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.

September 8, 2014 Minutes

  1. 1:00pm Welcome
  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.Review the minutes from the August 11, 2014 meeting. Note changes to NAMI news, which has been changed to read as follows:Marleen Ames, National Alliance on Mental Illness: Hope to have a NAMI college chapter soon. They have support groups run by volunteers for the mentally ill. They recently had a program, dinner and film, “In Our Own Voice.” There were two guest speakers (one was bipolar and one schizophrenic). Their next meeting for Family Members is Tuesday 8/12/2014 at 6pm in the Library. (*Corrected 8.22.2014)                    Mothers support groups, depression groups, Cafecitos programs continue.Christopher Croft, Tahoe Youth and Family Services: He is the new Executive Director. They had a flood in Gardnerville office and never cancelled a single appointment. He is excited to be here.  They are hiring for several positions: AOD counselor at JTC and in Schools, will have job description by end of tomorrow on their website.  Also have several candidates for mental health counseling. Saturday Sept 20 doing Color Blast Fun Run at LTCC.  Cross country trail experience. Visit website to register.Tina Barna, Choices For Children: Childcare resource and referral agency. Serving families with resources, emergency supplies, toy lending library. Families are coming in to drop off supplies for other families. Continue to legislate. Day of the Young Child is set for 2015, moving to the first week of June, June 6th.Leanne Wagoner, Barton Health: The next wellness lecture, Prostate Health, will be held Wednesday September 10, 6-7pm at Lake Tahoe Community College. They recently brought a \urologist on staff.  Last year, movie was filmed in Tahoe, “Last Weekend.” Entire movie takes place in Lake Tahoe.Leanne Wagoner, Barton Foundation: The Riva fundraiser, Signature Cocktail Contest, will be held Wednesday, September 24, 5:30-8pm at Riva Grill.Barbara Mick, El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency: They provide Welfare to Work, Cash Aid, Cal Fresh.Melody Easton, Lake Tahoe Drug Free Coalition: Summer coalition put permanent prescription bin at the Police Department, in the first month it was emptied three times.  Couple new things at South Tahoe Middle School and South Tahoe High School re: suspension. Prescription Drug Take back Day Sept 27th at Safeway, prescriptions will be  incinerated in Sacramento. Keep them out of water, medicine cabinet.  Meeting tomorrow in this room at 3:30pm. Have workgroups. Will be voting in new Executive Committee.Hanna Greenstreet, Live Violence Free: Prevention program is exploding right now. Going to be working with TTP and JTC, Mt. Tallac right now, STMS presence quadrupled. Girls Empowerment retreat, no income guidelines,  November 8, all South Tahoe Middle School 6-8 graders, sign in online or with Beth Delacour or Karen Holmes.  All day, 9am-6pm, free.  Sunset Gala at Edgewood. Sun. Oct. 19, 5-8pm.  Silent auction, live auction. Buy tickets online, become a patron online.Ashley Yuill, Community Outreach Volunteer Coordinator, Live Violence Free: From Reno, first day on the job. Excited to get to know the community.Wendy David, Tahoe Magic: Has a website,  Has a PayPal link. Wendy David, Lake Tahoe Unified School District: Back to School nights coming up. Enrollment up 125 kids this year.  Law changed, by law have to provide transitional kindergarten at 4 years old. Have 4 classes at Tahoe Valley this year.  Lilliput (emailed update): Have been awarded contract with El Dorado County and have resumed caregiver services in Placerville and South Lake Tahoe.South Lake Tahoe Library (emailed update): Library Storytimes will start this week and continue into December. Programs are available in English and in Spanish and open to children ages birth to five with their parents and caregivers. You are more than welcome to encourage families from your agency that you think will be interested to attend.  Our message to parents and caregivers:
  2. Dr. Alicia Paris Pombo, the Doctor for Public Health.
  3. Liz Barnekoff, El Dorado County Office of Education: You heard about employment positions available. Your agency may get a phone call from Family Services Person from their office, they are going to reach out.
  4. City Council Forum at Lake Tahoe Golf Course: Candidates and Questions, Wednesday September 10 5-7pm. Even if you are not a voter or live in the City, please attend.
  5. In honor of the football season starting up again, we will be showing football favorite films for “Movies in the Morning.” Join us Saturdays, September 6th, 13th and 20th at 10:00 a.m. for The Blind Side, Rudy and Invincible. Free coffee and donuts will also be provided.
  6. 1 on 1 technology help is available Saturday, September 20th & 27th for any persons seeking to become more knowledgeable with computers, the internet, tablets, eReaders, or smartphones. Seniors, adults, teens or children can sign up for 30 minutes of free help at the library. Stop by or call 530-573-3185 to set up an appointment in English or Spanish.
