Mis Padres – Elise Betty Kauders and Frederick Loeb
August 26. This day is alway freighted for me. On this day, 75 years ago, my parents, Elise and Frederick Loeb, were married in Florence, South Carolina. This photograph was taken around the time of their wedding, but I believe it was not taken on their wedding day. They eloped. My mother said that she and my father were married by a judge in the parlor of his house, and that he had a little Scottie dog.
Senatora Aguilar discute la pena de Cuidado de Salud de Colorado y la Semana de Abuso del oficiales del Goviero y Activistas Sin Entendimiento de Verdad
Sen. Irene Aguilar discusses ColoradoCare’s terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad week
“I don’t care if we win or lose,” she told The Colorado Independent in the spring. “The system, as is, is so disgusting to me, I just want to get my message out about the need to fix it.”
Aguilar admits that Amendment 69’s chances of passing grew even slimmer last week when prominent Democrats and even the liberal group ProgressNow Colorado joined corporate interests in opposing the measure.
“I’m bruised,” she said Friday. “But they poked a snake.”
Aguilar’s commitment to universal health care is both professional and personal. She’s a primary care physician whose many years at Denver Health Medical Center gave her a close look at what happens when treatable conditions go ignored because patients have no health coverage. And, after a high-risk pregnancy in 1994, she gave birth to twins who spent six weeks in a neonatal intensive care unit. The $1.5 million hospital bill would have bankrupted her family had it not been for their insurance plan.
Health care should be a right, she says, not a luxury. That’s what propelled her into the state Senate in 2010.
Aguilar has used her seat to fight for Colorado to become the first state to pass a single-payer health insurance program. When that fight fizzled in the legislature, she and other proponents opted for the direct-democracy route, collecting enough signatures by last November to qualify the amendment for this November’s ballot.
The health care and hospitality industries have sunk at least $3.7 million into killing the measure. Republicans have used ColoradoCare as a wedge issue, deriding not only Democrats who support it, but also those who stayed neutral. Governor John Hickenlooper and U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, both Democrats, have cited fiscal reasons for coming out against the measure. And in July, NARAL – Colorado’s leading pro-choice group – opposed Amendment 69 for potentially impeding abortions in the state.
Aguilar says she never expected a big cheering section, but had hoped her fellow Democratic state lawmakers would at least stay neutral. Yet, in a year when Dems are trying to hold on to the state House and take back the state Senate, candidates from that party – especially those in tight races – have over the past several weeks come out in opposition. Most notable was a one-two punch last Wednesday when House Majority Leader Crisanta Duran and ProgressNow Colorado opposed the amendment by saying it could gut the state budget and hurt working families.
Wednesday’s anti-69 press conference came as a blow to the ColoradoCare movement and to Aguilar personally. Here’s what she had to say afterward:
Colorado Independent: The headlines suggest your party has deserted you. Do you see it that way?
Sen. Aguilar: I’m hesitating because it boils down to what you think of as “your party.” Is my party the people or is my party the elected officials? Because we went through the process of getting this issue on the platform committee and getting it on the Colorado Democratic Party platform, I feel like the activist Dems have not deserted me – not at all. Instead, the elected officials have abandoned their constituents, at least on the issue of health care, which Coloradans want addressed. What we see here are Democrats caving in to the extensive lobbying efforts of insurance companies who want this measure to go away.
Colorado Independent: When you spoke with us in the spring, you called Amendment 69 a “long shot.” After your recent setbacks, where do you now put the measure’s chances of passing?
Sen. Aguilar: Frankly, with the vim and vigor they’ve put into this opposition campaign, I‘m thinking if we win over 35 percent of the votes, we won. I guess I’m an eternal optimist.
Colorado Independent: Who, after so many Dems have come out in opposition, are you thinking will support ColoradoCare at this point? And how do presidential politics figure in, if at all?
Sen. Aguilar: When Sen. (Bernie) Sanders left the race, I said to my colleagues that my concern was apathy on the part of the people because there would be nothing on the ballot of interest to them. ColoradoCare had the potential to be that something. I saw it as a place for the Bernie people to put their energy now that Bernie isn’t there. It still could be. There are people making efforts to get him out here personally to campaign for us.
