically been paid exclusively through a federal government grant. They did not receive a grant for the coming year. Their staff attorney will work part time through the end of the calendar year and then they will not have an attorney as of January 1, 2014.  Their staff members are fluent in filing restraining orders and other legal needs their clients may have.

q. Liz Barnekoff, El Dorado County Office of Education: They still have a few openings at Tahoe Center, ages 3-5.

r. De-Anne Hooper, Family Resource Center: They had a successful visit from the Mexican Consulate. Their tamale fundraiser was also successful. Their USDA Food Commodity program has seen an increase in people who are coming for food. Food is available on Mondays and Tuesdays.

20 FRC kids went camping with the Police Activities League on September 13-15 at Fallen Leaf Lake.

s. Jeff Dent, El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency:  He has been with EDC for 6 months now. He is working in Lake Tahoe Monday, Wednesdays, and Fridays. They are not hiring for social workers right now, and are excited to be fully staffed. They have a Voluntary Services Department now, which is a significant gain. They are working on a consistent system with the west and east slopes. He heard the concerns about contract issues, Child Welfare Services. They have currently replaced their supervisor and a new person is awaiting to be hired. Call him if you have concerns about Child Welfare Services in El Dorado County, 530-642-7124.  

t. Wendy David, Tahoe Magic, First 5 El Dorado and Lake Tahoe Unified School District:

Tahoe Magic helps families in crisis.

The LTC wants to recognize Alissa for the incredible contribution she has made to our community for many years.

First 5 is meeting this afternoon. They are revising the strategic plan and brought on two new commission members.  She always takes what happens at this meeting to the commission. Recently, she has talked to the commission on behavior issues with preschoolers and mental health issues.

u. Kathi Guerrero, First 5 El Dorado (emailed update): Please visit the newly updated website at “”. The next Commission meeting will be held on January 13, 2014 at 4 PM.

v. Kathy Ide & Elizabeth Ferry-Perata, Together We Grow (emailed update): They are continuing to work with parents with children ages birth to kindergarten entry understand their child’s development through the Ages and Stages Questionnaire. They are available to help with kindergarten readiness through the Ages and Stages: Social/Emotional Questionnaire. If you would like them to give a presentation to any parents with children ages birth to kindergarten entry, please contact Kathy Ide (530) 295-2456 or (530) 919-6868.

w. Tara Styer, Tahoe Transportation District (emailed update): Please fill out the transportation needs assessment.  So far she has only received two forms.


3. Special Discussion: “Parent Engagement Presentation”

At the June Retreat, the LTC members requested a Parent Engagement Presentation from Family Resource Center and Tahoe Youth. Please give your input to both agencies on if you would like this presentation at a future meeting and what you would like addressed at a future meeting.


Wendy:  Does Collaborative want to hear about this? And if so, what does the LTC want to hear about?

No one expressed interest in this topic to be presented at a future meeting. De-Anne prepared a presentation geared toward service providers with reference to national standards on parent engagement. De-Anne considers this a training tool for staff.  A presentation to parents is geared toward a different audience. FRC is updating their website. De-Anne will add a link to this presentation for people to access it at their leisure. Once it is up, she will let Nicole know and we will share the link with LTC.


4. Special Discussion: “LTC Partnership MOU Update”

Follow up conversation on one page document.

This came out of the retreat conversation, that if we had an MOU in place then folks could submit this when applying for grants.

Wendy: Let’s sit down as a small working group and work on the heart of what LTC is. LTC has been in existence for 20 years, First 5 is not the reason that LTC exists; we share, advocate, collaborate; create change that benefits children and families.

Does anyone else have ideas on how LTC is described?

Tina: LTC is: our community agencies sitting together and problem solving; we’ve been collaborating for about 30 years; we have met for many years without any funding; we brought in Baby Think it Over, and Mandated Reporting. Comment: She does not understand how this document will benefit a grant application.

Alissa: Suggests that we are clearer on our opening statement and add another signature. She would not use this for every grant, but a one-page document shows a breadth of the collaborative. If we work on the opening statement, put in some outcomes on things we’ve accomplished then it would be a strong tool. LTC works on: efforts to not duplicate services, identify funding gaps for community, identify needs and services, add successes. This document would show that you work with other agencies, not just saying that you do.

Leanne: Do you think this requires a signature?

Alissa: Change this to a Statement of Participation, not really an MOU at this point. Wendy could sign and each agency could put their own signature on it. Each member agrees to: share information, attend as regularly as possible.

Wendy: Who would like to help tweak this?

De-Anne: Has a mission or vision statement been created for the LTC lately?

Wendy: No. Who would like to be a part of the revision of this document? Let Nicole know.

Tina: We accept anyone who wants to share information, but we should decide who should be on this document.

Alissa: Non-profits and governments should be listed on this document, and we are human services focused.


5. Special Discussion: “Renew Domain Name?”


The domain name will expire in November. Renewal is $35/year.

I don’t see any traffic to the site. Should we have a Facebook page instead or in addition?


A blog has been used in the past, “”; it archives the minutes and agendas.

Facebook is an option.

Rich likes Facebook.

Diana Lozano thinks our meetings are Facebook.

Theresa: SOS has a Facebook page and people can always visit it.

Leanne: Does not see it a good use of time.

Diana Lozano: Does not see it a good use of time.

Wendy: Consensus is that we do not renew the domain name.


6. Special Presentation: “Foster Family and Adoption Services Update”


Megan Ciampa, MSW
Foster Family and Adoption Services
(530) 544-2111


For about a year now, she have been talking about recruitment. 40 people contacted her regarding begin trained for foster/adoptive families. There are 12 total foster families at the Lake. She has de-certified 4. It is rarely an incident that decertifies a family, but some adopt children, move, their children grow up. They are excited about the general response from the community, 20 families said they are still interested, but it’s not the right time yet to foster. Their goal is to have 44 families for foster and adoptive families that they can find the perfect match for. It will take a long haul to get there. They will continue to raise awareness and recruitment. 8 families finished the training.  4 are still in the process of getting certified. 1 decided not to move forward. They are working with 3 families that want to get trained. She is scheduling training with them. It is a slow process and don’t want to force families in too fast.

A new Mental Health Clinic has opened in town, Sierra Child and Family Services. Jenyn Darnell has been here since July. She feels fortunate to help expand services in Lake Tahoe. They felt it would be another option/opportunity to come to Tahoe and offer more services.  El Dorado County talked about the not to exceed limit, Barry offered her the job up here and she is glad to be back. They have met with staff at Mental Health about new referrals and the referral process has modified a bit. They will only provide referrals. They do provide wrap services in Diamond Springs, 1:1 services for kids working on stabilization in foster care or with their families. They want to help kids stabilize. Another staff member is coming from Diamond Springs to Tahoe once a week to help a foster family. This is a different option than family or group therapy. It is based on a program from SB163. This money went away and morphed into a Children’s System of Care, it is a Medi-Cal billable service. They are hiring a part time clinician.

They want to be able to meet the need for referrals that come to them. By working as part of the Collaborative, they will continue to work to provide specialty mental health services.

Wendy: Are your services offered to the general public, or only foster/adoptive?

Jenyn: Medi-Cal clients are eligible. Any kids having any issues with CPS will be assessed by CPS, then El Dorado County will assess them, then they will refer them, if needed.

