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San Bernardino County’s Collaborative Housing Program is Turning Lives Around (counties.org)

Melissa Sierra had hit “rock bottom.” She had lost her job and home, and was out of money. Life was becoming increasingly difficult for Sierra and her six children. That’s when she turned to San Bernardino County for help and was referred to a collaborative program that provides rapid re-housing assistance to CalWORKs-eligible homeless families with children. Sierra’s turnaround is the result of the Housing Support Program — a collaborative effort between the County’s Transitional Assistance...

Update on San Bernardino ACEs Task Force meetings

Thank you all who have contributed to the ACEs Task Force of San Bernardino in one way or another. Please know that we plan to continue co-meeting with the Child Abuse Prevention Council at the Children's Network, 825 East Hospitality Lane, San Bernardino . This is almost always the first Tuesday of the month from 9-11am and I encourage you to put this as a repeating meeting on your calendar if you plan to join us at least occasionally. You can also email Viviana at the Children's Network...

Trauma Screenings Advisory Group (AB 340) Hosts First Meeting

On Friday, April 20, 2018, the AB 340 Workgroup, otherwise known as the Trauma Screenings Advisory Group, met for the first time to discuss the legislative charge to update, amend, or develop, if appropriate, tools and protocols for screening children for trauma as defined, within the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT) benefit in Medi-Cal. Both Children Now and Center for Youth Wellness were appointed members of the Trauma Screenings Advisory Workgroup, and we...

Plan to participate! May 22, 2018 Policymaker Education Day in Sacramento!

Click this link to register and (if needed) request travel stipends ! Link to Registration Form Registration deadline is 4/30! Start brainstorming! Do you have a "Community Profile" from last year - please plan to update it! (please see attached) ACEs Connection will provide materials to support the development of your Community Profile - for now start thinking about brag-worthy efforts - initiatives, collaborations, accomplishments, logos etc. *4CA would like documents by May 5th - so there...

Overcoming ACEs by Lifestyle [news.llu.edu]

Rhonda Spencer-Hwang, DrPH, MPH, once dressed up as a “pirate” doctor and danced on a stage at an elementary school fair to attract children and their parents to sign up for a health study. It was 2012, and she was using a $2-million grant from the First Five Riverside Commission to provide educational services and conduct research among 10,000 children and families in Riverside County, searching for why asthma was so prevalent in that community and how the health issue could be addressed.

California 2018 State Profile

Hi, Everyone: Here’s the state profile for California. To review the entire profile, open the PDF that is attached to this post. If you have corrections or additions, please leave them in the comments section of this post. We’ll be reviewing the comments regularly and doing fact-checks. The information you give us will also help us determine how to organize and expand the information in the state profiles. We will be turning this post into a living profile that, with your help and input,...

So you know about ACEs...Turn your AHA! into Action!

Spring is the time for rebirth and new beginnings! As we look around, we can observe nature around us awakening after a long winter sleep. A true sign of resilience. At Origins , we have been lucky enough to create a space for growth and learning for both groups and individuals who work towards creating environments of healing and resilience over the winter months. After completing the first round of The Resilience Champion Certificate of 2018, we have 23 graduates putting their action plans...

Free RESILIENCE Virtual Screening - register by 3/28 at 2pm PST

Join us on Tuesday, April 3rd for a VIMEO Virtual Screening of the award-winning film, RESILIENCE: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope - a critically acclaimed documentary chronicling a new movement among pediatricians, therapists, educators and communities, who are using cutting-edge brain science to disrupt cycles of violence, addiction and disease. RESILIENCE: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope is the latest film from documentary Director-Producer James Redford...

San Bernardino County Data Dashboard: Child Adversity and Well-Being

A product of the CA Essentials for Childhood Initiative, the California Data Dashboard contains 23 select indicators of child adversity, health and well-being, utilizing data available on kidsdata.org . For more information about this project please go here. The San Bernardino County Data Dashboard contains select indicators of child adversity and well-being. The dashboard is a product of the Shared Data and Outcomes Workgroup of the California Essentials for Childhood (EfC) Initiative, a...

Improving our community this year and into the future (vvdailypress.com)

As another year ends, I have been reflecting on some of the tragedy and political whirlwind that has happened in 2017. There’s no denying that we have seen some division in our country and in our local communities. However, this year was also one that brought a lot of us together. Through all that has happened this year, people still show kindness and a sincere desire to help those affected by disasters, mass shootings and political division. I have witnessed people in my community go to...

Here’s how much food county employees in the Transitional Assistance Department collected for low-income families (sbsun.com)

San Bernardino County employees in the Transitional Assistance Department this year collected more than 27,000 food items for those in need to be distributed through Community Action Partnership Food Bank. The county employees take the first week of October — Customer Service Week — to recognize their customers and give back to the community with a department-wide food drive in partnership with CAP Food Bank, according to Gilbert Ramos, director of the county’s Transitional Assistance...

County jail expands number of mentally ill inmates that can be treated (vvdailypress.com)

A San Bernardino County jail is expanding the number of mentally ill inmates to be treated inside the facility by behavioral health workers as state hospitals continue to face bed shortages. Up to 96 patient inmates unfit to stand trial and housed at West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga can be admitted into the Jail Based Competency Treatment Program, active at the jail since 2010, under a new three-year contract approved earlier this month. The program offers services similar to...

New resources and website organization!

Please check out our newly organized ACEs Task Force of San Bernardino website! On the left panel, you will see recent posts related to San Bernardino. On the right panel, you can choose an item under the Blog Directory to find out what is happening or related to our specific goals and hence action groups. Just below the Blog Directory are Resources for us to share with each other. I recently added a handout for parents (Handouts), a resiliency-building organizational survey (Survey Tools),...

A crisis of homelessness for veterans (sbsun.com)

San Bernardino has focused like a laser on homeless veterans and the results are promising. Yet, while the county successfully housed 781 homeless veterans in less than two years, between 40 and 45 homeless veterans enter the system every month. Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed three housing bills that should help relieve the affordable housing crisis, but there is a high cost. On Tuesday, the Redlands City Council made local progress on this issue when it approved that city's Liberty Lane...

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