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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.


March 10, 2014 Agenda

  1. 1:00pm Welcome Review and approve the minutes from the February 10, 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: This Saturday, March 15, Friends of Library will hold their Book Sale. Come on in and get bargains on books, cds, dvds, etc. Measure L will appear on the ballot June 3rd. Measure L: continues the existing tax for the South Lake Tahoe Library which has been in place for 20 years. It is not an additional tax. Every dollar raised is used solely for the support of the South Lake Tahoe Library. It is not an additional tax. $20 per year per parcel to support library services in South Lake Tahoe; Annual increase not to exceed 3% based on the Consumer Price Index; 12 year expiration date. If Measure L passes with a two-thirds majority, the South Lake Tahoe Library will maintain library hours and services. If Measure L fails, services will be cut as the South Lake Tahoe Library competes for General Fund dollars.c. Sara Conrad, Barton Foundation: Their annual Golf Tournament will be held June 26th, she will bring more details next month.Tomorrow is the monthly Mental Health meeting for parents and caregivers at 6pm at the Library (held the second Tuesday of every month).e. Marlene Ames, National Alliance on Mental Illness: Lilliput has a Guardianship workshop, see flyer. g. Tara Styer, Mobility Manager, Tahoe Transportation District: They are revising their Demand Response procedures, referred to as On Call Service, please visit, under Project Updates. documents are listed as links on the lower left side of the page.h. Colleen Cadaret, Lilliput: They offer case management, support groups, guardianship workshops, tutoring. The “Guardianship Workshop” is offered twice a month. They held “Parenting the Second Time Around”, 7 people attended. The next support group is the third Wednesday in April at Tahoe Turning Point.j. Tina Barna, Choices for Children: They have appreciative parents for the extra diapers for families, Grocery Outlet and Gas gift cards they received through a grant. They continue to do formula and emergency diaper programs, so send referrals. There is potentially more funding for child care at the state and federal level in the future.  They are still accepting some clothing donations especially for younger ages and little boys.l. Melody Easton, Drug Free Communities:  The time of the Drug Free Communities meeting changed to first Tuesday of month at 3:30pm, except for April. April 1st is the Drug Store Project so they will hold the DFC meeting on Tuesday April 8th (the second Tuesday of the month). They have several workgroups that are meeting throughout the month, one is altering the school suspension related to drugs/addiction/substance abuse; another to educate parents/community; the Youth Advisory Council is open for youth members; and the Marketing/Collaboration Work Group to spread the word about the coalition. Contact: Melody@Tahoeyouth.orgm. Roberta Mason, Lake Tahoe Community College: Registration for Spring is open now. The state has come out with many new regulations now and online registration may kick you out saying that you can’t register yet, so call for help with registration, x231.o. Megan Ciampa, Foster Family and Adoption Services: They are hiring another full time therapist, send them her way. “Project 44” is their awareness campaign to recruit 44 foster homes. They just had a class with 4 more foster families. They will host an April. Radio is helping them get the word out. People can sponsor their commercial, $6 to sponsor their commercial for a15 second commercial. Buy one get one free: if you sign up for your own business commercial, Foster Family and Adoption Services gets a donation.  They are getting a phone call a week on average for foster families and have 8 families who are interested in foster training now. q. Suzanne Ballen, El Dorado County Health and Human Services: No update.s. Kristen Mozzochi, Live Violence Free: Self Defense classes at Escobar’s, Friday April 25th, 6-8 and Sat 26, 11-1, free, women only; and 5-12 year old children. u. Kristi Boosman, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency: She passed out the winter issue of “Tahoe In Depth,” Lake Tahoe’s environmental newspaper, twice a year publication. They are receiving tremendous feedback from the community on the paper. “Best In Basin Awards,” is for businesses that incorporated sustainability into their businesses. Nominations are due at the end of the month.w. Paul Smyrski, California Highway Patrol: CHP wants them to attend community events/ meetings. They are here to help. “Safety, Service, Security” is their motto. They are part of the community, if you need them, call them.Reminder: Barton is going Tobacco and Smoke free on April 1st, all forms of tobacco, e-cigarettes, tobacco are not allowed at local physician practices and hospital, see frequently asked questions.z. Liz Barnekoff, El Dorado County Office of Education: They received a grant from the Office of Child Abuse Prevention for “Parent Leadership Engagement Seminar Training.” Funds will start on the Western Slope and coming to Tahoe in the Fall. They will train parents to become leaders and advocates in the community. bb. Josefina Solano, EDC Public Health: No updates.
  2. aa. Amie Brown, Tahoe Dream Foundation: They are hosting a fundraiser at Tahoe Cottage Inn Motel, Thursday-Sunday March 13-16, 11am-5pm.  20% of proceeds go to child care centers in the community.
  3. y. Sabrina Owen-Balme, El Dorado County Mental Health: They have some movement on relocation from the Senior Center and Johnson site. They have a portable office on the Johnson site.  They are moving forward with improving quality of service for clients.
  4. x. Leanne Wagoner, Barton Health: Two wellness lectures are coming up: Wednesday March 12, 6-7pm, “Understanding Your Risk of Breast Cancer,” Lake Tahoe Community College; Tuesday April 1st, Dr. Amanda Weavil, Ob/Gyn is doing a lecture on “Female Pelvic Pain.”
  5. v. Nancy Lee and Eddi Beaty, A Gateway of Hope: They are a faith based group and go into brothels and work with ministries in Reno. They love going to Reno and Carson and know this issue (trafficking) exists here in South Lake Tahoe.
  6. “On Our Way” grant program, from Sustainable Communities, awarded them $600,000 total for community groups to create infrastructure for crosswalks, bike paths, sidewalks, to help people to be safe and wean off automobiles. The deadline is on March 14th.
  7. t. Peggy Wright, Barton: Last year, switch over of ob/gyn doctors and their baby numbers are up. Interviewed a new pediatrician today. She is retiring Carla Sells, her last day is April 4th, Carla comes from Carson Tahoe Hospital.
  8. r. Kate Cowan, Live Violence Free: They got an exciting new grant for service provider training on trafficking for Minden, Gardnerville, South Lake Tahoe. If interested, talk to her:
  9. p. Karen Houser, Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition: They have been in Tahoe for five years, have no paid staff, only volunteers, and focus on advocacy to work with partners.  Their hardest task is maintenance and working collaboratively with partners on South Shore, North Shore, Alpine County, Douglas County. The bicycle is a form of transportation for many LTC members’ clients. June 7-20th is the Bike Challenge. They feel the Bike Coalition can help with Area Plans, by giving the community the opportunity to have a voice. March 27th, “Wild and Scenic Film Festival“ at Mont Bleu, doors open at 6pm, and “Earth Day” Saturday April 26th, 10-4 at Bijou Park.
  10. n. Theresa Papandrea, SOS Outreach: largest weekend 320 kids on mountain Sat and Sun. Wrapping up second sessions this month. Early April is wrapping up for kids in long term mentor program with service. Next month she’ll have info on summer, partner with north shore on Family Solutions, 5 days a week, sharing resources, focus on service, outdoor activities, goal setting. Planning to do one or two weeks in South Shore.
  11. April 26th they are supporting the “Drug Take Back Day.”
  12. k. Carey Fong, Food Bank of El Dorado County: Wednesday April 23rd, 10am, American Legion Hall, 2748 Lake Tahoe Blvd., there will be a “Hunger Response Network Meeting.” They will discuss food insecurity in South Lake Tahoe, its plan for expanded presence, and the collaborative roll out of a Hunger Study to truly understand the need in Tahoe.  All are invited to attend, contact: Carey Fong: or 530-621-9950.
  13. i. Janna Genovese, Live Violence Free: The “Annual Bowl-A-Thon” is April 30th. They are looking for folks to put together teams, or support someone who is putting together a team.
  14. The next Regional Coordinating Council meeting is March 27th, 2pm, Parasol Bldg., Incline Village. Teleconferencing is an option, contact
  15. f. Tracy Thomas, Lake Tahoe Community College: They are currently registering for Spring. Classes begin April 7th. If you have any questions, call student services, x 231.
  16. On April 8, 2014, 6pm, Dr. Sonia Rupp, MD will be the special guest. The meeting format will be Question & Answer regarding Current Psychiatric Treatments. The meeting is at the South Tahoe Library, 1000 Rufus Allen Blvd, call: Diana 530-577-4740 or email:
  17. d. Diana Hankins, National Alliance on Mental Illness: She recently sent a Mental Health Commission update via email. Placerville may want to get rid of the South Lake Tahoe seats on the Commission. They are not voting and changing their by-laws. The other Boards of Supervisors can approve the by-laws and take away seats in South Lake Tahoe. She may be asking for future support from Lake Tahoe Collaborative to approach the Board of Supervisors. If we lose our seats, we will lose representation in South Lake Tahoe, Mental Health Services, Juvenile Treatment Center, and the Jail. Other districts are saying the current system is not democratic because they hold most of the population in the County.
  18. b. Kindle Craig, Barton Foundation:  She will speak later in the meeting.
  19. March 25th, the library will host the “Explore Your 21st Century Library” presentation.
  20. Local Human TraffickingEl Dorado County Superior Court Commissioner Dylan SullivanSee the attached “Human Trafficking” Powerpoint.• Human Trafficking is happening in South Lake Tahoe. Children who are in the child welfare and • Labor and Sex Trafficking are forms of slavery. • Teenage boys, especially runaways, are also involved in prostitution.  cleaning/domestics, and restaurant workplaces; and in textiles and agricultural fields in • To obtain more information contact: National Human Trafficking Resource Center
  21. • Contact Commissioner Sullivan to present this “Human Trafficking” Powerpoint to your agency.
  22.   1-888-373-7888, text “Be Free” or
  23.   California.
  24. • There has been an increased incidence of labor trafficking in El Dorado County in the massage,
  25. • The age of onset of juvenile prostitution in the United States is 12-14 years old.
  26.   delinquency system are at increased risk of trafficking.
  27. Mental Health Forum Follow UpKindle Craig, Executive Directorkcraig@bartonhealth.orgLots of things going on in mental health. Kindle runs the Community Advisory at Barton to meet the unmet health needs in the community. Barton did a Community Health Needs Assessment and determined that: substance abuse, access to health services, and mental health are the top issues in the community. There was a panel that consisted of: the Community Health Center, Barton Emergency Room, Sabrina at El Dorado County, Sheriff Crisis Intervention Tea, and the City of South Lake Tahoe and they were asked questions. 85% of the people who attended the Mental Health Coalition meeting signed up to give further input/assistance. The meeting highlighted the many good things to celebrate in the community: Crisis Intervention Team, work at El Dorado County.  This Collaborative is Mental Health focused and different from the Drug Coalition, however, they will partner with one another.  The Warm Room is a separate endeavor being spearheaded by a subcommittee of the Lake Tahoe Collaborative. If this endeavor does not get funding, Kindle will pursue other options to make this happen.Are these people who show up at the hospital by themselves? These people are known to the providers in the community. For these affected folks there is not a great care path and it doesn’t seem there is a good way to navigate the system. For example:  how do you know if there is a dual diagnosis issue? What are the clear paths for a caregiver and provider, especially if you know the next step and can’t wait for three months to get care. What are some other ways to get care to folks?
  28. If someone has a head injury and now mental health issue, refer them to neurology.
  29. Are the casinos involved on the NV side? No.
  30. For the first year the Collaborative will address what the gaps and needs are.
  31. The mental health needs are not just psychiatric but also behavioral health.
  32. Miscellaneous Questions/Comments from the Lake Tahoe Collaborative:
  33. She has applied for grants and the money would fund hiring someone to run this Coalition, as they really need someone to spearhead and make this happen. The position would be a minimum of two years to include outreach and education to the community.
  34. They see this rolling out to first target adults, then children.
  35. What they are trying to do is form a Collaborative to all take this on as everyone’s issue. It affects Barton by someone coming into the Emergency Department and they stay for three days; or they come into the Community Health Center and it takes three months to get on psychiatrist appointment. These are the most complicated patients, and many times have dual diagnoses. She invites everyone to come together at the table to make this happen.
  36. The Mental Health Coalition was held in January at STHS, 65 people attended.
  37. Barton Foundation
  38. 2:30 pm Adjourn.
  39. NOTE DATE & TIME CHANGE: Drug Free Communities Meetings are the first Tuesdays of the month at 3:30pm, 1100 Lyons Avenue (Boys and Girls Club Meeting Room), beginning in May.
  40. The next meeting is April 8, 2014, (second Tuesday of Month).
  1. Next LTC meeting April 14, 2014, 1-2:30pm.