…Besides, of all the election years to try something way out there, this is it. People are pissed. People have lost total trust in government to the point of electing Donald Trump to be the Republican nominee. After all these politicians have come out speaking against us, I think we have a chance to make some people who wouldn’t otherwise like us actually embrace this idea. It could happen. I think it’s all pretty unpredictable.
Colorado Independent: Has there been talk about pulling the measure off the ballot?
Sen. Aguilar: Yes, there have been some discussions. We did sit down to talk about six weeks ago about what it would take to pull it. People need to realize that this is a measure put on the ballot by a lot of everyday citizens – activists who worked hard on this issue. And the answer from those citizens is there is nothing that would make them pull it at this point. It’s too important … And I, personally, stand behind that decision.
Colorado Independent: There’s some concern among people who favor universal health care but think this was the wrong year to push it, that a trouncing at the polls this year will discourage anyone from floating the idea in the future. Do you think there could be that kind of chilling effect? And, if so, do you feel responsible for causing it?
Sen. Aguilar: Yes, I absolutely think there will be a chilling effect. ProgressNow managed, all by itself, to achieve that chilling effect this week.
Colorado Independent: Given that you seem pretty resigned to the likelihood of Amendment 69’s defeat in November, how do you keep getting up every day to campaign for it?
Sen. Aguilar: Morally, I know I’m right. I subjected myself to politics in the first place to try to make this happen. I’ll sleep well at night knowing I gave it everything I had.
Colorado Independent: Last time we talked, you referred to your work on ColoradoCare as “an education.” What have your learned?
Sen Aguilar: You don’t get to be a multi-million-dollar corporation by being a bunch of idiots. Corporations pay millions of dollars for consultants to figure out the best way to get people to undermine themselves. And they’ve very effective. At some sick level, I admire the games they play because they’re just so clever and they’re so smart. They’re part of that whole thing that’s happening in our society where they get people to vote against their own best interests.
Colorado Independent: What’s next for you after ColoradoCare?
Sen. Aguilar: I need to get on the bandwagon against Citizens United (the U.S. Supreme Court ruling prohibiting the government from restrictingindependent political expenditures by non-profit groups, unions trade organizations and corporations). There’s no question, after all this, that it needs to be overturned.
[Photo courtesy of Irene Aguilar]
“Shirrh – YES” The Hands holding the heart from the hearth of our memory forged in relation to those who follow
“Shirrh – YES” The Hands holding the heart from the hearth of our memory forged in relation to those who follow
“The hands holding the heart” balance between compassion and passion always we are called on to listen to the heart” strike a balance between compassion and passion always we are called on to listen and without approval or judgement we hold the other in our heart as one – It is is the shelter of one another that we all dwell – since we first appeared and from the point when we are dust in the wind as this contiguous longing to create home
Ruth I:16. and I will follow you wherever you go for your people will be my people and we will dwell together as one family for good
Ruth 1:16 (OJB) And Ruth said, Entreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee; for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge; thy people shall be my people, and thy ……………… life and nature will fulfill all my desires
Ruth 1:16 (OJB) And Ruth said, Entreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee; for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge; thy people shall be my people, and thy G-d shall be Elohai;
Coordinated Entry and Discharge Planning FAMILIES
DAY 2 of the CAHPS Conference jueves
LIndi got burritos and everyone is stuffed.
we put up priorities for planning after the scoring of families for housing
each person had to place a word on a note and put it up on a board
There are about 30 people who are kibbitzing
Rand is always extrapolating some amazing statistics
young person pushed out for housing purposes
2017 $ for navigator and navigators 2 FTE
Adult system – significant support already for your clients
Denver Health see homeless people a lot social workers
document ready in school system
BREAK work groups 1. assessment
1 step for @ sticky note
one hour for each committee to work
who will carry this work forward at @ group
work plan who are the entities who need to be engaged in this process?
PROCESS – RENEE
Assessment REBECCA process of testing out
Prioritization with Angela –
Lindi is introducing the work ahead with a history lesson about the services that are available.
