In This Issue
The Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) has approved CAARR Institute to operate its classes as Accredited Vocational Education providers throughout the state of California. This is great news that has been in the works for a very long time. Thank you to all of our coordinators and instructors for all of your time and talents that you bring each week to make the program successful, as well as the many people who worked diligently to get this accreditation approved.
CAARR was awarded a grant to create a curriculum on how to educate, advocate for, and support recovering Californians obtaining health insurance under the provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. We will transfer that curriculum and training knowledge to peer-based, recovery oriented organizations across California, who will then use that knowledge to assist people in getting the benefits and services that they need to attain recovery. The project is called CalPEERS and is set to hold seven regional trainings to educate communities about the benefits that will be available via the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Trainings will be provided by a pre-selected group of CAARR partner organizations. CAARR will then continue to act as the central clearinghouse for information and resources as the implementation of the ACA evolves over the next several years.
The use of "Bath Salts" as a recreational drug has become a national problem. It is growing rapidly and costing our health care system significant dollars. These designer drugs we call bath salts and plant food are truly a health care crisis. Read this two-part series from Join Together Weekly
Announcing the 5th National Conference on Behavioral Health for Women and Girls Health, Empowerment, Resilience, and Recovery
(HERR Conference) July 17-19, 2012
San Diego Marriott Marquis and Marina
This 2½-day conference will bring together a diverse audience with an interest in prevention, mental health, and addiction services for women and girls. Join with leaders, colleagues, and stakeholders as we create a 2½-day conference community to discuss the current research, innovations, and trends serving women, girls, and their families.
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From Under the Dome
Assembly Member Allan Mansoor (R - Costa Mesa) recently amended his AB 1983, regarding "integral" alcohol and other drug treatment facilities. As defined in the bill, "integral facilities" are a group of 2 or more houses or buildings operated as part of the same program that, combined, house 7 or more people in a AOD treatment program. This bill would amend State Law to eliminate the current anti-discrimination protections for 6-and-under facilities that fall under the new definition of an "integral facility". The bill is another attempt to make it legal for cities to make it impossible to operate a small cluster of houses - even 2 - for people in treatment. CAARR views the bill as a clear attack on civil and Fair Housing rights of people who are disabled and in treatment. CAARR has worked very hard in the past 6 years in opposition to a variety of NIMBY bills that seek to take the "residence" part out of residential treatment. So far, none have become law. AB 1983 will be heard in the Assembly Health Committee on Tuesday, April 10. A half-dozen provider groups including CAARR and CADPAAC will be at the hearing to oppose the bill and urge the Committee to reject it. Hopefully the next addition of the newsletter will report on the ultimate demise of AB 1983.
AB 2007 (Williams - D, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties) is the new Counselor Certification and Licensing bill. Our friends at CAADAC resurrected the 'guts' of the bill that CAARR, The Breining Institute and many others began writing and collaborating on almost 3 years ago as the alternative to the bill proposed by the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs under their previous Director.
AB 2007 will also be heard on April 10 in the Assembly Health committee. CAARR will support the bill at that hearing and looks forward to working with all the provider groups who are interested in addressing the issue. Briefly, the bill takes 4 straightforward and needed steps:
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SEPTEMBER 5, 2012
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CAARR Board of Directors
Paul Savo - President
Phil Allen - Vice President
Ramona Robertson - Secretary
Lisa Beintker - Treasurer
Tom Avey - Legislation
Alternates - Cindy Gray, Lorraine Martinez,