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WHAT’S INSIDE CFGC, UCLA, & Net Impact Chapters Collaborate............................ 2 New Organizational Description.................................................... 2 Healthcare Tips


Health Care Reform....................................................................... 4

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CREDITS Brandon Smith Editor Michele Johnsen Copywriter Arlet Avanossian Graphic Designer

CONTRIBUTORS Christina Moreno, LMFT Program Manager, School Services Christina Solanet, LMFT CFC Division Manager Alpa Patel, MD Director of Psychiatric Services Donna Venezio, LCSW Director, Community Resource Services

EXECUTIVE STAFF Roy Marshall, M.P.A. President/CEO Jeff Adler, Ph.D. Director of Operations Duc Tu Director of Finance



FGC is committed to developing innovative plans and partnerships to ensure that community mental health services are available for children and families!

The UCLA Anderson School of Management and Net Impact Chapters have collaborated with CFGC to help develop our business plan for our pilot social enterprise. The project launched on November 18, 2013. A social enterprise is a mission driven, revenue generating business that applies market-based strategies to achieve an Environmental and/or Social (EcoSocio) purpose. This partnership supports our 2013 - 2015 strategic plan goals to broaden our services and programs, and ensure financial sustainability. UCLA’s Net Impact Chapter along with Net Impact Los Angeles Chapter and Profit Impact + Partners are providing consulting services to include market research, financial analysis and developing a business plan. By forming a social enterprise focused on mental healthcare, CFGC is positioning itself to enhance mental health outcomes, improve the quality of life for more children and families, and to raise the socio-economic status of our communities.

Kathleen Welch-Torres, Ph.D. Director of Programs

CFGC’S NEW ORGANIZATIONAL DESCRIPTION – WHO WE ARE, WHAT WE DO CONTACT 9650 Zelzah Avenue Northridge, CA 91325 818.993.9311


ith today’s quick face-to-face networking opportunities, brief internet messages and short social media postings, we need to be able to convey the meaning of CFGC to others rapidly and concisely. So, our agency has created a new organizational description, and we would like to share it with you!

CFGC proactively creates wellness through innovative life-changing mental health services, prevention and early intervention programs. 2

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1. Stay hydrated. 2. Keep medications in a cool, dry place. 3. Take medications at the same time each day to avoid

forgetting doses, or set reminder alarms on your smart phone. 4. Don’t stop your medication or change the dosage

without first consulting your doctor.

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hen prescribed appropriately by a psychiatrist and taken as directed, medication may reduce or eliminate troubling psychiatric symptoms, improve daily functioning, transform families and even save lives. Psychiatry Services at CFGC offer psychiatric evaluation, medication management and information about mental health diagnoses to more than 500 children and young adults. We believe strongly that medication is only one component of an overall mental wellness plan, and we work side-by-side with the treatment team of CFGC’s therapists, behavior specialists, teachers and family advocates to produce the best, long-term outcomes possible. Determining whether or not a child would benefit from medication requires thorough evaluations, individualized assessments and professional expertise. Before recommending any medication, our psychiatrists conduct detailed diagnostics, which may require consultation with primary care physicians and treating therapists, review of previous records and additional medical or psychological testing. For many young people, CFGC is the only place they have access to medications that treat depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, trauma or other disorders. We are proud to offer psychiatric services that enable youth living with mental health issues a chance to live full, happy and productive lives. Alpa Patel, MD Director of Psychiatric Services

For more information about CFGC’s psychiatric services, please call 818.739.5250 | 661.265.8627 or visit our web site at childguidance.org.

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trong care coordination is one of the principles of Health Care Reform. CFGC’s Community Resource Services (CRS) employs case managers who routinely contact their clients’ medical providers to ensure coordination of care. When case managers meet with families, they focus on linkage to a primary care doctor, the importance of preventative care and education on exercise and good nutrition. Case managers ensure that all clients have a primary care doctor and attend their annual preventive check-ups. When clients have medical issues, case mangers accompany families to their medical appointments and work closely with their treating doctors to ensure the best possible care coordination. CFGC’s case managers also make sure that families attend all followup appointments by problem solving the barriers that can arise, such as limited access to transportation and lack of understanding of the importance of healthcare. As we move towards healthcare reform, CFGC will work hand-in-hand with the doctors that treat our clients to ensure strong care coordination, which can increase positive outcomes. Donna Venezio, LCSW Director, Community Resource Services



FGC has a big role to play in the new healthcare landscape. Our agency has just received a grant from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health to expand medical coverage in our area. Also, our organization is in the process of becoming a Certified Enrollment Entity for Covered California. By December, staff from CFGC’s Community Family Center in Northridge and the Palmdale office will be trained to help community members find and enroll in the Covered California health insurance plan that best meets their needs. This free service is not only available to CFGC clients, but also to anyone in the community who needs help navigating California’s new healthcare exchange. Cristina Solanet CFC Division Manager