ALL CoC’s are required to have coordinated entry and vulnerability indices
Emergency Family Assistance Association E.F.A.A. Lindi is hosting this. MDHI as it is stated has a host of representatives who are here. listening sessions with Family Promise and Volunteers of America, navigator modeled after Bridges out of poverty
NO SYSTEM AT ALL
beneficial case managers and support staff and public benefits
Melanie Lewis Dickerson: Community Solutions
Gary Sanford will be speaking people are introducing themselves:
“single adults has been amazing” 400 individuals
7 counties 40+ jurisdictions several housing authorities
Rebecca Mayer will be speaking
homeless people is a top priority
collaborating working together community coming together Colfax Community Network crock pots shipping them around the nation
lost three projects for families Sarah STRIDE scooped up the families 85 families run by stride
around the region and the state in 64 counties
Trauma in all of its forms must be addressed.
Individual Coordinated Assessments:
who is brand new never have been here before no wrong door 25 cities ending homeless of veterans
Deputy Director Ms Mayer: my my my.
CAHPS – regional client centered
Is H.O.P.E. of Longmont involved with Briarwood there? Edwina Salazar.
remember Bray Patrick-Lake
professional marketing project marketing plan to change the branding slogans tag lines and logos they made presentations.
increase to 24 million dollars and MILE HIGH UNITED WAY FOR A coordinator two mobile assessment positions mobile assessment with 2-1-1.
deploying people as soon as it is possible
NOVEMBER 3 Project Homeless Connect 15
moving from a pilot to a sustained and fully staffed agency
Melanie Lewis Dickerson: Goals and Objectives:
Renee is doing this support from Denver’s Road Home
TO TEST VI SPDAT
FAMILY FOCUSED PILOT PROCESS NAVIGATION AND MATCHING
Data infrastructure tracking housing placement and create a family by name list
YOUTH GROUP IS TESTING THE YOUTH TOOL
HUD DEFINED HOMELESSNESS
context setting and what this means assessment tools
prevents people from being lost in the system.
working with the school systems regionally how to make in roads in the community where children are most likely to be identified
Tucson school liaison we must bring in all of the partners places where people are living and how they are living
shrink things down a lot of time for additional conversation this is not about $
REASON WE ARE SITTING HERE BECAUSE THIS IS RIDICULOUS HERE IN THIS NATION TO HAVE MORE THAN 1 MILLION CHILDREN WHO HAVE NO STABLE PLACE TO GROW UP
Keith Singer definition of homelessness household 18 and younger.
traveller youth here for doing drugs drawn here for working in the marijuana industry
people who refuse to be involved in service delivery
Youth some are under different categories 18 to 24 year olds.
Voices of Youth over 100 people at the Crossroads using the shelter!
progressive insurance –
E.J. Becker Aurora Mental Health CENTER PATH PROGRAM
there was once a time when there was no one who was without a place to live in Aurora
Share the information Comitis vouchers to be housed temporarily wiped out all of the emergency housing along Colfax.
25 cities bonus project clinical case manager housing families in Aurora. Aurora Warms the Night not open always who is most vulnerable?
Who has access to housing higher functioning people generally can get inside and learn to maintain their housing
or where there is a shared network like Lima Haus was for the Volunteers of America
peer mentors and community building partnerships
helps me to deal with the complexities of helping people be safe
providers have to do more here is a resource go out and get housed. hard to do for anyone.
Leadership Team many of those who are here are among members of he leadership team.
Assessment Tool Ian Renee Veteran’s Service
senior manager to provide services at VOA search grant and resource grant end veteran homeless circumstances MISSY MISCH meeting every monday for 2 years.
vulnerability changes with these changes that are made in the place of ending homeless issues for families and people who have been military personnel.
Renee about the assessment tool how we are going to test the tool for families
VI SPDAT V 2
Linda is here an expert of all time
not debating the questions what is the survey asking for to develop a SPDAT for families
she is reading the tool and it is Way too complex 41 complex issues that are EXTREMELY Personal how can that interviewer expect to be able to make a difference in this situation?
or if they understand the assessment survey?
method to the madness
cultural competency of the questions IAN and his team
it is a long long survey that people are being asked to answer truthfully and openly
they are breaking into groups at the moment and taking on sections of this assessment which are daunting no matter what you’re considering.