Jeff: As a result of a class action law suit, CPS will screen all foster children, then the information will go to Sabrina, then she will decide where to route them. Then screening will continue every 6 months. Screening is basic, assessment is much more in-depth. The key is to get young people screened in a quick manner and into services. From here on out, the role of trauma will continue to be a key topic. They will screen everyone from infants. 0-2 is a touchy piece. There are infant mental health tools. CPS services caters to youth aged 2-17, and excludes non-minor dependents right now. Strengths Difficulties is their evidence based tool with a simple scoring tool to gather information. This is available for every child in the state.

Rich: If I bring a child in from another county, they are eligible for a screening?

Jeff: Yes.


7. 2:30 pm Adjourn & Drug Free Communities Meeting cancelled.  DFC Meetings will resume in November.


8. Next LTC meeting November 11, 2013, 1-2:30pm, 1100 Lyons Avenue



Lake Tahoe Collaborative
October 14, 2013

1. 1:00pm Welcome

Review the minutes from the September 9th meeting.

2. Introductions and Announcements from Agencies

Members are encouraged to share new program or staff changes, important dates, and other pertinent information to the Collaborative.

3. Special Discussion: “Parent Engagement Presentation”
At the June Retreat, the LTC members requested a Parent Engagement Presentation from FRC and Tahoe Youth. Please give your input to both agencies on what you would like to be presented at a future meeting.

4. Special Discussion: “LTC Partnership MOU Update”
Follow up conversation on one page document, attached.

5. Special Discussion: “Renew Domain Name?”

The domain name will expire in November. Renewal is $35/year.
I don’t see any traffic to the site. Should we have a Facebook page instead or in addition?

6. Special Presentation: “Foster Family and Adoption Services Update”

Megan Ciampa, MSW
Foster Family and Adoption Services
(530) 544-2111

7. 2:30 pm Adjourn & Drug Free Communities Meeting cancelled. DFC Meetings will resume in November.

8. Next LTC meeting November 11, 2013, 1-2:30pm.

Lake Tahoe Collaborative    September 9, 2013     Minutes

1.  Welcome

     Approve August Minutes

2.  Introductions and Announcements

a. Frank Blakeney, Live Violence Free: The Live Violence Free “Gala” is Friday September 27th from 6-9pm at the Top of Harvey’s. Purchase tickets online, at their office, or from a board member. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

There will be a free all day training on Sept. 16 on the topic of “Human Trafficking.” If interested, contact him and he’ll get you the information.

CapC has gone forward with “Fathers Initiative” training. We’ll have two teams attending from South Lake Tahoe.

Leadership with South Lake Tahoe begins Wednesday and the topics are wonderful.

b. Alissa Nourse: Tahoe Youth and Family Services: The Drug Free Communities (DFC) was awarded the federal grant. They were one of less than 150 in the nation and 1 of 9 organizations in California to be awarded, so this is big news! This grant brings in $125,000 to this community (guaranteed) for next 5 years. This is money to promote a drug free community and build the coalition. The DFC meeting is today at 2:30pm right after the LTC meeting. DFC is looking for more members and hiring for a coordinator for the grant.

This Saturday is the Color Blast fundraiser at LTCC.

They have hired a new mentoring coordinator; she will introduce herself (Emily).

They are hiring two people for the Juvenile Treatment Center, Schools, and Incline Village. They have applied for the PIP contract to continue doing the same work as last year.

c. Sally Williams, Juvenile Treatment Center: JTC has 5 girls. They are excited about getting two new employees at JTC. JTC is working on getting new programming, ex: Matrix (individual and family participation and education).

d. Roberta Mason, Lake Tahoe Community College: Registration is open for the Fall quarter and classes begin Sept. 23rd, register online. Everyone is encouraged to attend the Friday Sept. 20th Visioning Session (postponed from earlier in the year) from 10-3pm, lunch will be provided, RSVP to 530-541-4660 x210.

e. Leanne Wagoner, Barton Health: The Education Department has new “Safety for Baby and Child” classes Sept. 30, Oct. 21, Nov. 18, and Dec. 23 6:30-9pm, $10/class, call: 530-543-5768 or visit “”.

The next wellness lecture is on “Back Pain,” on September 19th from 6-7pm, LTCC Room A208, for more information call: 530-543-5537, see flyer.

There are multiple handouts on “Concussion Awareness” for athletes and parents. If you know of any high school athlete who gets injured while playing a sport, Barton offers free evaluations.

f. Diana Lozano, South Lake Tahoe Library: Katharine Miller is the new branch manager at the South Lake Tahoe Library. They will be filling a library position soon. Storytime season begins again next week.

g. Jan Robbins, Chair of Western Slope Community Strengthening Group: She came to visit the LTC and introduce herself.

h. Alexis Foley, Court Appointed Special Advocates: They are launching a twice annual training on Oct. 3 at LTCC, see handout.  They are especially looking for male and Spanish speaking advocates.

i. Carol Almanza, Anthem Blue Cross: They are still on track for a Nov. 1 start.

j. Angelica Nungaray, Anthem Blue Cross: Yes, they are looking forward to Nov. 1.

k. Kathy Ide, Together We Grow: She is the newly hired Early Childhood Specialist for the South Lake Tahoe area. She is based in Placerville and is bilingual.

l. Emily Bennett, Tahoe Youth and Family Services: She is the new Mentor Coordinator. She is based in the Woodfords office. She will oversee the South Lake Tahoe area and getting a program up and running in the Minden/Gardnerville area. Looking for mentee/mentor signups.

m. Charlene Giuli, Barton Health: She works in the Quality Department. With Health Care Reform, Barton is looking to improve the care of patients.

n. Deborah McCarthy, Barton Health Community Clinic: They have changed their name to Barton Community Health Center.

o. Sabrina Owen-Balme, El Dorado County Mental Health: Mental Health is advertising for a clinical position. They are currently looking for a new site to locate them all in one location. Josefina reminds everyone about a website on navigating the Affordable Care Act, “” .

p. Tara Styer, Tahoe Transportation District: The next  Regional Coordinating Council meeting (and interdisciplinary group coordinating transportation needs in the community) is Sept. 18 at 2pm at TRPA.

q. Sara Conrad, Barton Foundation: The Signature Cocktail Contest is Sept. 12 at Riva, 5-8:30pm.

r. Kathy Martinez, University of California Cooperative Extension: The nutrition funding has transitioned so they are getting more money. She is still teaching youth and adult nutrition classes. Volunteers are teaching all the kindergarten components. There is a new parent workshop at the schools.  Classes are continuing at the FRC and Library. Their new partner is Snowboard Outreach Society (SOS).

s. Delicia Spees, Family Resource Center: They are elated to have De-Anne Hooper as new Executive Director. Delicia will be working 15 hours/week coordinating programs and working with families.

t. De-Anne Hooper, Family Resource Center: Delicia has been at FRC for 20 years now. FRC assists people with translations, basic needs, nutrition for families, and food handouts.  There are four Cafecitos groups (Spanish speaking PTA)–Bijou, Tahoe Valley, Sierra House and the Middle School. She extends an invitation for those wanting to join Cafecitos—it’s a great way to interact with mothers and fathers who are leaders in their own communities.

u. Meghan Ciampa, Foster Family and Adoptive Services: She is getting geared up for the Fall Training for Foster and Adoptive parents in South Lake Tahoe. They are now reaching out to Truckee area. Each year, they will hold training in the fall and spring. This past spring training trained 8 new families– 4 are up and running.

