Lake Tahoe Collaborative

August 12, 2013

Agenda

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)

Carol.Almanza@wellpoint.com  (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

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Lake Tahoe Collaborative Annual June Forum & Retreat

June 10, 2013

Minutes 

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

elizabethc@unr.edu

“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

Methods:

Surveys: satisfaction with program and pre-post tests

Individual interviews

Focus groups

Journals

Reflections

Observations

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

NicoleZaborsky@Charter.net

a First 5 El Dorado Community Strengthening Project

Lake Tahoe Collaborative

May 13, 2013

Minutes

 

 

1. Welcome

2.  Approve April Minutes

3.  Introductions and Announcements

a. Tina Barna, Choices for Children. Day of the Young Child is “on” for June 15. There are 42 participants. She has English and Spanish flyers available. Contact her if you need some or if you’d like to help/volunteer.

b. Frank Blakeney, Live Violence Free. They had a successful Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Awareness month. The t-shirts for the clothes line project were displayed in front of the office. 120 t-shirts were made. Commissioner Sullivan was touched by it and will have a display at the court.

c. Suzanne Perry. She is a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern who is new to the area and getting acquainted with the community.

d. Kristin Hunt Naefke, Tahoe Turning Point. They have some upcoming community service projects on the Tahoe Rim Trail.

e. Megan Ciampa, Foster Family and Adoption Services. They have just finished training with 8 new foster or adoptive families. Two families have new children in their homes. They are still in recruitment mode for new families. They have hired a new social worker. They just had a lovely open house on Friday.

f. Alissa Nourse, Tahoe Youth and Family Services. They are significantly busier than normal for this time of year, especially with counseling. They are closed on Fridays for the summer. The crisis line is always open and the drop in center is open Tuesday through Saturday from 1pm-5pm.

g. Angela Swanson, City of South Lake Tahoe. It is construction season. Projects include new sidewalks on Pioneer and the Bijou water project. Caltrans is at work. The Aspens project is being constructed at Pioneer and Ski Run. It is the last low income housing project of its size that will be constructed in South Shore for about the next 20 years. She sent a letter opposing Amiano’s AB5, Homeless Bill of Rights.  It is a well-intentioned bill requiring public restrooms 24 hours a day without addressing mental health issues. She feels that the State is going at the issue backwards by not addressing core issues. Cities are seeing it as an unfunded mandate.

h. Peggy Wright, Barton Health. Census has picked up (the number of patients is picking up).

i. Leanne Wagoner, Barton Health. Epic (the new computer system) is up and running. “Moms Morning Out” event two Saturdays ago was very successful. 175 ladies came out for pampering and educational booths. Look for it next year. Free Student Sports Physicals for school athletes and Pop Warner, Monday June 3 from 5:30-7pm, visit “bartonhealth.org.”

j. Sally Williams, Juvenile Treatment Center. They are getting closer to being able to serve females. A 20 hour a week mental health position has been filled.

k. Arturo Rangel, Lake Tahoe Community College & Family Resource Center & Latino Affairs Commission.

LTCC: Cal Works is supporting the Career Fair tomorrow from 11-1 in the main commons area. This will be a good opportunity for your clients to meet with employers. There will be a booth at the entrance with a career counselor from the college to help with resumes. Across state, the Cal Works numbers are down.

FRC: Cinco de Mayo was very successful. Thank you for attending and participating. The Male Support Group is very strong. Each week there are 10-15 Hispanic males. They discuss depression, anxiety, things that affect males and females. The Women’s Support Group is seeing about 25 women each day. In the last few weeks, there has been an exponential increase in people wanting services, especially males.

Latino Affairs Commission: In the last mast month and a half, Latinos in community came together to brainstorm how to get the Latino Affairs Commission back. They have been meeting for a couple of months. They have decided that because of the Brown Act, they will have a committee, and not a commission. They have sub-committees (legal affairs, housing, recreation) and soon a representative will meet with your agency to talk about issues.

l. Penny Smart, Children’s Health Initiative. She and Veronica are promoting the Dental Van and connecting families with health care. Veronica has been doing oral health education.

m. Elizabeth Ferry-Perata, Together We Grow. No updates.

n. Tara Styer, Tahoe Transportation District. They are getting new fare boxes. June 19th at 2pm they are hosting a Regional Coordinating Council to discuss transportation issues.

o. Liz Maul, Lake Tahoe Humane Society. They just moved their office to 870 Emerald Bay Road, Suite 104. They are no longer at 1221 Emerald Bay Road. They still have the same services such as the emergency pet food bank, spay/neuter assistance, vouchers for vet services and disaster services program for pets. They will be leading an Animal Art Adventure Camp at LTCC this summer.

p. Theresa Papandrea, Snowboard Outreach Society. They have officially wrapped up their winter programs. There will be summer activities such as yoga, hikes, stand up paddle, and nutrition. They are always looking for volunteers.

q. Diana Lozano, South Lake Tahoe Branch Library. They are finishing up story time season, with the last day on June 21. Jeanne Houston will be speaking at the library May 14th at 5pm. “Farewell to Manzanar” describes her first ten years in USA in an internment camp. They have summer programs, performers every Friday and a reading rewards program. June 25th at 6pm Leon Malmed will discuss his escape from the holocaust in France, “We Survived: At Last I Speak,”

r. Amanda Morozumi, Court Appointed Special Advocates. They are holding a training for six trainees now.

s. Heidi Hill Drum, Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association & Parasol. She is a local mom. Her oldest attends the Bijou Immersion program and her youngest goes to story time at the library. Her husband volunteers with TAMBA and last leg of the trail is being constructed. South Lake Tahoe lost a contest to win a $30,000 grant to finish that last leg. Go online to become a member, “www.mountainbiketahoe.org”

She’s volunteering with Parasol Foundation. There is a donor advised fund you can apply for any time, visit “www.parasol.org”. If your organization has a specific project, fill out the application, and if any of their donors are interested in funding it, they will. They are thinking of expanding to a building in the South Shore, if you’re interested, let her know.

t. Roberta Mason, Lake Tahoe Community College. The Visioning is Saturday June 8 in the Board Room from 8am-1pm. She encourages everyone who can to come and plan the vision for the college. SB329 is trying to restore the good neighbor policy with Nevada. It has been made into a two year bill and they are meeting with Nevada to pass it.

u. Sabrina Owen-Balme, El Dorado County Mental Health. They have two service sites in town. The senior center site, where wellness clients are seen, is having issues that are being worked on.