  7. Reading to your child is the single most important thing you can do to help them succeed in life and storytimes at the library are a fun way to get kids excited and passionate about books.
  8. De-Anne Hooper, Family Resource Center: The Mexican Consulate will be at Bijou School Cafeteria on Saturday October 4 to provide paperwork assistance, sign up in advance or walk-ins at end of day.  8:30-4:30pm.  Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) will be at Lake Tahoe Community College Board room from 1-5pm on November 1, 2014 to help with application renewal process.
  9. Sabrina Owen, El Dorado County Mental Health: Finally moved and are open at the remodeled location, 1900 LTB, across from Les Schwab.
  10. Josefina Solano, El Dorado County Public Health: Flu season is here again, flu clinics are  available, see flyers in English and Spanish. $10 but no one turned away. Senior Center on September 24, October 8, October 22, October 20; Bijou School, October 8 and 15; South Lake Tahoe Airport, November 5.
  11. Shannon McIssac, Tahoe Chamber: Financial Workshop for non-profits is September 30, 2014 from 9:30-11am in the Tahoe Chamber Conference Room. Free for members, $20 for non-members. Spread the word,
  12. Tara Styer, Mobility Manager, Tahoe Transportation District: The Regional Coordinating Council meeting is  September  25 , 2pm, 128 Market Street. This meeting will focus on Veterans. They are looking to provide Veteran transportation to Reno. Lots of legislative initiatives in the works for local Veterans to get care at Barton (versus Reno).  VA presenters will discuss tele health to help rural veterans.
  13. Jane Flavin, Live Violence Free:  Ashley Yuill and Hannah Greenstreet accompany her today. Two positions available, Crisis Line bilingual, Alpine County Coordinator. Parent-Child Program begins September 10, 2014, see flyers. These can be stand alone classes, call if interested for more details, 530-544-2118 x7635..
  14. Theresa Papandrea, SOS Outreach:  They are signing up 8-18 at risk youth, ski and snowboarding opportunities this winter, which includes mentors, life skill trainings, , leadership training. 65 kids are registered, 25 slots are available. Call Theresa to get signed up. All teachers, teacher coordinators on board. Work with Sierra House, Bijou, Tahoe Valley, Zephyr probation programs. Trying to get into Carson Schools, she has had a  hard time working with this area. Contact her with teacher contacts. Registration nights are up coming. They are recruiting mentors 18 and older that want to commit to 3 days/month to ski/snowboard.
  15. Court Appointed Special Advocate: Training is coming up beginning October 6th for new Advocates. Contact Alexis at 530-573-3093, or “”
  16. Amanda Morozumi, Tahoe Turning Point: Accepting transitional housing applications for people 18-21 who have been in foster care.
  17. Amanda Hammond, McKinney Vento liaison with the Lake Tahoe Unified School District. She works with homeless youth.
  18. Sarah Bond, Run For Courage: they will present later in the meeting.
  19. Ashlie Bryant, Run for Courage: they will present later in the meeting.
  20. Veronica Strauss, Children’s Health Initiative: They are assisting families with providers, insurance.
  21. Kim Stadtlander, High 5 for Quality, Together We Grow: They provide tech assistance and training for childcare programs at High 5 For Quality. Together We Grow is working with Tahoe Tot Spot, Sept. 23rd doing a 4 week class for parents, sign up online at Tahoe Tot Spot.
  22. Sarah Lanni, Tooth Travelers: The Children’s Dental Van has been providing services to adults on Medi-Cal, 630 unduplicated adult patients were seen this summer. They are booked through September and starting a school based program simultaneous with the adult program.
  23. Penny Smart, Children’s Health Initiative: They are busy connecting families to doctors, dental van, services.
  24. Marisa Wishart, Covered California: She will give a presentation later.
  25. Deirdre Slater, El Dorado County Office of Education: Classes are almost full but down staff. Have fliers opening for head start teacher, classroom assistant II, family service specialist, early head start teacher, substitutes.  The job openings are listed online, “”. Some are 5 hours, some are 4.5 hours, and include benefits.
