Lake Tahoe Collaborative
January 14, 2013

1. Welcome
a. Approve December Minutes

2. Introductions and Announcements
a. Amanda Morozumi, CASA El Dorado. No updates.
b. Julie Kypta, CASA El Dorado.
c. Kim Stadtlander, El Dorado County of Education. Melissa Pereira is no longer with the organization. Kim, Kristin, and Liz will take turns coming to Tahoe for the Lake Tahoe Collaborative meetings and providing service to the South Lake Tahoe area. For referrals for “Ages and Stages”, phone Kim at: 530-295-2455.
d. Bill Campbell, El Dorado County Health and Human Services. He resigns 2/1. Sheryce Allendorf was the Social Services Supervisor in Tahoe; she’s taken a position in Placerville. Colleen Studinarz replaces Sheryce. Colleen is hoping to make the meeting today and it’s her fourth or fifth week on the job.
e. Josefina Solano, Public Health. See flyers for Flu Clinics. Jan 16, 18, 23 1:30-4pm.
f. Leanne Wagoner, Barton Health. They’ll have updates to Service Guide—coming soon. 2013 Wellness Lecture Series calendar is coming soon. The first wellness lecture is on February 6th, a Cardiologist will present on High Altitude Heart Adaptations.
g. Diana Lozano, SLT Branch Library. Storytime programs started again. Mother Goose on the Loose has also begun again and is for youth ages 0-2 years. The library applied for a grant for tablets or iPads. The plan is to purchase ~14, load them with books and apps and you can check it out like a book.
h. Roberta Mason, LTCC. Tuition looks like it won’t go up. A fire sprinkler broke and flooded the fitness center so it’s closed for a while. She encourages anyone to take your college classes soon, as there are potential changes coming soon from the State which could increase tuition significantly.
i. Pat Okazca, Barton Health, Barton University. Patient numbers have dropped. We have one doctor taking care of deliveries. Families want to know their delivery doctor is someone they can have a long-term relationship with.
j. Steve Haggan, El Dorado County Probation. They are hiring for a supervisor and two staff people.
k. Karen Houser, Boys and Girls Club. (submitted update remotely, not in attendance) Kids Rodeo, will take place January 15, 16, 17. A flyer will be forthcoming. The focus is on elementary youth. The cost is $3 Friday, $5 Saturday & $5 Sunday.
l. Kathy Martinez, University of California Cooperative Extension Nutrition Program. (submitted update remotely, not in attendance)
1. She is collaborating with Boys & Girls Club and has added a K-1class at Bijou and a K-1 class at Al Tahoe site. She will move on to higher grades afterward. She is also collaborating to add more family education, such as kids and parent’s events/ workshops. She would like to see more parent/child events so she and Karen will be brainstorming around this concept.
2. She has started a volunteer program with Advancement Via Individual Determination at South Tahoe High School. She currently has 4 volunteers helping with curriculum kits that go to the Family Resource Center; they AVID students expressed interest in teaching so they will help with the youth classes. They will read books to our kids, lead activities, and also learn about their own nutritional needs.
3. Family Resource Center will continue nutrition education in their Parabajitos youth group (serving Bijou students K-5) and two adult classes going on Mondays and Fridays ( they are 3 weeks away from graduating).
4. They will have a new adult class in February at Live Violence Free on Mondays- she is hoping to have Spanish at 11am and English at 12pm
5. She just started visiting South Tahoe Middle School’s Home Economics class on Fridays. She will work on setting nutritional/physical activity goals for them as well as practicing healthy cooking.
6. She will be doing more recruiting after this week and will continue nutrition education for adults.
m. Alissa Nourse, Tahoe Youth and Family Services. They are hiring staff for the Incline Village site and will be bringing on an intern. They have had several building leaks, too. They had a great Christmas. Teen wish list gifts got taken care of at the last minute and that made the teens happy. El Dorado Community Foundation is helping with Homeless Activities. They can see people up to age 24 in their facility and have laundry facilities, showers, and food. They get a lot of homeless people travelling through the area. They ask that they participate in some of their services. People can come to the drop in center for as many days (months) as needed, no questions asked, however, they cannot come under the influence. The Drug Free Community Coalition meets after this meeting. They are looking for the Request For Application, which should come out at the end of February or early March. They’ve begun to write the action plan for year one.
