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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.

Friday
Aug262011

Analysis of US Census Data Shows Same Sex Couples Live in 99% of US Counties

"Relying on Census 2010 data, a new Williams Institute study reports that 901,997 same-sex couples live in the United States and they are represented in 99% of U.S. counties. "  The Report is available at the Williams Institute web-site.

Tuesday
Aug232011

California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs' Stakeholder Meetings

The Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs (ADP) is convening a series of stakeholder meetings throughout the State to receive input and recommendations on several critical initiatives: the State’s realignment proposal, and, the proposal to eliminate ADP and the transfer of remaining state functions to new department(s). For dates and locations, August 17 through August 31 view the ADP announcement.

Tuesday
Jul262011

Survey Developed by Gil Gerald & Associates, Inc. Points to Technical Assistance and Training Needed by Professionals Providing Care to LGBT Elders

Lavender Seniors of the East Bay, with study design, analysis and support  provided by Gil Gerald & Associates, Inc., conducted surveys of consumers and providers of long term care services for elders in Alameda County, CA.  Results of the study uncovered knowledge and attitudes among consumers and providers, and identified training and other technical assistance needed to develop capacity within these settings to provide culturally responsive services for LGBT elders.  In a press release issued by the two organizations participating in the study and Lavender Seniors, reported findings include a very high level of comfort among consumers in sharing activities with LGBT elders and positive attitudes among a majority of staff about including LGBT elders at their facilities. However, regarding training needs among staff, Michele J. Eliason, Ph.D., Director of Research and Principal Investigator with Gil Gerald & Associates stated "that the vast majority lacked even basic information about LGBT issues, such as the legal documents that couples and families need, the terminology/words that describe sexuality and gender, and family formations in LGBT communities." The report is titled LGBT Needs Assessment Project. Lavender Seniors and Gil Gerald & Associates, Inc. are jointly engaged in providing technical assistance and training that is responsive to the results of the study.

Tuesday
Jul122011

Applications Now Being Accepted for State-funded LGBT-TRISTAR TA & Training Services

Applications for free technical assistance, training and continuing education for behavioral health professionals are now available at the website for the Community Alliance for CLAS.  TA & training services provided under this project build capacity among AOD services providers to implement the Federal Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) standards, and LGBT-TRISTAR promotes implementation with health services professionals serving lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals and families.

If you are an administrator or  provider of alcohol and other drug (AOD) prevention, treatment, or recovery support services in the State of California, or an organization serving LGBT communities intending to provide these services, you are eligible to apply for free technical assistance  under the Community Alliance for CLAS project.  Courses are available from 1 to 6 hours, introductory to advanced, and some will be available online.  For more information visit the LGBT-TRISTAR website.

Thursday
May262011

Community Alliance for CLAS June Regional Trainings

Welcome to CLAS!  A free, full-day continuing education workshop provided by the Community Alliance for CLAS. 

Title:  An Introduction to Culturally & Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) for Alcohol & Other Drug Programs

This workshop is for executive directors, program managers, clinical supervisors, as well as lead counselors, therapists, and other clinicians working to meet the needs of California's increasingly diverse clients.

 

Participants will:

  • Receive an overview of the concepts and principles of cultural and linguistic competence
  • Understand the foundation of the cultural competence model
  • Recognize important factors that guide the development of culturally competent organizations

 

The Presenter:

Rachel Guerrero brings 30 years of experience working in community and mental health, social services, and juvenile justice.  In 2002, she was honored with the California Statewide Mental Health Cultural Competency Leadership Award.


 
Bonus Session:

An interactive dialogue on the importance of CLAS in health care reform implementation strategies with Perfecto Munoz, Senior Program Advisor for the California Program on Access to Care at US Berkeley's School of Public Health.

 

Training Dates and Locations:

Sacramento - June 3, 2011

   Sierra Health Foundation
   1331 Garden Highway
   Sacramento, CA  95833

Click here to register for Sacramento on Friday June 3.
 

Los Angeles - June 24, 2011

   SSG-HOPICS
   5801 South San Pedro Street
   (Entrance on 58th Street)
   Los Angeles, CA  90011

Click here to register for Los Angeles on Friday June 24.
 