  26. Wendy David, Facilitator: Welcomed everyone.
  27. Agency updates and announcements:
  30. “Run For Courage” presentationSarah Bond, Run For Couragesarahb@runforcourage.orgAshlie Bryant, ED and Co-Founder     Greater Impact: give to organizations that have their front line: Grace Network, Glass Slipper, AIM, A New Day for Children, Children’s receiving Home, BAATC, The House of Acts, City of Refuge, CASA, CAS-RE, WIND Youth Services…Prevention and education in high risk/foster youth; education with law enforcement and TSA agents and mobile apps; restoration. Together We Make A Difference.  Education: Invite anti trafficking orgs in Sac and Bay to events. Over last three years, they are booked in 15 high schools for this fall. During training cover human trafficking, history of slavery, global to local and how students might be affected by human trafficking (social media networking, employment,). School parties, drugs in drinks. This is how it looks in your home town. Depending on school can bring counselor or social worker with them.  Colleges, talk to sociology and ethics classes to do training with front line staff.See in Schools: vulnerability, misconception “this won’t happen to me,” isolation, peer pressure and recruiters at parties, immaturity, 2 types of cases…as talking at AG’s office, Foster kids at risk and non-straight A student both at high risk.  Students/Kids Online: Websites (Backpage, Facebook); Social Media Apps (Snapchat, Yik Yak, Kik Messenger, Poof which has been discontinued, Omegle, Whisper, Down, Chat Roulette).Relationships changing with our next generationCase Examples from last 6 months: July 4th Firecracker run, Freshman On-line with Connecticut man, Freshman befriended by online man and took public transportation to meet him, college male student shared friend posted girlfriend for sex on FacebookWatched video, Run For Courage.orgWendy: Do programs in schools, do you do programs for similar aged-kids?  Yes.And, can train agency staff, too.Wendy: One thing she’s heard is to train staff at the casinos. And hotel staff. Yes, they cross state lines.
  31. Can tailor to any age.
  32. Who we are: Raise awareness and funds to combat Human Trafficking. Educate agencies, Adult Awareness, Classroom Education, 5-10k races.
  33. Teaching 1,000 people just this week.
  34. Raise awareness and funds related to Human Trafficking.
  35. Ashley: Run for Courage is race to end Human Trafficking. Adopting their daughter in China and a woman approached them to sell her baby to them.  El Dorado Hills outing, 4 hours, saw 22 year old man, pimp, took a 17 year old community girl, drugged her, raped her, pimped her, 15-20 times a day she was sold.
  36. Sarah, Comm Outreach and Educator
  37. Director of Community Education and Development
  38. Run For Courage was founded in 2010 in El Dorado County and exists for two reasons – to raise awareness and funds to combat human trafficking and to restore the lives of trafficking victims. For the last 4 years, we have held 5/10k races in Folsom and Oakland to raise funds for non-profit beneficiaries across the globe that are working on the front lines to combat trafficking and assist survivors. To prevent trafficking from ever taking place, we also see it as vital to educate middle school, high school, and college students as well as community groups and agencies on how human trafficking takes place and how to prevent, identify, and respond to trafficking in our own domestic communities. To this end, over the last two years, we have taught over 4,000 students in health, sociology, and government/economics classrooms across California. We, at Run For Courage, believe that knowledge is power and seek opportunities to educate our youth and our surrounding communities so that they, too, can help fight Human Trafficking!
  39. “Covered California” presentation

    Foster children are eligible through 26 years, go to Takela, El dorado County office to enroll. 2015 Updates: Open enrollment November 15 to February 15, 2015; Online shop and compare tool; covered CA TV and radio ads will begin in September; biggest updates are pediatric dental care now embedded in Covered CA plans; standalone dental plans for adultsVisit: Covered on Geographic Healthcare Coverage: The lawmakers are aware of the restrictions for communities near state lines and are working on making access easier across geographic boundaries.Barton’s perspective: 4x’s medi-cal enrollment…so successful for locals to get enrolled. Working at making changes to Community Health Center to add Saturday hours to ease ER and help families. Partnering with Chamber, Sacramento Covered, Small Business Majority…last year targeted individuals, this year doing workshops for small businesses for less than 50 employees. If thinking of getting insurance for your small business or worried about the healthcare costs, these workshops will benefit you.

  40. Summary: had very high enrollment in California.
  41. Eligible through Medi-Cal or experience “qualifying event.” Ex: loss of health insurance, aging out of a plan, moving to or within California, have a baby (entire family can use this to enroll) or adopt a child or receiving/placing a child in adoption or foster care, divorce, return from active duty military service, release from incarceration, gained citizenship or lawful presence. If someone is going through a big life change, call California Covered directly.
  42. Special Enrollment has a couple more months left.  See Powerpoint slide notes.
  44. Open enrollment for Covered California is currently closed, but there are still opportunities for individuals and families to enroll in coverage if they qualify for a Special Enrollment. Qualifying events include marriage, birth of a child, etc., and it is important to be familiar with these qualifying events so that we can better serve our communities and clients. Many individuals will experience a qualifying event without realizing that they are eligible to enroll in coverage. The presentation will provide the Special Enrollment basics so we can identify when someone may be eligible to enroll, and give the resources to direct them to the proper agencies for more information or enrollment.
  45. 2:30 pm Adjourn
  1. Next LTC meeting October 13, 2014, 1100 Lyons Avenue, Boys and Girls Club Meeting Room, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 1-2:30pm.