Lake Tahoe Collaborative


Our Mission: The Lake Tahoe Collaborative (LTC) is a community strengthening group focused on building stability and resilience in our children and families.


February 10, 2014 Agenda

  1. 1:00pm Welcome Approve the minutes from the January 13, 2014 meeting.
  1. Introductions and Announcements from Agencies Members are encouraged to share new program or staff changes, important dates, and other pertinent information to the Collaborative.a. Diana Lozano, South Lake Tahoe Library: Barton Health did Covered California sign ups last Saturday. They are conducting Spanish computer classes with 1:1 tutoring. Their programs have been well attended, thanks for helping get the word out for Mother Goose on the Loose in Spanish. At the last program, they had 30 families. They have updated the early learning play kitchen and added a play and learn island. Most of programming for Adults will happen next week through August. No new staff changes. c. Cheyanne Lane, Tahoe Youth and Family Services: Still hunting for a new Executive Director, which they hope to hire in the next three months.e. Janna Genovese, Live Violence Free: This is Dating Violence Awareness month.g. Sara Conrad, Barton Foundation: They hosted a mental health forum last month. Kindle will come to present an update on this in March. Alexis Foley, Court Appointed Special Advocates: They are pushing through a transition. Have 4 peer coordinators now, 2 work as a team, 3 cohort groups nested inside their program now. Their vision is that peer coordinators manage 5-10 advocates, then manage more children. Also gearing up for next advocate training, March 3, submit an online application at:, then contact office to do meet and greet with Alexis. Have a new training manual and program, plus two courtroom date observations, then independent study. k. De-Anne Hooper, Family Resource Center: This week, February 13 from 6-8pm, they host a Mental Health forum in Spanish, have clients and colleagues attend. Men’s Depression group in Spanish, Monday evenings, 5:30-7pm. Have a Women’s Depression group for Monday and Tuesdays 4-5:30pm. They have increased commodities; they have bread most days of the week and beginning every second of the month, come in for a bag of commodities.  Free legal clinic put on by One Justice at LTCC for kids 15-31 years old, Dream Act, see flyer; call 530-542-0740 to make a one hour appointment with a legal professional.m. Roberta Mason, Lake Tahoe Community College: New schedule is out, in the back is the Community Education Program schedule. It is fully funded by the college, so cost of class is a bit more, no tests, no grades; they have kids programs for school breaks. On March 5th, the anniversary of the first college election, around noon they will hold a press conference at the old motel related to their anniversary. The big anniversary celebration in June 7th, 6pm.  o. Melody Easton, Drug Free Coalition Coordinator: Encourages everyone to come to the DFC meeting, today at 3:30pm.q. Victoria Ortiz, California Tahoe Conservancy: They have made presentations for high school students regarding the Conservancy’s role in the basin. Talk about bike trails and talk to kids about projects in basin. There is the South Tahoe Environmental Coalition that does Environmental Ed in the basin. Volunteer guidelines are going to the Board this month, meaning that kids/volunteers can help with their restoration projects. The CTC is not selling their 5000 lands, as has been put in the media. Their annual report is available at Leanne Wagoner, Barton Health: Added a final Covered California enrollment event, March 25 at LTCC 2:30-5pm, D123 Computer lab. Call her with questions or concerns, (530) 543-5537.t. Sabrina Owen Balme, El Dorado County Mental Health: No updates.v. Nicole Zaborsky read the updates for Julie Day: Tooth Travelers They have been in South Lake Tahoe since December 2, 2013 with mobile dental units (2) at the following locations: Al Tahoe Child Development Program (two weeks); Tahoe Center Child Development Program (3 days);Bijou Elementary School (5 weeks); Tahoe Valley Elementary (1 week)For children enrolled in Medi-Cal:  They will continue be bring a mobile to SLT at least one week every month rotating between Bijou and Tahoe Valley until the end of the school year.  Families can call the office (530) 626-8626 to make an appointment if their child does not go to one of these schools.  Additionally, they are planning to be in SLT during the summer, in multiple locations.In the absence of any other dental provider in SLT accepting Medi-Cal, Tooth Travelers is committed to providing a more permanent solution to the lack of access to dental care for this population.  However, regarding opening a dental clinic in SLT, they have had to put this on hold.  They have not given up on the project, they just do not have the resources at this time to be able to dedicate to the effort and get it up and going by ourselves.    