9 am - 5 pm.  Attendance is free.  Pre-registration is recommended as space is limited.
 
Questions?  Call Anita Hurtado at 916-285-1810.

 

Continuing Education Credits:
 
The June Regional Training workshops provide 6-CEHs/CEUs accepted by all AOD counselor certifying organizations in California.  The workshops also meet the qualifications for 6 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, provided by Gil Gerald & Associates, Inc. PCE 4584.

Friday
Apr012011

Institute of Medicine Report on LGBT Health Research

The National Institute of Medicine released a ground-breaking report yesterday on the state of the science regarding the health of LGBT people which encourages researchers to use existing policies on the inclusion of women and racial and ethnic minorities in clinical research as a model to address the needs of sexual and gender minorities. 

The report criticizes the tendency to treat LGBT populations as a single homogeneous group, provides a thorough compilation of what is known about the health of each of these groups at different stages of life, and outlines an agenda for the research and data collection necessary to form a fuller understanding – including a call for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to support the development of standardized measures of sexual orientation and gender identity for use in federal surveys and other means of data collection.

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius stated “The report provides the scientific community with the first comprehensive overview of health-related research in this important area.  It concludes by recommending that NIH develop and implement a comprehensive research agenda to advance our knowledge and understanding of LGBT health, including demographic studies and inequities in health care, and the social contexts in which LGBT people live.”

“The report also calls for federally funded surveys and electronic health records to collect data on sexual orientation and gender identity while protecting patient confidentiality.  In addition, the report recommends enhanced training to strengthen LGBT health research at NIH, and asks NIH to encourage grant applicants to address explicitly the inclusion or exclusion of sexual and gender minorities in their clinical studies.”

"This report is an important step in identifying research gaps and opportunities, as part of an overall effort to understand and address the health needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.  We look forward to continuing our work to address these needs and reduce LGBT health disparities."

Copies of the full report can be ordered or viewed for free online at:  The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People: Building a Foundation for Better Understanding.

Friday
Mar112011

Lavender Seniors and Gil Gerald & Associates, Inc. Team Up For A Special Training Event on June 9th In Oakland, CA

Lavender Seniors of the East Bay and Gil Gerald & Associates, Inc. will present "Best Practices for Addressing Behavioral Health Disparities Among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Elders," on June 9, 2011 in Oakland, CA. This workshop, targeting health, behavioral health and social service professionals in Alameda County will offer six hours of continuing education for MFTs, LCSWs and Drug and Alcohol Counselors. Participants will be introduced to terms and concepts associated with the LGBT elder community and its diversity, physical and behavioral health issues, aging and service needs, and local resources. Participants will obtain practical information that can be applied to improve services for LGBT elders.

The training will take place at the California Endowment Oakland Conference Center, 1111 Broadway, 7th Floor, Oakland, CA 94607, from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM. This course meets the qualifications for 6 hours of continuing education credit for certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors, MFTs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of behavioral Sciences. Provided by Gil Gerald & Associates, Inc. PCE 4584. CFAAP/CAADAC #4C-08-582-0312.

There is no cost to attending the training, which is funded by Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services. However, seating is limited. To RSVP email dan@lavenderseniors.org or call Dan Ashbrook at (510) 667-9655 Ext. 1.

Friday
Mar042011

Gil Gerald & Associates, Inc. subcontracted to support Community Alliance for CLAS

Beginning in January 2011, and for the next three years, LGBT-TRISTAR, a services division of Gil Gerald & Associates, Inc., is a partner in a collaboration led by ONTRACK Program Resources, under contract to the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs (ADP). This collaboration, Community Alliance for CLAS, has as its purpose to build capacity among AOD prevention, treatment and recovery support services providers to implement the Federal Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) standards. 

Under the mission of Community Alliance for CLAS, LGBT-TRISTARwill provide services to build capacity among AOD services providers to serve California's very diverse population, including LGBT individuals and families.  If you are a provider of alcohol and other drug (AOD) prevention, treatment, or recovery support services in the State of California, or an organization serving LGBT communities intending to providing these services, you are eligible to apply for free technical assistance  under the Community Alliance for CLAS project.  For more information visit the LGBT-TRISTAR website.