A Dialogue About Mental Health and Homelessness in Long Beach

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long-beach-coalition-homelessThe Long Beach Area Coalition for the Homeless is sponsoring the fifth in a series of community dialogues that explore homeless issues in the City of Long Beach. What YOU Don’t See! will focus on issues surrounding mental health and homelessness. The dialogue will be held on Wednesday, May 13, 2009 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm (doors open at 5:30 pm) at Woodruff United Church of Christ, 3908 Woodruff Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90808.
The purpose of this dialogue is to:

  • Raise awareness about individuals living with mental health conditions;
  • Educate community members and provide recommendations to key officials;
  • Provide immediate resources and support for mentally ill individuals without stable housing; and
  • Explore specific solutions to improve the quality of life for those living with mental illness.

The dialogue will be moderated by Bill Wallace, Clinical Director for U.S. VETS—Long Beach.  The program will include a panel discussion with individuals living with mental illness and homelessness, local service providers and roundtable discussion. Participants on the service provider panel include: Shannon Legere, Mental Health America; Patti LaPlace, Mental Health Coordinator—City of Long Beach; Dora Jacildo, Children Today; Glen Bouscher, Substance Abuse Counselor-VA Long Beach; and Steve Hrenak, Outreach Worker—Mental Health America.

Parking is free and refreshments will be available. Children Today will offer a supervised play group for children up to 11 years of age (must be potty trained).

The dialogue is organized by The Homeless Dialogue Collaborative, a group of entities which includes Children Today; Choices Recovery Services; City of Long Beach—Department of Health and Human Services; Downtown Long Beach Associates; Food Finders; Mental Health America; National Alliance on Mental Illness; The California Conference for Equality and Justice; The Legislative Department—City of Long Beach; The Long Beach Area Coalition for the Homeless; The Long Beach Community Action Network; U.S. VETS—Long Beach; VA—Long Beach Health Care System and concerned citizens.

The purpose is to foster understanding of issues surrounding homelessness and promote change that will improve the quality of life for all the residents of Long Beach.

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