FYI – They appear to be on track to open a dental practice in Placerville in March and will be accepting Medi-Cal eligible patients.Regarding Medi-Cal Adult Dental Benefits:  Adults on Medi-Cal are scheduled to begin receiving dental benefits May 2014.  Once they know for sure that this has been implemented, they can begin to schedule mobile dental clinics and appointments for those eligible for services in SLT.  The length of mobile dental clinics and the number of times per month/year will depend on response.w. Nicole Zaborsky, First 5 and Maternal Child Health Task Force: Maternal Child Health meeting on February 18, 2014 from 11am-12pm to help us determine our new meeting format, revisit our purpose, and help build a strong, supportive health network for our families in the South Lake Tahoe area. In March, we will look at our County’s health status indicators for families, discuss priority areas for improvement and start to develop a work plan for the next few years. Future meeting topics could include: Postpartum, Home Visiting Flow Chart, Prenatal Care in the First Trimester, Immunizations, Mental Health Hospitalizations with Pregnant Women, Domestic Violence Calls, Perinatal Exercise Classes, School Readiness.The meetings will be held on the third Tuesday of each month at both 1360 Johnson Blvd, Ste 103, South Lake Tahoe and 941 Spring Street, Ste 103, Placerville from 11am-12pm, unless noted otherwise. There is videoconference equipment at both locations so that attendees can connect with each other if they are located in different parts of the county and also to attend the meetings in inclement weather.x. Project 44: We are in need of more foster homes in South Lake Tahoe,
  2. u. Steve Heggen, El Dorado County Probation: They have hired Brian Richart, the new Chief Probation Officer.
  3. Proud that two of their physicians, Dr. Finn and Dr. Orr, are in Sochi assisting the US Ski Team. “Like” them on Facebook to see behind the scenes and get the inside scoop.
  4. r. Erica Eng, Grant Coordinator for Tahoe Youth and Family Services and Drug Free Coalition: They have been busy with the Coalition. Completed a continuation application and approved this and last year’s action plans and updated the budget. Working on changing school policies related to suspensions at the high school. Doing prescription drug take back days and working on a permanent site(s). It’s an environmental concern and a health concern to have prescriptions that are not properly disposed of.
  5. p. Fernando Vargas, Boys and Girls Club: No updates.
  6. n. Colleen Cadaret, Lilliput Children’s Services: Passed out several handouts in English and Spanish. They assist anyone raising a child other than their birth child. Parenting the Second Time Around, Feb 25, Tahoe Turning Point, Room B1, see flyer. Guardianship workshop third Tues and Thurs of the month. Guardianship can be necessary if someone is caring for the child and parent comes and goes, drug issues with parent, and to give the child a safe/permanent environment. Contact:
  7. l. Sally Williams, Juvenile Treatment Center: No updates.
  8. j. Amie Brown, Tahoe Dream Foundation: They are giving away clothing, household items, furniture, school supplies.
  9. There is no minimum requirement for subbing and the teaching position will need to qualify for an Assistant Teacher permit.
  10. h. Deirdre Slater, El Dorado County Office of Education: They are looking to hire Preschool Substitutes and Classroom Assistant 2 for the afternoons.
  11. f. Tina Barna, Choices For Children: They are assisting families that have been harmed by lack of money due to the weather. They have distributed extra diapers, gas coupons, food. They hosted a consumables fundraiser for providers. Day of the Young Child is scheduled for June 14th, Lake Tahoe Community College. They need sponsors, see registration forms, or phone Nadine T-Davis at: 530-541-5848. 47 agencies attended last year.
  12. d. Tracy Thomas, Lake Tahoe Community College: Registration is beginning 2 weeks from today. Classes will begin April 6 or 7.
  13. b. Tara Styer, Tahoe Transportation District: No announcements.
  14. Warm Room UpdateNicole Zaborsky, Diana passed out the “Summary of Main Issues, Emergency Warming Center” that was presented to the Lake Tahoe Collaborative on December 9, 2013; and the “California Public Policy and Citizen Participation/Warming Center” handout, Diana reviewed some of the contents of these documents. Funding could come from the City of South Lake Tahoe; if a church will be a lead organization then we can call the Warm Room a “Mission of Help” and many things can be waived, casinos. Discussion on goals, timelines, and next steps.General Comment: In Carson City, Friends In Service Helping (FISH) sponsors a Warm Room in a warehouse behind Bodine’s.            
