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Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the appointment of Cynthia Gomez, 54, of Sacramento, as the Governor's Tribal Advisor and executive secretary for the Native American Heritage Commission.
For more information go to: http://gov.ca.gov/news.php?id=17409
The California Department of Social Services has revised the Earned Income Tax Credit Publications 428 and 429 for tax year 2011. The publications include information about how much money the Earned Income Tax Credit may provide to working families, how to apply for it, claiming retroactive benefits, advance EITC, the Child Tax Credit, and includes telephone numbers and website links to get more information. The Publications were created to strengthen state and county efforts to promote EITC outreach for our CalWORKs and Food Stamps client population, and to educate and assist families on how to access it.
The Publications can be downloaded from the CDSS website at: www.dss.cahwnet.gov/cdssweb/PG167.htm#p . They are also included in ACIN I-103-101 which is located at: www.dss.cahwnet.gov/lettersnotices/PG2437.htm .
The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) Initiative project is excited to announce that the ICWA resources directory is now live, and can be accessed via the Center for Families,Children and the Courts (CFCC) Web site. The directory can also be accessed directly at: www.courts.ca.gov/programs-tribal.htm . It is an interactive database that houses a directory of resources that serve Native American families. The directory contains listings that can be searched by county (California only), services that serve the entire state of California and nationwide services. The search also contains keywords (mental health, legal, etc..) in an effort to search for a resource in a quick and easy manner.
Check out the Welfare Peer Technical Assistance Network (Welfare Peer TA). It is a technical assistance initiative sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance. Welfare Peer TA facilitates the sharing of information between and among States, counties, localities, Tribal organizations, and community-based organizations working with Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) families. Please take a look at the Welfare Resources section to view Tribal TANF- related information on their website at peerta.acf.hhs.gov/ .
The Indian Health Clinic Program
The Indian Health Clinic (IHC) Program provides traditional and mainstream mental health and substance abuse treatment and other support services to eligible Native Americans and their immediate family members in a culturally-relevant manner. The goal of the program is to assist adult program participants to secure or retain employment or successfully complete employment and training programs. Specific IHC activities and services include, but are not limited to: outreach to Native American communities about IHC Program services; completion of needs assessments; development of treatment plans; referrals to appropriate treatment programs; referrals to employment, eductaion, and skills training programs; assistance to obtain needed benefits/services; assistance with issues related to the legal and law enforcement systems; counseling services for family issues such as suicide prevention, domestic abuse, and anger/stress management; and transportation services. For contact information click here and to view the map click here .
The California American Indian Recovery (CAIR) Program works to improve access to substance abuse treatment and recovery support services for American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) people in California. For more information, click here .
The Sacramento Native American Health Center whose mission is to carry out the legacy of a healthy Sacramento American Indian and Alaskan community, based on cultural values, delivered through traditional, transformational, innovative, accessible, and self-sufficient systems of health care is located in downtown Sacramento . For further information, click here .
The Native American Health Center has two clinics in the Bay Area (San Francisco and Oakland). These clinics provide primary medical care, comprehensive dental care, counseling services, WIC, and HIV testing and medical treatment (SF only). Services are provided to residents of the Bay Area and to Native Americans from the United States, including California tribal members. Visit us at www.nativehealth.org .