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Lake Tahoe Collaborative
November 11, 2013

1. Welcome
a. Make a change to the October minutes: NAMI meetings are the second Tuesday of the month at 6:00pm at the Library, there will be no meeting in December.
b. Approved the amended October minutes.

2. Introductions and Announcements
a. Wendy David, Facilitator of the Lake Tahoe Collaborative (LTC):
She gave an introduction on her role with LTC and with Tahoe Magic, a non-profit to help families in crisis.
b. Leanne Wagoner, Barton Health:
They are focusing their community outreach on the Healthcare Reform, Covered California. Covered California is working with Blue Cross and Blue Shield. They have 6 enrollment days scheduled for Covered California. Call her with questions, (530) 543-5537.
She is the newly elected chair of the Drug Free Communities. The next meeting will be 11/18 2:30pm, contact Erica Eng, Tahoe Youth and Family Services, or Leanne for more information on joining.
c. Jan Wilcox, SNAP-Ed Project Coordinator, El Dorado Hills Community Vision Coalition:
Jan works with the Vision Coalition of El Dorado Hills. She is working on a county wide nutrition program plan and working with First 5.
d. Leila Rosner: Foster and Kinship Care Education:
The next training, open to public, is Nov. 1, 5:30-8:30pm, Lake Tahoe Community College (LTCC) Aspen Room, changing attitudes and thoughts when working with children to better serve them.
The Herrera Family, a foster family in town, has taken on recruiting for foster parents. They are still looking for a lot more foster parents. Currently, there are 9 active foster parents in town. At any one time, there are from 100-120 kids in need of foster homes in South Lake Tahoe. Most of these kids get placed in Jackson and Sacramento. The Herrera Family has developed Project 44, a push to have 44 foster homes in South Lake Tahoe, which will accommodate the 100 or so children in need of a foster home here. Please help spread the word.
Kids Comfort Box Kickoff is December 6th, 6pm, 3580 Blackwood. Putting together foster boxes for foster children. They will collect items (blankets, pillows, hair brushes, coloring books, toys, crayons, toothbrushes, toothpaste, sippy cups, etc.) to help children in the “in-between” time from being removed from their home to being placed in a foster home.
e. Tina Barna, Choices For Children:
As you can see from the Boys and Girls Club being closed, there is the lack of school aged care in the community. We have a need for ongoing infant and school aged child care.
They have seen an uptick in toy lending library. If you are cleaning out a closet before or after Christmas, donate to CFC.
They have a small amount of clothing available for local children and families.
f. Raeann Jones, El Dorado Hills Vision Coalition:
She is here with Jan Wilcox to learn what LTC is doing here and to introduce themselves. They want to reach out to SLT community. They helped with South Lake Tahoe DFC grant.

