California LGBT Health and Human Services Network
October / 20 / 2017
Call Follow Up

Thank you to everyone who joined our October Network call. You can find more information about the LCAP process below, along with information about an exciting new initiative called Out for Mental Health. Since the beginning of October, the Governor signed multiple LGBTQ-affirming bills, a Sen. Lamar Alexander and Sen. Patty Murray announced a bi-partisan health care bill, and Congress has passed a budget (sort of). 
Thursday
November 2, 2017
10:00 am - 11:00 am 

Call in Number: 866-906-7447
Conference Code: 4914724#
Web Conference Link

In This Issue
LCAP Follow up

Thank you to Nicholas Hatten for your expertise!

On October's Network Call the Executive Director of the San Joaquin Pride Center, Nicholas Hatten, shared some great information about the LCAP system and how to access resources to support LGBTQ equity through LCAP. As a follow up to the call, all of the requested documents are now available on our website. This includes sample school district presentations, sample petitions, links for frequently asked questions, and state education priorities. 

Out for Mental Health  

This fall, the California LGBT Health and Human Services Network and NorCal Mental Health America are partnering to launch a statewide education, outreach, and advocacy initiative targeting LGBTQ mental health disparities. Out for Mental Health will engage LGBTQ people throughout California to develop a mental health equity agenda and offer the tools and resources to make our shared goals a reality.

We want to learn from you about the mental health needs in your communities. Do you feel comfortable talking about mental health? Do you worry about a lack of access to LGBTQ-affirming providers? Or that your providers won't understand or know to talk to you about your sexual orientation or gender identity? How can we increase access to services and strategies that work for LGBTQ people in your communities?

Through a variety of processes, we hope to hear from you to help answer these questions and to give advocates and LGBTQ-serving organizations the resources you need to better advocate for quality mental health care.


Upcoming MHSOAC Events:

Out for Mental Health Liaisons Wanted

Out for Mental Health is seeking LGBTQ advocates who are passionate about mental health to sign on as local liaisons with our campaign. Local liaisons will be a crucial part of the Out for Mental Health team: supporting the project's education, outreach and advocacy goals; providing feedback; and being among the first stakeholders to learn about project activities as they launch. We are looking for liaisons in all parts of California, with diverse representation from each of the Mental Health Regions: Superior Counties, Central Counties, Bay Area Counties, Southern Counties and the Los Angeles Region.  
 
Specifically, liaisons will:
  • Facilitate connections between Out for Mental Health and local LGBTQ stakeholders, including individuals, organizations, service providers, and other LGBTQ resources spread across the large regions;
  • Advise Out for Mental Health on outreach, engagement and communications strategies that fit the unique make up of LGBTQ stakeholders within diverse regions. Offer insight into working with rural and/or urban communities, smaller versus large counties, and specific populations within their region;
  • Assist with identifying potential members of an LGBTQ Mental Health Task Force, focused on making policy changes in their respective regions. Provide support in reaching out to potential task force members. Work with the Out for Mental Health Team to coordinate Task Force activities;
  • Support Out for Mental Health with outreach for events in their region including Town Halls and trainings;
  • Disseminate information about Out for Mental Health through existing local networks and channels including in person, online, and social media; and
  •  Support the Out for Mental Health team with compiling an LGBTQ mental health resource list to increase access for members of LGBTQ communities, as well as help identify any gaps in service.
 
We want your voice! If you are interested in making a difference for LGBTQ mental health, email Mandy Taylor to learn more about becoming an Out for Mental Health liaison. 

Upcoming Events

October 14, 2017 - San Gabriel Valley Pride
October 14, 2017 - North County Pride - Oceanside
October 14, 2017 - Imperial Valley Pride
October 18, 2017 - The S Word Film Screening - Sacramento
October 21, 2017 - AIDS Advocacy Night Gala - Riverside
October 29, 2017 - Models of Pride Conference - Los Angeles
November 4-5, 2017 - Palm Springs LGBT Pride
November 10-12, 2017 - National Transgender Health Summit - San Francisco
November 18, 2017 - Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance - Sacramento
December 20, 2017 - Equality Town Hall - Los Angeles
January 25-28, 2018 -
Finding Freedom: LGBTQ Symposium - Palm Springs
Soliciting Input

We would love to hear about the great things you are doing in the community! If you have a program you think others could benefit from learning about, please let us know so that we can include you in our Member Spotlight

Are you hosting or participating in a conference, symposium, training, or other event in California? Please let us know and we will share it with the Network. 

The California LGBT Health and Human Services Network is starting a blog and we'd love to have you - our community members - be guest writers. Do you have something to say about LGBTQ folks and the areas of health care, mental health, public health, sexual health, substance use, income inequality, or social services? Do you have resource suggestions or an organization accessible to the community that you would like to share? Would you like folks on the network to know about a community need or the great work you are doing? If the answer is yes to any of these, please contact us! You can submit content to our Outreach and Advocacy Coordinator at mtaylor@health-access.org