v. Theresa Papandrea, Snowboard Outreach Society: They are gearing up for winter. They have 4 schools onboard for 100 snowboard spots for kids. They have a teacher or faculty on board at each school to help recognize kids to recruit. SOS supplies clothing, gear, lift tickets, certified instructors, and snacks. They train mentors and coordinators. They are kicking off the University program (graduates of Learn to Ride), are hiring mentors for a Sept.-April commitment and they’ll have 65 kids in that program. SOS has programs at Northstar and Tahoe Donner. In South Lake Tahoe they are in their 4th year of the University program. Registration is Sept 22 at 3:30pm at the Tahoe Chamber (for kids who already know how to ski or snowboard). They are looking for Service Projects, call her to coordinate.

w. Kristin Hunt Naefke, Tahoe Turning Point: The Labor Day Carnival made ~$35,000. They plan on doing the carnival again next year.

x. Tina Barna, Choices For Children: Many Childcare Centers and Providers are full right now. If you know of anyone who would like to be a licensed daycare home, contact her. Should the economy pick up, there will be a need for more providers. There is also a need for school aged population childcare centers. For El Dorado County’s last year’s budget, there was not a significant cut to childcare funding, which is great. They still have emergency diapers and clothing.

y. Wendy David, LTC Chair; Lake Tahoe Unified School District; Tahoe Magic: A couple of grants are closing soon, El Dorado Community Foundation—enrichment for school aged children in our community and the Vail Echo grant is open through Wednesday. Tomorrow is Endow El Dorado deadline through El Dorado Community Foundation 10-11:30am there will be a bidder’s conference via special invitation at Boys and Girls Club Lake Tahoe.

LTUSD: It has been an awesome start to the new school year. There are new administrators at the schools and they bring an exciting new energy to the district. Measure G funds are completely finished at the high school and Bijou school. Now the school district can focus on programs especially career tech skills. They are seeing graduates come back to the community.

Tahoe Magic is a non-profit and funds families going through crisis. Contact her to make a donation or refer a family.

LTC is funded by First 5 El Dorado. She welcomes your input and she’ll relay any information you would like her to bring to the attention of the commission including updates on awesome things happening in your organization.

z. Francie Alling, St. Joseph’s Community Land Trust: (Not physically in attendance) They are partnering with Habitat for Humanity on a fundraiser, “Hike for Housing,” $15 individual or $25 for family, 9a-1p at Lam Wa Tah Trail, September 21, 2013, meet at Our Lady of Tahoe Catholic Church off Elks Point Road.

aa. Nicole Zaborsky, LTC Coordinator:  The Maternal Child Health Task Force is printing more of the Parents of 0-6 mo. olds brochures in English and Spanish; will be working on the referral matrix over next 9 months, and are designing a Postpartum Depression bookmark and community education lectures.

3. Special Update: “Blue Ribbon Awards”

Presenter: Sean Sweeney, Blue Ribbon Award Task Force, Tahoe Chamber.

Contact: Emily Abernathy,  775-588-1728 ext. 303.

To make a Blue Ribbon Award nomination, visit:

This presentation was cancelled.

Alissa Norse commented that she would like to advocate for a Nonprofit Blue Ribbon Award, others agreed.

Alissa attends the Tahoe Chamber meetings and finds them very beneficial to Tahoe Youth and Family Services.

4.    Special Discussion: “Human Service Transportation Needs”

Tara Styer, MPH, Mobility Manager – Tahoe Transportation District, 775-589-5509

The Community Collaborative of Tahoe Truckee holds a transportation discussion in October to summarize the human service transportation needs of the community before the regional Social Services Transportation Advisory Council meeting conducts a formal needs assessment in November.  Tara led a discussion to determine if the Collaborative would be willing to do something similar on the south shore.

Each year there is an unmet needs hearing at TRPA for the North Shore. She’s giving the South Shore the same opportunity. This will be a great tool that she can pass along at the hearing.

Tara: Does LTC want to do this?

LTC: “Yes.”

She will send a needs assessment spreadsheet to the LTC electronically. This allows her to bring specific needs up at the hearing.

Tara: “For example, if there was a vehicle that went outside of the area, would this be a need that could be used?”

Please share any anecdotal information to her in the needs assessment spreadsheet. TTD’s focus is on older people, people with disabilities, and low income people.

Tara will need the completed needs assessment information by the second week of October. Nicole will email a form that can be filled out.

***Bus posting: Crisis Line and bringing back information since safe places went away. Signs and information will change. Alissa is coordinating this.

5.    Special Discussion: “LTC Partnership MOU”

Follow up conversation on document format.

We should develop both a short and long version. The short version will be one page, describe the LTC, and include a list of the member organizations. The long version will include a summary of what the LTC is (Ex: LTC is a forum that supports the community through discussion, member input, fosters collaboration amongst members, vehicle to share information and ideas) and a summary of each organization’s mission. Additionally, each agency will generate an agreement as to what they provide for the LTC. This agency document will state things such as: we will refer, provide xyz services, be collaborative, etc. 

6.    Special Discussion: “October Meeting Format with Special Guest Senator Ted Gaines”

When Angela Swanson returns to town, we will schedule a meeting with her and all interested LTC members as a pre-planning meeting. We will discuss the October meeting venue (Aspen Room?), time allotment he will be in South Lake Tahoe, itemize agenda items, meeting format and other details.

An idea could be to take the Congressman on a South Lake Tahoe back roads tour.

7.    2:30 pm Adjourn & Drug Free Communities Meeting begins.

8.    Next LTC meeting October 14, 2013, 1-2:30pm.

9.    2:30 pm Adjourn

10. Next LTC meeting October 14, 2013   1pm-2:30pm, 1100 Lyons Avenue


Lake Tahoe Collaborative

September 9, 2013


1. 1:00pm Welcome

Review the minutes from the August 12th meeting.

2. Introductions and Announcements from Agencies

Members are encouraged to share new program or staff changes, important dates, and other pertinent information to the Collaborative.

3. Special Update: “Blue Ribbon Awards”

Presenter: Sean Sweeney, Blue Ribbon Award Task Force, Tahoe Chamber.

Contact: Emily Abernathy, 775-588-1728 ext. 303.

To make a Blue Ribbon Award nomination, visit:

4. Special Discussion: “Human Service Transportation Needs”

Tara Styer, MPH, Mobility Manager – Tahoe Transportation District, 775-589-5509

The Community Collaborative of Tahoe Truckee holds a transportation discussion in October to summarize the human service transportation needs of the community before a regional Social Services Transportation Advisory Council meeting conducts a formal needs assessment in November. Tara will lead a discussion to determine if the Collaborative would be willing to do something similar on the south shore.

5. Special Discussion: “LTC Partnership MOU”

Follow up conversation on document format.

6. Special Discussion: “October Meeting Format with Special Guest Congressman Tom McClintock”


7. 2:30 pm Adjourn & Drug Free Communities Meeting begins.