There are 3 memberships open for the Mental Health Commission in SLT. Email Raeanne for an application, or call Diana Hankins 530-577-4740 to contact Diana Hankins to become a commissioner. The South Lake Tahoe members participate via teleconference.
g. Colleen Cadaret, Lilliput Children’s Services, Kinship Parent Liaison:
Lilliput serves El Dorado County. The Kinship Support Services Program (KSSP) is coming up to SLT. In the past, they have partnered with the Family Resource Center for the KSSP program with limited financial assistance. Now they are working directly in the area to serve families in the SLT area. They are taking referrals and serving families as they determine what the needs are for the SLT community. Their program serves uncles, aunts, grandparents, and friends. See flyer. They are taking inventory on what the need is in the community.
They are working on the Holiday Adopt A Family in the area and would like to include SLT families. Contact her with individuals or organizations that might be interested in being an adoptee,
h. Kathy Martinez, University of California Cooperative Extension:
This week is her last week to finish teaching nutrition with the schools. This school year, she taught 712 students. She trained some parents to teach nutrition to kindergarten kids. In January, she will focus on adult nutrition.
i. Rich Barna & Kristen Hunt Naefke, Tahoe Turning Point:
They want to make sure that everyone is clear on transitional housing. There are two programs. One is called THP+FC: It is basic transitional housing, licensed by the State of CA, it is licensed housing for fosters aged 18-21 years. They have a network of counselors, therapists, Youth Development Specialist (YDS). YDS visits them every day. They get referrals from probation or Social Services. This is a county funded program.
The second program is THP+, this program is for 18-21 as well, but it’s just for El Dorado County children. This program provides the same services as the THP+FC program.
Rich hears TTP is going to get approved for 9 beds, which will likely fill up immediately.
As a result of AB12, there is now a facility in South Lake Tahoe and in Placerville to do placements for young men who are struggling with school and housing at the same time. TTP can do AB12 placement for a young man and transition them into housing.
The Transitional Housing piece is all young adults (male, female). AB12 is primarily for young men…all for foster children.
They had a Cork and More fundraiser that raised $500.
j. Garry Bowen: Board of Directors for Tahoe Conservation Service:
Some years ago, a Composting Program was created for restaurants, boats, casinos. 300 tons of food waste is made into soil each year. This program is predicated on the fact that we can create our own soil to grow our own food at Bijou Park and Sierra House School.
The Plastic Bag ban takes effect January. He is looking into getting a reusable plastic bag prototype for grocery stores, made with recycled materials,
In the last few years, he has been working on a national environmental education program.
k. Amie Brown, Tahoe Dream Foundation: They are a non-profit that raises money to give toward school supplies, clothing, toys, furniture, toiletries, supplies to families in need.
50 families showed up at their last fundraiser.
Their next fundraiser, an Aztec Dance, will be at Our Lady of Tahoe, they expect to raise ~$2500.
l. Kathi Guerrero, First 5 El Dorado: First 5 has two new commissioners, Jeremy Meyers and Dr. Trey Washburn.
Andrea Powers (present) has been hired as the new contracts and fiscal manager.
The Dental Van is in contract again.
m. Julie Day, Tooth Travelers:
They just completed their first week. Last year, they had contract issues and had to lay off the staff. Now they are hiring new staff.
The van should be at Al Tahoe Dec. 2-20th. They will follow up with families they saw last year.
They are running a minimum of two mobiles in the county and focusing on 0-5 year olds.
They are working on opening a dental clinic in South Lake Tahoe which will have 7 operatories to serve families they don’t see on the Dental Van. Phone: 530-626-8626.
n. Andrea Powers, First 5 El Dorado Program Coordinator introduced herself.
o. Sara Conrad, Barton Foundation: The Festival of Lights and Trees is December 4-8. She brought tickets to distribute for family night that are good for 6 people and free of charge. Contact her for tickets:
p. Marleen Eames, National Alliance on Mental Illness: She handed out a flyer, “Early Identification and Early Intervention Improves Lives,” to learn more visit, Mental illness will have parody with any other illness and be covered by medical insurance. They are doing a program for all the prisons in California for family members, which will be posted at each prison, and focusing on care of the mentally ill.
They have a program at South Tahoe High School and Mt. Tallac, Directing Change Student Video Contest, they will do their own videos on changing minds on mental illness.
Good news, NAMI received a $2000 grant from Barton Foundation to help with medication and medical assistance.
There are 3 memberships open for the Mental Health Commission in SLT. Email Raeanne for an application, or call Diana Hankins 530-577-4740 to contact Diana Hankins to become a commissioner. The South Lake Tahoe members participate via teleconference.
q. Roberta Mason, Lake Tahoe Community College: The winter schedule has just come out. They ask your patience as there have been some staff changes in the office and people are moving around to new offices.
r. Pat Okacza, Barton Health will present later in the meeting.
s. Nicole Zaborsky, Lake Tahoe Collaborative coordinator: Parasol would like to know about your agency holiday giving programs– ones for clothing, food, toys, etc. Contact Jean Eick, 775-298-0184, Email:
The Maternal Child Health Task Force has completed the educational bookmark on Postpartum Depression and Baby Blues. It is being translated into Spanish by Barton Language Access Services. Then, Barton will print it and we will distribute it throughout the community.
She has been attending the Tahoe Chamber meetings to report on human service updates. She gleans information from the monthly LTC meetings to present to the Tahoe Chamber and feel free to contact her with your news, ex: the need for more school aged childcare in the community, as this could help them disseminate this information to a prospective new/expanding business.

3. Special Discussion: “LTC Partnership MOU Update”
Follow up conversation on the one page document.

We have a draft, which was passed out with the agenda, please review it. If you have comments/suggestions/changes, please bring them up now. If acceptable, we are looking for a motion to adopt it.