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.
  30. (530) 642-7124
  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.

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.


January 13, 2013


  1. Welcome
  2. Approved the December minutes.
  1. Introductions and Announcements from Agencies
  2. Debbie McCarthy, Barton Community Health Center: No update.
  3. Mathew Ferron, BSN, Clinical Liaison II, Suboxone Film, Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceuticals, Inc.: No update.
  4. Megan Ciampa, Foster Family and Adoption Services: Their Mental Health Clinic is up and running. They are in the process of hiring a second clinician. Passed out the “Project 44” flyer regarding a fostering and adoption informational night January 23rd, 5:30-6:30pm, 2580 Lake Tahoe Blvd.
  5. Jeff Dent, El Dorado County Child Protective Services: They have hired additional support staff. They had a supervisor announcement that just closed, so they hope to hire that position soon.
  6. Leanne Wagoner, Barton Health: Last 2 enrollment events for Covered California are January 21 at Lake Tahoe Community College and February 1 at the South Tahoe Library.

The new Health and Wellness Directories have been printed and she passed them out. Contact Leanne if your agency would like a box for staff/the public.

The health lecture tomorrow is on hip pain, presented by Dr. Rupp.

The next presentation will be given by Dr. David Young on Heart Health/ Cholesterol management.

Barton Health and affiliated physician offices are going smoke/tobacco free effective April 1.

On Friday January 10th, Barton’s Community Advisory had a Mental Health Forum with panel discussion from law enforcement and clinicians to discuss gaps in services. Barton will be applying for a grant relative to filling these gaps in services.

  1. Janna Genovese, Live Violence Free: She’ll be the acting Executive Director for a few months. They are working on restructuring and reaching out to the community.
  2. Angela Swanson, South Lake Tahoe City Council: We got through another year of Snow Globe, it was a safe year, and the organizers tamped down the noise. The event brought in about $5m into town. They are looking at long term contracts for them to come to town.

On February 10th, the City is doing finance workshop.  Unemployment is down. The City is has a $1.2m surplus, without cuts and layoffs. If we don’t get snow, this surplus can collapse with TOT and sales tax down due to a lower number of visitors. Please come on Feb. 10th to represent the Social Service voice in the community. If there are partnerships for housing projects, be there to weigh in and give the City Council feedback on how one time dollars can be invested in the community.

Two potential measures will be on the ballot in November: No paid City parking and marijuana measures.

Are any of you attending the Women’s Policy Summit, January 16th in Sacramento? Leaders in social services will attend regarding policy changes and trends in legislature. Angela will attend and report back.

  1. Shannon McIsaac, Tahoe Chamber: Join the Tahoe Chamber, . There are special non-profit advantages for members, one benefit is that you will get your calendar events on their marketing to the community.

The Planning Commission doing a Housing Update on January 23rd from 3-4pm in the City Council Chambers at the Airport.

  1. Shannon Earley, Communications Coordinator, Tahoe Chamber: Speak to her on membership,
  2. Kristin Hunt, Tahoe Turning Point: They have their first client in Transitional Housing, and have another one in the works. They will go to CPRT meetings to give presentations on the program.
  3. Kim Stadtlander, Together We Grow: No updates.
  4. Tina Barna: Choices For Children: They are disappointment with the state budget with cuts for child care. There is still a need for families to have child care for evenings and weekends for school aged children. They are struggling to find care for parents.

The State Legislature is supporting transitional kindergarten to make sure 4 year olds have quality pre-school. If all 4 year olds leave private child care, this could make business challenges for private child care, so they look forward to how this rolls out.

  1. De-Anne Hooper, Family Resource Center: There will be a Mental Health Forum on February 13 from 6-8pm in Spanish. This meeting will address the mental health needs in the community.
  2. Kathy Martinez, University of California Cooperative Extension: Nutrition programs are going well. There is a mom volunteer group, which consists of 11 moms that taught all 315 kindergarteners 4 hours of nutrition education. All magnet school youth got 4 hours of education as well. They would like to expand to teach first graders. The volunteer moms agreed to do another 4 hours of education in the Spring.