  15. Comments: De-Anne: Salvation Army–maybe can talk to them and we should continue to pursue the City of South Lake Tahoe Community Development Block grant.
  16. Hours of Operation: 7pm-7am in winter months, which coincides with the existing public transportation schedule.
  17. Number of Clients: 5-6 to start.
  18. Number of Volunteers: 2 at a time.
  19. Funding Sources: City of South Lake Tahoe Community Development Block Grant
  20. Training: AmeriCorps (Hunter) can provide volunteer training.
  21. Semantics: Affiliating with a faith organization and calling this a “Mission of Help” allows us to avert some regulations.
  22. Regulations: Research the City and State regulations on Warm Rooms.
  23. Amenities: Bathroom (could use a port-a-potty), microwave, cot & blankets (Northern Nevada Red Cross). Later: bathing facilities, food, etc. can be considered.
  24. Venue: Lake Tahoe Unified School District portable (consider relocation fees, securing land, hooking up utilities), vacant building on the bus line (Highway 50), motel, Lake Tahoe Community College gym, Recreation Center, a garage/warehouse,
  25. Lead Agency/Organization Ideas: Vitality, FISH, a faith organization, a consortium subset of the El Dorado Community Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, Unity on the Lake,
  26. Money is going to attract someone to partner with us to lease space for this effort. Compassion will only grow after monetary support.
  27. Next Step: The first thing to do is figure out who will manage and take responsibility for this effort—lead agency/organization and fiscal agent. A grant then can cover liability insurance, lease, accountant, insurance, cleaning, community oversight committee.
  28. The volunteers who work at this shelter go through a good client screening process. The folks come, sleep, and leave.
  29. Mandated  Reporter Training InformationJeffrey M. Dent, MSW El Dorado HHSAjeffrey.dent@edcgov.usReviewed mandated reporter services. Hold on to questions until the end. This is the quick and dirty version of Elizabeth Blakemore’s presentation.  See handout.Who are mandated reporters?  Child Care Providers, Clergy members, Health providers, Child Protective Agency/County Agencies serving children, Commercial Film and Photographic Print Processors, Animal Control Officers.Why must you report? It’s the law. Child welfare services are not here to take children away. It is not their primary focus. They protect children. They help children in trouble. They help families with troubles/obstacles to coordinate services and put services in place. And help families mitigate their issues.Who do you call? Placerville 530-642-7100…all calls for reports. South Lake Tahoe if you need to talk to someone at the office, 530-573-3201, but not to make a report.In an emergency, call 911.When and How do you report?  By phone immediately or as soon as possible. There is processing time on CPS’s end. Don’t wait until 3:30pm if you are a teacher as now the kid gets on the bus to go home. This limits their time for a safe confidential interview.Need to report your phone number, name, etc. No one else can know there was a report. The reporter is the only one that knows there was a report. What is the present location of the children? Name of children, information on the family, please help with that. Nature of the injury and report.  Within 36 hours in writing, fill out the SCAR, Suspected Child Abuse Report. Have this information match the phone call, your concerns and observations should show up on this form.  Contact Jeff to get copies of this form for your workplace.Follow your employer’s protocol on who fills out and submits this form.Categories that CPS sees as types of Child Abuse: Physical, medical, emotional, sexual, caretaker, general, severe.Legal description of physical abuse: The infliction of/or at risk of suffering non-accidental, serious physical harm, by parent or guardian (not step-parent, not grandparent, not aunt/uncle, not sibling). When CPS leaves, does the crisis still exist in the family? If yes, then it’s up to the family to sustain the health in the family. The other family members can be charged with Failure to Protect. Physical indicators: fractures, cuts, unexplainable bruising, details given do not correlate to injury; burns; lesions on face (black eyes, broken chin or nose, cut, swollen or bleeding lips); subdural hematoma, long bone fractures or fractures in different healing stages…Your job is to report, not to investigate. If you have a reasonable suspicion that the child has abuse or neglect…does it worry you? And if the explanation does not satisfy you.Medical Neglect: negligent to seek medical care for a specific condition; refusal to seek follow up treatment once ordered by primary physician; the severity of the condition will determine the type of response from Child Welfare Services. Many families do not know how to connect to resources and know the health effects of not seeking services early.Emotional Abuse: no demonstration of affection towards child, one child becomes the scapegoat, hostility or avoidance to address a child, family violence, negative comments toward child.Emotional Abuse Indicators: child lacks self-esteem, seeks approval to the extreme, does not take autonomous decisions (fears, rejection), hostile, verbally abusive, provocative, emotional abuse is the hardest to prove in court. Your report on these issues establishes the foundation for making these issues, as it may be small and a pattern or an escalation and if it’s not documented the system cannot help break cycle of abuse in the community.Sexual Abuse: sexual contact or risk of, above, or below the clothing; parent/guardian or member of the household (can be sibling, uncle, etc.) failed to protect the minor from sexual abuse; and that the parent/guardian or member of the household knew or reasonably should have known that the minor was in danger of sexual abuse. Should look on Megan’s Law and you should know who your neighbors are.Sexual Abuse Indicators: physical trauma, irritation to the genital area; swelling/discharge from the genitals; abdominal pain, painful urination, defecation, difficulty walking or sitting, STD’s; psychosomatic symptoms.If you hear/see these things, call CPS immediately!!!Caretaker Absence: Can be in form of physical or mental incapacity; incarceration of a parent or responsible adult to the child; abandonment and there is no care provider available (no arrangement has been made); caretaker is unable or unwilling to care for the minor.  Sometimes, caretaker is incarcerated, using drugs, mentally unable to care.General Neglect: Vast majority of cases are General Neglect b/c of drug abuse. The majority of their investigations fall into this category; negligent failure to provide adequate housing, food, medical care and supervision to a child; being homeless does not constitute neglect if alternative means are available; being poor is not child abuse; substance abuse in of itself is not neglect. Prescriptions run out and (oxy is expensive, and heroin is cheap) and then general neglect may ensue. CPS is always looking for the nexus…substance abuse is not the only indicator that there is child abuse. They look for how has substance abuse impacted the family negatively? Nexus of drug abuse and child maltreatment.Severe Neglect: Severe malnutrition; failure to thrive (only a medical doctor can diagnose this) without a medical reason or organic cause; knowingly allowing or permitting a child to be in harm’s way or dangerous environment constitutes severe neglect…Ex: have three little kids in the parent’s home, dealing drugs, drive by shooting at the house. Their actions caused those things to happen. Driving under the influence and your child is in the car, this could be severe neglect.  When do you Call? Child Abuse must be reported when one who is a legally mandated reporter “…has knowledge of or observes a child in his or her professional capacity, or within the scope of his or her employment whom he or she knows or reasonably suspects has been a victim of child abuse…” (P.C. 11166(a))Report immediately by phone followed by a written report SS8572 within 36 hours. Failure to report suspected child abuse is punishable by up to 6 months in jail or a $1,000 fine or both.When you are on the clock, working in the capacity of the organization: You are a mandated reporter. Once you take your badge off, it is an ethical choice on whether you report or not. What about if you are in an administrative position? If you are no working directly with children, do you report? Yes, you are a mandated reporter.For P.C. 11166(a), each person has a different definition of “reasonable.” Do not worry that nothing will be done, that you will break a family up. CPS does not need you to be an investigator, just be a reporter. Make the phone call immediately or as soon as possible and fax in the SCAR. Not to scare or threaten, but you leave yourself open if you do not report. Write out your report and read it to the intake worker.Information you provide about a family, there is a small group of people who could have made the report. The family might try to find out if you made the report. The family will never know who made the report. If you have to testify, the information can be made public. Usually, your report is just a trigger to other information that gets collected.Does doing drugs or smoking in front of kids constitute abuse? The kid could ingest the drugs, exposure to the drugs, parents could put the drugs down and a 2 year old puts it in their mouth. Yes, this is child abuse.Steve Heggen: Once you know it, you submit a report even though you know that someone else has made a report. It’s okay to have a duplicate report, CPS will consolidate the information and investigate it once. If your supervisor disagrees with you on making a report, make the report anyway, they cannot stop you from making a report.If at grocery store and see a parent tug at a child, do you call 911? It’s an individual call as to what to do. If you see some appalling things, call. Call 911 if there is a short window of time and they are always prepared to handle situations.Elizabeth Blakemore can go into more detail on this training for your staff.2200 calls come in each year in El Dorado County. CPS goes out on 75% of these calls. South Lake Tahoe is 20—30% of the workload each month.
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  31. Program Manager
  32. 2:30 pm Adjourn.
  33. 3:30 pm Drug Free Communities Meeting
  1. Next LTC meeting March 10, 2014, 1-2:30pm.