HOUSING AND FAMILIES around testing the family VI SPDAT
– COLLABORATIVE MANAGEMENT program – CONSISTENCY – HIGH NEEDS PRE-EXISTING FAMILY STRUCTURES THAT CAN BE ACCESSED THEY DO LINKS IN ARAPAHOE COUNTY IN OTHER COUNTIES THEY HAVE OTHER OPTIONS LIKE IMPACT is done through the schools HB 1451
RECOMMENDATION FOR 100 DAY GOAL
heavily focused on ages 10 to 13 years of age. Second Wind Fund suicide prevention – in all schools throughout the region.
family who have lost children a support network for grieving families.
also through alcohol anonymous is the program of anonymous ALLANON – TALKING CIRCLE – other specific support systems for people of color who have no relationship to the White people’s analysis of what is up.
real time data will building
these measurements are different foer diverse cultures and idioms because there are different ways that different ways that people look at the world
peer mentors and youth who have been trained to offer the assessment
first communities to look at families
family homeless is a different data set than anyone else
questions that were not on here that are not here and how we prioritize these services
localized protective service and information pervasive HERE in Colorado
public schools will never participate in this
immigration and refugees language is a huge effort in Aurora cultural IDIOM family community safety networks
SPRING INSTITUTE: identify as being without a place to live!
family shelters have to bounce around
Brandon House Closed and Catholic Worker House burned to the ground
definition of family – dig deeper shared family living arrangements
Kippi mentioned FRC’s Dept of Education
strong tool buy in end family homelessness
identify the stakeholders in 100 DAYS who are the stakeholders finalizing the assessment locations
Linda B. said that she’d end family homelessness in the next 100 days
ACTION PLAN working groups for this 100 day period initial period data – whatever else
target dates how often will they meet who can sign up for the steps
prioritization for assessment # OF ORGANIZATIONS
# of organizations and type of organizations
good # have certain # of assessments
test this with one group in each county with one social service provider
put everyone in this room out of business in 100 days.
come here and get housed – not the reality more expectations that are unrealistic
5,000 VI SPDATS housed 500 people
TRAUMA CARE perspectives environmental scan of the families
work group roll out # who is at the table see how we can do to house people in a realistic way
ANGEL was just before now Rebecca M. common data mechanism where we need more resources. no families that this is the way to get a place to live. House agencies limited # of sites identify organizations that do not have a developed service delivery already. 4 to 6 agencies regionally for pilot
Melanie is now speaking
how do we know if we are successful
testing is regional high emphasis on common ground
Please join MDHI as we expand the Denver Metro Coordinated Assessment and Housing Placement System (CAHPS) to serve families with children. We invite you to join us for a one and a half day facilitated planning session with a goal of creating a concrete plan and action steps for the next 100 days.
What: Family Coordinated Assessment and Housing Placement System (CAHPS) Retreat
Please arrive at 8:30am for coffee and pastries before the work session begins at 9am.
What are my parking options for the event?
You may park in VOA’s lot to the south of the building. You may also park in the Bark and Play business lot to the north of the building, in spaces 4 through 28 only. If you park in the lot to the north (King Soopers side) please make sure 1) your space is numbered between 4 and 28, and 2) you go into Bark and Play and get a pass to place on your dash. They have been kind enough to allow us to park there for our planning retreat.
What is the last day to register for this event?
Registration will cap at 50 attendees for each day, so please register early. The lunch registration ends at 1pm on Monday, August 15 – all subsequent registrations will not include lunch.
We hope you can make it!
Metro Denver Homeless Initiative
711 Park Avenue West, Suite 320
Denver, CO 80205
CAB Community Action Board Community Action Agency CAA – AUGUST 2016 talking about Trauma CARE – Dr. Cookson, Director of Psychiatry Stout Street Health Center – former physician treating me for nearly 15 years @ Denver Health and through thick and thin very thin as it is and ever was.
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September meeting will be at Mary Lea Forington’s home in South Denver
People who are here: Laray Kreaplin, Rocco Smaldone, Gayle, Tanger Jones, Vittoria Whittset,
Sarah Lightfoot – staff Elizabeth Cookson Director of Psychiatry Stout Street Health Center, Marylea Forington,
Erin Buckley with Enterprise: financing for affordable housing case studies annually how are people benefitting from our investments interviewing people write 12 page paper impact of developments – Dr. Cookson 13.5 years directs services throughout the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless PA in Psychiatry assessments follow up fair amount of other programs of integrated services, family support – Lisa Thompson IMPACT BONDS HOUSING FIRST TEAMS
2015 – 2016 1,350 people psychiatric intervention many once many in consultation long term treatment.
clients seen within the medical services no only people who are in medical treatment integrated health care. benefit of integrated health care on blood pressure, what to do in real time, Behavioral health care.