Currently, they are having public meetings for future mental health program planning for services, see flyer. Give your say on how your tax dollars are spent. If you’d like to submit questions or comments, contact her. The Emergency Room is seeing crises cases. There are new positions being filled.

v. Deirdre Slater, El Dorado County Office of Education. State Preschool and Head Start programs are wrapping up their program year. Next year’s recruitment schedule and flyers are available, contact her.

w. Karen Houser, Boys and Girls Club Lake Tahoe. They are wrapping up their program year at the beginning of June. They are recruiting for summer programs. Tomorrow evening is a fundraiser, “Spirit of Spring”, $40 from 7-9:30 at Edgewood, sponsored by Southern Wine and Spirit.

x. Kristi Boosman, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (not present). She dropped off handouts for “Get Defensive” and “Aquatic Invasive Species.”

y. Wendy David, Lake Tahoe Unified School District & Tahoe Magic.

LTUSD: Two long-time music teachers are retiring, JJ Clause and Linda Kurek. A retirement celebration is scheduled for Friday at 5pm at South Tahoe High School. The administration is busy hiring new teachers and principals.

Tahoe Magic: There is an incredible need right now. Please remember to only go through referring agencies for assistance.

 

4. Special Update: “Vaccine Safety Education”

Lynnan Svensson, RN, BSN, PHN

Supervising Public Health Nurse

MCAH Program Director

El Dorado County Health & Human Services Agency

lynnan.svensson@edcgov.us     (530) 621-6185

 

Josefina Solano, BS

El Dorado County Health & Human Services Agency

Public Health Division – Children Medical Services

josefina.solano@edcgov.us  (530) 573-3165

 

Josefina: Alicia Paris-Pombo, the new Health Officer, is onboard. She will attend LTC soon to introduce herself.

 

Lynnan: She circulated the handouts, “Vaccine Importance and Safety,” “Vaccine Safety: 10 Facts for Parents,” “Immunizations for Babies,” and “Vaccinations for Preteens and Teens, Age 11-19 Years.”

The immunization rates are pretty low in El Dorado County compared to other places in California. She spoke about why immunizations are important. She wants to highlight medical problems.

Why immunizations are important. On the list of Public Health’s greatest achievements, immunizations are the second most important. Clean water is the only thing more important in our country. We want to get healthy and eradicate diseases such as polio. Polio still is in other parts of the world and can be contracted from travelling or coming into contact with someone from another part of the world.

The next slide is the iron lung ward in 1952.

Tetanus is found in the soil and we’ll be exposed to it for all time. It enters our body through wounds.

Neonatal tetanus kills most babies who get it. Say you have a home birth and things aren’t as sterile as they should be or if the umbilical cord is packed with dirt, the baby can get it. Babies will get some protection if the mother has been vaccinated. The mother to baby protection starts to wane at about 6 months from breast milk.

Diptheria is really nasty and caused by bacteria. It kills 1 in 10. It forms a membrane coating on the throat that can suffocate an individual.

Medical intervention comes with risk and we need to understand the benefits and risks to make informed decisions.

Pertussis: Recently we had a Pertussis outbreak in California. We had more reported cases in 2010 than in the past 60 years combined. Now, we recommended each woman get vaccinated each pregnancy for pertussis. Pertussis is whooping cough, a non-stop exhausting cough which can break ribs.

Hib Infection: Mostly affects young children.

Measles: There has been a recent outbreak of measles. An unvaccinated child contracted and carried measles and spread it to others in San Diego. On a herd immunity level, vaccinations help keep the group safe. Europe has a high rate of measles right now.

There are a lot of complications with each disease, such as hearing loss with measles.

Congenital Rubella Syndrome causes a 80-90% chance of a birth defect if the baby gets in utero or at birth.

Mumps is very painful. A child becomes very sick. Males may get swelling of the testicles or sterility. It is more serious for adults than children.

Chickenpox: 100 children were dying per year from chickenpox prior to the vaccination. As an adult, chickenpox can be very dangerous. Chickenpox of a newborn can make them very sick.

Hepatitis B: Hep B virus can stay outside the body in blood for up to a week.

What do all of these pictures have in common? All of these people have diseases that are preventable.

Impact of vaccines: Vaccine preventable diseases have decreased as a result of vaccines.

HIB Meningitis: In 1987 there were 20,000 cases, in 1985 a vaccine was introduced and in 1997, there were only 183 cases.

What if we stopped vaccinating? The germs are only a boat or plane ride away or they still exist in our country.

In 1971-1974 there were 400 cases of Pertussis in Japan. They stopped vaccinating and from 1975-1979 there were 13,000 cases.

In Russia in1989 there were 900 cases of diphtheria, and then in 1994 there were 50,000 cases.

If enough people are vaccinated against a disease then the disease cannot spread into their community. This is called herd immunity.

In summary, immunizations are important because:  they bring about protection against disease, preventing is better than treating ($, time, worry), they help with the problem of drug resistance, an immunized community provides herd immunity, if we stopped immunizations, diseases would return.

So, why are we concerned in El Dorado County? From 2000 to 2008, our vaccinations rates went down. Personal belief exemptions are high in El Dorado County, at 2.5% times the state average. She gathered all the data from Kindergarten immunization records and figured out where the hot spots were and surveyed parents. She did 152 parent surveys, 94% of respondents were female, 70% had Medi-Cal for insurance, 96% vaccinated their children—28% of these created their own vaccination schedule, most parents received vaccine information from the doctor and the second location noted was the Health Department, 42% had concerns over resulting fever after vaccinations, 24% feel there are too many vaccines in the pediatric schedule, only 29% of parents would feel safe sending their child to a school with a low vaccination rate but 74% feel individuals should be able to decline vaccination due to philosophical objections.

Addressing Parent Concerns is something her department is working on. There is no study to show a link between autism and vaccinations. There are many people/groups fighting vaccines, such as Jenny McCarthy, Dr. Wakefield, and Green our Vaccines.

Dr. Wakefield has a European study published that caused problems because studies were faulty.

Caregiver Concerns:  There is the same amount of aluminum in breast milk as a vaccine. Thimerosal is no longer an ingredient in children’s vaccines. There are more vaccines given to children these days, however, they’re better engineered than in the past.

In Summary: Vaccines save lives, the benefits of vaccination outweigh risks of serious side-effects, El Dorado County has low school-age vaccination rates, vaccines are safer today than ever before, parents and the community need education to dispel any myths and understand why vaccination is necessary, parents with questions need counseling from a trusted medical source, and community support is needed.

Do your part to as a partner in the community.  Contact her with questions/comments and refer families to the information in the handouts.

 

5. Special Update: “South Tahoe Middle School Anti-Bullying Programs”

Beth Delacour, Principal     bdelacour@ltusd.org  (530) 541-6404 x280

Suzy Krzaczek

 

Beth handed out, “A Multi Approach to Bullying at STMS, 2012-2013.”

Bulling has been both a national topic and a hot topic in the last few years.

