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Required fields are marked * Business News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy 31 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Hathaway-Sycamores Assistant Vice President of School-Based Services Shefali D’Sa and School-Based Services Director Shannon San Pedro. (Click on image to enlarge)After a year of social distancing and remote learning, the mental health issues that children and teenagers are experiencing are soaring. Not only do students miss their friends and struggle with virtual learning, but many also have experienced deaths and job losses in their families, loss of housing (or fear of eviction) and food insecurity. The stress, depression, and anxiety our youth are suffering is unprecedented and can lead to serious consequences.In fact, according to the CDC, attempted suicide and suicide are on the rise and are currently the second leading cause of death for teens.During this challenging time Pasadena Unified School District’s partnership with Hathaway-Sycamores is crucial. Hathaway-Sycamores School-Based Services provides behavioral health services on four of the school campuses in Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD), including Pasadena High School and three of the elementary schools in the district.From helping students who are experiencing anxiety and depression to those who have suffered a crisis in their lives – like the death of a parent – Hathaway-Sycamores’ clinical staff expertly provide individual, group and family therapy. They also perform behavioral rehabilitation and assessment services to help students manage stress in the effort to achieve greater academic success. During the pandemic, the connection that students experience with their therapist, and the opportunity to talk to someone outside the family, is critical.The partnership with PUSD began in 1997 with the goal of providing greater access to behavioral health care to students in need. Hathaway-Sycamores President and CEO Debra Manners firmly believes in the equity the program provides. “Having this program in the schools is so important because it makes the services easily accessible to students who might not otherwise get the support they need. Often, we can provide early intervention before a more serious problem develops,” shares Ms. Manners.At the core of this long-term relationship between Hathaway-Sycamores and the Pasadena Unified School District is trust. The trust has developed over time and is facilitated by the fact that in normal circumstances – pre-COVID – Hathaway-Sycamores’ clinicians and other staff work 40 hours a week on the campus. School administrators, teachers, and other school personnel know the agency’s team members in the school – they are familiar faces and have personal relationships with the school community. According to School-Based Services Director Shannon San Pedro, “We go to Back-to-School Nights, PTA meetings and the Holiday Programs – we show up. And that makes the community trust us more. When the school recommends treatment and the providers are on campus it feels more collaborative, and we have more buy in from everyone involved.”During this difficult time of remote learning Hathaway-Sycamores’ clinicians and community wellness specialists are providing services via telehealth. However, COVID has increased the intensity and frequency of issues that our students are facing, and the Hathaway-Sycamores team has also been providing in person support when critical. The team has supported students and families in other ways too – including getting tablets and hotspots to students in need and finding the funds to pay the electric bill for a family whose power was turned off.The agency is also expanding work with the greater PUSD community to meet new needs that have arisen during this past year. Last summer after a child from Madison Elementary School was tragically killed in a shooting, Hathaway-Sycamores staff were there to provide support and help the healing process begin for the school’s staff and families. The school-based team met with school personnel to help them understand the various stages and feelings of collective grief that school staff members, students, and families all might experience. The team also assisted school staff in determining the best way to discuss this heartbreaking event with other families in the school.While the district works with other providers, the relationship with Hathaway-Sycamores remains unique. Assistant Superintendent of School Support Services Dr. Eric Sahakian credits Hathaway-Sycamores’ flexibility as a key factor in the success of the relationship, “We know if we put Hathaway-Sycamores in one of our schools, they are going to make it work. They have the flexibility, creativity and expertise to adjust to the specific needs of the students on that school campus.” Dr. Sahakian added, “This ultimately results in healthier students and families.”The district’s belief in Hathaway-Sycamores’ ability to get the job done has recently led to a new collaboration involving two grants. The first grant is the Proposition 47 Grant, aimed at intervening with juvenile offenders early to break the cycle and change the script from “school to prison” to “school to college.” The second grant is Project Prevent, a U.S. Department of Education funded grant to provide school-based social and emotional supports for 12-18-year-old students who have experienced trauma regardless of income level and insurance.The relationship has been beneficial both to district and to agency. Hathaway-Sycamores Assistant Vice President of School-Based Services Shefali D’Sa sums it up, “Our longstanding partnership with PUSD has branched out in so many directions and has led to the development of an amazing program in our agency that has expanded to assist students not only in Pasadena, but all over Los Angeles County. We are thankful for PUSD’s partnership, trust and vision.”About Hathaway-SycamoresHathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services is a highly respected mental health and welfare agency with 10 locations throughout Southern California. For over 118 years, Hathaway-Sycamores has been investing in people. We provide innovative and effective programs and services through a network of locations stretching across Los Angeles and the San Fernando, San Gabriel, and Antelope Valleys for children, youth, young adults, and families facing serious life challenges. Our highly effective behavioral health services impact more than 16,000 lives annually. Services include residential treatment; transitional shelter care; foster care and adoption; transitional living assistance for young adults currently or at risk of experiencing homelessness; outpatient and school-based mental health services; wraparound/in-home services; psychiatric services; psychological testing; and educational support services. Hathaway-Sycamores is licensed by the Community Care Licensing Division of the California Department of Social Services, certified by the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, LAHSA funded and accredited through The Joint Commission. To learn more, visit http://www.hathaway-sycamores.org. Make a comment
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Facebook By Jon Zimney – December 15, 2020 0 187 Google+ Elkhart City Council approves fines for businesses shirking COVID-19 health orders Pinterest Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp (Photo supplied/City of Elkhart) City leaders in Elkhart are about to roll out fines for any businesses in Elkhart caught violating any standing public health orders.Mayor Rod Roberson has been spearheading the effort as he has been working with the Elkhart Common Council on writing and pushing a bill through, outlining the fines. Roberson clarifies he is not looking to punish businesses, but educate business owners.“This is an opportunity to educate our businesses and organizations,” he told the council at the bill’s final reading on Monday. “To make sure the health order is adhered too.”In the final reading, councilors laid out the structure of the fines. A first and second offense will only result in a written notice to stop violating public health orders or formal warning. A third offense will result in a $100 fine and a fourth offense would be a $250 fine.“If we are educating along the way, then the highest fines you see we’ll never get to,” Roberson added.Roberson spoke at the bill’s first reading last week in which he detailed how he recently had COVID-19 and that he has lost family and friends to the pandemic.The public got a chance to weigh in on the meeting as well with a mixed bag of opinions being voiced about the fines. One of those who spoke was Kim Henke, a registered nurse at Elkhart General Hospital.“The marathon is not yet finished and it is difficult for those working the front line,” she said. “Don’t forget us, because we have not forgotten you.”The ordinance passed 7-to-2 and with Roberson having committed to signing off on it, fines could start being implemented this week. Twitter CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Previous articleFormer Mayor Pete Buttigieg to serve as Biden’s Transportation SecretaryNext articleLongtime Middlebury school board member, businesswoman selected to replace former Rep. Stutzman Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.
