SAMHSA Provides $7,196,038 in Grants for People and Communities Recovering from Trauma

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services  |  2016-12-22

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has awarded up to a total of $7,196,038 over the next five years to programs in California for programs that help people and communities recover from, and build resiliency from trauma.

“Trauma, whether from exposure to child abuse, community violence, or natural disaster can have a devastating effect on people,” said SAMHSA Principal Deputy Administrator Kana Enomoto.  “We must help people in every segment of our community -- especially youth and Tribes, many of whom have experienced significant historical, community, and individual traumas.”

The grant programs going to California included in this SAMHSA effort are:

National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative: Purpose – Creates a national network of grantees — the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) or Network — that works collaboratively to develop and promote effective trauma treatment and services for children, adolescents, and their families exposed to a wide array of traumatic events

Community Treatment and Services Centers grants: Purpose – Improves the quality of trauma treatment and services for children, adolescents, and their families who experience or witness traumatic events; and to increase access to effective trauma-focused treatment and services for children and adolescents throughout the nation.  The work of this initiative is carried out by a national network of grantees – the National Child Traumatic Stress Network – that works collaboratively to develop and promote effective trauma treatment, services, and other resources for children, adolescents, and families exposed to an array of traumatic events.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities. For more information on SAMHSA grants, visit www.samhsa.gov/grants.

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CDPH Releases Reports on Healthcare-Associated Infections -Vaccination Rates

Source: California Department of Public Health   |  2016-12-22

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released two annual reports recently. The reports provide information about healthcare-associated infections (HAI) and influenza vaccination rates among health care providers.

While California hospitals have made progress in preventing healthcare-associated infections, HAIs continue to be a significant public health issue in the state. In 2015, hospitals reported 19,847 healthcare-associated infections to CDPH. From 2014 to 2015, 56 hospitals demonstrated significant improvement in preventing one or more HAI type. Hospitals are making progress in preventing HAI with the exception of C. difficile diarrheal infections (CDI), which increased 8 percent since 2011. CDPH offered infection-prevention assistance to 73 hospitals with high infection rates.

The department’s influenza vaccination report indicates that vaccination rates among health care providers have improved in the past five years. Since 2011, vaccination rates increased 21 percent for hospital employees and 11 percent for non-employee healthcare providers, such as physicians or other contracted staff members.

Both the HAI and influenza vaccination rate reports include data reported by 392 licensed general acute care hospitals representing 419 campuses. The reports are on the CDPH website at www.cdph.ca.gov.

Due to various factors in the way data are classified and validated, the information in this HAI report is not directly comparable to previous annual reports the department released. The report provides additional details about these changes.

Using data from these reports, CDPH created an interactive map for the public, Healthcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination in California Hospitals and updated the data for the My Hospital’s Infections Map.

“Hospitals can utilize the data in our HAI report to implement and improve infection-prevention strategies,” said Dr. Karen Smith, CDPH director and state public health officer. “This same information can help Californians stay informed about what their local hospitals are doing to protect against healthcare associated infections.”

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Placer Community Foundation Grants $250,000 to Local Nonprofits Working on Mental Health Issues

Source: Placer Community Foundation  |  2016-12-06

Loren Nakai of Sierra Native Alliance receives his check from Eileen Speaker, Grants Manager at Placer Community Foundation.

Placer Community Foundation recently made $250,000 in grants for mental health prevention and early intervention in Placer County. Grants of $50,000 each were awarded to five local nonprofits that provide services to youth and families. This funding will allow the organizations to provide varied mental health services, including court advocates for foster children, mentors for fathers of at-risk children, counseling for birth families recently reunited with their children, support and services for mental illness within the Placer Native community, and intervention for teens exposed to, and at risk for, drug abuse.

This funding was made available through a partnership with the County of Placer Department of Health and Human Services and the Mental Health Services Act. The grantees are: Child Advocates of Placer County - CASA Expansion Project, Lilliput Children’s Services - Home to Stay, KidsFirst- Supporting Fathers, Community Recovery Resource - Full Circle Student and Family Support Program, Sierra Native Alliance - Native Community: Early-Onset Mental Health Services.