When we have an assembly and ask student, “Have you ever been bullied?” Most kids stand up. When we ask kids, “Have you ever bullied?” Most kids sit down.

There is a Teen Truth Live grant. A person gave cameras to students to talk about issues with the kids. Then, we present the videos to the students to initiate discussions. Melba Beals, at age 65, came talk to the group. She is a member of the Little Rock Nine, a group of African-American students who were the first to integrate with Anglo students at Central High in Little Rock, Arkansas. Teen Truth live shows Columbine and it starts the conversation and asks, “What can we do about this?”

In the handout, there is a copy of the pretest and posttest we give the kids every year. Depending on what your vision of what bullying the answers to this test shifts when we give it to kids each year. The following pages are the answers and statistics.

What is Bullying? “Bullying is any aggressive, intentional behavior meant to hurt or humiliate someone else. Bullying involves an imbalance of power and strength,” (p.24 “Teen Truth: Bullying & School Violence handout). See the handout for examples of bullying. Most of us are familiar with physical bullying; however, it also involves spreading rumors, intimidation, teasing, insulting, threats, cyber-bullying, and impersonation. 

It is normal for middle school youth to wonder, “Do I have friends? Do I fit in?”

At South Tahoe Middle School, we have assemblies on bullying, drugs and alcohol, and body image. We had Aaron Christopher host a “Difference Maker Summit.”

 

Suzy:  We pulled out 7th grade student leaders for a day and they came up with what the primary issues are on campus. They are most concerned about use of drugs and alcohol, name calling, racism. An action to take is to be aware and pay attention (we don’t notice the kid who is invisible) or do something about the bully. Another action is to be more courageous.  The students had a plan to address name calling, they’d commit to tell others, “We don’t do that here” if they were name calling. A second option could be to get a buddy and talk to the name caller. The group also offered support and group awareness to educate the whole school.

We picked 7th graders because we will be able to work with them for two years. To date, they have implemented most of these things.

They took “How Full is your Bucket?” a children’s book. We designed invisible buckets over our heads. All the staff had a bucket, and then the leadership students had a bucket. We saw a change of climate and culture in the students via this activity. We have certain kids that this is the only kind word they get all day, and they’d check their bucket many times a day looking for kind words and to be noticed. We are looking at continuing this next year.

Each leader took this and made a program called “Kindness Counts.” The idea is that You Don’t have to Blow Out My Light to Make Yours Brighter. We are getting big themes to bring these How To Be Kind Efforts forward.

 

Beth: Are we a 100% bully free zone? No. Will we ever be? No.

Manny Scott was a Freedom Writer. He tells story about his bad days and how to turn the page in your book to get a different outcome. He emails and texts the kids. Community relationships created this program.

We have an Advisory Program where 6-8th graders come together in a room. The goal is for them to help and support each other. We have seen examples of how this is working.

We ask the students, “Do you feel comfortable talking to your advisory teacher on Thursday once per month?” 76% yes, so this speaks highly of the staff. We want kids to have another parent, to be held accountable by someone else, act as a gentle persuader, for this adult to advocate for the kid so that no kid gets lost in the shuffle. This advisory teacher has the student for three years. We want every kid to have five people on campus that can help them and they can trust.

Sprigeo (#805-284-9435 or http://report.sprigeo.com/district/lake-tahoe-unified) is a phone number where a student can anonymously report bullying. The report goes to the administration immediately and the staff gets together to discuss and deal with the issue.

This school year, the Assistant Principal has had 1603 student contacts the 1st trimester, and 1619 contacts 2nd trimester. Student contacts mean we’re communicating with kids. It could mean we’re helping and does not always involve discipline.

We provide drug free positive lifestyle choices for students. We believe that busy kids are positive kids. We offer ice skating, dance, sports, woodshop, AVID, leadership, dance, etc. to students. Some kids can’t get involved as they have family commitments. We are trying as best we can so they can get involved. When they’re involved they’re connected to the community.

TTV is a communication tool we use each morning. The videos are made by students to communicate to their peers.

Our Key Messages, are that we urge school students NOT to hurt their classmates by bullying them; to pay attention to how your actions impact others; before you tease someone, put yourself in that person’s shoes and think about how you would feel; stand up for bullied classmates and get help from an adult!

I love this quote by Erahm Christopher, TTV film maker, “Look around you! Everyone in your class copes with the same stress of school, parents, relationships and the future. No one needs added stress from bullying. Work together to make the 4 years in high school the best they can be, not just for you, but for everyone!”

When kids promote from 8th to 9th grade, we ask them, “If you’re not making a difference, what are you doing?”

 

 

6. 2:30 PM Adjourn

 

7. 2:30PM Drug Free Communities Meeting, 1100 Lyons Avenue

 

8. Next Lake Tahoe Collaborative Retreat — June 10, 2013

    12-2pm Aspen Room, Lake Tahoe Community College

    ***Please bring food to share for lunch. Drinks and plates/utensils/napkins will be provided.

Lake Tahoe Collaborative

May 13, 2013

Agenda

 

1. 1:00pm Welcome

Review the minutes from the April 8th 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: “Vaccine Safety Education”

Lynnan Svensson, RN, BSN, PHN

Supervising Public Health Nurse

MCAH Program Director

El Dorado County Health & Human Services Agency

lynnan.svensson@edcgov.us

 

Josephina Solano, BS

El Dorado County Health & Human Services Agency

Public Health Division – Children Medical Services

josephina.solano@edcgov.us

 

4. Special Update: “South Tahoe Middle School Anti-Bullying Programs”

Beth Delacour, Principal     bdelacour@ltusd.org

 

5. 2:30 pm Adjourn

 

6. 2:30 pm Drug Free Communities Meeting

 

7. Next LTC meeting June 10, 2013 Retreat

12pm-2:00pm, Lake Tahoe Community College Aspen Room

Lake Tahoe Collaborative

April 8, 2013

Minutes

 

 

  1. 1.  Welcome
  2. Approve March Minutes

 

2.  Introductions and Announcements

a. Diana Lozano, South Lake Tahoe Library. Storytimes have been great. They are gearing up for summer reading club.

b. Kathi Guerrero, First 5 El Dorado. Tentative information on Dental Van: MOUs have gone through with LTUSD. The first 2 weeks the van will be at the Al Tahoe Child Development Center, then other elementary school sites, see Item “x,” below for Dental Van schedule and contact information.

c. Leanne Wagoner, Barton Health. She brought a box of “Health and Wellness Directories”. She handed out the “Moms Morning Out” postcards. There will be a 50th anniversary Community Celebration on June 29th, see flyer.

d. Amanda Morozumi, Court Appointed Special Advocates El Dorado. CASA will have a spring training on May 2 at the court house, see flyer.