Q: How do we become a member? See the mission statement.
Comments: Add Tooth Travelers. Add Best Beginnings, Add Together We Grow…

Rich Barna made a motion to adopt the mission statement, Leanne Wagoner seconded. No opposition. The motion was approved. The document is attached.

4. Special Presentation: “Montessori Methods for Dementia”

Patricia Okacza RN, BA, B ED, Dip TT
Childbirth Education Coordinator
Barton University

She attended a conference in Canada on Dementiability.
In a nutshell, preparing the environment for elderly with varying degrees of Dementia will allow you to do more. Collect all their biographical information. Find out who they are. Observe what, why they doing a particular behavior. Who were they before? Gather things from the past. This will help with memory cueing.
Areas for programming: People get very bored and then they do a particular behavior. Keep them busy so they are engaged and feel empowered and have independence. This builds learning capacities.
Connect the person to the past: What are their needs, interests, skills, abilities? How many are missing people? What are their basic needs? How will you meet their needs to keep them free from pain? How do you find meaningful things for them to do? How do we get them to feel they are loved and they can love? Give them hugs, engage them and make them feel accepted and loved.
Responsive Behaviors: These can be due to unmet needs. If they are constantly bugging someone or pacing/wandering, they may want attention or they need something, but don’t know how to ask for it, they may be scared.
They may get restless and agitated.
Ask Questions: What do you see? What are you observing? Why/When is this happening? Observation is important. Does this person have unmet needs related to behavior that could inform you?
“I want to go home”…might mean “I am lonely, I don’t have social connections here”. Look at their photo album with them and engage them… what is home like? Ask why do they want to go home? Read old letters, have a memory box.
If they say, “I can’t remember I live here,” write down the details of where they live so that they can visit this paper/book. You want to reinforce that this is a safe place and how can we make this good for you?
Saying, “I have to go to the toilet,” may be they don’t really have to but just want your attention.
Things to consider about the person: sense of touch, ability to read, range of motion, ability to perceive/receive affect.
What are the abilities central to their quality of life? Get them something to represent an action/movement.
Don’t assume decline in their condition: Treat the treatable and reverse the reversible. What are the barriers? (poor vision, wrong glasses, wrong medications, hearing loss, pain, fear, loneliness, depression, anxiety)
If they are disoriented, put the information into the environment. It has been shown by research to repair and get back some of their abilities—brain stimulation, push it to work.
Look at their disability—excess disability is not a result of a disease, but it’s a result of not using something.
Take Action:
Exercise: get a piece of paper and draw a big X on it. Get the person to trace the X with their finger going from top to bottom on one side and top to bottom on the other side. This simple action helps the cross connection of the brain.
Stimulate the memories and develop memory cascades.

Memory: Declarative and procedure (habits, motor learning/skills, repetitive priming, classical conditioning). Task breakdown, make a list and post it in a prominent place.
Questions: When a task is not working, as WHY?, Is it too difficult/complicated, too many steps; is it meaningless/unfamiliar, is it too easy, look at the whole environment.
Repetitive priming: A form of procedural memory
Find a neutral song and play it every day before meals, eventually people will know its mealtime just from hearing the music.
Declarative Memory: “If I can’t remember I have dementia and I don’t recognize myself..” How can I remember that you are dressing me because I can’t do it myself? Who are you?
“All About Me Book” a simple book with the person’s information is put together, it reinforces information about the person and their life. Ex: who they are, early years, where were they born, adult years, favorite things, things I don’t like.
Add cues to environment so they can find things (pictures on kitchen cabinets showing what is inside).
Memory Games
Use all the senses you can
Practical Life: Range of motion, grasping, gripping, fine and gross motor abilities, balance and coordination.
Social and Cultural
Group activities
Written material: 100 pt Ariel font is best for groups, 48 for individuals.
Summary: The environment provides information that a person with dementia finds difficult to retrieve from memory.

Contact her for more information or to talk about this more. She can present this to any group.