ONLY SEEING A PERSON ONCE – they may be seeing someone who goes to other places. NEXT WEEK WE WILL HAVE A NEW STAFF MEMBER WHO WE TRACK A PERSON WHO WE SEE OFTEN more than 3 times.
benefit but they offer motivational interviewing choices what do you want to have as a treatment modality –
People are treated wherever it is possible we are open to different outcomes.
How successful are you in accomplishing this? field is not very good in having credible metrics. We have depression rating Scales the DUK general mental health care.
Quarterly peer review analysis
Trying to blur those boundaries
Board certified SHE IS THE BEST and fortunately I know.
How long does it take to determine if a person is compatible with your specific treatment what is the time frame. PEOPLE will do alright with the person who they are assigned to
it is easy to reassign people who receive services.
TRAUMA CARE: often repeatedly traumatized medical system is trauma
Environmental scan Linda McCray lines crowds AND PERSONNEL safety officers
POSITIVE SURVEY SAFE PLACE environmentally
TRAUMA SPECIFIC TREATMENT: therapists and psychiatric staff trauma disorders medications there is not much that is effective
ATAVAN COLONAPAN INEFFECTIVE short run
neurontin diabetic neurotrophic contraband in correctional field
trauma groups seeking safety – how people can use coping skills to feel safe
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy DBT tell me about your trauma we do not do this it is ineffective as an intervention
cannot make use of their trauma care coming once weekly to a group
survival mode: How does one become a member of the trauma care Safety GROUP
15 pages of paper run out the door
how do we make primary care physicians to remain here
not having to wait at all.
tension between making appointments ahead of time and still waiting –
not medically safe to be cared for here and then you go into another system how do we see the most efficient way treating them as being able
WHAT GRANT FUNDS YOUR CARE: INSURANCE PROVIDERS WHO AND HOW THE BILLS ARE PAID MAKES A difference.
Colorado Access Care Coordination: difficult connections need a hand to go from one place to another patient navigator people who have access through medicare and medicaid
relationship getting the care that they need. I don’t like going to the Doctor.
critical that it is clear step by step help going through and being discharged advantage
eye clinic follows this navigating people straight through from beginning to end
discreet outcomes that exist for eyes and teeth
electronic time keeping they work when and where they have to deal with their care.
Peer navigators upstairs
people realize that we have no competition 1 million dollars @ TO STAFF A SUITE
medicaid expansion patients have access to much better care they can see specialists people will live longer and have better quality of life
NOT AS PROTECTED
CARE IS MEASURABLY BETTER THAN 5 YEARS AGO
sunday times ARTICLE ON trauma care August issue first
special initiatives from Urban Peak difficult to serve young do not want to have help substance use
NOWHERE TO LIVE:
issue with stats like this intrinsic to human condition and not pathological experiences of trauma and being traumatized needs some specialized care to get better early intervention is where the issue is. trajectory is reversible people were in bad straits are doing better.
Kate to do a presentation from Data central on Environmental Scan
Tuesday September 20 at Mary Lea’s home @ 11:30 am
303 312 9174 Dr. Cookson
ERIN sharing stories
all day tomorrow lining up people with whom to speak. 11 am to 2 pm
anybody who has been impacted by STOUT STREET HEALTH CARE SYSTEM
name thrown in a hat by Petra by a therapist here she lives at Renaissance 88 mother of 2 case worker in Adams County
lost work son baby Augusta, Ga. her daughter – disabled?
wrote a letter of recommendation for Thornton 88
head psychologist of counseling center at Quigg Newton Family Service Center
back to the 90’s fifth issue of the VOICE couch surfing –
individual conflicts – what does a person do if they are homeless for a long time?
feedback set responsibilities what are we supposed to accomplish goals set by the CAB to make a difference.
other projects that we have worked on Soup for the Soul City Park what? Too bad Steve Shankland isn’t here.
Erin just flew here today Tuesday. SON goes back to school August 24. He is playing football.
playing for the Boys and Girls Club this year. 11 recruited for music
finished her book 5.5 years Scrambling Mind coming out