e. Sally Williams, Juvenile Treatment Center. JTC is still recruiting and hiring. They have had a couple new people start.

f. Theresa Papandrea, Snowboard Outreach Society. They are wrapping up their winter snowboard programs and planning summer activities. They are currently recruiting for volunteers, tpapandrea@sosoutreach.org.

g. Alissa Nourse, Tahoe Youth and Family Services. They are now mentoring in Douglas County which will officially start July 1. The Drug Store project was successful. Commissioner Sullivan joined the Child Abuse Prevention Council. The Champions for Children event is to honor champions, there will be a social worker appreciation luncheon, and David Love  will be the keynote speaker, “Parenting in 2013” on April 25th 12-4pm at Blue Angel Cafe. Leadership Lake Tahoe is taking applications, due in June. The Drug Free Coalition has submitted their grant application.

h. Josefina Solano, El Dorado County Public Health. No updates.

i. Sabrina Owen, El Dorado County Mental Health. No updates.

j. Kristin Hunt, Tahoe Turning Point. They will host an open house with a tour of their drug lab and Q&A, April 25th 5:30pm-7pm, 2400 Lake Tahoe Blvd, Ste B2, see flyer.

k. Frank Blakeney, Live Violence Free. April is Sexual Assault and Violence Prevention month. They have partnered with Escobar Training and City South Lake Tahoe for free self-defense classes, see: http://liveviolencefree.org/ . The annual Bowl a Thon is coming up. Clothesline Project, where everyone makes a t-shirt and then there are three seminars for people to draw on them then they hang outside the office. Schedule: T-shirt making: April 11 9a-12p, Workshops: April 19 9a-2p and April 24 9a-3p at 2941 Lake Tahoe Bl. CAP-C is engaging more men in the community and as the voices of the community.

l. Tina Barna, Choices for Children. They are closing out their fiscal year. Sequestration has the potential to affect childcare, so they’re holding on for more information.  “Day of The Young Child” needs sponsors, see sponsorship forms and participant forms. The event is June 15.

m. Tara Styer, Mobility Manager with Tahoe Transportation District. Her focus is on promoting access to transportation to those with disabilities and low income. She will be recruiting for the general public to join her in this effort.

n. Roberta Mason, Lake Tahoe Community College. Today is the first day of the spring quarter, so registration is this entire week. There have been state financial problems and regulations that are affecting us. June 1 there will be a community visioning to evaluate all LTCC programs and see where they need to keep programs and where they can cut back.  She’ll have more details next month. SB 329, the “Good Neighbor Policy” may be restored to extend the CA tuition rates to Nevada residents.

o. Kristi Boosman, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency. Continue to implement RPU and working on Area Plans with local communities. Earth Day Event April 30th, TRPA Staff family, friends, planting 500 sugar pine saplings at Zephyr cove Park 2-5pm.

p. Cory Ritchie, volunteer coach with Girls on the Run. They strive to instill joy, health, and confidence in their members. “Girls on the Run” has programs at Tahoe Valley Elementary, Sierra House Elementary, and Bijou Elementary. They have 38 girls attending and training.

q. Peter Bostic, Director of Institutional Planning and Advancement, Lake Tahoe Community College, bostic@ltcc.edu . No updates

r. Karen Houser, Boys and Girls Club. BGC is giving out two scholarships to graduating members. They will start taking registration for summer programs and next school year beginning Monday April 15th. They will be open for summer programs for 10 weeks. They will host a “Spaghetti Feed” fundraiser on April 18th, cost is $5. You may purchase in advance and at the door. The “Spirit of Spring” fundraiser with Southern Wine and Spirits will be at Edgewood 7p-9:30p Tues May 14th, the cost is $40.

s. Laurie Limas, El Dorado County Mental Health Drug and Alcohol Programs. Her office is in Placerville and she also serves South Lake Tahoe. She is working with post-partum women, women with children up to age 17, and women who want to reunify with their children. She is working with public health nursing staff for referrals, see handouts. She works with women on case managing, transportation, taking them to doctor’s appointments, taking women to see their children—-anything that adds extra support to women who are serious about their recovery. She primarily works with women who are in transition between support services.

t. Veronica Strauss, Children’s Health Initiative. We help families find a provider (vision, medical, dental). We are in changing times of health care now. MediCal is taking over previous programs. People are scared they are losing “Healthy Families”. Parents will have health insurance along with their children. There will be a lot more paperwork to fill out. And, income and family size determines out of pocket costs per month. Our goal is to help people feel empowered.

u. Kathy Martinez, University of California Cooperative Extension (not in attendance, emailed in the update).  She is attending the UC Agricultural and Natural Resources State Conference this week where she will learn more about their vision. Next week she will be done with the first round of youth education at Tahoe Valley (total of 5 teachers grades K-5). She will start a new round on the 22nd with 5 new teachers grade K-3. She graduated 5 adult participants at Live Violence Free. She started 3 new adult classes last week, 1 at FRC on Fridays (total of 20 new adult students). She finished youth education K-5 grades at FRC (Cristina Luquin teaches K-3 and she does 4-5). They are planning to continue youth education in the summer as well as a 6-8 year old and an adult buddy workshop (6 workshops total English and Spanish). She has finished 2-3 grade classes at Boys and Girls Al Tahoe site and will be done with 2nd grade at Bijou after vacation. Next she will be working with 4-5 grade Al Tahoe site and 3rd grade at the Bijou site.

v. Angela Swanson, City of South Lake Tahoe. “Community Service Team” meetings will be held April 25th in Al Tahoe, Bijou Pines, and Pioneer Village at the Recreation Center. The “Citizens Academy” starts on Tuesday. They are two hour sessions for six weeks in a row. The goal is to create a more informed and active citizenry. Contact Tina Shannon at: 542-6016 to enroll. They are in the middle of hiring for senior management staff. They are looking to hire a Public Works Director, Administrative Services Director, and Attorney. They have been able to bring in new firefighters and police officers, so those departments have more staffing. Next month, she’d like you all to get the City App on your Smartphones. It will be helpful for you during construction season. Public Works will attend next month’s meeting to share a construction news for the summer. The City has new policies for facilities rentals at Bijou Park, Lakeview Commons, and Regan Beach. Call Lauren Thomaselli at 542-6058 for more information. City Council will be in force in Sacramento tomorrow on SB630.

w. Wendy David, Lake Tahoe Unified School District & Tahoe Magic. Susan Baker is retiring and Karen Tinlin will be the Mt. Tallac High School principal. Marilyn Pawling retiring at South Tahoe High School and Pat Harnett will be taking her place. Mark Romagnolo is retiring at Tahoe Valley. New principals will be hired for Bijou, Tahoe Valley, and the Environmental Science Magnet School.