8. Next LTC meeting October 14, 2013, 1-2:30pm.

Lake Tahoe Collaborative

August 12, 2013


1. Welcome

a. Approve June Minutes

2. Introductions and Announcements

a. Alexis Foley, Court Appointed Special Advocates: South Shore’s Best Band Event fundraiser is Friday August 23rd 3-8pm Lake View Commons, free event, free parking at the library/rec center. There will be a live auction, silent auction, beer and wine garden, vendors, and a bike valet. Amanda has gone off to graduate school. They are moving towards a peer coordinator model with volunteer case advocates.

b. Tina Barna, Choices for Children: They have emergency diapers and formula. The toy lending library is free and you can rotate the toys in your home. They are located behind the Safeway Gas Station.

c. Sabrina Owen, El Dorado County Mental Health: No updates.

d. Sally Williams, Juvenile Treatment Center, El Dorado County Probation: They have been taking girls since Memorial Day Weekend and have hired a lot of new staff.

e. Deborah McCarthy, Barton Health: The Community Clinic has changed its name to Barton Community Health Center.

f. Francie Alling, St Joseph’s Community Land Trust: They are partnering with Habitat for Humanity on a fundraiser, see flyer. Hike for Housing, $15 individual or $25 family, 9a-1pm meet at Lam Wa Tah Trail. A Fraud and ID Theft presentation will be given at Douglas Co Senior Center by Sgt Pat Brooks with Douglas Co Sheriff, 7pm on August 21st, free event.

g. Roberta Mason, Lake Tahoe Community College: The 10th Intensive Spanish Summer Institute is underway on campus and has over 400 students in attendance this week. Registration for the Fall semester starts after Labor Day.

h. Garry Bowen: He has been appointed to the Board of the Tahoe Resource Conservation District. He is working with the Framework for Strategic Sustainability Development (FSSD) and is working on a local K-12 Nature Center.

i. Carol Almanza: She will give a presentation later in the meeting.

j. Theresa Papandrea, Snowboard Outreach Society: They are about to kick off their winter programs, see handout. SOS is looking for service days for students who are in their program, so they can give back to the community. They are looking for volunteers and mentors for a 3 day commitment per month. One day is a ski/snowboard day and you receive a ski pass. Please give Theresa referrals of youth who would benefit from SOS.

k. Victoria Ortiz, California Tahoe Conservancy: She is the new Communications Liaison.

l. Leanne Wagoner, Barton Health: Next up in the Wellness Lecture Series is a Tendonitis lecture on August 21 followed by a Men’s Health lecture. The Barton Foundation is prepping for Festival of Trees. Join them for the annual Cocktail Contest on Sept 12 5:30pm-8:30pm at Riva Grill, proceeds benefit the Cardiology Dept.

m. Deirdre Slater, El Dorado County Office of Education: Head Start and Pre School starts soon, call them for sign up information.

n. Sara Conrad, Barton Foundation: The Cocktail Contest will be held Sept 12 5:30-8:30pm at Riva Grill, proceeds benefit the Cardiology Dept.

o. Angela Swanson, City of South Lake Tahoe: Construction season is underway. Sidewalks are being installed along Pioneer Trail. The economy is up. Nancy Kerry has saved $3m for the City through Redevelopment Agency, State of California. They are hopeful that a new budget will get adopted with no reductions in staff or services. The Loop Road planning is underway with outreach and interaction with social service agencies for social justice in the project. Senator Gaines should join us for our October LTC meeting, as a group we will want to emphasize Social Service Relationships in the basin. The City is continuing work on the Recreation Master Plan; fill out a survey if you have received one. Chief Uhler is working with City Council on violence in the City and keeping our community safe.

p. Wendy West, University of California Cooperative Extension: She coordinates the Tahoe Master Gardener Program and works in Agriculture and Environmental Literacy. Tahoe Farm Day is on Sept 24 at Camp Richardson. California School Garden Training Program training will be held on Aug 20 with teachers in the Lake Tahoe Basin.

q. Diana Lozano, South Lake Tahoe Library: They had a busy, busy, busy summer filled with free yoga, free cooking lessons, and Todd Borg came to talk about book in July and Aug.

The Summer Reading Club had 445 kids, 61 teens, and logged 2250 hours read which is the highest ever seen. Sally Neitling is retiring after 29 years, Katharine Miller will fill her position. They are in the process of hiring a person for the circulation desk. Next month is library card sign up month.

r. Kim Stadtlander, Together We Grow: A new staff member, Kathy Ide, has been hired and is bilingual English and Spanish. Kathy and Kim will share the Lake Tahoe area. Feel free to reach out to introduce yourself to Kathy Ide, 530-295-2456.

s. Erica Eng, Tahoe Youth and Family Services: Their four main programs are: mentoring, counseling, substance abuse and treatment, drop in center for homeless youth for up to age 21. They will host a Color Blast Run 5k on September 14th, LTCC, Saturday, 8am, register online or call to register, $50 adults, $10 for kids 10 and under. They are looking for volunteers. Bike to the event and park your bike at the bike valet.

Drug Free Coalition: Their meetings are usually held after the LTC meeting, though they are on a summer hiatus. The DFC’s goal is to reduce drug and alcohol use in South lake Tahoe for youth and change the culture around that use. DFC just applied for a big federal grant to fund a Coalition Coordinator.

t. Frank Blakeney, Live Violence Free: Family Court has the T-shirts from Clothes Line Project on display. Commissioner Sullivan asked that they be displayed in the family court 2-3 weeks ago. October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. They will host a Gala Sept 27th at Top of the Wheel. “” is a no risk auction item site for organization fundraising.

u. Kristen Hunt Naefke, Tahoe Turning Point: They just submitted two applications for transitional housing care for foster youth to stay in their system from years 18-21. They are asking for a letter of support from the LTC for the grant. Kristin will draft a letter and email it to LTC for review, then Wendy David will sign it. Kiwanis Community Fair, August 30-Sept 1, see flyer.

v. Penny Smart, Children’s Health Initiative: She and Veronica are continuing to help families break the barriers to health services. They help get families to doctors and dentists.

w. Veronica Strauss, El Dorado County Public Health: She and Penny are continuing to help families break the barriers to health services, including helping get families to the doctor and dentist.

x. Wendy David, First 5 El Dorado and Tahoe Magic: Tahoe Magic provides bridge funding to help local families. Attend the CASA Event.

y. Kathi Guerrero, First 5 El Dorado (not present, update read by Wendy David): Andrea Powers has joined the First 5 Staff as a program coordinator and will start this Wednesday.

In the last few months, the Commission has seen the resignation of two long time leaders, Dr. Vicki Barber and Dr. Clint Collins. The Commission continues to work with the Board of Supervisors to appoint new members. The Commission is working with Tooth Travelers to bring the Children’s Dental Van back into service. The Commission is calling a meeting on August 26, 2013 from 10-11 AM at the Commission Office to consider a proposal by Tooth Travelers to bring services back as soon as possible. Once services are secured, we will send out a new schedule.

z: Nicole Zaborsky, Lake Tahoe Collaborative: She has “0-6 month brochures” in English and Spanish for interested members.

3. Special Discussion: “Medi-Cal Managed Care”

Carol Almanza, Health Promotion Consultant

Anthem Blue Cross, Medi-Cal/Medicaid (CA)  (209) 323-0499

Anthem Blue Cross (ABC) has won the contract with the State of California for El Dorado County Medi-Cal Managed Care. Blue Cross will begin implementation of Medi-Cal Managed Care on November 1, 2013. Carol would like to understand the needs of the community better so that she can help assist LTC members.

ABC is going to be an option for Medi-Cal Managed Care beginning November 1, 2013. One of their challenges is making sure they have a network of doctors set up in this area. Managed care works like an HMO in that a member needs to have a primary care doctor. Primary care doctors can give referrals to other specialists. ABC has special programs for members with certain health issues, ex: diabetes. These special programs work on preventive care with members and add incentives into the program. ABC works with Public Health on immunizations and encourages members to get immunizations through their primary care physician. ABC works with the community on sponsorships for health-related events. There will be an outpatient behavioral health component, which is new to ABC, so they are looking for partnerships in this area. They want to look to partner with health education classes and support this in the South Lake Tahoe community. ABC offers an in person translation service or over the phone translation service for doctors and providers, including sign language.

