Monday, March 30, 2009



Seventh Annual Statewide Conference on Co-Occurring Disorders

to be held at Long Beach Convention Center, March 31-April 1


WHAT:             The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, Department of Public Health, Alcohol and Drug Program Administration, PROTOTYPES Centers for Innovation in Health, Mental Health and Social Services, United States Health and Human Services Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and six other community-based organizations/providers will be co-hosting the two-day Seventh Annual Statewide Conference on Co-Occurring Disorders (COD) “Transforming Challenges into Opportunities.” COD refers to individuals who have one-or-more substance-related disorders as well as one-or- more mental disorders.


WHERE:           Long Beach Convention Center, 300 East Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach 90802


WHEN:             March 31 (8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) -April 1, 2009 (8 a.m.-12:15 p.m.)



TOPICS:           “Looking for Ways to Obtain Low Cost or Even Free Psychotropic Medications” presented by Paula Bjelajac, AA, MHRS, Marlo Cornejo, LCSW, Georgia Benadom, BS and Wayland Chan, PharmD in Workshop Session I (10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.) on March 31.


“No Treatment, No Justice: Co-Occurring Disorders in the Courtroom” presented by The Honorable Superior Court Judge Michael Tynan, Nancy Chand, JD, Herb Hatanaka, DSW, Mark De Wit, JD, Arelene Veliz, MSW and Judith Curry, JD in Workshop Session II  (3-4:30 p.m.) on March 31.


“Adolescent COD with Special Considerations for Youth Involved in the Juvenile Justice System” presented by Thomas E. Freese, PhD in Session III (10:45-12:15 p.m.) on April 1.


CONTACT:        Ken Kondo, Public Information Officer II - (213) 507-2976 – Cellular Telephone 


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