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News and Observations

 

Information of interest to our clients, potential clients and consultants, on a range of topics, including but not limited to new developments at Gil Gerald & Associates, new resources available, and on topics such as cultural competency in serving LGBT individuals and families.

Tuesday
Dec252012

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays from Gil Gerald & Associates, Inc.!

Wednesday
Dec192012

LGBTQ Reducing Disparities Project's Report Released

Poshi Mikalson, MSW, Project Director of the LGBTQ Reducing Disparities Project, announced on December 18, 2012 the release of the Project's report titled First, Do No Harm: Reducing Disparities for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning Populations in California. This report is the culmination of more than two years of community-based research, and includes findings, promising practices and recommendations to reduce disparities and improve mental wellness for LGBTQ communities in California. The California LGBTQ Reducing Disparities Project is being carried out by Equality California Institute and Mental Health of Northern California through a collaborative arrangement with funds provided by the California Department of Public Health under the Mental Health Services Act.

Thursday
Dec062012

Gil Gerald & Associates, Inc. is now based in New York.

Gil Gerald & Associates, Inc. closed its office in San Francisco, CA effective November 15, 2012 and will now continue to serve its clients in California and throughout the United States from an office in New York, NY. The change is tied to Gil Gerald's relocation earlier in the year to New York City to be with his husband, Jeff Vessels. The timing of the closing of the San Francisco office was moved forward by 15 months following the unexpected early departure in September, 2012 of Ken Einhaus, Gil Gerald & Associates' Project Director for the Community Alliance for CLAS Project, in which Gil Gerald & Associates, Inc. was a partner agency.  In the interest of ensuring the continued success and high functioning of the Community Alliance for CLAS, Gil Gerald determined that it would be best for Gil Gerald & Associates, Inc. to withdraw as a partner in the Community Alliance for CLAS. The withdrawal became effective at the end of October, 2012. Any California clients seeking free technical assistance and training available from this project should contact the Community Alliance for CLAS directly. The mailing address for Gil Gerald & Associates, Inc. is now PO Box 234, New York, NY 10044. The office can be reached at (646) 233-0922. The email address is gilgerald@gilgerald.com, and the website address is www.gilgerald.com.

Monday
Sep242012

Gil Gerald & Associates, Inc. Says Thank You To Ken Einhaus

Ken Einhaus, Project Manager for Technical Assistance at Gil Gerald & Associates, Inc. has resigned from the firm effective September 28, 2012. Gil Gerald, President of Gil Gerald & Associates, Inc. expressed his gratitude to Mr. Einhaus for his tenure as an employee since March, 2008. “We have been very fortunate over the past four and a half years to have had someone who has consistently paid attention to detail and who has been consistently dedicated to excellence.” In summarizing his experience at Gil Gerald & Associates, Inc., Mr. Einhaus indicated he had enjoyed his work and that “these past few years have been a period of professional growth” for him. Mr. Einhaus has accepted a position at the Center for Applied Research Solutions (CARS), in Santa Rosa, CA. Like Gil Gerald & Associates, Inc., CARS is a partner agency in the Community Alliance for CLAS, and as a Project Manager, he will continue to have responsibilities in this State of California-funded effort to build capacity among organizations in California serving at-risk populations to implement the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Standards (CLAS).

Tuesday
Sep112012

Gil Gerald & Associates, Inc. Engaged to Support BSAS Project

In September 2012, Gil Gerald & Associates, Inc. and its LGBT-TRISAR Division were contracted by JBS International(JBS) to provide technical assistance and training services to the Massachusetts Department of Health, Bureau of Substance Abuse Services(BSAS). The services were made possible by a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment(CSAT), State Technical Assistance Project contract with JBS. The technical assistance and training will support BSAS’ efforts to increase cultural competency among providers of substance use disorders-related prevention and treatment/recovery services in serving LGBTQ communities across the Commonwealth.

Thursday
Mar012012

Free Training and Technical Assistance in Implementing CLAS Standards for California Agencies

Let 2012 be the year that your agency takes full advantage of the availability of up to five days of free training and technical assistance services, made possible through funding from the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs (ADP). Gil Gerald & Associates, Inc. is a partner of the Community Alliance for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS), which is funded by ADP and geared to assist organizations in fully implementing the CLAS Standards of the US Department of Health and Human Services. We invite you to take a look at what is available from the Community Alliance for CLAS and its partner organizations, including our services division, LGBT-TRISTAR.

 TA and Training Tailored to Your Agencies Needs

Health and behavioral health organizations are typically at different stages in developing their programs and services. Additionally, many organizations are located in areas with changing demographics that may require increased attention to the needs of cultural or linguistic groups, such as Latinos, African Americans, and Asian & Pacific Islanders, or lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender individuals and families. For these reasons a cookie cutter approach to training and technical assistance may not be helpful.

The Community Alliance for CLAS program of services begins with a quick online application to verify eligibility for the free services. If your agency provides AOD or other health, social, educational or advocacy services to the community, you will likely qualify. Once your agency is approved for the services, you complete an online self-assessment to assist you in identifying the unique challenges and opportunities within your agency that may benefit from training and technical assistance related to improving quality of care, customer satisfaction, and service outcomes as a result of implementation and adherence to the HHS CLAS Standards.