These grants are impacting local people by providing a safe space for them to work through issues affecting mental health. KidsFirst’s program serves single fathers and one participant shared, “The Forever Fathers program is a great place for men to come together and openly talk and discuss parenting and relationships. I come to the meetings voluntarily and find that I am not alone in the struggles that life throws out. The speaker/programs we have had are always professional as well as helpful. They cover a wide array of issues that different men may have.”

About Placer Community Foundation
Placer Community Foundation (PCF) grows local giving to strengthen our community by connecting donors who care with causes that matter. Known for sound financial management and knowledge of the nonprofit sector, the Community Foundation continually monitors the region to better understand the nature of local needs, so that it can invest in areas such as arts and culture, education, health and human services, animals and the environment. To learn more about establishing charitable funds during your lifetime or through your estate plan, visit PlacerGives.org, contact Jessica Hubbard at jhubbard@placercf.org, or call (530) 885-4920.

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Placer County Partners with Sutter Health To Address Homelessness, Accepts $1 Million Grant for Homeless Housing

Source: Scott Sandow, County of Placer  |  2016-12-06

Placer County will receive a $1 million grant from Sutter Health to help house its chronically homeless population under a grant agreement approved today by the Placer County Board of Supervisors.

The funds will be used to support Placer County’s Whole Person Care Pilot program, which is designed to better coordinate physical health, behavioral health and social services for high users of multiple care systems who have poor health outcomes - and to increase their access to housing and supportive services. The Sutter Health grant will support the development of permanent housing for program participants with the purchase of housing units and by offering rental subsidies.

“Ending homeless in Placer County continues to be a high priority, and we are committed to being innovative and creative in seeking solutions that benefit not only those facing homelessness but everyone in our community,” said Robert Weygandt, chairman of the Placer County Board of Supervisors. “By partnering with Sutter Health, we’ll secure additional resources to jumpstart our Whole Person Care Pilot and provide some of our most vulnerable residents the security they need to get back on their feet."

The Whole Person Care Pilot will serve up to 50 homeless people each year. With the grant, Placer expects to provide housing for between 15-20 people a year.

“Every day we see growing numbers of homeless in our region, and see the toll homelessness takes on individuals and our communities,” said Sutter Health Valley Area President James Conforti. “At Sutter Health, we are working to create a regional, data-driven response to chronic homelessness by working with government, businesses and service providers to support projects that offer low- and no-barrier housing options for the most vulnerable populations, like the Whole Person Care Pilot program."

The grant is part of a larger strategic initiative, “Getting to Zero,” being led by Sutter Health to align public, private and philanthropic resources in Placer, Sacramento and Yolo counties in support of a Housing First response to homelessness – a federal strategy that calls for low or-no-barrier access to permanent housing.

“As Sutter Health has met with local leaders and experts to explore best practices for addressing homelessness in our region, we’ve identified immediate opportunities for action and as a result have already begun to commit matching funds to support key elements that will be a critical part of our campaign,” Conforti explained. “We are having positive and productive discussions with elected officials throughout our region and look forward to engaging the entire community in this effort in 2017.”

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CDPH Offers Food Safety Tips for the Holidays

Source: California Department of Public Health  |  2016-12-01

With the holiday season approaching, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) reminds consumers to use safe food preparation and storage measures to prevent foodborne illness. Bacteria that can be found in foods such as meat and poultry may cause illness if they are insufficiently cooked, inadequately cooled or improperly handled.

“We can help ensure that foodborne illnesses don’t ruin our holidays by properly preparing and handling meat, poultry and other foods,” said CDPH Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith.

About 48 million illnesses, 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths in the U.S. each year are related to foodborne diseases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Foodborne diseases can be prevented by: washing hands with soap and warm water before and after food preparation, and especially after handling raw foods; cleaning all work surfaces, utensils and dishes with hot soapy water and rinsing them with hot water after each use; cooking food thoroughly and refrigerating adequately between meals.

Symptoms of foodborne disease can include diarrhea, which may be bloody, vomiting, abdominal cramps and fever. Most infected people recover from foodborne illnesses within a week. Some, however, may develop complications that require hospitalization. Young children, the elderly, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems are at highest risk for potentially life-threatening complications.

