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June 2019

Promoting a Community Approach for Mental Well-Being in Our Littlest Citizens [chronicleofsocialchange.org]

By Andrea L. Lowe, The Chronicle of Social Change, June 10, 2019. Several years ago , my sister and I watched my 2-year-old nephew’s behavior change dramatically. He started wetting the bed, throwing temper tantrums and getting frustrated so quickly. In any other child, it might have been normal “terrible twos,” but in him we knew something was definitely wrong. At the time, my sister and her husband were getting divorced. Ultimately, we found out that my nephew thought it was his fault,...

Dozens of stakeholders representing thousands of practitioners send public comments on Calif. ACEs-screening plan

Update: We posted this story on Tuesday evening and received a response from the Department of Health Care Services Wednesday that clarifies additional information. DHCS information Officer Katharine Weir said that subject to budget approval by the legislature and the governor: The reimbursement rate will be $29. Federally Qualified Health Centers will also be reimbursed for screening pediatric patients for trauma through Prop 56 funds and federal matching funds. In response to a question...

Someone San Diego Should Know: Educator’s emphasis is learning students’ needs [sandiegouniontribune.com]

By Lallia Allali, The San Diego Union-Tribune, May 6, 2019. The increase in hate- and discrimination-motivated incidents in the United States has a major impact on children and their learning journey. These traumatic incidents are the leading factors in childhood trauma, because they pose a threat to the child’s life or bodily integrity. Childhood trauma is also identified as one of the barriers to high academic achievement and success for students. Yet, this issue has largely been ignored...

Southern California student-led initiatives show promise for colleges grappling with homelessness [edsource.org]

By Charlotte West, EdSource, June 10, 2019. While earning her associate’s degree at Santa Monica College and working 30 hours a week with her mother cleaning houses, Maritza Lopez didn’t always know where she was going to sleep. When her family was evicted from their apartment, she spent a lot of time hanging out on campus, often crashing on friends’ couches at night. Her search for a place to sleep reflects a challenge facing a growing number of college students caught between the pincers...

[WEBINAR] Starting & Growing Resilient Communities: How to Tell Your Community Story GRC 2.0 Celebrate

ACEs Connection presents, "Starting & Growing Resilient Communities: Online & In Real Life (IRL)", an interactive webinar training series focused on developing existing and potential online community managers and IRL ACEs champions. This series is dedicated to providing insight into creating sustainable and effective online & IRL ACEs initiatives. In this fifth session, we’ll talk about why it's so critical to tell your story far and wide. This incudes how to blog and share...

New documentary focuses on trauma faced by first-responders (sandiegouniontribune.com)

“Keeping the Peace,” a new documentary that recently premiered at the University of San Diego, brings to light the trauma often faced by first responders and encourages police officers, firefighters and others in the field to seek counseling when dealing with emotional issues. They’ve lost colleagues to suicide, had people die in their arms, seen horrifying injuries and had to tell family members about a loved one’s death. It takes a toll on law enforcement officers, firefighters and other...

Strengthening Families Webinar: Technical Assistance Clinic

Join a webinar on Thursday, June 13, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EDT , to get answers to your questions about Strengthening Families implementation and help answer other people's questions! You can submit questions in advance by emailing cailin.oconnor@cssp. org or typing them in during the webinar. We will also hear from the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) and the National Alliance of Children's Trust and Prevention Funds about new resources and opportunities. To register:...

New $1.6 million grant approved for emotional trauma in Butte County schools [Paradise Post]

CHICO — Butte County schools will get $1.6 million more to address emotional trauma after the Camp Fire from a newly-approved Butte Strong Fund grant. The nine community members on the Butte Strong Fund Committee approved a grant request of $1,611,270 from the Butte County Office of Education on Friday. The North Valley Community Foundation manages the fund. The funding will allow more counselors to be hired, adds a parent outreach effort to provide support to families, provides training,...

Trauma-Responsive Schools Conference in Southern California

HERE this NOW is proud to bring its Trauma-Responsive Schools Conference to California, October 23 – 25, 2019, at the stunning Temecula Creek Inn in Temecula, CA (2 hours north of San Diego; 3-hours south of Los Angeles). This is not a typical conference. Participants will be actively engaged in an immersive experience, rendering more growth - personal and professional. Five diversely skilled and experienced pioneers of trauma-informed schools change are coming together for first time, to...

San Francisco's Juvenile Hall to Shut Down in 2021. Now What? [KQED]

Gail's note: A well-done discussion about the closing of juvenile hall hosted by Michael Krasney. One of the guests, Shawn Ginwright, author of the article 'The Future of Healing: Shifting from Trauma Informed Care to Healing Centered Engagement' . Worth a listen! The San Francisco Board of Supervisors will close the city's juvenile hall by the end of 2021. In a nearly unanimous vote for closure, supervisors criticized the jail-like conditions juveniles are confined in, and cited the high...

Homelessness in L.A. is a catastrophe in motion, and our leaders are largely to blame [Los Angeles Times]

By STEVE LOPEZ , JUN 04, 2019 Some of them are flat broke, some are sick, some work, some have given up hope. They are homeless in Los Angeles, where mega-mansions and shantytowns share the same ZIP code, and where the dark underbelly of a colossal social breakdown is on full display. In L.A. city and county, you taxed yourselves to do something about it, and last year alone $619 million was poured into housing and services. But statistics released Tuesday show that the number of homeless...

In historic move, SF supervisors vote to close juvenile hall by end of 2021 [SF Chronicle]

By Jill Tucker and Joaquin Palomino June 4, 2019 San Francisco will close its juvenile hall by the end of 2021, a nearly unanimous decision made by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday that ends the longtime practice of holding children in cells while they await their judicial fate. The extraordinary action makes San Francisco the first major city in the country to shut down juvenile hall in an effort to eliminate the jailing of children, supervisors said. “For me this is about history,” said...

Integrative medicine becomes a focus for treating the uninsured [USC Center for Health Journalism]

By Deepa Bharath , June 03, 2019 When Gloria Huerta first walked into the weight-management clinic at the UCI Family Health Center in Santa Ana about six months ago, she was struggling with diabetes, depression and knee pain. The 57-year-old homemaker, who does not have health insurance, said her doctor told her that, unless she made a few lifestyle changes, she would need to take insulin for the rest of her life. "I did not want to take insulin," Huerta said. "I wanted to avoid it at all...

DHHS: Suicide rates in Humboldt County remain twice that of California [KRCR News]

by Dylan Brown, Wednesday, June 5th 2019 HUMBOLDT COUNTY, Calif. — More than two times the amount of people are committing suicide in Humboldt County than statewide in California, according to recent data found in the 2018 Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services Community Assessment. Officials at DHHS say that they are conducting a Suicide Fatality Assessment to try and find out what the risk factors are when it comes to suicide throughout the county. "The numbers are way too...

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