Online campaigns Biden and Sanders say they will campaign exclusively online for now — a scenario unheard of at the height of a US presidential primary battle.Both are taking precautions during the outbreak: they are washing hands frequently, staff is working from home, and live campaign events have been scrapped.Sanders hosted a “digital rally” Monday night featuring high-profile supporter and veteran rocker Neil Young.The inability to campaign in person imposes a particular handicap on Sanders, who has consistently mobilized large and enthusiastic crowds at his events.Sanders has acknowledged he is now the underdog in the delegate race but stressed his progressive movement has “transformed” the 2020 campaign.”We have in many ways won the ideological struggle,” he said, by drawing voters and rival Democratic candidates towards his more liberal policies, including tuition-free public college.He said the pandemic served as an example of why Americans would be better served by a universal health care system.But he also struck a note of unity.”At this unbelievably difficult moment, where so many people are very, very nervous and appropriately so, this is a time when we must come together,” Sanders said.Biden has hammered Sanders’ so-called “Medicare for All” plan as unrealistic given today’s political divisions, saying Sanders has yet to explain how he would pay for such a costly reshaping of the economy.”People are looking for results, not a revolution,” Biden said during Sunday’s one-on-one debate, referring to Sanders’ call for radical socio-economic change.But on Monday, in a video posted on his Twitter feed, Biden echoed Sanders’ message of unity.”We are going to overcome this coronavirus,” he said. “Please, please take care of yourselves.” Governor Mike DeWine, a Republican, defied a court ruling and declared a health emergency late Monday — hours before residents of the industrial Midwestern battleground were to begin casting ballots.Democrats are in the midst of choosing a nominee who will challenge Republican President Donald Trump in November’s election, but doubts and concerns have undercut the process.As Arizona, Florida, and Illinois prepare to vote Tuesday, there is confusion over whether polling stations will be safe, given the pandemic.Voters are also conflicted about venturing out to cast ballots after Trump urged Americans to restrict gatherings to groups of fewer than 10. ‘Democracy must go on’ Despite DeWine’s move to shutter polling stations in Ohio, he appeared to be a lone official voice calling for delay, and failed to win support from Trump, who said it was “up to the states” to make the call.Ultimately, the president said, “I think postponing is unnecessary.”But the vote could be undermined in part by a potential scare factor for the elderly, who are at highest risk of contracting COVID-19.Officials in Florida, with the most delegates in play Tuesday, said the state is pulling out all the stops to keep the process safe.In Arizona, Governor Doug Ducey said state and Democratic Party officials agreed that the primary should go on.”We have no guarantee that there will be a time in the future when it will be safer than tomorrow,” Ducey said Monday.”Democracy must go on.”Biden, 77, tops polling by significant margins in Arizona, Illinois and especially Florida, where the former vice-president could strike a hammer blow against his rival by building an insurmountable lead in the delegate count.Tuesday may be a make-or-break moment for the leftist Sanders, who will face mounting pressure to quit if he does not score a major upset.Meanwhile, Americans are staying home from work or school by the millions as the country implements emergency measures against a worsening crisis.Kentucky on Monday announced a delay in its primary from May until June, while Georgia, which was next in line to vote on March 24, is delaying until May.Louisiana had earlier postponed its April election to June 20. Topics : Millions of anxious Americans troop to polling stations Tuesday in three states, but not Ohio, as the coronavirus pandemic roils the nation’s Democratic primaries featuring frontrunner Joe Biden and his rival Bernie Sanders.Campaigning has shifted from rallies to online events, candidate debates are audience-free, and multiple states have postponed their primaries as the virus, which has killed more than 80 people nationwide, prompts unprecedented alterations to the political landscape in an election year.Ohio became the latest and largest state to upend the voting schedule when officials ordered polling stations closed.