5. 2:30 pm Adjourn

6. Drug Free Communities meeting will be November 18, 2013, 2:30pm, 1100 Lyons Avenue.

7. Next LTC meeting December 9, 2013, 1-2:30pm, 1100 Lyons Avenue

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
February 11, 2013

1. Welcome
a. Approve January Minutes

2. Introductions and Announcements
a. Amie Brown & Brenda Sanchez, Tahoe Dream Foundation. This non-profit donates its proceeds to support child care centers in Tahoe. They also have a household items program, school supplies, clothing for children and families. The household items program donates items such as dining tables, end tables, and lamps to families. They accept furniture and cash donations. They have helped 15-16 families in the last year. If you know anyone who needs furniture, contact them. They have an office and storage facility near Tony’s Automotive., Phone: 530-307-9602, email: “”
b. Susie Kocher, University of California Cooperative Extension. UCCE is in cooperation with El Dorado County. They have four program areas tied with the Farm Bill and USDA and employ farm advisors, nutritionists, natural resources and forestry advisors. She works with Lake Tahoe Basin fire agencies. They have a grant from the Nevada Division of Forestry to hold “Fire Awareness Week.” UCCE coordinates the media, press releases, radio, TV, and posters. Partner organizations hold their own events. Kickoff for “Fire Awareness Week” is May 25th at the casinos. If interested in hosting your own event, please contact her at
c. Roberta Mason, Lake Tahoe Community College. Day of the Young Child will be hosted at Lake Tahoe Community College this year.
d. Francie Alling, St Joseph’s Community Land Trust. “Money Management Tools and Tips” workshop in will be held at Lake Tahoe Community College on February 25 6-8pm.
e. Sally Williams, Probation. No updates.
f. Diana Lozano, South Lake Tahoe Branch Library. They received the ipad grant. They’ll download them with apps and books and test some out. The grant allows the purchase of up to 15. They’ll be check out like books. They started Mother Goose on the Loose for infants and toddlers. A good program is 5 people and they had 30. Early head start recruited for them.
g. Theresa Papandrea, Snowboard Outreach Society. SOS exposes youth to sports through mentors and community service programs. They ski and snowboard in the winter with 5-day learn to ride programs for at-risk or low income families. They give kids tools for a better life. They have one more ski/board session for middle school/high school youth at Sierra. It includes tickets, clothing, gear. Let her know if you have youth to recruit. They have summer programs also. Office: 775-298-0260, Cell: 530-206-6361, Email:, Website: “”
h. Tina Barna, Choices for Children. “Day of Young Child” is set for June 15. They are looking for sponsors, see attached form.
i. Frank Blakeney, Live Violence Free. February 15 is “One Billion Rising”. There will be global action against sexual abuse that afternoon at 4pm. Soroptimist is doing “Vagina Monologues” (flash mob style) meeting at the clock at Heavenly Village. Last month he mentioned wanting to do more to get men involved in family matters. As part of that effort, David Love is coming up to South Lake Tahoe April 25 from 12-3pm at Blue Angel Café. The event includes lunch a, speaking engagement, and Champions for Children awards too. See application handout, attached, and on the website…submit nominations by March 31st.
j. Kristin Hunt Naefke, Tahoe Turning Point. They are grant partnering with LVF and programs are going well.
k. Jean Eick, Parasol Community Foundation. They have a new annual report handout. Their website has been updated for “Resources for Nonprofits”. There is a calendar strictly for non-profits basin-wide. Submit “Your Success Stories” and they’ll promote the story to other non-profits and in newspapers.
l. Megan Weiss, Parasol Community Foundation. Parasol helps non-profits through volunteer recruitment. A new grant cycle opens Friday 2/15/13 that highlights non-profit leadership. $5000 is the average grant award. The grant will support non-profit strategy, board leadership, and professional development within the agency. “”, under community grants. Closes April 15. Parasol’s Donor Advise Grants accepts opportunities basin wide. Email:, Phone: 775-298-0188, Website: “”
m. Julie Day, Tooth Travelers. Starting January 1st, they’ve partnered with Shingle Springs Tribal Health.
n. Mireya Ortega, Young Tahoe Smiles. Special update, below.
o. Amanda Morozumi, Court Appointed Special Advocates. Information on the “Vagina Monologues” is in the handouts. It will be held February 22 & 23 at Blue Angel Café, $15.
p. Josephina Solano, El Dorado County. They have an opening for a Public Health Nurse. The flu Clinics went well. If people still need the flu shot call 530-573-3155.