Will Anthem Blue Cross contract across state lines? Yes

Will Anthem Blue Cross be part of Affordable Care Act? Yes, for individual plans, but not for small business plans.

Angela likes the pro-activeness of this presentation. How do we keep in communication with one another? Will you continue to be the point of contact with Nicole. Yes, she will be the LTC point of contact until there is a new contact. California State requires ABC to have quarterly stakeholder meetings to hear from their communities.

Remember to contact Penny or Veronica if you have questions for 0-18 year olds.

4. Special Discussion: “LTC Partnership MOU”

At the Retreat we discussed:

LTC agencies would like to sign an MOU to have a document to submit for grants.

Today’s discussion:

-What is the goal of the Agreement? Formal support, financial support.

-What will a successful Agreement look like? Content? Purpose? Flexibilities?

-What is the name of the Agreement?

-Who are the signers?

We agreed that this MOU will include a statement of how each agency works with the LTC. This document will include a description of the role the LTC plays. This document will include a line such as: “we are supportive of…”

All organizations will be invited to sign this MOU. If an organization wants to invite specific organizations into an MOU, they need to seek this out themselves.

Does this document have a fiduciary duty? No.

One thing that is unique and very successful is that LTC has government and agency representation with social services and educational programs/members. LTC spans a wide spectrum of services in this community.

**Bring MOU back on the agenda next month.

Homework item: Each agency will prepare a few sentences of what they do in relation to the LTC. LTC will reflect on its history to get a description of LTC.

5. 2:30 pm Adjourn


6. Drug Free Communities Meetings resume September 9 at 2:30pm.


7. Next LTC meeting September 9, 2013

1pm-2:30pm, 1100 Lyons Avenue

Lake Tahoe Collaborative

August 12, 2013


1. 1:00pm Welcome

Review the minutes from the June 10th meeting.

2. Introductions and Announcements from Agencies

Members are encouraged to share new program or staff changes, important dates, and other pertinent information to the Collaborative.

3. Special Discussion: “Medi-Cal Managed Care”

E. Carol Almanza, Health Promotion Consultant

Anthem Blue Cross, Medi-Cal/Medicaid (CA)  (209) 323-0499

We are going to begin implementation of Medi-cal Managed Care beginning November 1, 2013. Carol would like to understand the needs of the community better so that she can help assist LTC members.

4. Special Discussion: “LTC Partnership MOU”

At the Retreat we discussed:

LTC agencies would like to sign an MOU to have a document to submit for grants.

Today’s discussion:

-What is the goal of the Agreement? Formal support, financial support.

-What will a successful Agreement look like? Content? Purpose? Flexibilities?

-What is the name of the Agreement?

-Who are the signers?

5. 2:30 pm Adjourn


6. Drug Free Communities Meetings resume September 9 at 2:30pm.


7. Next LTC meeting September 9, 2013

1pm-2:30pm, 1100 Lyons Avenue

Lake Tahoe Collaborative Annual June Forum & Retreat

June 10, 2013


1. 12:00pm Lunch        

2. 12:15pm Welcome & Introductions, Wendy David, Facilitator of LTC

3. Letter of Support discussion between LTC and Barton Community Clinic, Caryn Mahoney

Barton Community Clinic is reapplying for the Title X grant. Barton Community Clinic would like to have the LTC sign a Letter of Support. Title X will provide Pap Smears, Breast Exams, reproductive care for the community. The Clinic will also partner with LTC members on client referrals for programs and services. They offer a sliding scale for service for uninsured and underinsured. An outreach element, specifically for adolescents, is part of this grant.  The LTC agreed to sign the Letter of Support.

4.   12:30pm Elizabeth Christiansen, Ph.D.

Director, Center for Program Evaluation 

University of Nevada, Reno

(775) 682-6853

“Planning an Effective Program Evaluation” 

Elizabeth’s background is in social psychology. She obtained her PhD from the University of Nevada at Reno. The interdisciplinary program appealed to her because of the overlapping and integrated services. She likes applied research, got a graduate assistantship, then a faculty position. She has studied social psychology, youth victimization, equality and gender issues.

The Center for Program Evaluation has been around since before 1999. They take a partnership approach to evaluation. They recognize the expertise that people who run a program know about it, and then they work with an evaluation based on the funder needs and the program needs.

What is Evaluation?

“Program Evaluation is the systemic collection of information about the activities, characteristics, and outcomes of programs to make judgments about the program, improve the program effectiveness, and or inform decisions about future programming.”  -Michael Quinn Patton.

What is an Evaluation Plan?

An Evaluation Plan is a document that describes how you will monitor and evaluate your program and how you intend to use evaluation results from program improvement and decision making.

It’s a good idea to put information on paper about where you are going and what you are doing.

Writing out a plan is great at making sure all people are on the same page, they all know the reasons for doing things, and that everyone can look back and track and make sure they are doing what the program intended to do.

Evaluation Planning Steps:

1. Identify and engage stakeholders

Who is involved in your program? Who is affected by your program? You want to engage stakeholders to get their buy-in. This increases the buy-in and support. They can help you collect data. You may develop an evaluation team of staff or stakeholders.

An evaluation team makes sure the evaluation meets the needs of the stakeholders,

increases the credibility of analysis and interpretation, and helps ensure the evaluation results are used.

2. Identify the purpose of the program.

Why are you doing the evaluation?

Identify the purpose of your evaluation:

For accountability?

To make improvements?

To generate knowledge? Are you in a demonstration program and how do you describe this knowledge to your field and how is it applicable to other programs?

Types of evaluation:

Formative (process) occurs during program planning and implementation and is conducted for the primary purpose of program improvement. How are our systems running? What can we do to make things more efficient? Good to have a third outside party look at this. Journaling and reflective processes with staff work well.

Summative (Outcome) occurs towards the end of the implementation of a program and is conducted for the purpose of accountability, increasing support and funding, and sustainability. Is the program effective in doing what we wanted it to do?

3. Describe the program and desired outcomes, The Logic Model

What is happening in the program?

Write a statement of need: Why does this program need to exist? What is the situation here in the community and why do we need this program here?

Develop a logic model: Inputs: available resources; outputs: program activities; outcomes: desired results of the program (short term, intermediate, long term)

This can be revisited to show you where to go next, shows all resources available (time, staff, money). You can show this to a funder/staff.

An example of Logic Model could include a flow chart with a description of the: Situation, Priorities, Inputs, Outputs, Outcomes, Assumptions, External Factors, and Evaluation

Assumptions and External Factors

Evaluation: You should be able to measure your outcomes

The University of Wisconsin Extension has a great Logic Model outline online, or look online for others.

4. Develop evaluation questions.

What do we want to find out about the program?

It’s useful to have stakeholders involved in this process.

What do the various stakeholders want to know about the program?

You need to prioritize the questions to get the key questions answered as there is usually not enough money to answer all the questions.

Relate the questions generated to the main evaluation purpose(s)

Prioritize the questions.

5. Determine methods

How are you going to measure the results?

Select appropriate methods for the questions and the program.

Consider the types of questions you are asking, what data sources are available, and who will collect the data.

Surveys are highly used, but not always effective.

Data Sources:

Existing Data (Secondary):

Anytime you can avoid asking another question, this is desired.

Attendance records

Intake forms: demographics, etc.