She is partnering with the Sustainability Collaborative to work on adult education via parent nights at schools, Family Resource Center, and Live Violence Free.

  1. Colleen Cadaret, Lilliput Children’s Services: Lilliput focuses on foster/adoption services. In the last 5 years they have been working on kinship care. She passed around packets, see: for more information on kinship care. They have a reserved room at Tahoe Turning Point to serve families in the community.
  2. Sally Williams, Juvenile Treatment Center: There are new things going on at JTC. Recently, they enrolled someone in college. They have realized that contacts from the Lake Tahoe Collaborative and around the community are helping them be successful with youth job interviews, family services, etc.
  3. Fernando Vargas, Boys and Girls Club of Lake Tahoe: No update.
  4. Francie Alling, St. Joseph’s Community Land Trust: They are having a Board retreat January 27th, to talk about team building for the Board and their mission statement and budget. Their mission is to get as much affordable housing in South Lake Tahoe as possible. The main thrust for 2014 is to do fundraising projects to purchase a house or property and build a house and designate it affordable for a local family. She will give an update in February on Board retreat.
  5. Carol Almanza, Anthem Blue Cross: As of November 1, they started being a care provider for El Dorado County. See packets they brought, Q&A, informational sheets, .
  6. Lai Lee, Community Outreach, Anthem Blue Cross: If you have community outreach events or health related fairs, contact them to sponsor and attend.
  7. Josefina Solano, El Dorado County Public Health: The flu is hitting the community hard right now. They still have flu vaccine. The flu is affecting people at a younger adult age; it is getting in the lung and causing pneumonia. Call and make an appointment.

She ran across the article: “A Gap in the Affordable Care Act,” dental issues and Affordable Care Act, .  We have a dental problem in South Lake Tahoe and especially with the pediatrics. The legislature needs to change to cover dental for more people.

  1. Lorrie Pond, member of the community: No update.
  2. Liz Maul, Lake Tahoe Humane Society: Their executive director, Dawn Armstrong, retired. A new ED, Niki Congero, has been hired and is interested in working with the community. They are having an open house in February. Continue to work with LVF for housing pets, and do emergency pet food bank, spay/neuter.
  3. Peggy Wright, Barton Health: Last year, they did a complete switch in doctors and birth rate was down. This month, they have already hit what they had for a complete month at this time last year.
  4. Karen Houser, Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition: She is looking at future opportunities to collaborate with your non-profits and agencies.
  5. Maureen Eames, National Alliance on Mental Illness: She is sending a letter of support for the community grant for mental health.

El Dorado County Sheriff has new Crisis Intervention Team which is a type of wrap around service consisting of intensive home visits for mentally ill. The officers make sure they have and take their medication which will prevent them from recycling back into the jail.

The Warm Room meeting will be from 9-10 am on January 22nd the Library.

NAMI meets the second Tuesday of the month at 6pm in the Library.

  1. Tara Styer, Tahoe Transportation District: The next Regional Coordinating Council meeting is January 23 at 2pm.
  2. Roberta Mason, Lake Tahoe Community College: This year is their 40th anniversary. Their main event will be on June 7th. They have a fairly new program called Last Start meaning that some classes have a later start date and are still accepting enrollment.
  3. Lake Tahoe Community College, Study Abroad in Guatemala: July 27-August 10th, .
  4. Steve Heggen, El Dorado County Probation: They have a full staff and are searching for Senior Office Assistant.
  5. Penny Smart, Children’s Health Initiative: No update.
  6. Veronica Strauss, Children’s Health Initiative: No update.
  7. Tracy Thomas, Cal Works: She is new and glad to be here.
  8. Wendy David, Lake Tahoe Community College: There has been an influx of money for education for the State of California. Hopefully we will have positive negotiations with teachers. That is good news.

The interest of Governor Brown is to expand transitional childhood education.

We have a new, Local Control Funding Formula, which gives individual districts control on how to fund their programs. The district gets a bigger pot of money and has more local control on how to spend it. The district can put their money where it’s to a greater educational benefit to students. This year is a planning year. Gov. Brown is working hard to change formulas for students.

  1. Wendy David, First 5: The Dental Van is still up here, will be at Tahoe Valley, have over 50 children to sign up for that location. Dr. Ortega continues to see uninsured children, 6-16 years. First 5 van sees primarily 0-5 years. We continue to work hard through our programs to meet these dental needs.
  2. El Dorado County Library (not in attendance-update read by Nicole Zaborsky): The storytime program schedule has been emailed to the LTC ListServ and is available on their website.

The Mother Goose on the Loose program in Spanish has not had the consistent turnout they had hoped for since it started in September. If you come in contact with any Spanish speaking families at your agency, please let them know this is a free 30 minute program.

The library offers free computer use to those visiting or living in the South Lake Tahoe area, free Wi-Fi and free book/CD/magazine checkouts. Student laptops are available to help getting homework done. They offer free ebooks and emagazines for users to download onto their smart phone or tablet.