Tahoe Magic provides crisis funding for families (rent, electricity, etc.). Contact Wendy, davidwendylou@aol.com

x. Rick Alford, First 5 El Dorado (not in attendance, emailed in the update). The Dental Van will be in Tahoe from April 29 to at least June 15th (Day of the Young Child).
From April 29 – May 10 it will be at Al Tahoe and will be providing services to children 0-5.
Julie Day will be working with the District’s School Nurse, Margaret McKean to put together a plan to take the Dental Van to the Elementary Schools in the District.  If anyone has questions about how to schedule an appointment for a child at the Dental Van, please call (855) 341-3330.

 

3. Special Update: Special Update: Law Enforcement Panel, “Issues Confronting Youth”

Steve Heggen, Deputy Chief Probation Officer, El Dorado County, (530) 573-3081,   

     steve.heggen@edcgov.us

Lt. Pete Van Arnum, El Dorado County Sheriff, (530) 573-3000, vanarnup@edso.org

Chief Brian Uhler, South Lake Tahoe Police Department, (530) 542-6100,

     buhler@cityofslt.us

 

INTRODUCTIONS:

Chief Brian Uhler, South Lake Tahoe Police Department. He is happy to have been in South Lake Tahoe for over two years. Today, he has a better sense of what’s happening in community than the last time he was at the LTC.

 

Lt. Pete Van Arnum, El Dorado County Sheriff. They have been working with the school district on security. They have hired a security consultant to look at ways to improve safety/security and for the schools to coordinate with the fire department, Barton, the police department so they can improve event response. This is a long range plan and they realize society is different now, so all parties need to be prepared.

 

Steve Heggen, El Dorado County Probation. Probation has been using evidence based practices, which means they need to prove their worth to the community. Sally Williams has been hired to provide direct educational services to the kids. He doesn’t see the good kids in the community.

 

ISSUES CONFRONTING YOUTH:

Chief Brian Uhler:

  • The South Lake Tahoe Police      Department Officers are seeing designer drugs: bath salts, spice, molly      (derivative of ecstasy) in South Lake Tahoe. Some kids have been taken to the      hospital from using them.
  • City Council has made it illegal      to possess these drugs. There will be a “Prescription Drug Takeback      Program,” for the proper disposal of expired, unused, unwanted      prescriptions on April 27th 10-2pm at Safeway, 1020 Johnson      Blvd.
  • Marijuana continues to be most commonly      abused drug in our city.
  • The South Lake Tahoe Police Department      and the Lake Tahoe Unified School District have strengthened their partnership      to conduct unannounced administrative searches with officers and canines.  The searches are meant to be a deterrent.      This has been successful and they’ve made some cases and arrests as a      result.
  • The Drug Store Project, completed      last Tuesday, is a partnership which builds awareness and prevention in an      effort to teach 6th graders about choices.
  • They are working on truancy. It      now includes daytime accountability and evening curfews. Many citations      are being issued and parents and children are noting this added enforcement      tool. This effort particularly targets kids found in the street and on repeat      offenders.
  • On the gangs and violence front,      they continue to see the presence of Norteños and      Sureños gangs in      schools. Some of gangbangers are recruiting mentally challenged kids in the      middle school.  The police      department is not fully knowledgeable about the motives behind this.
  • April 12, there will be a drill      at the South Tahoe High School to mimic a school shooting.
  • On a side note, there are some      common threads in the community as a whole. They are trying to figure out      new funding for the police department. They conducted community surveys to      ask how the community should shoulder new costs. The community perceives      that the tourists should shoulder the costs, as they are the ones that      come here and rely more heavily on the police department’s services and      since they are the ones being arrested. Chief Uhler looked up “Who do we      arrest?” He asked the records supervisor to query all 2012 arrests and where      people live. He learned that 90% of the 2012 arrests were locals!

 

Lt. Pete Van Arnum:

  • School safety is a concern for      the county. In the school safety planning meetings, they have involved      kids in the planning and they’re gleaning great information from them. They      are building relationships with youth and gleaning information on what’s      happening with them and their peers. They are meeting every week with law      enforcement agencies and the planner. They will conduct a tour of each      school site to understand how to improve safety and security (including      installing cameras) and conducting dialogue with each teacher on how to      respond to a potential school shooting. They are trying to change the mindset      of teachers and administrators on how to react to an emergency, how to be      responsive to the alerts people give them, and to be more proactive.
  • They see the recruiting grounds for      gangs in the middle school.

 

Steve Heggen:

  • A topic he has pondered in the      last few days is, “What does it take for the kids to get to the Juvenile      Treatment Center?”
  • Recently, the police queried a      kid with a shaved head, tattoos, wife beater shirt, steel toed shoes and      not wearing a helmet. This child’s parent complained by coming to the office.      The police officer explained the situation from their perspective, that      the child is putting out signs out to the community that they represent “skin      head” values. The officer’s supervisor told the youth that he is      presenting himself to the community as a “skin head” and the kid did not      have a very supportive answer as to “Why?” The point is that the parent      is angry at the police.
  • A second incident happened as he      was walking through JC Penney’s. There was a kid in the shoe department      looking at red shoes. The parent said, “I don’t want you wearing red      tennis shoes”. The kid asked, “Why?”  The mom said, “I think this it is gang      related.” The parent spoke up and enforced the rules. Note: JC Penney’s      had two major shoe colors, red and blue.  23 pairs out of 50 shoes are gang related      and market to gangs. He was very pleased that the parent spoke up.
  • When he looks at kids, he asks,      “How do they get to be responsible?” and “How do they end up in the JTC?” The      JTC has a real problem with impacting kids with regard to where they come      from and where they are going. JTC takes a kid, put him in a 6 month      program and one month after leaving JTC they return. When JTC asks the      kid, “What happened?” the youth says they went back home and nothing      changed. He feels that the schools and community prevention have a pretty      good handle on things. But, societally, we need to make sure we are modeling      positive behavior and messages to kids. “What do adults present to them      and how do we expect them to behave?”

 

QUESTIONS:

Peter Bostic: There has been pressure to put more responsibility on administrators to be first responders, how do you feel?

Steve Heggen likes having a trained professional on campus. The students can interact with them and they act as positive role models. This also puts a first responder on site. It’s preventive and doesn’t allow a lot of issues to take place at the school.  

Lt. Pete Van Arnum: Concern he has is that the first responder will go toward the threat. If there is a person not in uniform walking around with a gun it will be problematic as a person may inadvertently hurt an innocent person.

Chief Brian Uhler: He doesn’t think more guns are the answer. Some things are uncontrollable.  The large number of potential victims is a concern at a school, so mobility and access to large numbers of kids are being looked at.

 

Wendy David: Are the raw amount of raw arrests increasing?

