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Vol. 2 Issue 5

November/December 2013

5th District Events 2013 Live Well Age Well Summit Nov. 14 @ 7:30 AM National Orange Show Event Center, Valencia Room 689 South E Street, San Bernardino Inland Empire’s Largest Garage Sale Nov. 16 @ 8:00 AM San Manuel Stadium 280 South E Street, San Bernardino 5th Annual Free Community Thanksgiving Share and Care Day St. Paul A.M.E. Church 1355 W. 21st Street, San Bernardino

Nov. 23 @ 10:00 AM

36th Annual San Bernardino YMCA Dec. 7 @ 11:00 AM Children’s Christmas Parade 6th Street and D Street, San Bernardino Call (909) 881-9622 for more information

In this issue The Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) is responsible for providing mental health and substance use disorder services to county residents who are experiencing major mental illness or substance abuse issues. DBH provides mental health/substance use disorder treatment to all age groups with a primary emphasis placed on treating children/youth who may be seriously emotionally disturbed, adults who are experiencing a serious and persistent mental illness, and individuals who are experiencing substance use disorders. DBH also provides an array of prevention and early intervention services for both mental health and substance abuse.

39th Colton Christmas Parade Dec. 14 @ 10:00 AM Route: La Cadena in South Colton to downtown Colton Call (909) 825-2222 for more information I take pride in the fact that DBH provides services to the unserved, underserved and inappropriately served populations. DBH incorporates client feedback into all services we provide. We see those we serve as partners in treatment which makes our system truly client centered. We also involve family as is appropriate. Not only are we serving people who truly need it, but we do so in a manner that is culturally and linguistically appropriate.

County Government Center 385 N. Arrowhead Avenue, 5th Floor San Bernardino, CA 92415

Contact us at (909) 387-4565

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n Jan. 1, 2014, affordable, comprehensive health care will become a new reality for many Americans. Nearly four years after the Affordable Care Act was signed into law, many people are unclear about what the Affordable Care Act means for them and their family. Luckily, the County of San Bernardino has trained staff at the Transitional Assistance Department (TAD) ready to help residents understand all of the options available to them. TAD is responsible for administering statewide social service programs, like Medi-Cal, and has made great strides in preparation for the new health care law. TAD’s goal is to make sure people get the information and coverage they need. “Our residents can always come into our offices and we will assist any way we can. The goal is to get them the information they need and to help them complete the enrollment process,” said Nancy Swanson, Director of TAD. “Health care

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reform has created an avenue for everyone to obtain health coverage.” Those avenues are very important for the roughly 20 percent of Californians currently without coverage (U.S. Census Bureau). This is the group of people that health care reform concerns the most, the uninsured. If you are like the majority of Americans who already have comprehensive health insurance, you will likely be unaffected by the new law. For those without coverage, affordable options are finally here. There are two main ways health care reform will provide coverage to the uninsured. Some will fall under the estimated 1.4 million people in California who are newly eligible for the expanded Medi-Cal program. This applies to low-income families and individuals earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level. Approximately 5.3 million uninsured Californians will be eligible to shop for health insurance on the state-based health care exchange known as Covered California. This exchange serves as an open marketplace for consumers, where 13 different participating insurers compete for your business. Continued on page 2

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In an effort to promote healthy diets and local business, San Bernardino County has teamed up to support the Downtown San Bernardino Farmshare Market. Each Thursday, nearby residents and workers meet at San Bernardino City Hall to collect their share of locally grown fruits and vegetables provided to the market by the Old Grove Farm Share, a coalition of 28 local farmers growing for local eaters. “It’s more than just shopping for food”, said Justin Moreno, lifelong Colton resident, “My grandfather took my father, and my father took me, now I take the kids. They have a chance to pick

their own fruit fresh from the farm; healthy food.” Members sign up for a 13-week period where they can select nutritious, in-season produce. While farmers’ markets help build a sense of community for residents, the Downtown San Bernardino Farmshare Market takes it a step further by allowing residents to become “honorary farmers.” Depending on the amount of their share, participants volunteer 2-4 hours per season or can opt out for a minimal fee that is then used as a subsidy to help cover the registration costs for low-income families. Continued on page 3

Josie's Press, November/December  

In this edition--we take a thorough look at health care reform and lay out what you need to know; farmers' markets have sprouted throughout...

Josie's Press, November/December  

In this edition--we take a thorough look at health care reform and lay out what you need to know; farmers' markets have sprouted throughout...