n. Frank Blakeney, Live Violence Free. His update is part of the Special Update presentation, see below.
o. Arturo Rangel, Lake Tahoe Community College, Cal Works Program. In the next two quarters they have money to assist students find employment. This program focuses on job skills. If your organization has an entry level position and there’s a need for someone, they can pay 75% of the wage. This helps your organization and the students.
p. Megan Ciampa, Foster Family and Adoption Services. They are looking for foster families. They currently have one family in Truckee and some in South Lake Tahoe. They’d love to service in Alpine County. Pre certification training will be held in April. Next month she’ll bring updated materials.
q. Delicia Spees, Family Resource Center. They had an amazing Christmas. People in the community were very giving. Arturo Rangel works as a therapist at FRC for 15 hours per week. Arturo is starting a Men’s Group in English and Spanish. See the flyer. They’ve had a lot of men coming to the women’s support group, ~9 men in the Spanish group. They have collaborated with Probation for referrals to the Men’s Group. They’ve received funds from El Dorado Community Foundation to increase home visitation. They are working with Cal Works.
r. Francie Alling, St Joseph’s Community Land Trust. Their 10th Anniversary was in the middle of November. It was a spaghetti feed and was well attended. In February they are doing financial education training in collaboration with Wells Fargo Bank and it will be held at the Lake Tahoe Community College. The flyer is coming soon.
s. Kristin Hunt Naefke, Tahoe Turning Point. As of January 9th, we are certified as a group home and outpatient facility. Kiwanis Community Faire is coming up, see the upcoming flyer. They have family reunification and family preservation services available. They are able to provide services to Child Protective Services families.
t. Kristi Boosman, TRPA. The Regional Plan Update passed on 12/12/12. They recently published “Tahoe In Depth”, a free publication with information on free facilities and updates on projects and water quality. The paper was mailed to all Tahoe mailing addresses. They hope to publish the next paper in Summer, ~June. They are looking for publishing funding.
u. Tina Barna, Choices for Children. This time of year, they dread budget talks. It looks like Child Care will still be preserved in the budget. Emergency Diapers and Formula needs continue to increase. Instead of toys for families, they gave diapers and formula at the holidays. The families were excited to receive these gifts.
Question to the group: Are we going to do Day of the Young Child again? If so, we need every agency and organization’s support and the maximum financial support that the community can garner. The event will take place in June. She will proceed with scheduling the date and planning the event. At the next CapC meeting, Alissa and Frank will advocate for event support funding. Approximately 250-300 children attended last year’s event. Last year, food was donated by Kiwanis, the bounce house was provided by the Boys and Girls Club, the US Forest Service attended, as did the Department Of Transportation.
v. Janet Stevens, El Dorado County Mental Health. The MHSA Housing Public Hearing was on January 3rd. The housing presentation was made for both sides of the hill. A new low income housing development is planned for the corner of Pioneer and Ski Run Boulevard. They want six units designated for those with serious mental illness (Access 1 diagnosis) and who are homeless or at risk of being homeless. They have spent money on a similar project in Shingle Springs and want to do one here, too. It is looking like they will get project approval. Part of the money will be to develop the facility and the other part is to help them pay rent for 20 years. Housing is not linked to people who receive services. There’s a critical need for housing for this population in the community. The downside of the project is that it’s not transitional housing, it’s long term. The target population is people 18-59 years of age; however, if applicants are outside of this age bracket, it doesn’t mean you’re ineligible.
w. Peggy Wright, Barton. They have had a total changeover of doctors, so as a result, patient visitation is down. Dr. Matthew Berulich III, M.D., Dr. Sundwall and Dr. Spielvogel (will be on staff next week) have been contracted to provide Gynecology and Obstetrics services. Deliveries are down some while in transition. In terms of Best Beginnings, if people are going to the Valley to give birth, how will they get the Best Beginnings home visits? We’d have to be told about the birth so we know to visit them.