Chief Brian Uhler:  This year, the total number of arrests is down; but they are seeing an increase in crime. One reason could be that there are less arresting officers.

 

Angela Swanson: What types of crime?

Chief Brian Uhler: He thinks it’s across the board, especially UCR Part One crimes. Sexual and aggravated assaults are up. Statistically, for every increase in thefts, this equates to a homicide. They have implemented online reporting.

 

Tina Barna: As community members we are responsible to report what we see. Is the system changing to listen to these reports? After 9-11 at the parking lot at our office there was an interesting V-W that pulled up and put a reception disc on top of the vehicle. The staff called dispatch and were told not to worry about it. Was this the right place to report such a concern?

Lt. Pete Van Arnum: One of most common calls is a suspicious circumstance. In today’s world, dispatch should be sensitive to this. When it doesn’t feel right, it may not be, so call law enforcement. It’s their job to check it out.

 

Kathi Guerrero: A few issues struck her. She listened to a conservative talk radio segment this morning titled “Outrageous Comments.” One comment was, “Children should be the responsibility of the community.” The caller thought they’re the responsibility of the parents. So, as a community collaborative, how do we educate the parents and the community? How do we prepare people to trust their gut? How do we support our youth who have challenging mental health issues? If these kids are at risk and may not speak out, how do we provide support for the children? These are some community conversations LTC has the opportunities to talk about in the future.

Wendy David:  The Drug Free Communities Grant addresses these things.

Alissa Nourse: This (DFC) is a great forum and it’s growing and building momentum in South Lake Tahoe because these things are issues. Regarding how to intervene and be positive role models and fill the void for parents who don’t have these skills and won’t have these conversations, this is why we need PAL, mentoring programs-stationed at middle school and high school, etc. Should students have issues at the middle school, the presence of the mentor may open up conversation to inform an adult that things are happening there.

Steve Heggen: The middle school being a recruiting grounds for gangs is not new. We need to work with the parents to help them with information and trends.

Wendy David: If a kid gets caught with drugs at LTUSD, it’s an issue that the parent says, “No, not my kid.” Too many parents don’t want to acknowledge their children’s issues.

Lt. Pete Van Arnum: Kids see gangs as attractive if their older siblings or family members are involved.  Many youth who do not have relatives at home (after school or on weekends) attach to gangs as role models.

Chief Brian Uhler: Any adult that knows what is happening in a particular family should try to intervene.

Wendy David: We should talk more with LTUSD about the list of kids that could use support.

Steve Heggen: Most kids have had intervention prior to going to juvenile treatment. Most kids have had multiple connections with a School Resource Officer and an agency. For the kids that get through to juvenile treatment—these are the kids that need more services, time, and programs. Middle schoolers are impressionable and the gangs recruit there.

 

Wendy: Thank you for having his conversation with us today.

 

  1. 4.    2:30 PM Adjourn

 

  1. 5.    2:30PM Drug Free Communities Meeting, 1100 Lyons Avenue

 

  1. 6.    Next Lake Tahoe Collaborative meeting May 13 , 2013

     1-2:30pm 1100 Lyons Avenue

Lake Tahoe Collaborative

April 8, 2013

Agenda

 

  1. 1:00pm Welcome

 

Review the minutes from the March 11th 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.

    

  1. Special Update: Law Enforcement Panel, “Issues Confronting Youth”

Steve Heggen, Deputy Chief Probation Officer, El Dorado County, (530) 573-3081, steve.heggen@edcgov.us

Lt. Pete Van Arnum, El Dorado County Sheriff, (530) 573-3000, vanarnup@edso.org

Sgt. Joe Sherry, California Highway Patrol, (530) 577-1001

Chief Brian Uhler, South Lake Tahoe Police Department, (530) 542-6100, buhler@cityofslt.us

 

  1. June Retreat Educational Topic Discussion

 

  1. 2:30 pm Adjourn

 

  1. 2:30 pm Drug Free Communities Meeting

 

  1. Next LTC meeting May 13, 2013

1pm-2:30pm, 1100 Lyons Avenue

 

Lake Tahoe Collaborative

March 11, 2013

Minutes

 

 

 

1. Welcome 

 

a. Approve February Minutes

 

 

2.    Introductions and Announcements

a. Elizabeth Blakemore, El Dorado County Office of   Education. Child Abuse Prevention Council is hosting “Champions for Children”   April 25th at the Blue Angel Café, South Lake Tahoe, CA.  David Love will present “Parenting in 2013”   (media, violence, bullying and parents). The lunch and presentation are $20.   Nominations for Champions For Children are being accepted.  Visit http://eldoradocapc.org/champions.html   to fill out an application.  El Dorado   County Office of Education is recruiting a Bilingual Early Childhood   Specialist, visit www.edjoin.org

b. Megan Ciampa, Foster Family and Adoption   Services. The recruitment effort for host homes, adoptive and foster families   is underway. She’s gotten 22 phone calls and has 8 families to commit to   attend the training. This is the last week for recruitment.  Training will be in April and families   should be up and running by May. 80% of kids are staying in foster care after   18 years old. They have a full time social worker position available now, http://reno.craigslist.org/npo/3668160355.html.  It requires a Masters in social work or a   related field and it is a South Lake Tahoe job.

c. Alissa Nourse, Tahoe Youth and Family Services.   She handed out their latest newsletter, http://www.tahoeyouth.org/   . April 2 is the 10th Anniversary of the “Drug Store Project.” It will be   held at Lake Tahoe Community College. The Drug Free Coalition grant is due   next week. The Budget and Action plan will be presented today at 2:30pm. They   have great representation and dedication from the 12 sectors in the   community. Grant awards should be announced in September 2013. The coalition   will continue to meet between April and September to organize media   campaigns. The TYFS agency is busy; they took 23 kids skiing/riding at Ski   Duck yesterday.

d. Leanne Wagoner, Barton Health. She brought “Physician,   Health and Wellness Directories and Community Health Resource Guides” to the   meeting. They are hosting “Moms Morning Out” on Saturday morning the week   before Mother’s Day, May 4th, 8am-12:30pm (see attached handouts). There will be   health and wellness presentations and booths. April 3rd, Dr.   Crenshaw is doing a lecture on “Why Weight loss is Hard,” (see attached   handouts). Barton Foundation’s Annual Health Grants announcement is out, http://www.bartonhealth.org/main/current-projects.aspx#grants,   (see attached handouts).

e. Amie Brown, Tahoe Dream Foundation. This   non-profit supports childcare centers in South Lake Tahoe. They have a   fundraiser coming up soon, a local fashion show for jewelry and clothing. 50%   of all proceed will go toward local child care centers, (see attached   handouts). They are still accepting furniture and clothing donations, http://www.tahoedreamfoundation.org/.  