After completing the self-assessment, your agency will be assigned one or more staff or consultants to assist you in developing the training and technical assistance plan to be followed, and to provide the services described in this plan. The services are concluded with an immediate and a 3-month evaluation survey, and the awarding of a decal to your organization that you may display to make your customers aware of your commitment to providing culturally and linguistically appropriate services. Apply for the free training and TA services at www.allianceforclas.org and do indicate that you were referred to the program by Gil Gerald & Assoc. or LGBT-TRISTAR.

 Expert Consultants

The Partners of the Community Alliance for CLAS have a combined pool of expert consultants with the capacity to address the full complement of topics and cultural and language groups involved in implementing CLAS Standards in California. The pool is distributed throughout the state such that we are able to match your training or technical assistance needs with a knowledgeable professional in your community or region of the state. Gil Gerald & Associates, Inc. in particular, has specialized in developing a multi-cultural pool that emphasizes providing training and technical assistance related to improving the quality of services offered to LGBT individuals and families. Visit our website for more information.

Regional Workshops and Open Forums

Throughout 2012, the Community Alliance for CLAS will be offering a series of Open Forums and Regional Workshops. Announcements will be made periodically throughout the year, and updated information about topics to be covered, dates, times, locations and registration will be available through subsequent newsletters and the project website, www.allianceforclas.org. Currently the following is planned:

Tuesday, March 6, 2012, 12:30 - 2:00 PM; Open Forum about Services in San Diego County! This forum, to be held at the Tubman Chavez Multicultural Center, is for clients, family members, and all service providers working with people with substance use disorders. Online registration is now available. Lunch will be provided. For Questions call (916) 285-1810.

 

Wednesday, March 7, 2012, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM; Meeting the Challenge: Incorporating Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Standards into Our Continuum of Care. This training, to be held at BHRC - Auditorium, 850 E. Foothill Boulevard., Rialto, CA 92376, provides 6-CEHs/CEUs accepted by all AOD counselor certifying organizations in California and also meets the qualifications for 6-BBS CEUs for MFT's, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs, as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences - PCE 5067. Online registration is available. For Questions call (916) 285-1810.

 

Wednesday, March 7, 2012, 4:30 - 6:30 PM; Open Forum about Services in San Bernardino County! This forum is for clients, family members, and all service providers working with people with substance use disorders. Online registration is now available. Dinner will be provided. For Questions call (916) 285-1810.

 

Thursday, March 15, 2012, 9:00 - 4:30 PM - Best Practices in Working with Sexual Minority Youth. This training is to be held at Centre Concord - 5298 Clayton Road, Concord, CA 94521, provides 6-CEHs/CEUs accepted by all AOD counselor certifying organizations in California and also meets the qualifications for 6-BBS CEUs for MFT's, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs, as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences - PCE 5067. For Questions and registration information call (415) 627-9143 x3.

 

Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM - Best Practices in Serving LGBT Individuals and Families: Addressing Homophobia and Transphobia at Work. This training to be held at the Behavioral Health Research Center Auditorium, 850 E. Foothill Boulevard, Rialto, CA 92376, provides 6-CEHs/CEUs accepted by all AOD counselor certifying organizations in California and also meets the qualifications for 6-BBS CEUs for MFT's, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs, as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences - PCE 5067. For Questions and registration information call (415) 627-9143 x 3.

 

Wednesday, July 18, 2012 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM - Best Practices in Serving LGBT Individuals and Families: Addressing Homophobia and Transphobia at Work. This training to be held at 7001 A East Parkway, Sacramento, CA 95823, provides 6-CEHs/CEUs accepted by all AOD counselor certifying organizations in California and also meets the qualifications for 6-BBS CEUs for MFT's, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs, as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences - PCE 5067. For Questions and registration information call (415) 627-9143 x 3.

Thursday
Feb162012

Seeking Consultants who are Certified LBE in San Francisco

Gil Gerald & Associates, Inc. is considering applying for a contract to provide Training and TA related to cultural competency in serving LGBT Seniors and Younger Adults with Disabilities.  We are especially interested, based on the requirements of the RFP, in consultants who are certified in San Francisco as a Local Business Enterprise (LBE) by the San Francisco Human Rights Commission.  If you happen to be a certified LBE, or if you know of someone who would make a good trainer and who is a certified LBE, please contact me, or have them contact me at gilgerald@gilgerald.com or at 415.627.9139.  The work, to be performed by one or more consultants, would involve providing training (two-hours each session, using a standardized curriculum) to 15 agencies a year, at an average of 10 participants per each of these in-service training sessions.

I look forward to hearing from you or from an associate referred to us by you. Thanks!

Tuesday
Nov152011

Free Educational Video About Respectful Treatment of Transgender Individuals by Law Enforcement

Sun & Moon Vision Productions, of Escondido, CA, under the sponsorship of Van Ness Recovery House, of Los Angeles, has produced and released "Working Together to Protect Our Transgender Community," an educational video targeting law enforcement agencies/officers. The video highlights "best practices," to be followed by law enforcement. The video is being released in honor of transgender individuals who have been killed due to hatred and prejudice towards transgender persons. The video is free, and its release is being timed to kick off Transgender Awareness Week and to honor Transgender Day of Remembrance, November 20, 2011.