Jun. 5 to Aug. 7 — Annual SAC Backpack Project Sundays

Our goal to provide 100 backpacks filled with supplies for children and teenagers in need at the Community Resource Center in Encinitas, Local San Dieguito Schools, Stand-Up for Kids a homeless teen program in Oceanside, and Colonia Carrettas in Tijuana Mexico.

$20 donation will provide supplies for a backpack -

$25 donation will provide one backpack

$45 donation will provide one filled backpack.

Types of Supplies: pens, pencils, note pads, crayons, markers, rulers, calculators, paper clips, scissors, etc. For Homeless Male and Female Teens: toothbrushes, toothpaste, socks, combs, brushes, make-up, shampoo, soap or body wash, and deodorants. Gift cards appreciated.

For more information contact: Livia Walsh at livwalsh1@gmail.com or Liz Young at thefouryoungs@sbcglobal.net

Email Your Senators in Support of the Mental Health Reform Act of 2016

During the May 15 service, many of us pledged to write a letter to our politicians regarding the need for mental health reform.The Mental Health Reform Act of 2016, S.2680, is expected to go to vote on the floor of the Senate by the end of May. Senators Boxer and Feinstein have not yet supported this important bipartisan bill.

There are various ways to convey this information to Senators Boxer and Feinstein. I have emailed the letter below to them, via their websites. I have also called, and left a “comment” on their phone, reading portions of the letter that were most important to me. Finally, when I called, I insisted that I speak with a legislative assistant, so that I could find out what the Senator’s position was on this issue. It will take a few days to actually speak with someone, but this three-pronged approach is most effective. For every person who makes the effort to do this, politicians assume there are hundreds of constituents who feel the same way.

Instructions:

  1. Copy the text of the letter below.
  2. Click the links of the two Senators listed below, fill in the forms and paste the letter into the comment area.
  3. If possible, call your Senator.

Senator Feinstein
(202) 224-3841
https://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/e-mail-me

Senator Boxer
(202) 224-3553
https://www.boxer.senate.gov/?p=shareyourviews

Dear Senator,

I have a loved one who has struggled with mental illness and has had difficulty obtaining a referral to in-network providers, including psychiatrists, therapists, and residential treatment programs. Our insurance has only provided coverage for hospitalizations that are court-ordered. We have not found any long-term residential treatment programs that are covered by insurance. We believe that our loved one could become a more fruitful member of society if they obtained proper treatment. This has effected our entire family. It is difficult to be successful at work when we are worried about our loved one. I hope that you will begin to focus on this important issue.

I understand that the Mental Health Reform Act of 2016, S. 2680, is scheduled to go to a vote on the floor of the Senate within the next few weeks. You have not yet signed on to support this bill. I hope that you will do so immediately, and that you will work to ensure that this bill, which is weak in its current state, is improved dramatically. I hope that the following improvements can be made to this bill:

• Although insurance providers allegedly provide lists of in-network providers on their websites, few, if any, provide lists of out-patient mental health clinics, partial hospitalizations programs or residential treatment programs for mental health. Insurance providers should be required to provide their customers with information regarding residential and outpatient treatment programs that are in-network. Such lists should be available in a similar manner to other in-network provider information, such as primary care physicians and specialists.
• Insurance companies rarely cover psychiatric hospitalizations or residential treatment programs unless there is a court order in place. A GOA Report should be conducted to examine the following: (1) the percentage of insurance payments that are made for non-court-ordered hospitalizations verses court-ordered hospitalizations; (2) the percentage of psychiatric hospitalized patients who are released directly into residential treatment programs, partial hospitalization programs, intensive clinics, and similar; (3) the percentage of psychiatric hospitalized patients who are released without follow-up, who may possibly end up dead, homeless or in the criminal justice system.
• Many people in the criminal justice system have a history of psychiatric hospitalizations and ER visits. A GOA Report should be conducted to examine the potential savings that could be realized if such people receive proper mental health care services early.
• Many psychiatric patients would be capable of working, and contributing to the financial well being of our country, if they had proper treatment. A GOA Report should be conducted to examine the increased tax revenue and other financial benefits of this.

In the event that this bill passes the Senate, I hope that you can work with the Finance Committee on the measures that will increase the number of psychiatric hospital beds, increase rates paid by insurance to mental health care providers, expand the network of mental health care providers who take insurance, and achieve true parity for mental health.