q. Arturo Rangel, CAL Works and Family Resource Center. CAL Works has no updates. FRC updates–Amy Jackson of Sports Connection is recruiting for baseball, phone: 530-307-4046. Contact Amy if you know of a child who would like to play, Sports Connection pays the registration fees. Book Works is being remodeled. The plan includes bringing in tables and having reading areas over the next few months. All proceeds for Book Works go to FRC. FRC started the Men’s Support group 2 weeks ago. First session had 4 men, second had 6 men and two more will come to today’s meeting. He finds it humbling and interesting to see the men’s dynamics and the men sharing their feelings and ideas.
r. Leanne Wagoner, Barton Health. There are flu restrictions at the hospital. No kids under age of 12 allowed to visit the hospital now unless there are extenuating circumstances. There is no end date for the restriction. The restriction will be lifted once the flu epidemic is over. The March Wellness lecture is on “Nutrition and Aging”, on March 6 at LTCC, see attached flyer. The Open House for Barton Women’s Health office is February 26, 4-6pm, 2175 South Ave., and will introduce Dr. Spielvogel and Dr. Missanelli.
s. Veronica Strauss, El Dorado County Public Health. Their agency is composed of Community Health Workers and certified car seat installers/inspectors. Lately, they’ve been doing tooth brushing with kids and helping families with installing car seats. Right now, there big changes with healthcare reform and Healthy Families so they’re helping families navigate the changes. Call 1-800-388-8690, for health care, car seat installation, dental van information, and “Ages and Stages”.
t. Liz Ferry-Perata, Early Childhood Specialist with El Dorado County. See the handout titled, “Presentations and Workshops”. They’ll come and present them at your site. They are recruiting for an Early Childhood Specialist, job description is attached.
u. Angela Swanson, City of South Lake Tahoe. The City has lost the Latino Affairs Committee. She believes that City has responsibility to include authentic voices in relation to the Loop Road project and the project’s influences on those who recreate and live in that neighborhood. The consultant for the City/County Recreation Master Plan has been hired and the City needs to hear from a variety of people, especially under represented community segments. They welcome new voices.
v. Alissa Nourse, Tahoe Youth and Family Services. Reminder: The Drug Store Project is April 2. The 2013 Fact Sheet, attached, details how much it costs and welcomes volunteers to join. It’s the 10th anniversary of the project and TYFS is the fiscal agent. They’re hoping to use this 10th anniversary to collaborate with the Drug Free Communities grant. Today at the DFC meeting they’re reviewing the budget and 12 month action plan. If you are willing to be a member and support the DFC grant, please sign a Coalition Involvement Agreement sheet to be submitted with the grant. Ski Duck is an agency that partners with TYFS to take kids skiing. If you have kids who would like to go skiing once or twice, contact them. Then once they’re hooked, they refer the kids to SOS. They have 25 spots to go to Kirkwood, which includes a 2 hour lesson, a lift ticket, and rentals. The TYFS Drop in Center, SLT, is for people ages 10-24. They have food, hygiene products, a washer/dryer, and shower. It is intended as a resource for runaway, transient, and homeless. Please stop by to visit. The Child Abuse Prevention Council is doing a workshop. Heather Avila will attend and then they’ll conduct a presentation to fellow agencies in the fall. Last week, she visited Sacramento for California Commission on Youth. TYFS got a warm reception from Ted Gaines’ office. His representative understands the uniqueness of Tahoe.
w. Wendy David, Lake Tahoe Collaborative. As LTC has grown, the membership has grown and they get bombarded with emails. They need to look at protocols for LTC. After looking at the mission and vision, the following protocols have been set for sending out emails. 1. Does the email represent a government agency, represent a non-profit, is it an organization that offers discounted or services to the community? If so, then the email will be forwarded to the ListServ group. “One Million Rising” is a global event and people will be rising up so we can have a better world. Wear red and meet at the gondola clock on February 15. LTCC and LTUSD are going to districts for voting. If you have a minority majority in the area, you have to do an election for board members in your district. They’re hoping to go from odd numbers to even numbered election cycles. They’ve been voting At-Large for a long time, so these are changes for our community. There are big lawsuits in the State and South Lake Tahoe needs to comply with this so there is better representation.