f. Kristin Hunt Naefke, Tahoe Turning Point. They   have added a new Monday program for intensive outpatient. They have expanded   their facility. This upcoming Tuesday is the THP site visit.  If you know families who need mental health   services and AOD, they are free through May.  

g. Kathy Martinez, University of California   Cooperative Extension.  She has 3 youth   classes at Family Resource Center, 5 classes at Tahoe Valley. She is working   with Boys and Girls Club youth. She has adult classes at Live Violence Free   and a residential area. She has about 37

adult   graduates. She has teamed up with TRiO and did a presentation at the high   school recently. She will do a presentation for parents on April 26th. She has 11   classes going right now.

h. Rick Alford, First 5 El Dorado. The brochure that   Maternal Child Task Force has been designing for guardians of 0-6 month olds   is close to a final draft. The brochure will go to families with a newborn   and give them basic gateway information on services in the South Lake Tahoe   area. 

i. Sabrina Owen, El Dorado County Mental Health.   Today is her first day of work and she is new in Tahoe. 

j. Josefina Solano, El Dorado County Public Health.   It has been a quiet month. They are giving immunizations on Tues, Thurs and   Fri am. They have a new health officer, Alicia Paris-Pombo. She is from the   Netherlands and she’s in Monterrey, CA right now. She’s bilingual and has   taken classes in Mexico. She will begin on April 15th.

k. Francie Alling, St. Joseph’s Community Land   Trust. Their mission is to get housing in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Someone can   own the house and they own the property. They own one property many apartment   units and hope to have more in the next 1. 5 years.  They partnered with Wells Fargo Bank on   “Financial Issues,” a presentation at LTCC. About 30 people came. They are   planning to have this presentation in Spanish. Francie’s email is: Alling603@gmail.com

l. Diana Lozano, South Lake Tahoe Library. All of   their programs are running smoothly. “Reading is So Delicious” is going well.   “Mother Goose on the Loose” in Spanish attendance was huge and it brought in   a lot of new and young Hispanic families to the library. The library will   continue to offer this program.

m. Amanda Morozumi, Court Appointed Special   Advocates, El Dorado. They have an Easter Fundraiser at Chevy’s March 28   4:30p-7:30p, (see attached handouts). All proceeds will benefit CASA. It’s   been a busy first few months of the year. Please do anything you can do to   support the recruitment of foster homes in South Lake Tahoe. They are gearing   up for their spring training, which will most likely be in May.

n. Sally Williams, Probation and Juvenile Treatment   Center. They are low in population right now. They are getting more   programming in the JTC now, which is her task.  They had an Office of Education training on   “Brain Development” for their teens with children. They are working on   getting an in depth drug treatment component for those serving a 6 month confinement   time. They are still not staffed for girls as they need female applicants.   They have two new hires coming in that are males. 

o. Delicia Spees, Family Resource Center. They have   begun working on their annual Cinco de Mayo fundraiser. It will be May 3rd at the   Heavenly California Lodge and include a mariachi band, food, dancers, a dj,   and more for $20. They have begun recruiting for Delicia’s job. The new hire   will begin in April, and Delicia will retire at the end of June.  She’ll continue to work for LTUSD and LTCC.   The Rotary is relocating the Bookworks to another place inside the Freemont   Mall, where Freshie’s and Aloha Ice Cream are. It’s a good fundraiser that   brings in about $20,000/year. Rotary is remodeling and moving them. They need   volunteers at Bookworks, Mon-Sat 3 hour shifts. All their books are donated   by the community.  The initial vision   of Bookworks was for it to be a resource for the youth and elderly and now   they’re the only bookstore in town. Arturo started his Men’s Group (in Spanish)   at the beginning of the year, and has 10 Latino men coming every week. They   advertised for a Men’s Group in English, but no one attended. The Incredible   Years has ~15 moms. Their nutrition classes with Kathy are going well.

p. Liz Barnekoff, El Dorado County Office of   Education. She came today to listen in on what is happening in the community.  

q. Dierdre   Slater, El Dorado County Office of Education. Things are going well. They are   gearing up for school recruitment and enrollment for Fall 2013.

r. Kristin Torres, El Dorado County Office of   Education. They are hiring for an Early Childhood Specialist in South Lake   Tahoe (see notes above in “a. Elizabeth Blakemore” for the internet link).   Contact her if you would like her to give a workshop presentation or to   assist parents, ktorres@edcoe.org.  They have a   beautiful 1 page workshop presentation brochure that is being worked on.

s. Kathi Guerrero, First 5 El Dorado. First 5 El   Dorado is funded by the Cigarette Tax from California State. Norma Santiago   has joined the First 5 El Dorado Commission.

t. Angela Swanson, City of South Lake Tahoe. There   is good and bad news for this summer. $20m of public construction will be   happening in South Lake Tahoe this summer. This means a lot of jobs and   improvements for us. It could also mean traffic delays and detours.  A series of sidewalks will be installed on   Pioneer from Larch to Hwy 50. The Bijou Center intersection is being torn up   to install storm water infiltration. Another phase of Cal Trans work is going   on. The Harrison Business district will be torn up and redone. The Aspens   Project is the public housing project going on this summer, by Pioneer and   Ski Run. Lakeview Commons is the $6 million best asset in town. There are   fees to rent the space, and there have been some misconceptions spread around   town with regards to these fees. There are costs to hosting a public event at   Lakeview Commons (set up and clean up time by City staff). There are numerous   ways the City has made concessions for non-profits. One concession is a   non-profit rate, a second is that the City can be asked to be a co-sponsor of   your event, a third is to find a creative way to pay the $250 non-profit   event fee. Users of this space need to address traffic mitigation, security,   and clean up.  The spring Citizens   Academy is accepting applications.  It   is free and a three hour per night commitment in May. They train people who   want to become city leaders (snow removal, parks and recreation commissioners).   They had 16 people graduate last year. There will be a meeting on the Loop   Road Project, City Hall, 6-9pm 3/12/13. From the City’s perspective, over   half the legislature is new (Frank Bigelow), which means they are freshmen   and don’t know anything about South Lake Tahoe. With this comes an   opportunity to acquaint them with social services, perhaps at our June   retreat?  Remember the Parasol grant   opportunity for board development and leadership development.

u. Arturo Rangel, Lake Tahoe Community College, Cal   Works. They have made May Job Awareness month. A career fair will be held at   the college on May 14th. The idea is to connect Cal Works with the college.   If you know someone who can talk about career development, please connect   them with Arturo, Rangel@ltcc.edu . The   career fair is open for the whole community. Registration for the College   started last month. This time they started a month before classes start as   they have a new software program and wanted to alleviate any bugs or issues.   There are two more weeks of registration.

v. Frank Blakeney, Live Violence Free. It is Child   Abuse and Sexual Assault month. They will have a Bowl-a-thon, Friday April 26th. On   Valentine’s Day they did “One Billion Rising,” see the photos on their   website. It was a good turnout. They offer classes for mandated reporting,   contact them as they have a trainer, fblakeney@liveviolencefree.org

w. Kristen Mozzochi, Live Violence Free. She is the   new Operations Manager. She has lived in Tahoe for 11 years and has worked in   community and mental health fields.

x. Penny Smart, Public Health. They continue to help   families with “Healthy Families” and health insurance. Veronica and she are   continuing to come up once a week to assist families. They come to WIC once a   week to help families with Dental Van applications. 