I appreciate your time and consideration on this important issue.

Sincerely,

May 21 — Fiesta Del Sol. Fellowship at the Festival!

UUFSD will be at Fiesta del Sol on Saturday & Sunday May 21st and 22nd. Visit our table/tent!

Our booth is 66c, located across from the Post Office, (close to Shuttle drop off.)
Drop by and say hi as you enjoy this FREE, family friendly event.

Better yet, SIGN UP FOR A VOLUNTEER SHIFT (2 or 3 hour shifts) to greet visitors and tell them all about UU and our fellowship. Adrienne is looking for volunteers to cover shifts between 9am and 6pm both days. Email Adrienne@uufsd.org for details.

*Especially if you can help set up early Saturday morning at 7am or break down Sunday evening after 6pm.

June 2 — Help at the SD Food Bank!

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Just 20 minutes from UUFSD! It’s always from 6:00 – 8:00 PM – anyone over 7 years old can help! Mostly we just put food in boxes on an assembly line or bag fresh produce – really easy, no lifting, no bending, great camaraderie. In May we bagged 4,689 lbs of fresh corn – in JUST 2 HOURS!

This is a wonderful way of helping locally those in need and strengthening our UUFSD community as well. The San Diego Food Bank distributes over 20 million pounds of food annually to individuals, families and a network of nonprofit organizations that work to alleviate hunger throughout San Diego county. They need our help!

For more information and to Register you MUST contact Sara Ohara for the special UUFSD Group code: sara@saraohara.com

CRC Volunteers are urgently needed on Thursdays!

UUFSD volunteers needed this spring/summer at the Community Resource Center (CRC), 656 Second Street, Encinitas on Thursdays from 10am-12:30pm. Activities include helping CRC clients “shop” for food from the pantry shelves, unloading/sorting incoming donations of perishable, non-perishable foods and household items, and re-stocking pantry shelves. No need to make an ongoing commitment – we’re in need of occasional volunteers, especially during the summer months, to join our regular team of 3-5 UUFSD member volunteers.

To apply to volunteer or for more information, please visit our Sign Up Genius page at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/409054fa8a823ab9-volunteering or contact Susan Miller at susan3733@gmail.com. No experience necessary!

May 5 — May Food Bank Volunteer Night

Help at the SD Food Bank! Just 20 minutes from UUFSD! It’s always from 6:00 – 8:00 PM – anyone over 7 years old can help! Mostly we just put food in boxes on an assembly line or bag fresh produce – really easy, no lifting, no bending, great camaraderie. In April we bagged 5,000 LBS of carrots – in JUST 2 HOURS!

This is a wonderful way of helping locally those in need and strengthening our UUFSD community as well. The San Diego Food Bank distributes over 20 million pounds of food annually to individuals, families and a network of nonprofit organizations that work to alleviate hunger throughout San Diego county. They need our help!

Email Sara Ohara TO REGISTER and for more information: sara@saraohara.com

May 7 — QPR: Question, Persuade, and Refer – Anyone can help save a life

We can all save lives.

The QPR mission is to reduce suicidal behaviors and save lives by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training. The signs of crisis are all around us. We believe that quality education empowers all people, regardless of their background, to make a positive difference in the life of someone they know.

Learn this emergency intervention and help save a life!

Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Founders Hall

Apr. 17 — Social Action Committee Quarterly Meeting

This Sunday at 12:20 pm - light lunch provided.

Everyone interested in learning more about our Social Action programs is invited to attend the April quarterly meeting. We will discuss
1. Mental Health Month at the UUFSD
2. Task Forces and Groups will report on action plans
3. Review of FY 2016 budget and reallocation of funds
4. FY 2017 budget
5. Generosity Sunday applications
6. SAC calendar of action for the remainder of 2016

 

Apr. 24 — Gun Violence Prevention Initiative

At 10:30 and 12:15 there will be an informational forum to discuss and inform all members of UUFSD about a Gun Violence Prevention initiative to create a UUFSD Resolution in support of Gun Violence Prevention as initiated in an Action of Immediate Witness approved at the 2014 UUA GA. UUFSD Board of Directors approved the proposal to create and submit a GVP Resolution to the members at the 19 June 2016 Congregational meeting. Come and learn what this is all about. What does it mean? Why is this being considered? Can I participate?

Here is a reference to get you started. http://www.uua.org/statements/affirming-congregational-commitment-gun-violence-prevention.