  1. Sabrina Owen-Balme, El Dorado County Mental Health: They have new Intensive Case Management, working with the most intense needs clients from 8am-8pm, 7 days a week. They are working with the Crisis Intervention Team and putting together interdisciplinary teams. They are looking at a 3-5 year plan to revamp how they do their programs in South Lake Tahoe.
  1. Crisis Needs Discussion

Wendy David: Bill Roby, El Dorado Community Foundation (EDCF), brought a topic to Wendy as a result of the weather predictions for South Lake Tahoe. EDCF can help with the same needs as Tahoe Magic; they could infuse more money into Tahoe Magic to help meet those needs. Tahoe Magic really helps children and families. They are expanding to meet elder-needs, small business owners in jeopardy of losing their business, single adults coming out of Barton that does not have a place to go. During a harsh winter, adults, the entire community, and children are affected.

If there are certain needs popping up with non-profits, then let’s talk about how to meet those needs, in a crisis sense.

Janna Genovese: Live Violence Free sees people who do not have shoes for cold and winter, Family Resource Center clients are in a similar situation. Can Tahoe Magic do vouchers, and collect shoes and distribute to community?

De-Anne Hooper:  Family Resource Center gets $500/month from the Salvation Army to hand out to people to help with unmet financial needs. As of January 13, they have already handed out the allotted money for the month.

Tina Barna: They would consider doubling up their emergency diaper vouchers, as they have seen this need. Clients are in tip jobs, they are hearing that they don’t have gas to get around town and they run out of minutes on their phone.

Wendy David: Tahoe Magic has a hard time putting gas money and phone minutes as emergency needs, but they can be creative on these things.

De-Anne Hooper: She has petitioned the El Dorado County Food Bank, as she has seen an increase in families that need food in the community. January 16th she has a meeting, sometime in the afternoon, with Mike. Contact her if you’d like to participate in that meeting.

Wendy David: Bread and Broth has a hot meal on Monday at St. Theresa’s at 4-5:30pm, plus to-go food. Friday Bread and Broth has a meal from 4-5pm at the Presbyterian Church.

Shannon McIsaac: The next Chamber Mixer is Thursday night, Riva Grill, $20/person, 5:30-8:30pm, 100% of profits benefit Christmas Cheer and Bread and Broth.

Angela Swanson: She is hearing the ski resorts are cutting hours. The ski resorts imports kids, cuts hours, and then they are stranded here. She is hearing about increased law enforcement calls involving these people.

Wendy David: EDCF money is going to be restricted for residents that have lived here awhile.

Colleen Cadaret: With EDCF, if one agency has assisted a family, what criteria do they meet to ensure they are not also being assisted by other non-profits/agencies?

Wendy David: Tahoe Magic does one time crisis assistance. The non-profit/agency refers a family through the head of household name and that’s how they do not duplicate services with other agencies.

The next steps should include working on winter shoes and gas cards. Tahoe Magic also assists with utilities (gas/electric), rent, one-time deposits, help with gas cards especially if it’s medical related, help with car repair. They work with the School District, County, Barton, Boys and Girls Club.

  1. 2:30 pm Adjourn


  1. 3:00pm Drug Free Communities meeting, 1100 Lyons Avenue.


  1. Next LTC meeting February 10, 2014, 1-2:30pm, 1100 Lyons Avenue

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.