For more information, or to make an appointment with a CFGC staff member trained in Covered California, please call 818.882.3147. Newsletter | Fall 2013



onna Schwarzbach and David Gordon’s commitment to CFGC started in 1986, placing them among our agency’s most loyal supporters. Donna started volunteering a few hours each week to tutor kids at the agency, which was then called the San Fernando Valley Child Guidance Center. That same year, Donna started organizing yearly toy drives for CFGC’s young clients, which continue to this day. Donna and David have family connections to CFGC. Their cousins, Reggie, Joe and Sari Scheer, are all former Board Chairs and long-term supporters of the agency. Elaine Bercy, another cousin, also served as Board chair. Donna joined CFGC’s Board of Directors in 1987. She was a tireless Board member, serving on the Executive Committee and chairing the Nominating Committee, Development Committee, and Community Relations Council. Donna served on the Board until 2002, and she is now a member of CFGC’s Emeritus Board. Donna and David have generously given to CFGC throughout the years. Recently, Donna and David made a multi-year pledge to CFGC, which will support programs and services for children and families over the next four years. This long-term commitment to community mental health services is greatly valued by our agency and the thousands of people we serve. Donna and David’s dedication to the community and giving spirits come from the philosophy – it takes a village to raise a child. “We both grew up in the Valley and we raised our children here,” Donna said. “The Valley is our village, and we are just two of its members. We all benefit when we take care of our children.”



n August 15th, CFGC Board members, staff and volunteers gathered at the Braemar Country Club for a dinner and celebration to honor the community leaders who were reinstalled to serve on our agency’s Board of Directors for the next two years. The installing officer was Mary Galbraith, CFGC’s Emeritus Board Member, past president and long-time dedicated volunteer. Newly re-installed Board Members include: Eric M. Book, Nancy Lee Grahn, Janice Kyser, Karineh Moradian, Deborah Neal | New and re-elected Board Officers include: Eric M. Book – Chair, Melissa Broadwell – Vice Chair, Joyce Barkin – Treasurer, Deborah Neal – Secretary.

BOARD OFFICERS 2013-2014 Eric M. Book, Chair Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Melissa Broadwell, Vice Chair Matadors Community Credit Union Joyce L. Barkin, Treasurer Barkin, Perren, Schwager & Dolan, LLP Deborah M. Neal, Ed. D., Secretary Community Advocate Shekhar Chikhalikar, ESQ SNC Law Office Linda Drescher Travelers Services of Southern California Ramon Escobedo, Jr. Gault Street School Robert Garcia, Jr., ESQ Law Offices of Jeffrey C. McIntyre Nancy Lee Grahn ABC Television Janice Kyser Community Advocate Myles M. Mattenson, ESQ Karineh Moradian Kaiser Permanente Sari Scheer Community Advocate Ken Teasdale LaRue, Corrigan, McCormick & Teasdale LLP Bonnie Weissman Kaiser Permanente Bill Winkelmann Anheuser-Busch Inc.

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WE GRATEFULLY ACKNOWLEDGE AND APPRECIATE OUR GENEROUS DONORS January 15, 2013 - October 31 , 2013 DONORS Mr & Mrs Herbert Abrams Dr & Mrs Jeffrey Adler Ms Beth Adolph All Action Security Mr Ronald E Altman Mr Hiran Amerasinghe Amgen Foundation Mr Bauback Amini Anonymous Mr & Mrs Eddard AparcioRomero Mr & Mrs Wayne Arak Mr & Mrs Thomas Asmar Mr & Mrs Alex Baghdassarian Ms Joyce Barkin Barkin, Perren, Schwager & Dolan, LLP Ms Barbara Jean Baum Mr & Mrs Morris Bekas Mr Bob Berland Mr & Mrs Leonard Bernstein Mrs Johanna Bhatia Mr Derrick Blakley Ms Beth R Bloom Ms Terri Bloomgarden Mrs Janice Blumenthal Ms Aviva Bobb Mrs Rosanna Bogart Mr & Mrs Eric M Book Mrs Eileen Borow Ms Tracie Bowdoin Ms Deborah Bowe Ms Geraldine Boyles Mr & Mrs Marshall Brauer Mr Peter Breslin Mr & Mrs Michael Bridge Mr & Mrs Bill Broadwell Mr & Mrs Jeffrey Broadwell Mr & Mrs Rob Broadwell Mr & Mrs Mal Brook Ms Shirley Brown Mr & Mrs James Brueggemann Mrs Mildred Bryson-Davis Mr & Mrs Richard Burns Ms Jodi Bynder California Community Foundation 6

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CFGC Fall 2013 Newsletter  

Volume 4. Issue 2 - We envision children and families flourishing in vibrant communities.

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Volume 4. Issue 2 - We envision children and families flourishing in vibrant communities.

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