 

 

3.        Special Update: Peggy Wright,   “Maternal Depression”

pwright@bartonhealth.org  

 

Barton has seen a problem with recognizing   postpartum depression in moms. They went to training and bought a movie in   English and Spanish. It’s for health professionals, mothers, families.   They’ve seen a different reaction to questions they asked moms after this   training. The video is from Postpartum Support International, titled “Healthy   Mom, Happy Family: Understanding Pregnancy and Postpartum Mood and Anxiety   Disorders.”

 

The LTC watched the video. Here are some notes: The   Blues should last two weeks. If it’s more long lasting, a mom needs to be   checked for Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder. Symptoms include: sadness,   extreme worry, irritability, anger, mood swings, changes in sleep, difficulty   coping. The unique properties of your personality should be intact, if they   are not, you need to be checked out for Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder.   Risk factors are increased for moms with a history of a mood or anxiety   disorder, a pregnancy loss, financial hardship, marital problems, and lack of   social/family support. Postpartum disorder can affect anyone, including   people who love their baby. The disorder is undertreated and underreported.   Not all health care providers have been adequately trained in recognizing and   treating it. Ask questions of your provider such as: Have you had training in   treating mental illness during/after pregnancy? Will you prescribe   medication? What works for most women is a combination of: medication,   psycho-social support, and therapy. There are safe and effective medications   for pregnant and postpartum moms. Contact Postpartum Support International   at: 1-800-944-4773, or www.postpartum.net   to find facts, friends/family sections, father resources, tools and   more. 

 

Contact Peggy to borrow the DVD to show at your   organization.

 

 

4. Special Update: Rick Alford, “Teacher Survey   Evaluation Report” –

 

El Dorado County and South Lake Tahoe

Rick Alford, Program Coordinator First 5 El Dorado

Voice/Text: (530) 409-8151

ralford@pacbell.net  

 

Rick gave an update on First 5 Initiatives and the   work in the past year, including Tahoe.   

He passed out a summary of County-wide achievements   for last fiscal year, (see attached handouts). They conducted home visits for   newborn parents; partnered with Barton for resources to families; provided   perinatal education scholarships through Barton (Pat Okacza teaches those   classes). Last year, there were 413 births at Barton and Best Beginnings   visited 299 of those families. They work in close collaboration with Public   Health and other agencies in the community to communicate that the community   cares about them to ensure that families don’t feel alone. Best Beginnings   nurses hand off clients to an Early Childhood Education Specialist using the   “Ages and Stages Developmental Questionnaire”. 103 children were screened   last year with the “Ages and Stages Screening” last year in Tahoe. About 7%   of the screenings result in a referral for more assessment. Up to 50% of   screenings generate questions for the parent and the Early Childhood   Specialist can help the family to know their child’s developmental expectations.   The South Lake Tahoe Library is a community based location.  The library connects families to resources   and to family networks with other families, early literacy, and book   borrowing. This community resource allows parents and children have places to   visit with other families. 28% of the families coming through library   programs are

Hispanic.  The Children’s Health Initiative, with   Penny and Veronica, makes sure families get connected to health and   development information and resources and are utilizing their health   insurance. They see the real impact of a child’s health and development when   they’re utilizing their insurance. The Children’s Dental Van will come back   up to South Lake Tahoe soon. The Dental Van works with the Lake Tahoe Unified   School District to make sure the timing is convenient for them. The Lake   Tahoe Collaborative meetings increase the level of awareness of the programs   and services in the community. This meeting empowers members with knowledge.   First 5 finds great value in community strengthening initiatives. They are a   great way to address the needs in the community and demonstrate how we can   address them collectively. (See handout for accomplishments.)  First 5’s overarching goal is to make sure   kids are ready for kindergarten. They have implemented a screening tool and   levels of readiness for kids entering kindergarten. They will let the data   from these initiatives and partnerships shape their next year of work. Visit   their website, http://www.first5eldorado.com/,   follow them on Twitter, like them on Facebook. 

 

 

5. Group Discussion on May Special Update topics

 

“Vaccine Safety Education,” Josefina Solano, EDC   Public Health

“Anti-Bullying Curriculum,” Beth Delacour, LTUSD

“Play to Grow,” El Dorado County Library

Family Planning, Pre-Conception, Contraceptive   Education

Childcare Providers and Funding Changes in   California

Other

 

Time prevented us from having this discussion.   Should you have a suggestion for the May topic, email Nicole Zaborsky at: NicoleZaborsky@charter.net.

 

 

6. 2:30 PM Adjourn   

 

 

 

7. 2:30PM Drug Free Communities Meeting, 1100 Lyons   Avenue

 

 

 

8. Next Lake Tahoe Collaborative meeting April 8 ,   2013

 

     1-2:30pm   1100 Lyons Avenue

Lake Tahoe Collaborative

March 11, 2013

Agenda

 

  1. 1:00pm Welcome

 

Review the minutes from the February 11th 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.

    

  1. Special Update: Peggy Wright, “Maternal Depression”

“pwright@bartonhealth.org”

 

  1. Special Update: Rick Alford, “Teacher Survey Evaluation Report” –

El Dorado County and South Lake Tahoe

Rick Alford, Program Coordinator First 5 El Dorado

Voice/Text: (530) 409-8151

ralford@pacbell.net

 

  1. Group Discussion on May Special Update topics

“Vaccine Safety Education,” Josefina Solano, EDC Public Health

“Anti-Bullying Curriculum,” Beth Delacour, LTUSD

“Play to Grow,” El Dorado County Library

Family Planning, Pre-Conception, Contraceptive Education

Childcare Providers and Funding Changes in California

Other

 

  1. 2:30 pm Adjourn

 

  1. 2:30 pm Drug Free Communities Meeting

 

  1. Next LTC meeting April 8, 2013

1pm-2:30pm, 1100 Lyons Avenue

Lake Tahoe Collaborative
February 11, 2013
Minutes

1. Welcome
a. Approve January Minutes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

6. 2:30 PM Adjourn

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

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