December 9, 2013


  • Welcome
  1. Approved the November minutes.2.  Introductions and AnnouncementsFor more information, call 530.543.5537.c. Diana Hankins, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): She will make a presentation later in the meeting. e. Tara Styer, Mobility Manager, Tahoe Transportation District: She handed out a Tahoe Transportation District Mobility Management Program brochure. Contact her for copies, tstyer@tahoetransportation.orgg. Pete Van Arnum, El Dorado County Sheriff: He was present to hear Diana’s presentation.h. Marlene Eames, NAMI: No announcement.j. Tina Barna, Choices For Children: The emergency supplies grant is refunded. They can provide emergency diapers and formula for those in need.  Families are in need of child care providers for weekends and the holidays.l. Janet Stevens, El Dorado County Mental Health: The Aspens is opening very soon, mid-Dec and mid-January. There are 6 units designated as specialty mental health, meant for those homeless, risk of homelessness, and mental health issues, including having a child with a mental illness. The application process is to apply through Mental Health, and then the applications go into lottery. The maximum people will pay is 1/3 of household income or 1/3 of Social Security Income ($600). n. Roberta Mason, Lake Tahoe Community College: The open enrollment for the winter quarter is starting January 6, 2014. p. Diana Lozano, South Lake Tahoe Library: November was a successful month. Toast to Twain raised money for the library. The South Lake Tahoe Library was proud to be nominated for the Tahoe Chamber for Customer Service award, though they did not win the award. Storytime is wrapping up for the year. David Foster is presenting tomorrow. Saturday December 14th the Dream Spirit Baroque Band will be at the library. December  21 is the Crazy Club Books, see handout, or go online, they will be presenting their book and your wear pajamas. The Giving Tree is up at the library, they accept unwrapped gifts until Dec. 13. They are collecting winter clothing, caps, mitten, scarves, and food. See the January calendar, David C. Antonucci will be presenting on the 1960 Winter Olympics, “Images of Sports,” on January 7th at 6pm.r. Rabbi Morty Richler, Chabad Jewish Center: Chabad has educational programs for youth, teens, and adults. They are focusing on doing social programs with Jewish teens to teach them how to give back. They have more teen events planned for future. They are currently working out of their home,  and  rabbi@jewishtahoe.comt. Gina Morros, Barton University: 3 days a week she does Language Access Services, she is bilingual. She is an instructor of childbirth education in Spanish and teaching smoking cessation classes.v. Trina Brown, El Dorado County Mental Health: She is an Intensive Case Manager. She is working with Janet and Sabrina to support the Aspens and work with clients in those units to make sure they are supported. x. Josefina Solana, El Dorado County Public Health: They still have flu shots, call 530-573-3155 option 1 for an appointment. They will be closed December 24, 25, and January 1.z. Kathy Ide, Together We Grow: They continue to provide Ages and Stages questionnaires for families.z. John Pillsbury, El Dorado County Department of Rehabilitation: They are still functioning despite many changes in the department with downsizing and reallocating staff. Mark Minsky is a support staff and working with clients now. If you have someone with a significant disability and want to go to work, contact them. The age of their clients are adults and young people coming out of high school with a disability. A disability is defined as: a condition or problem that limits one of life’s major activities, and a diagnosed disability. They have a holiday fundraiser through Vail, if you shop at Northface or Heavenly Sports, add a donation at checkout and Vail will match. cc. David Kelly, Coordinating Council for the Disabled: He publicly thanked John Pillsbury for nominating him for fifteen top Disabled People in California.4. Special Presentation: “Warm Room” Diana Hankinspatdihank@sbcglobal.netThis month NAMI is doing Christmas with their clients who have little/no family up here, as a personal gift for each one. This helps with stigma issue they have, to know that someone understands their plight and what they are going through.She is here today because we are all freezing and cold. It is worse this winter than last winter. We all see homeless people on our street and look the other way. These people are not going away. Many are teenagers living in broken down hotels, seniors who gamble their monthly checks away and have no way to leave town, family conflict leave some living on street, one lady lives mostly at the library, some go to Barton hospital to stay warm. One of us could end up in this situation and end up in a place we didn’t expect to be. We feel that it’s especially cold this year. Some are in need of shelter in our town, a temporary shelter. An emergency shelter is synonymous with a temporary shelter. This is needed especially for cold nights. Places we could consider:  City Recreation complex, trailers, garages, motels. A voucher system could work, too. The City doesn’t have as much influence if it’s called a Mission to Help. Restrictions can also be waived if we’re having unusual weather, 30F or less. Art Edwards has working 10 years in Placerville with the homeless and Ruth Evans got 16 churches organized to assist with shelter. One location is easier for supplies and scheduling for volunteers and for the clients.Transportation: Use Veterans Administration bus, senior bus, public transportation, or a combination of these options.Needs and Amenities: Floor mats, sleeping bags, hot beverage/soup, restroom, cribs. Rules: No weapons, drugs, alcohol, quiet time hours, clean up, no loitering in front before/after business hours, smoking outside.City has come up and said they could do a grant to help with start-up, then someone/agency would have to take it from there. Need your help, want to put together a committee to see how to put this together. Q: Would you be taking on children/families? A: Diana wants the community’s help on this. Comment: I think we need this service in town, TYFS has a children’s youth shelter and host homes and this and Live Violence Free has a domestic violence shelter, and we need this in the community. Q: Is it possible to put together something that you have a couple locations and then have a plan for the emergency shelter? A: Yes. It could be rustic at first, not permanent. Q: Have we looked into American Legion? Recreation Center? A: No.Q: Is there any way any of you are interested in joining a committee? This winter is very cold but won’t have this plan together by then. Homeless stay warm by couch hopping, staying in vacant buildings, casinos, sleeping in cars, camping. Wendy: 100 people get food at Bread and Broth.De-Anne: From a law enforcement standpoint, what is biggest problem?Marlene: Do the homeless have income?Marlene: Do you see mostly local youth? Out of area? In school?Marlene: Is there any reconciliation with the parents and homeless youth?Diana: Who is doing heated tents for Snow Globe?Kristin: Reno Gospel Mission has a set-up to look at as a model and they are excited to help out when they can. Wendy: People can give Diana their contact information so they we can continue to meet on a Warm Room committee.5. 2:15 pm Adjourn 6. Drug Free Communities meeting 3:30pm, 1100 Lyons Avenue.
  3. De-Anne: Basic needs, food, shelter clothing is the focus for United Way Northern Nevada.
  4. Pete: High school girls got together as fundraiser/memorial for Alyssa Byrne.  Snow Globe is also helping.
  5. Erica: Yes, try to do this and family counseling. Many times it is not possible, if the family is far away.
