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Australasian Therapeutic Communities Association 2019 Conference | 28 – 31 OCTOBER 2019

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Each year the Australasian Therapeutic Communities Association (ATCA) hosts an international conference bringing together professionals working in Therapeutic Communities, researchers and clinicians in the Alcohol and Drug (AOD) field and affiliated areas. Therapeutic Communities (TCs) and other residential Rehabilitation Services are an integral element of a comprehensive response to alcohol and other drug issues in our community, nationally and internationally. The ATCA Conference reflects this and has a broad appeal to those working in the field of addiction, mental health, justice and child protection. It tackles issues of significant importance around comorbidity, youth and the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Mãori and Pasifika peoples. This is the 33rd ATCA Conference and will be held in Adelaide from 28 – 31 October 2019; with skills based workshops offered on Friday 1 November. On Wednesday 30th October, the day will provide A Focus on Restorative Practices, with presentations from speakers working with clients within the justice system and in partnership to provide options that restore hope.

The following are confirmed keynote speakers and presenters:

Naya Arbiter Naya Arbiter began her work at Amity (USA)in 1981 and has been responsible for the total transformation of this organisation and its recognition nationally and internationally as one of the most innovative and effective. She has developed restorative paradigms for those marginalised through addiction, poverty, racism, sexism, trauma, and violence. She has been recognised for the development of pro-social strategies for people that represent populations that have confounded the mainstream; her efforts in prisons have evidenced the highest recidivism reduction with the most criminogenic population ever studied. Naya has authored 14 volumes of TC curriculum, which foster personal growth, emotional literacy, and social responsibility. She has served on the Inter-American Commission for Drug Policy; Vice-President of Therapeutic Communities of America; Chair of the Standards and Goals Committee of the World Federation of Therapeutic Communities; and she has served on numerous scientific committee advisory boards including that of the National Treatment Improvement Evaluation Study (NTIES). Her life’s work has been to construct chances for those in seemingly impossible situations. She lives in Arizona with her husband of 41 years, three cats, three dogs, three parrots, and hope.

Rod Mullen began his work in therapeutic communities in 1967, when he was a non-resident member of Synanon, shortly after graduating from the University of California, Berkeley. At Berkeley he was involved in civil rights and anti-war activities and was arrested in the Free Speech Movement. In 1968 he moved into Synanon, serving over the next twelve years in a variety of positions— Director of several of Synanon’s facilities in California, as well as its in-house school. He joined his wife, Naya Arbiter, at Amity in 1982, and together they built what had been a small, troubled non-profit organisation into one respected both nationally and internationally. Rod served as Chief Executive Officer for thirty-four years and is currently serving as Amity’s President. He is focused on leadership development, training, and modelling a large teaching and therapeutic community in which all employees are deeply committed and involved in the community, no matter what their jobs. He currently resides in Tucson, Arizona.

Free Expungement Fair – Oct 5th 2019 10am – 1pm

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October 5, 2019

10am – 1pm

Amity Foundation
3750 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90007

Register at: http://bit.ly/OctEDP or call (626) 658-8323.

Interested in getting an expungement or felony reduction?

Attorneys and paralegals from the Los Angeles Public Defenders Office will be onsite providing FREE post-conviction relief and event is being sponsored by Cresco Labs*. Reentry services offered:

  • Felony Reductions
  • Dismissals
  • Prop 47 and 64 Relief
  • Certificate of Rehabilitation Referrals
  • Voter Registration
  • Employment Services

Register at: bit.ly/OctEDP  or call ( 626) 658-8323.

17th European Federation of Therapeutic Communities – Everything Flows Conference

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Amity’s Rod Mullen, Naya Arbiter, Doug Bond and Robin Rettmer are presenting at the conference this year themed “Everything Flows”. Rod Mullen and Naya Arbiter are plenary speakers.

Live Streaming is available at the link.

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Amity Attending Climate Reality Project Training • Aug 2 – 4, 2019

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Amity is honored that 12 members of our Teaching Communities, young and old alike, have been accepted and will be attending the Climate Reality Project’s Leadership Training August 2-4 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

There we will join former Vice President Al Gore at a Climate Reality Leadership Corps training and learn how we can lead the global fight for climate solutions.

We are striving to be Climate Crisis Heros.

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Everyday People Expungement Fair – July 6th 2019 10am – 1pm

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July 6 2019

10am – 1pm

Amity Foundation
3750 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90007

Register at: bit.ly/JulyEveryDayPeople or call ( 626) 658-8323.

Interested in getting an expungement or felony reduction?

Attorneys and paralegals from the Los Angeles Public Defenders Office will be onsite providing FREE post-conviction relief and event is being sponsored by Cresco Labs*. Reentry services offered:

  • Felony Reductions
  • Dismissals
  • Prop 47 and 64 Relief
  • Certificate of Rehabilitation Referrals
  • Voter Registration
  • Employment Services

Register at: bit.ly/JulyEveryDayPeople or call ( 626) 658-8323.

