Hello, all:

Effective June 30, 2017 I will no longer be working at Behavioral Health Services, Inc.. I am leaving BHS after 17 years, as a result of the elimination of CASC through START ODS.  You are free to contact me at [email protected] until 06/30/17, and after that you can contact me through the HIV DATF ([email protected]) until I have my new email address.  

CASC HIV Resource Specialists

provider forum

I don’t know how the HIV Resource Specialists are going to be replaced, but I have added a  provider forum the HIV DATF forums in which we can communicate with one another, and others can post as well.  The forum is for any provider in any of our service delivery systems and is intended as place for us to share what we learn as the theoretical changes “go live”; we have resources, information, and a responsibility to help each other get through the changes that start 07/01/17.  

The job is gone, but our knowledge and resources/connections remain, and at least, speaking for myself, I hope people continue to  contact me when they need help related to a client living with or at risk for HIV.



HIV Drug & Alcohol Task Force (HIV DATF)

website | forums

I will remain Chair of the HIV DATF. The HIV DATF will continue to provide trainings, and I will still be reachable and will even be expanding the work of the HIV DATF.  Because of the ODS changes, we will most likely not be doing any trainings until September as we anticipate that not many people will be available to attend trainings which aren’t specifically related to service delivery. One thing is for sure: Network & Nosh will be more vital than ever this year! If you want to stay in touch with the HIV DATF, please register to follow the website &/or the forums. The email is [email protected].

Stuart Slechta from Tarzana Treatment Center has stepped in as the Training Committee Chair.



HIV Mental Health Task Force (HIV MHTF)

website | Alonso Bautistia

At present, I am staying on as Secretary of the HIV MHTF. Please contact the Chair, Alonso Bautista with any questions you have about the Task Force.





Susan Forrest
CATC 1710201
HIV Resource Specialist, BHS CASC
6838 W Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90028
323-461-3161 ex 3814 | [email protected]

Edited 1 time by hivdatf Jun 15 17 8:46 AM.