  6. Erica: We see ages 21 and under (shower, laundry, internet, phones, food) at the drop in center which is open at 1:00pm. We see both local youth and transient youth, youth get employed by ski resorts and it’s either very part time or they get no hours, some are kicked out of their home, run away from home.  In Gardnerville, we see more school aged youth.
  7. Lt. Van Arnum: Many do not. Many drive to Tahoe, thinking things will be different here and we don’t have the services larger cities do.
  8. Lt Van Arnum: Single moms with kids who live in campgrounds. We send them to LVF, or to camp at Luther Pass where it’s free. They are vulnerable to sexual predation. We do make calls to churches for help.
  9. Erica: A point in time count stated there are 240 Homeless Youth in the Lake Tahoe Unified School District, though the school definition for homelessness is different as it includes temporary housing and includes families doubling up in a dwelling.
  10. Lt. Van Arnum: We used to have vouchers to get people on a bus to Reno, sometimes they drop off people at the casinos so they can keep warm.
  11. Q: REI gives away so much of their ruined/tainted sleeping bags…good resources. A: Thanks. We have given out sleeping bags, too. This is a good idea.
  12. Q: Are any churches on board at this point?  A: No.
  13. Q: 365 day or seasonal? A: Cold nights at freezing temperatures to begin with.
  14. Q: Have you spoken to United Way? A: No.
  15. Action: Need the community to partner on this issue so folks don’t freeze and they keep warm at night.
  16. Spreading the Word:  All those who come into contact with homeless, volunteer phone tree service.
  17. Pet: Many homeless people have pets, so perhaps we could work with the Humane Society or Animal Services with crates for animals.
  18. Hours: 7pm-7am.
  19. Insurance: Use a facility that is already covered, or sign a hold harmless agreement.
  20. Nevada City has one, they use Veteran’s Hall. Churches in Placerville rotate duties on evenings.  She has done research on colder climates that have this emergency shelter. A group of local agencies and individuals had a meeting January 28. They were basically told to go to the churches. They felt that non-profits would be interested in this, and she has an outline on what is needed, including research on costs, hours, how to do it, rules.
  21. NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) El Dorado County
  22. bb.  Nicole Zaborsky on behalf of Julie Day, Children’s Dental Van: The El Dorado Children’s Dental Program Mobile Dental Unit has been at Al Tahoe and will be there through next week. They are working on the calendar for the South Lake Tahoe mobile unit for January and February at the elementary and middle schools. She is progressing on the building remodel for a new Dental Clinic at the “Y.”
  23. aa. Wendy David, Tahoe Magic: They reach out to families in crisis. A family can apply through a referring agency to get help with essentials (gas, electricity, rent, car repairs, shelter, food). They have some Santa suits they loan out during the season.
  24. y. Kim Stadtlander, Together We Grow: No announcement.
  25. y. Arturo Rangel: Cal Works, Lake Tahoe Community College: After 9 years of service he is leaving the Cal Works program. He has taken a job in Placerville. He brought flyers on Cal Works, welfare, cash aid, county social service referrals to get people’s educational goals on track.
  26. w. Amie Brown, Tahoe Dream Foundation: see flyers. They have paired with Tot to Tot (children clothing store) to get Christmas Gifts for needy families. The store has a tree with ornament; clients select an ornament and will buy a gift for them for the holidays.  Fundraiser at Our Lady of Tahoe, Aztec Dance performance, with Catalina Rodriguez, 5:30pm on Thursday evening.
  27. u. Erica Eng, Tahoe Youth and Family Services: Their annual Evening of Giving, an open house is on Wednesday from 4:30-6:30pm. Bring in-kind donations—see wish list on website or cash donations).  They are progressing in hiring an Executive Director. Melody Easton is the new Drug Free Coalition Coordinator. Today the Coalition is working on school interventions with alcohol and drug use.
  28. s. Theresa Papandrea, SOS Outreach: Their first Learn To Ride started for middle school and Tahoe Valley students. 50 kids participated and it was successful. This is the heat of their busy time. SOS is in their 20th season and they are doing their pledge drive, money donated here will stay in Tahoe, see flyer and email Theresa, below.  They have room in their second session Learn to Ride, registration will be tomorrow at Bijou, 5:30pm. They will be kicking off their north shore season tomorrow. Sushi Pier will hold a rail jam and donate money to SOS on Thursday night. There will be a DJ.  In the past, SOS Outreach provided all the helmets, gear, boots, clothes, bindings, etc…for each participating youth. This season, the resorts are providing these items plus free tune ups for a $100 per child fee.  SOS assists some members with this fee. They will have a used gear sale for to get equipment to community and ask for a $5-$10 charge per item. Contact Theresa  They have just opened a storage unit for gear. The University program is a long-term mentor program where participants learn to snowboard/ski, living skills workshops, goal setting. There are 60 participants from South Lake, 40 from North Lake. They finished their 10th day of service with the Festival of Lights and Trees. They are always looking for service projects, contact Theresa.
  29. q. Colleen Cadaret, Lilliput Children’s Services: They are serving all of El Dorado County and have a Tahoe number and will have flyer printed with this number. We will be in Tahoe once a week. They are still working on needs of community and how to serve them best.
  30. o. Kristin Mozzochi, Live Violence Free: Frank Blakeney left the agency last month. They are seeking an Executive Director. Janna Genovese is coming in as Acting Executive Director to help during the transition, she will start next week. The Adopt-a-Child program is still going. They are still accepting toys and donations for the shelter.
  31. m. Sally Williams, Juvenile Treatment Center: They continue to be fully staff, they are taking girls.
  32. k. Chandra Bomben, El Dorado County Mental Health, Intensive Case Management: No announcement.
  33. i. Kristin Hunt, Tahoe Turning Point: They are thrilled to be providing snowboarding for the kids.
  34. Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) has trained 15 deputies on the West Slope and 5 on the East Slope, thanks to a partnership with NAMI.
  35.  f. De-Anne Hooper, South Lake Tahoe Family Resource Center: Toys for Tots is on December 23 and 24. On Dec 20th there will be a Clothes Giveaway, more information is forthcoming.
  36. d. Tracy Thomas, Lake Tahoe Community College, Cal Works Program: She will be taking over Arturo Rangel’s position. He is leaving at end of the month to take job at Mental Health in Placerville.
  37. b. Jeff Dent, El Dorado County Child Protective Services: Leah Brown was the recipient of an El Dorado County Public Service Award. They are hiring an Office Assistant III and Social Services Aide position this month.
  38. a. Leanne Wagoner, Barton Health: They continue to work towards enrolling people in Covered California, the next enrollment dates are: Tuesday, December 10 – 5 – 7pm, South Lake Tahoe Library; Tuesday, January 7 – 12pm-2:30pm, Tahoe Family Resource Center, 3501-B Spruce Ave; Tuesday, January 21, 2014 – 9am – 12pm, Lake Tahoe Community College, Room D121 1 College Drive, South Lake Tahoe, CA; Saturday, February 1, 2014 – 10am – 12pm South Lake Tahoe Library, 1000 Rufus Allen Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, CA