Staff or participant journals

Primary Data Collection:

Program participants

Program administrators

Program staff

Program collaborators/partners

Community members


Surveys: satisfaction with program and pre-post tests

Individual interviews

Focus groups




6. Plan how the results will be analyzed, interpreted, reported, and used.

How will you understand and use the results?

Interpret the results.

What conclusions can we draw from these data? What claims can you make about your program based on these results?

To what extent do the findings support your expectations?

What are the possible explanations for the results?

This is another great time to have the stakeholders involved and to have a facilitator involved.

Sharing the results:

Tailor the reporting to the various audiences. People like to know what you are doing (community, staff, funders).

Consider different forms of reporting

Use evaluation results in staff and stakeholder meetings


Audience Questions:

Q: If someone is doing evaluations, what services does your Center provide?

A: If someone knows they are writing a grant, they can write us in the grant and we can help with the evaluation. We can assist an agency with program evaluation. We work in Nevada and California. There is a fee for the services.


Q: Are you working with students? Internships?

A: We work with Masters of Public Health students. Student internships are available each year. There are field studies classes that assist in agency program evaluation. Elizabeth advises students but does not teach classes.


Q: A reference to Physiologic Responses was in a past slide, please explain this.

A: These are mostly health related, example: height or weight.


Q: Are you also noticing more of a demand from funders that evaluation has to be a key part of funding? American Evaluation Association has great resources and some great books recently written about evaluation.

A: Yes, accountability is getting steeper. Some grants require a certain amount of money to be put toward evaluation. There are some experimental and quasi-experimental programs, so some small communities require more assistance with this.



5. Looking Forward to 2013-14, Wendy David


Issues/Topic to explore in 2013/2014:


a. “Safe Place”—what are ways we can communicate this on the busses? Papers?

-Identify community resources: NAMI, Mental Health, Live Violence Free, and promote crisis community resources. TYFS can do the design, what numbers do we include and what information do we include?

-Develop collaborative promotion (busses, maintain consistency)


b. Shelters/Warm Room

-Place for homeless to gather to escape weather

-Target population: elderly, income, mental health (bring community together)


c. LTC agencies to sign an MOU. Then all member agencies will have this document to submit for grants.

-Invite decision makers to a meeting and what does it take to get this signed? Edited then signed? Need an MOU for a program and that is effective.

-Nonprofit get a standing agenda item once/year to talk about issues and updates.

-Formal demonstration of support through MOUs and regular renewal

-What information is needed to support an MOU/identify areas of need?

-MOU needs to be sustainable and program directed

-Part of being a LTC member is to sign an MOU that lists each agency and their responsibilities, financial responsibility.

-Two levels of MOUs: one is partnership MOU; find a template for a formative agreement on certain topics. Other is financial



Meeting Educational/Presentation Topics:

Children Protection Unit-El Dorado County

Father Engagement (CapC)

Montessori Principles in Eldercare—Pat Okacza

Frank Bigelow and Ted Gaines—Angela will facilitate

Fall update from Foster Family and Adoptive Services

Dental Update

Parent Leadership


6. 1:45pm Adjourn


7. No meeting in July. Our next meeting is August 12, 2013.

     Boys & Girls Club Meeting Room, 1100 Lyons Avenue


8.  No June Drug-Free Community Coalition Meeting.




Lake Tahoe Collaborative

Annual June Forum & Retreat

Aspen Room, Lake Tahoe Community College

June 10, 2013



1. 12:00pm Lunch
       ***Please bring food to share for lunch.

                    Drinks and cups/plates/utensils/napkins will be provided.

2.  12:15pm Welcome & Introductions, Wendy David

3.  12:30pm  Elizabeth Christiansen, Ph.D.

Director, Center for Program Evaluation , University of Nevada, Reno

“Planning an Effective Program Evaluation” 

4.   1:00pm Looking Back on 2012-2013 & Looking Forward to 2013-14, Wendy David

5.   1:45pm Adjourn

6.   No meeting in July. Our next meeting is August 12, 2013.

       Boys & Girls Club Meeting Room, 1100 Lyons Avenue


7.  No June Drug-Free Community Coalition meeting.  



Nicole Zaborsky, Coordinator

a First 5 El Dorado Community Strengthening Project

Lake Tahoe Collaborative

May 13, 2013




1. Welcome

2.  Approve April Minutes

3.  Introductions and Announcements

a. Tina Barna, Choices for Children. Day of the Young Child is “on” for June 15. There are 42 participants. She has English and Spanish flyers available. Contact her if you need some or if you’d like to help/volunteer.

b. Frank Blakeney, Live Violence Free. They had a successful Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Awareness month. The t-shirts for the clothes line project were displayed in front of the office. 120 t-shirts were made. Commissioner Sullivan was touched by it and will have a display at the court.

c. Suzanne Perry. She is a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern who is new to the area and getting acquainted with the community.

d. Kristin Hunt Naefke, Tahoe Turning Point. They have some upcoming community service projects on the Tahoe Rim Trail.

e. Megan Ciampa, Foster Family and Adoption Services. They have just finished training with 8 new foster or adoptive families. Two families have new children in their homes. They are still in recruitment mode for new families. They have hired a new social worker. They just had a lovely open house on Friday.

f. Alissa Nourse, Tahoe Youth and Family Services. They are significantly busier than normal for this time of year, especially with counseling. They are closed on Fridays for the summer. The crisis line is always open and the drop in center is open Tuesday through Saturday from 1pm-5pm.

g. Angela Swanson, City of South Lake Tahoe. It is construction season. Projects include new sidewalks on Pioneer and the Bijou water project. Caltrans is at work. The Aspens project is being constructed at Pioneer and Ski Run. It is the last low income housing project of its size that will be constructed in South Shore for about the next 20 years. She sent a letter opposing Amiano’s AB5, Homeless Bill of Rights.  It is a well-intentioned bill requiring public restrooms 24 hours a day without addressing mental health issues. She feels that the State is going at the issue backwards by not addressing core issues. Cities are seeing it as an unfunded mandate.

h. Peggy Wright, Barton Health. Census has picked up (the number of patients is picking up).

i. Leanne Wagoner, Barton Health. Epic (the new computer system) is up and running. “Moms Morning Out” event two Saturdays ago was very successful. 175 ladies came out for pampering and educational booths. Look for it next year. Free Student Sports Physicals for school athletes and Pop Warner, Monday June 3 from 5:30-7pm, visit “”

j. Sally Williams, Juvenile Treatment Center. They are getting closer to being able to serve females. A 20 hour a week mental health position has been filled.

k. Arturo Rangel, Lake Tahoe Community College & Family Resource Center & Latino Affairs Commission.

LTCC: Cal Works is supporting the Career Fair tomorrow from 11-1 in the main commons area. This will be a good opportunity for your clients to meet with employers. There will be a booth at the entrance with a career counselor from the college to help with resumes. Across state, the Cal Works numbers are down.

FRC: Cinco de Mayo was very successful. Thank you for attending and participating. The Male Support Group is very strong. Each week there are 10-15 Hispanic males. They discuss depression, anxiety, things that affect males and females. The Women’s Support Group is seeing about 25 women each day. In the last few weeks, there has been an exponential increase in people wanting services, especially males.