Additional information about food safety is available on the U.S. Department of Agriculture Meat and Poultry hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854). Consumers can also access the national Partnership for Food Safety Education’s Fight BAC! Website www.cdph.ca.gov

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New Statewide Plan Aims to Dramatically Reduce New HIV Infections

Source: California Department of Public Health  |  2016-11-17

California has released a new surveillance, prevention and care plan designed to dramatically reduce new HIV infections in the state, with the goal of eventually getting that number to zero. The “Getting to Zero” plan is a blueprint for state and local health departments and community organizations working to achieve a more coordinated statewide response to HIV.

“Thanks to better treatment and prevention options, new testing technology and better access to health care, California has reached a point where we can begin to envision the possibility of zero new HIV infections,” said California Department of Public Health Director State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith. “In a state as large as ours, it will take an incredible amount of coordination, innovation and work to make this vision a reality. This report lays the foundation for achieving our goals.”

The “Getting to Zero” plan was developed by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) in coordination with local health officials, other state departments, medical and non-medical providers, and HIV community organizations and planning bodies. The report set four goals to be achieved by 2021. The four goals are to reduce new HIV infections, increase access to care, reduce disparities in underserved communities and achieve a more coordinated statewide response to the HIV epidemic.

To achieve those goals, the report outlines 15 strategies and 12 key objectives that will be monitored on an annual basis by CDPH’s Office of AIDS. Some of the strategies include improving HIV testing and HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) utilization, enhancing availability of HIV care and increasing community collaboration and involvement.

“This comprehensive plan reinforces the state’s ongoing commitment to address the HIV epidemic,” said Dr. Karen Mark, Chief of the Office of AIDS at CDPH. “This commitment includes supporting people living with HIV, reducing the rate of new infections, and recognizing that not all communities have been equally impacted by this epidemic, and making those most at risk a high priority.”

For more information see www.cdph.ca.gov

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Placer County Health Clinic in Auburn Transitions to Western Sierra Medical Clinic November 10

Source: Robert Miller, County of Placer  |  2016-11-03

For more than 30 years, Placer County has provided medical services to low income, rural residents. On Nov. 10, the Auburn medical clinic will close its doors, transferring patients to a new, non-profit provider.

Western Sierra Medical Clinic will now provide medical and dental services in place of the county’s clinic. At this time, dental services are only provided in North Lake Tahoe. In July, the county’s board of supervisors approved the closing of county facilities and transitioning of patients to Western Sierra’s health centers. The transition for services in Auburn is effective Nov. 10. The transition date in Tahoe is still to be determined.

Western Sierra is up and running with a new health center location in Auburn and has plans to open a second Auburn health center in December. The county is working with Western Sierra on transitioning the operations of the Tahoe medical and dental clinics, which will remain in their current site.

“We were looking for a way to provide the same or an even better level of service in a more cost effective manner,” said Health and Human Services Director Jeffrey Brown. “Many California counties have moved to a community health center model, which offers potential advantages such as lower expenses, enhanced reimbursement rates and greater flexibility and nimbleness to grow and expand services.”

Placer County’s clinics had been funded in part by Medi-Cal, a federal program administered by the state. However, reimbursement levels have not kept up with the growing costs per patient, requiring increasing amounts of county funding.

Western Sierra was established in 1974 to serve Sierra County and has since expanded to remote regions of Nevada and Yuba counties, including services for the homeless at Hospitality House in Grass Valley. Western Sierra is also offering pediatric services. Its plans to add services for Placer County residents, include assistance for the elderly, specialty OB-GYN care, integrated behavioral health, substance use disorder treatment and pain management. They are also working with health plans and local specialists to provide ophthalmology, orthopedics, podiatry, gastroenterology and chiropractic services in the future.

The new Auburn clinic is at 12183 Locksley Lane, Suite 106. The main phone number is 530-274-9762. The new patient coordinator can be reached at 530-273-5469. The medical and dental clinics in Tahoe will remain in the same location, 8665 Salmon Ave in Kings Beach. Their telephone number is 530-546-1970.

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