3. Special Update: Dr. Mireya Ortega
“Young Tahoe Smiles Program Update”
1060 Ski Run Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
(530) 541-7040, “”

Beginning in 2011, she saw a call to action for those who can’t pay for dental care and can’t access services. Dr. Mireya Ortega came to LTC in 2011 to announce her services to the group. She saw youth ages 6-14 who didn’t have dental coverage. In 2011 she saw about 26 children and provided ~$58,000 worth of services to these children. Most families pay between $5 to $50 for each visit. In 2012 she treated 48 children and annually each child’s dentistry is ~$2000 worth of care. Either donations in-kind or monetary donations go towards these services. Many of these children haven’t had service for a long time and when they see them there is much decay and need for services. This year, they started a recall system and brought back 20 children they saw in year one through up to 8 months ago. They taught them dental hygiene and did services for them. These 20 children were ranked “Good,” “Fair,” and “Poor” (“Poor” being calculus, heavy bleeding, and plaque.) The recalled kids were visited and she looked at their charts-she was quite pleased that some were ranked “Fair”, one was ranked “Poor”, and the rest were ranked “Good”. She looked at how much work they really needed. First, they took care of the pain. Then, they gave them an exam, x-rays, hygiene and nutrition information. After the first visit, they do a restorative exam. Then they work in quadrants of the mouth. The patient will get scheduled for one to four more visits. One reason to be here today is to show you that the program works and that they accept clients and you can refer to them. Their obstacle is getting the word out. They now accept youth ages 6-16. They don’t do orthodontics and root canals. The criteria to accept a patient is: age, they can’t have DentiCal, and the family meets the financial ranges. They accept financial contributions from the community through Tahoe Magic. You may donate via the website, “”
or you can call (530) 541-7040.

4. Special Update: Julie Day, “First Five Dental Van Updates”
Cell Phone: (916)837-7174, Office: (855)341-3330

Tooth Travelers has signed a contract with Shingle Springs Tribal Health who has a contract with First 5 El Dorado. They started in Placerville the week of January 7th, and now they’re in Pollock Pines. Up until Friday, they had 180 encounters. They do x-rays and exams the first day, then a cleaning the next day. At the first location, they had 6 youth they needed to refer to emergency dentistry. In December, they saw 83 kids in 1.5 days, 38 rated at Stage 3 where there was visible decay. They’re coming back to South Lake Tahoe April 15-May 31, 2013. The first priority is 0-5 year olds. Please contact them if you have a relationship with a child care center. They can see children ages 0-14 on Medi-Cal. They commit to see 5 uninsured patients per month, so if a patient can’t get on Dr. Ortega’s schedule, call the Dental Van. No other dentists in South Lake Tahoe take Medi-Cal. The best way to refer families to the program is to fill out an application and call 855-341-3330.

5. Special Update: Megan Ciampa, Foster Family and Adoption Services
“Aging out of Foster Care, Why Don’t More Adults Foster?, April Recruitment Training”
(530) 544-2111

Foster Family and Adoption Services is a local foster family and adoption agency. They are far into their adoption recruitment and foster family event planning for April. See the attached flyer. In 2011, 222 children were removed from parents in South Lake Tahoe. Now they have 8 local families willing to care for these children. And, 2011 didn’t feel like an abnormal year, so this is the normal need for the community and the need is huge. 8 families cannot care for these children in the year, so they send kids to Jackson and Sacramento. When they visit their parents once per week, the kids get on a group van to visit their families. The child may spend 10-12 hours in a transport van to visit their parents for 2 hours. The kids visit their parents on Tuesday or Thursday so imagine their school success and ability to participate in after school activities or sports. They’re trying to get more local homes and they’re looking in Kyburz and Alpine County. The goal is to get 10 new families at the April training. Please help post and hand out posters. Please put flyers in people’s hands. Fostering and adoption has always been a need in our community. Our town is very transient and therefore, it can be difficult to find stable families. Their typical family is a two parent household, though they have one parent households. Most families need the monthly stipend, don’t have a big house, and don’t have a lot of extra income each month. They see situations where an extra bed is set up in a son’s bedroom. It’s hard to place kids across state lines, like in Nevada. Right now, if a family wanted to foster/adopt in NV, they can’t go through her agency, but they’re working on licensing for NV right now. Daycare is not covered in the monthly stipend so this is a constraint for families. They’ve been working on problem solving for this. This can be overcome through a combination of working with daycare and Tahoe Magic. They can work on childcare funding for foster families so it’s not a barrier. Another barrier is lack of awareness of services they offer foster and adoptive parents. There are support, transport, mental health services, behavior management services, and a monthly stipend. If you find there’s only one type of kid you can foster/adopt, let her know because she bets she has that type of kid. They have kids who need a place to stay for one night, one month, 6 months to 2 years. They have a need for kids to stay until they’re 18 and they have a need for adoptive families. No matter what age, boy or girl, she has a need for families.