Latino Affairs Commission: In the last mast month and a half, Latinos in community came together to brainstorm how to get the Latino Affairs Commission back. They have been meeting for a couple of months. They have decided that because of the Brown Act, they will have a committee, and not a commission. They have sub-committees (legal affairs, housing, recreation) and soon a representative will meet with your agency to talk about issues.

l. Penny Smart, Children’s Health Initiative. She and Veronica are promoting the Dental Van and connecting families with health care. Veronica has been doing oral health education.

m. Elizabeth Ferry-Perata, Together We Grow. No updates.

n. Tara Styer, Tahoe Transportation District. They are getting new fare boxes. June 19th at 2pm they are hosting a Regional Coordinating Council to discuss transportation issues.

o. Liz Maul, Lake Tahoe Humane Society. They just moved their office to 870 Emerald Bay Road, Suite 104. They are no longer at 1221 Emerald Bay Road. They still have the same services such as the emergency pet food bank, spay/neuter assistance, vouchers for vet services and disaster services program for pets. They will be leading an Animal Art Adventure Camp at LTCC this summer.

p. Theresa Papandrea, Snowboard Outreach Society. They have officially wrapped up their winter programs. There will be summer activities such as yoga, hikes, stand up paddle, and nutrition. They are always looking for volunteers.

q. Diana Lozano, South Lake Tahoe Branch Library. They are finishing up story time season, with the last day on June 21. Jeanne Houston will be speaking at the library May 14th at 5pm. “Farewell to Manzanar” describes her first ten years in USA in an internment camp. They have summer programs, performers every Friday and a reading rewards program. June 25th at 6pm Leon Malmed will discuss his escape from the holocaust in France, “We Survived: At Last I Speak,”

r. Amanda Morozumi, Court Appointed Special Advocates. They are holding a training for six trainees now.

s. Heidi Hill Drum, Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association & Parasol. She is a local mom. Her oldest attends the Bijou Immersion program and her youngest goes to story time at the library. Her husband volunteers with TAMBA and last leg of the trail is being constructed. South Lake Tahoe lost a contest to win a $30,000 grant to finish that last leg. Go online to become a member, “”

She’s volunteering with Parasol Foundation. There is a donor advised fund you can apply for any time, visit “”. If your organization has a specific project, fill out the application, and if any of their donors are interested in funding it, they will. They are thinking of expanding to a building in the South Shore, if you’re interested, let her know.

t. Roberta Mason, Lake Tahoe Community College. The Visioning is Saturday June 8 in the Board Room from 8am-1pm. She encourages everyone who can to come and plan the vision for the college. SB329 is trying to restore the good neighbor policy with Nevada. It has been made into a two year bill and they are meeting with Nevada to pass it.

u. Sabrina Owen-Balme, El Dorado County Mental Health. They have two service sites in town. The senior center site, where wellness clients are seen, is having issues that are being worked on.

Currently, they are having public meetings for future mental health program planning for services, see flyer. Give your say on how your tax dollars are spent. If you’d like to submit questions or comments, contact her. The Emergency Room is seeing crises cases. There are new positions being filled.

v. Deirdre Slater, El Dorado County Office of Education. State Preschool and Head Start programs are wrapping up their program year. Next year’s recruitment schedule and flyers are available, contact her.

w. Karen Houser, Boys and Girls Club Lake Tahoe. They are wrapping up their program year at the beginning of June. They are recruiting for summer programs. Tomorrow evening is a fundraiser, “Spirit of Spring”, $40 from 7-9:30 at Edgewood, sponsored by Southern Wine and Spirit.

x. Kristi Boosman, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (not present). She dropped off handouts for “Get Defensive” and “Aquatic Invasive Species.”

y. Wendy David, Lake Tahoe Unified School District & Tahoe Magic.

LTUSD: Two long-time music teachers are retiring, JJ Clause and Linda Kurek. A retirement celebration is scheduled for Friday at 5pm at South Tahoe High School. The administration is busy hiring new teachers and principals.

Tahoe Magic: There is an incredible need right now. Please remember to only go through referring agencies for assistance.


4. Special Update: “Vaccine Safety Education”

Lynnan Svensson, RN, BSN, PHN

Supervising Public Health Nurse

MCAH Program Director

El Dorado County Health & Human Services Agency     (530) 621-6185


Josefina Solano, BS

El Dorado County Health & Human Services Agency

Public Health Division – Children Medical Services  (530) 573-3165


Josefina: Alicia Paris-Pombo, the new Health Officer, is onboard. She will attend LTC soon to introduce herself.


Lynnan: She circulated the handouts, “Vaccine Importance and Safety,” “Vaccine Safety: 10 Facts for Parents,” “Immunizations for Babies,” and “Vaccinations for Preteens and Teens, Age 11-19 Years.”

The immunization rates are pretty low in El Dorado County compared to other places in California. She spoke about why immunizations are important. She wants to highlight medical problems.

Why immunizations are important. On the list of Public Health’s greatest achievements, immunizations are the second most important. Clean water is the only thing more important in our country. We want to get healthy and eradicate diseases such as polio. Polio still is in other parts of the world and can be contracted from travelling or coming into contact with someone from another part of the world.

The next slide is the iron lung ward in 1952.

Tetanus is found in the soil and we’ll be exposed to it for all time. It enters our body through wounds.

Neonatal tetanus kills most babies who get it. Say you have a home birth and things aren’t as sterile as they should be or if the umbilical cord is packed with dirt, the baby can get it. Babies will get some protection if the mother has been vaccinated. The mother to baby protection starts to wane at about 6 months from breast milk.

Diptheria is really nasty and caused by bacteria. It kills 1 in 10. It forms a membrane coating on the throat that can suffocate an individual.

Medical intervention comes with risk and we need to understand the benefits and risks to make informed decisions.

Pertussis: Recently we had a Pertussis outbreak in California. We had more reported cases in 2010 than in the past 60 years combined. Now, we recommended each woman get vaccinated each pregnancy for pertussis. Pertussis is whooping cough, a non-stop exhausting cough which can break ribs.

Hib Infection: Mostly affects young children.

Measles: There has been a recent outbreak of measles. An unvaccinated child contracted and carried measles and spread it to others in San Diego. On a herd immunity level, vaccinations help keep the group safe. Europe has a high rate of measles right now.

There are a lot of complications with each disease, such as hearing loss with measles.

Congenital Rubella Syndrome causes a 80-90% chance of a birth defect if the baby gets in utero or at birth.

Mumps is very painful. A child becomes very sick. Males may get swelling of the testicles or sterility. It is more serious for adults than children.

Chickenpox: 100 children were dying per year from chickenpox prior to the vaccination. As an adult, chickenpox can be very dangerous. Chickenpox of a newborn can make them very sick.

Hepatitis B: Hep B virus can stay outside the body in blood for up to a week.

What do all of these pictures have in common? All of these people have diseases that are preventable.

Impact of vaccines: Vaccine preventable diseases have decreased as a result of vaccines.

HIB Meningitis: In 1987 there were 20,000 cases, in 1985 a vaccine was introduced and in 1997, there were only 183 cases.

What if we stopped vaccinating? The germs are only a boat or plane ride away or they still exist in our country.

In 1971-1974 there were 400 cases of Pertussis in Japan. They stopped vaccinating and from 1975-1979 there were 13,000 cases.

In Russia in1989 there were 900 cases of diphtheria, and then in 1994 there were 50,000 cases.

If enough people are vaccinated against a disease then the disease cannot spread into their community. This is called herd immunity.

In summary, immunizations are important because:  they bring about protection against disease, preventing is better than treating ($, time, worry), they help with the problem of drug resistance, an immunized community provides herd immunity, if we stopped immunizations, diseases would return.