3. Special update: Frank Blakeney, Executive Director
Live Violence Free, (530) 542-2118,

Update on the LVF Federal Grant for Supervised Visitation
We give services to victims of domestic violence and abuse. We give other services, too. We changed our name to be more inclusive of all the services we provide.
Parent to Parent Grant, see flyer. It’s their 5th year of this program. It is a Department Of Justice Grant. They had a gap when they didn’t get the DOJ grant, but they supplemented with other grants. They got the DOJ grant again this year. There was no gap in services in five years, but they were looked at as a new applicant so they got funding for 3 years from DOJ. It’s a grant for supervised visits or supervised exchanges. They are not the only agency that provides this service, but because they have received past grants, they have video cameras and walkie talkies and staff has gone to workshops for skills and training. There is always multiple staff on hand when doing the exchange or visit. We currently do supervised visits and exchanges Thursdays-Sunday, but hoping to expand to more days of the week. The exchanges and visits are done during non-office hours, as most parents come after work or after school so it’s convenient for families. Mario Guerrero is the supervisor for this program.
Can LVF do exchanges for foster care youth? No. It’s this grant is to protect the custodial parent from non-custodial parent.
There’s a sliding fee scale, but they don’t let that limit someone’s ability to participate.
Most participants are court ordered to participate in this program.
How the visit works: the visit is at 3:30, the non-custodial parent shows up at 3:15 and is patted down, taken to room with no windows (with a video camera monitoring the non-custodial parent and staff person monitoring, too). The custodial parent drops off the kids, the kids and non-custodial parent visit for 2 hours in a room, the custodial parent comes to pick up the children at 5:30, 15 minutes later the non-custodial parent is allowed to leave the room.
January is National Stalking month. These clients are in a potential or former domestic violence relationship, so this gives them security in a controlled, monitored setting.
Other They have a home visiting program for domestic or sexual violence victims. The grant is in collaboration with Tahoe Turning Point. It involves several different components. The services are in English or Spanish. This program is evidence based.
Parenting Without Violence: is a bilingual parenting therapy group. The first meeting is on Tuesday February 5th at 12:30pm. It is a 12 week program. They are conducting this group through the home visiting grant.
New Program: Father Engagement. LVF has the goal to engage more fathers. Frank went to a workshop in Sacramento on this subject ( El Dorado County wants to support this effort in both Placerville and South Lake Tahoe. LVF wants to have one or two engagement events for fathers by the end of the fiscal year. They are upping the awareness for this effort.
El Dorado County has a Supporting Fathers Initiative, a 16 week training program. El Dorado County wants to pay for 4 staff people in the South Lake Tahoe area to be trained to teach this program. There’d be two teams, with one male and one female member on each team. A minimum requirement is that one person on each team is a minimum of an intern Licensed Professional Therapist. The program was created by set of professors at Berkeley and a set of professors at Yale. The training will most likely come in next year’s budget. It is primarily for underemployed or unemployed individuals with a focus on parenting skills. It’s a national evidence based curriculum. There will be a one day staff training. The program has huge potential for the community.

Comment from Josefina Solano. With regard to an article she read on the Native American population in New Mexico, there is a stigma attached to the word “support” (ex: Parent Support Group). This population of parents prefers to call the meetings “Talking Circles”.
Frank agrees with Josefina on the wording of the fathers group and the word “support” should not be used.

4. 2:30 PM Adjourn

5. 2:30PM DFC Meeting, 1100 Lyons Avenue

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