Aging Out Population. These youth are never allowed to return to their biological parents and are not adopted. The families work on issues that led to the kid to be in foster care. Some parents can never make their home safe for the kid to return. Most kids are adopted by a foster family, but some find another family. Some kids turn 18 in the system and emancipate. They don’t have a safe home to go to now that they turned 18. See handout. For years, there weren’t services for these kids. Foster Services has rigid standards about who can live in home, and when the foster turns 18, they may not be able to live in the former foster home. Services have expanded in the last few years, thanks to AB12. Foster youth can stay in foster care up until age 21. They can live in almost any setting, like a foster home, and not required to go through background checks. Other situations they can live in include group homes and transitional housing programs where they may have supervision and services. AB12 allows the kid to transition in and out of foster care as often as they need to. For example, an emancipated foster moves in with friends and it doesn’t work out, so then they can move back in to their foster home. Also, if that person is working and going in school part time or working on the barriers in their life, then they can get their monthly stipend directly. They have access to Medi-Cal until age 21, can live in transitional housing until age 24, can get social work help through age 24, food stamp stipends, and money for college—there are different opportunities depending on the person’s situation.
There’s been a lot of progress in the way of services for these kids. The problem now is letting kids know how to access these services. And, many of them don’t want to stay a part of the system, as there’s a stigma to walking in to a county building and getting help.

6. 2:30 PM Adjourn

7. 2:30PM DFC Meeting, 1100 Lyons Avenue

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

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First 5 El Dorado hosted the Lake Tahoe Collaborative’s Annual June Luncheon and Retreat at LTCC on June 11, 2012.

After lunch and networking, we heard a presentation by Elizabeth Blakemore on  “Emotionally Health Children: How Our Community Can Support Parents to Meet the Social & Emotional Needs of Children.”

Wendy David facilitated a review of Lake Tahoe Collaborative themes from 2011-12.  The group really liked having strategic topics for each meeting.  This new meeting format brought experienced speakers to the table and expanded our pool of participants.  It was important to have the City well represented at our meetings and we learned a lot about transportation and other local issues by deepening these connections with Angela Swanson, Tracy Franklin and Lauren Thomaselli. We appreciated the support of First 5 El Dorado and the Community Strengthening Grant to support administration for the Collaborative.  The email listerve is keeping us aware of gaps in services, changes in staffing, upcoming trainings and webinars, and funding opportunities.  The Collaborative served as the perfect Coalition to bring the Drug-Free Community Grant opportunity to our town and now the DFC Coalition meets right after our LTC meetings in the same room. We appreciated deepening our relationship with Barton and the Barton Foundation this last year.  We are full of gratitude for  Dr. Mireya Ortega’s Young Tahoe Smiles program and her contributions to children’s dental health.  Finally, the Day of the Young Child was well attended and well organized.  This event is so important and we are thankful for the generous support from community sponsors.

Finally, we brainstormed potential topics for 2012-13:

  • Play To Grow
  • Childhood Nutrition
  • Maternal Depression
  • Pre-Conception/Contraceptive Education
  • Updates:  Mental Health, Transportation, Senior Services, Foster Care
  • Focus on Foster Care and aging out of foster youth
  • We would like to reestablish a Police/Sheriff presence at LTC meetings
  • Incorporate the CARE Coalition and DFC members
  • Childcare providers and funding changes in CA, impacts of potential changes
  • Anti-bullying efforts and LTUSD response, Second Step Curriculum
  • Homelessness and Lack of Shelter
  • Add SLT representative to CAPC
  • Get LTC up on Facebook through First 5

Our next meeting is Monday, August 13, 2012 from 1-2:30pm at Boys& Girls Club at Al Tahoe School Site.  We do not meet during the month of July.

May 14, 2012

At our May LTC meeting, we focused on extended announcements from members and updates on Day of the Young Child and the Annual June Forum.