  1. Next LTC meeting January 13, 2014, 1-2:30pm, 1100 Lyons Avenue

Lake Tahoe Collaborative

October 14, 2013



1.  Welcome

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


2.  Introductions and Announcements

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tahoe Magic helps families in crisis.

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

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

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

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

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


3. Special Discussion: “Parent Engagement Presentation”

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


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

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


4. Special Discussion: “LTC Partnership MOU Update”

Follow up conversation on one page document.

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

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

Does anyone else have ideas on how LTC is described?

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

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

Leanne: Do you think this requires a signature?

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

Wendy: Who would like to help tweak this?

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

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

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

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


5. Special Discussion: “Renew Domain Name?”


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

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


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

Facebook is an option.

Rich likes Facebook.

Diana Lozano thinks our meetings are Facebook.

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

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

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

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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jeff: Yes.


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


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



Lake Tahoe Collaborative

September 9, 2013


1. 1:00pm Welcome

Review the minutes from the August 12th meeting.

2. Introductions and Announcements from Agencies

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

3. Special Update: “Blue Ribbon Awards”

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

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

To make a Blue Ribbon Award nomination, visit:

4. Special Discussion: “Human Service Transportation Needs”

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

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

5. Special Discussion: “LTC Partnership MOU”

Follow up conversation on document format.

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


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


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

Lake Tahoe Collaborative

August 12, 2013


1. Welcome

a. Approve June Minutes

2. Introductions and Announcements

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Carol Almanza, Health Promotion Consultant

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

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

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

Will Anthem Blue Cross contract across state lines? Yes

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

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

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

4. Special Discussion: “LTC Partnership MOU”

At the Retreat we discussed:

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

Today’s discussion:

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

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

-What is the name of the Agreement?

-Who are the signers?

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

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

Does this document have a fiduciary duty? No.

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

**Bring MOU back on the agenda next month.

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

5. 2:30 pm Adjourn


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


7. Next LTC meeting September 9, 2013

1pm-2:30pm, 1100 Lyons Avenue

Lake Tahoe Collaborative

August 12, 2013


1. 1:00pm Welcome

Review the minutes from the June 10th meeting.

2. Introductions and Announcements from Agencies

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

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

E. Carol Almanza, Health Promotion Consultant

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

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

4. Special Discussion: “LTC Partnership MOU”

At the Retreat we discussed:

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

Today’s discussion:

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

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

-What is the name of the Agreement?

-Who are the signers?

5. 2:30 pm Adjourn


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


7. Next LTC meeting September 9, 2013

1pm-2:30pm, 1100 Lyons Avenue

Lake Tahoe Collaborative Annual June Forum & Retreat

June 10, 2013


1. 12:00pm Lunch        

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

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

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

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

Director, Center for Program Evaluation 

University of Nevada, Reno

(775) 682-6853

“Planning an Effective Program Evaluation” 

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

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

What is Evaluation?

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

What is an Evaluation Plan?

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

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

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

Evaluation Planning Steps:

1. Identify and engage stakeholders

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

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

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

2. Identify the purpose of the program.

Why are you doing the evaluation?

Identify the purpose of your evaluation:

For accountability?

To make improvements?

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

Types of evaluation:

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

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

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

What is happening in the program?

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

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

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

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

Assumptions and External Factors

Evaluation: You should be able to measure your outcomes

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

4. Develop evaluation questions.

What do we want to find out about the program?

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

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

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

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

Prioritize the questions.

5. Determine methods

How are you going to measure the results?

Select appropriate methods for the questions and the program.

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

Surveys are highly used, but not always effective.

Data Sources:

Existing Data (Secondary):

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

Attendance records

Intake forms: demographics, etc.

Staff or participant journals

Primary Data Collection:

Program participants

Program administrators

Program staff

Program collaborators/partners

Community members


Surveys: satisfaction with program and pre-post tests

Individual interviews

Focus groups




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

How will you understand and use the results?

Interpret the results.

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

To what extent do the findings support your expectations?

What are the possible explanations for the results?

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

Sharing the results:

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

Consider different forms of reporting

Use evaluation results in staff and stakeholder meetings


Audience Questions:

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

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


Q: Are you working with students? Internships?

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


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

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


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

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



5. Looking Forward to 2013-14, Wendy David


Issues/Topic to explore in 2013/2014:


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

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

-Develop collaborative promotion (busses, maintain consistency)


b. Shelters/Warm Room

-Place for homeless to gather to escape weather

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


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

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

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

-Formal demonstration of support through MOUs and regular renewal

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

-MOU needs to be sustainable and program directed

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

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



Meeting Educational/Presentation Topics:

Children Protection Unit-El Dorado County

Father Engagement (CapC)

Montessori Principles in Eldercare—Pat Okacza

Frank Bigelow and Ted Gaines—Angela will facilitate

Fall update from Foster Family and Adoptive Services

Dental Update

Parent Leadership


6. 1:45pm Adjourn


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

     Boys & Girls Club Meeting Room, 1100 Lyons Avenue


8.  No June Drug-Free Community Coalition Meeting.




Lake Tahoe Collaborative

Annual June Forum & Retreat

Aspen Room, Lake Tahoe Community College

June 10, 2013



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

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

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

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

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

“Planning an Effective Program Evaluation” 

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

5.   1:45pm Adjourn

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

       Boys & Girls Club Meeting Room, 1100 Lyons Avenue


7.  No June Drug-Free Community Coalition meeting.  



Nicole Zaborsky, Coordinator

a First 5 El Dorado Community Strengthening Project