LARRP General Meeting featuring Dr. Ellis Jones

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LARRP General Meeting

January 10, 2019
9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
The Amity Foundation
3750 S. Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90007

LARRP is putting on a robust and impactful General Meeting Thursday, January 10, 2019, addressing some of the most current issues surrounding the reentry population! Our January agenda is the following:

  • Accomplishments, Goals, and 2019 Priorities – Peter Espinoza, Executive Director, Office of Diversion and Reentry
  • Raising Awareness About Our Collective Behavior & Impacts on Public Policy – Dr. Ellis Jones

Dr. Jones’ most recent and best known work is The Better World Shopper which is essentially a ratings guide for the public that shows corporations that operate ethically/morally – and which ones less so!

SAVE THE DATE • Jan. 27th 2019 • Dr. Tuttle’s Performance

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Dr. Will Tuttle, author, The World Peace Diet

Join us as Dr. Tuttle shares the importance of a plant-based diet for ourselves, each other, animals and for the planet. He will also perform his original music during an informative and uplifting event.

Dr. Will Tuttle, author, The World Peace Diet

Join us as Dr. Tuttle shares the importance of a plant-based diet for ourselves, each other, animals and for the planet. He will also perform his original music during an informative and uplifting event.

Dr. Tuttle’s books and CD’s will be offered for sale, as well as Madeleine’s original art and crafts.

Dr. Tuttle can be seen in several documentaries, including:
http://www.cowspiracy.com/
https://www.whatthehealthfilm.com/
https://www.hope-theproject.com/
Food and drinks by Green Heart Bakery will be for sale
http://www.greenheartbakery.com/
https://www.facebook.com/Green-Heart-Bakery-125106240851562/

Minimum suggested donation per person: $10.00 (nobody will be turned away).

R.S.V.P. appreciated.

Dr. Will Tuttle is an award-winning speaker, educator, author, and musician.  His music, writings, and presentations focus on creativity, intuition, and compassion.

Dr. Tuttle presents regularly at conferences, retreats, and progressive centers throughout North America and worldwide. A former Zen monk with a Ph.D. in education from U.C., Berkeley, he has worked extensively in intuition development, spiritual healing, meditation, music, creativity, vegan living, and cultural evolution.

In centers, he typically presents the morning special music, meditation, and message and later gives an educational seminar on developing intuition, as well as a concert of original music, “Piano Passion.” These are intended to generate inspiration for personal and planetary awakening.

UA Mobile Health Targets Those Lacking Access to Care

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 The University of Arizona Mobile Health Program¨ which provides free healthcare services to those without insurance or limited access to insurance¨ has expanded its service and hopes to grow even more in the coming months.

The program recently added providing healthcare services to the Amity Foundation Circle Tree Ranch, a nearly 50 year old therapeutic community for alcohol and drug-addiction treatment, and the nearby permanent housing project, Dragonfly Village.

UA Mobile Health is a primary care practice on wheels, traveling between sites on a regular monthly schedule to provide acute and chronic care for patients of all ages. The Mobile Health team also provides low-risk pregnancy care and limited dental screening. Preventative care, including Pap smears and sports physicals, is also provided.

The clinic typically rolls up to schools and community centers to provide its services. The program operates on a little more than $400,000 a year and serves 1,800 patients annually.

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SAVE THE DATE: Aug 4th • Free Expungement Fair for Everyday People at Amity Foundation

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Interested in getting an expungement or felony reduction?

August 4th 2018  •  10am – 1pm

Amity Foundation

3750 S. Grand Ave.  LA, CA 90007

 
Attorneys and paralegals from the Los Angeles Public Defenders Office will be onsite providing FREE post-conviction relief.
Register

Reentry Services Offered:

  • Felony Reductions & Dismissals

  • Prop 47 & Prop 64 Relief

  • Certificate of Rehabilitation Referrals

  • Housing Services

  • Employment Services

  • Voter Education & Registration

 

Register

Save the Date LAARP General Meeting

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LARRP General Meeting July 12th!

When?
Thursday, July 12th
9:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Where?
The Amity Foundation
3750 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90007

The Los Angeles Regional Reentry Partnership (LARRP) is putting on a robust and impactful General Meeting addressing some of the most current issues surrounding the reentry population!  The agenda is the following:

  • Unlock the Vote Campaign – Esther Lim with the ACLU SoCal
  • Current County and State Budgets – Lynne Lyman with the LARRP Executive and Steering Committee
  • The STOP Program – Doug Bond with the Amity Foundation
  • Council on Criminal Justice & Behavioral Health: Roles and Activities for 2018 – Stephanie Welch with California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
Additional Parking
Due to the size of attendance for tomorrows meeting Amity Foundation has provided additional parking located on S. Grand between 35th and 37th Street. Please see map.  Additional parking is available at the Mercado at a nominal cost.