So, why are we concerned in El Dorado County? From 2000 to 2008, our vaccinations rates went down. Personal belief exemptions are high in El Dorado County, at 2.5% times the state average. She gathered all the data from Kindergarten immunization records and figured out where the hot spots were and surveyed parents. She did 152 parent surveys, 94% of respondents were female, 70% had Medi-Cal for insurance, 96% vaccinated their children—28% of these created their own vaccination schedule, most parents received vaccine information from the doctor and the second location noted was the Health Department, 42% had concerns over resulting fever after vaccinations, 24% feel there are too many vaccines in the pediatric schedule, only 29% of parents would feel safe sending their child to a school with a low vaccination rate but 74% feel individuals should be able to decline vaccination due to philosophical objections.

Addressing Parent Concerns is something her department is working on. There is no study to show a link between autism and vaccinations. There are many people/groups fighting vaccines, such as Jenny McCarthy, Dr. Wakefield, and Green our Vaccines.

Dr. Wakefield has a European study published that caused problems because studies were faulty.

Caregiver Concerns:  There is the same amount of aluminum in breast milk as a vaccine. Thimerosal is no longer an ingredient in children’s vaccines. There are more vaccines given to children these days, however, they’re better engineered than in the past.

In Summary: Vaccines save lives, the benefits of vaccination outweigh risks of serious side-effects, El Dorado County has low school-age vaccination rates, vaccines are safer today than ever before, parents and the community need education to dispel any myths and understand why vaccination is necessary, parents with questions need counseling from a trusted medical source, and community support is needed.

Do your part to as a partner in the community.  Contact her with questions/comments and refer families to the information in the handouts.


5. Special Update: “South Tahoe Middle School Anti-Bullying Programs”

Beth Delacour, Principal  (530) 541-6404 x280

Suzy Krzaczek


Beth handed out, “A Multi Approach to Bullying at STMS, 2012-2013.”

Bulling has been both a national topic and a hot topic in the last few years.

When we have an assembly and ask student, “Have you ever been bullied?” Most kids stand up. When we ask kids, “Have you ever bullied?” Most kids sit down.

There is a Teen Truth Live grant. A person gave cameras to students to talk about issues with the kids. Then, we present the videos to the students to initiate discussions. Melba Beals, at age 65, came talk to the group. She is a member of the Little Rock Nine, a group of African-American students who were the first to integrate with Anglo students at Central High in Little Rock, Arkansas. Teen Truth live shows Columbine and it starts the conversation and asks, “What can we do about this?”

In the handout, there is a copy of the pretest and posttest we give the kids every year. Depending on what your vision of what bullying the answers to this test shifts when we give it to kids each year. The following pages are the answers and statistics.

What is Bullying? “Bullying is any aggressive, intentional behavior meant to hurt or humiliate someone else. Bullying involves an imbalance of power and strength,” (p.24 “Teen Truth: Bullying & School Violence handout). See the handout for examples of bullying. Most of us are familiar with physical bullying; however, it also involves spreading rumors, intimidation, teasing, insulting, threats, cyber-bullying, and impersonation. 

It is normal for middle school youth to wonder, “Do I have friends? Do I fit in?”

At South Tahoe Middle School, we have assemblies on bullying, drugs and alcohol, and body image. We had Aaron Christopher host a “Difference Maker Summit.”


Suzy:  We pulled out 7th grade student leaders for a day and they came up with what the primary issues are on campus. They are most concerned about use of drugs and alcohol, name calling, racism. An action to take is to be aware and pay attention (we don’t notice the kid who is invisible) or do something about the bully. Another action is to be more courageous.  The students had a plan to address name calling, they’d commit to tell others, “We don’t do that here” if they were name calling. A second option could be to get a buddy and talk to the name caller. The group also offered support and group awareness to educate the whole school.

We picked 7th graders because we will be able to work with them for two years. To date, they have implemented most of these things.

They took “How Full is your Bucket?” a children’s book. We designed invisible buckets over our heads. All the staff had a bucket, and then the leadership students had a bucket. We saw a change of climate and culture in the students via this activity. We have certain kids that this is the only kind word they get all day, and they’d check their bucket many times a day looking for kind words and to be noticed. We are looking at continuing this next year.

Each leader took this and made a program called “Kindness Counts.” The idea is that You Don’t have to Blow Out My Light to Make Yours Brighter. We are getting big themes to bring these How To Be Kind Efforts forward.


Beth: Are we a 100% bully free zone? No. Will we ever be? No.

Manny Scott was a Freedom Writer. He tells story about his bad days and how to turn the page in your book to get a different outcome. He emails and texts the kids. Community relationships created this program.

We have an Advisory Program where 6-8th graders come together in a room. The goal is for them to help and support each other. We have seen examples of how this is working.

We ask the students, “Do you feel comfortable talking to your advisory teacher on Thursday once per month?” 76% yes, so this speaks highly of the staff. We want kids to have another parent, to be held accountable by someone else, act as a gentle persuader, for this adult to advocate for the kid so that no kid gets lost in the shuffle. This advisory teacher has the student for three years. We want every kid to have five people on campus that can help them and they can trust.

Sprigeo (#805-284-9435 or is a phone number where a student can anonymously report bullying. The report goes to the administration immediately and the staff gets together to discuss and deal with the issue.

This school year, the Assistant Principal has had 1603 student contacts the 1st trimester, and 1619 contacts 2nd trimester. Student contacts mean we’re communicating with kids. It could mean we’re helping and does not always involve discipline.

We provide drug free positive lifestyle choices for students. We believe that busy kids are positive kids. We offer ice skating, dance, sports, woodshop, AVID, leadership, dance, etc. to students. Some kids can’t get involved as they have family commitments. We are trying as best we can so they can get involved. When they’re involved they’re connected to the community.

TTV is a communication tool we use each morning. The videos are made by students to communicate to their peers.

Our Key Messages, are that we urge school students NOT to hurt their classmates by bullying them; to pay attention to how your actions impact others; before you tease someone, put yourself in that person’s shoes and think about how you would feel; stand up for bullied classmates and get help from an adult!

I love this quote by Erahm Christopher, TTV film maker, “Look around you! Everyone in your class copes with the same stress of school, parents, relationships and the future. No one needs added stress from bullying. Work together to make the 4 years in high school the best they can be, not just for you, but for everyone!”

When kids promote from 8th to 9th grade, we ask them, “If you’re not making a difference, what are you doing?”



6. 2:30 PM Adjourn


7. 2:30PM Drug Free Communities Meeting, 1100 Lyons Avenue


8. Next Lake Tahoe Collaborative Retreat — June 10, 2013

    12-2pm Aspen Room, Lake Tahoe Community College

    ***Please bring food to share for lunch. Drinks and plates/utensils/napkins will be provided.

Lake Tahoe Collaborative

May 13, 2013



1. 1:00pm Welcome

Review the minutes from the April 8th meeting.

2. Introductions and Announcements from Agencies

Members are encouraged to share new program or staff changes, important dates, and other pertinent information to the Collaborative.  

3. Special Update: “Vaccine Safety Education”

Lynnan Svensson, RN, BSN, PHN

Supervising Public Health Nurse

MCAH Program Director

El Dorado County Health & Human Services Agency


Josephina Solano, BS

El Dorado County Health & Human Services Agency

Public Health Division – Children Medical Services


4. Special Update: “South Tahoe Middle School Anti-Bullying Programs”

Beth Delacour, Principal


5. 2:30 pm Adjourn


6. 2:30 pm Drug Free Communities Meeting


7. Next LTC meeting June 10, 2013 Retreat

12pm-2:00pm, Lake Tahoe Community College Aspen Room


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