Rob Giustina from On Course Events brought information about the Live at Lakeview Summer Music Series that will run through the summer on Thursday evenings.  Rob invited the non-profits to fundraise at these community events. Two local non-profits per week can participate and can get as creative as we want to fundraise for our organizations.  The concerts will run from about 4:30-8:30pm.  Folks can run the bike valet and get donations through those tips. To participate, contact Rob at: 530.545.9482 or

Karen Naegeli of Tahoe Turning Point (TTP) passed out a flyer for “Above the Horizon” a teen anger management and drug and alcohol education group.  This is a partnership between the two organizations, A Balanced Life and TTP. The program is for teen boys and girls ages 14-17 and parents who need additional support. TTP is also starting an Addiction Counseling Certification Program. All the information is on their website and applications are due by June 14.

Melissa Pereira from Together We Grow announced that the Age and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) is now online in English and Spanish.

The English ASQ can be found at his link.

The English ASQ Social Emotional  can be found at this link.

The Spanish ASQ can be found at his link.

The Spanish ASQ Social Emotional  can be found at this link

Andrew Craven from SLT’s Division of Probation noted that they have part-time positions open at the JTC.   Kelly Taylor is the contact and her phone is: 530.573.7978.  As of July 1, 2012, the State is requiring that sex-offender treatment programs and services be certified by the CA State Sex Offender Management Board.  We don’t have these services in South Lake Tahoe and we use Reno so this might be a challenge.

Carmen Withrow from Hope Lutheran Church’s Outreach Team mentioned that the CARE Coalition meetings have been cancelled due to low attendance and that participants from that group who want to collaborate have been encouraged to participate in the LTC meetings.

Some good news from Barton’s Birthing Unit. Peggy Barton announced that Barton births are up.

A gap in services was identified by Alissa Nourse from Tahoe Youth & Family Services. Planned Parenthood Mar Monte is not providing services at TYFS as they have seen a decrease in funding. They may close their Tahoe City office too.  This means that we no longer have access to family planning services for youth in South Lake Tahoe.  If the person is under age 21, they can use the Placerville Clinic.  If youth uses the Barton Clinic for family planning, it is not confidential. Public Health can provide testing services (STDs, pregnancy, and vaccinations) but does not provide family planning per se.

Tina Barna from Choices for Children talked about the upcoming Day of the Young Child on Saturday, June 9th from 10am-2pm at Lake Tahoe Community College. Many organizations and businesses are bringing their own tables and chairs which saves a lot of  money. We have lots of people power from the ECE Class, the Kiwanis, and Tahoe Turning Point. We are all set to go with 48 booths participating.

Julie Lowe from First 5 El Dorado’s Community Strengthening Grant announced LTC’s Annual June Forum. This year, the Forum is on Monday, June 11th from 12-2pm at Lake Tahoe Community College Aspen & Board Room.  Each year, we look back at the Lake Tahoe Collaborative programming, our issues, our challenges and successes as a community.  We share lunch and we have a special topic or speaker, and then we look ahead and do strategic planning for 2012-13. We also feature a fabulous speaker to present on a relevant topic. This year, Elizabeth Blakemore will join us with a talk,  “Emotionally Healthy Children: How Our Community Can Support Parents to Meet the Social & Emotional Needs of Children”  Please RSVP to Julie Lowe at: so that we can plan for lunch and seating.

For now, the Drug Free Community Coalition will continue to meet right after the Lake Tahoe Collaborative on Mondays from 2:30-3:30pm.

In April, Derek Reddin, Staff Services Analyst for El Dorado County Health & Human Services, attended our meeting to gather community input for CPS’s System Improvement Plan (SIP).

This is a summary of that input.

The feedback was clear.

South Lake Tahoe is experiencing crisis low numbers of foster parents.  We do not have enough foster parents in town.  As a result, children are being moved off of the hill and out of town.  These are children that have done nothing wrong. They lose their bedroom, their entire home, and their parents which is hugely traumatic. Then, if there are no local foster homes with enough space for them, they lose their friends, their teachers, and their entire social network.  This is devastating for these kids. CPS urgently needs to hire a recruiter for local foster parents so that we can at least keep part of these children’s worlds intact and keep the kids nearby for parental visitation as appropriate.

The other sentiment that was lifted up was that the high turnover at CPS is a challenge. When experienced social workers leave CPS and our community, all their experience leaves with them.  We need CPS fully staffed to be sustainable and to support our children and families.