Membership Meetings (held quarterly)

Upcoming Meeting Date:  Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Time: Check in and networking: 9:45am - 10:00am

Meeting: 10:00am - 2:00pm

Place: American Red Cross Baton Rouge (Board Room, 2nd floor)

           4655 Sherwood Common Blvd., Baton Rouge

           (225) 291-4533
Topic: Families First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA):
Louisiana Updates
Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services                
Manager, Behavioral Health and Placement Services Unit
Yvonne Diaz, M.S., R.N. 

Yvonne Diaz manages the Behavioral Health and Placement Services Unit  for the Child Welfare Out of Home Division of the Department Of Child and Family Services of Louisiana. She has worked as a clinician and a child and family advocate in the private for profit, non-profit and public sectors for over two decades.  Her professional and volunteer work have been positions, projects and programs that focus on child and youth development to ensure best practice to help children and their families meet their primary care and behavioral health treatment and support needs.  She has led or been a part of implementation teams to build inter-agency, public/private health programs.   An accomplished trainer, analyst, and data storyteller, she is dedicated to increasing and improving the use of data and research in the development of child welfare policy and protocols. Yvonne is passionate about doing meaningful work that positively impacts people lives and strengthens communities. She aspires to share her work to inspire action and promote a focus on outcomes.

New Agency Spotlight:
Louis Children Crisis Center
Carolyn A. McNabb, Executive Director
To register, click on "Register Here" at the upper right hand corner of this page.  
Registration is $18 and due at time of registration.  
Lunch will be provided.  
If you require a special diet please indicate on the registration form or email jill@lacfa.org 
Please be sure to register no later than: Wednesday, March 13, 2019 


Past Meeting Information:  Tuesday, December 4, 2018   

Time: Check in and networking: 9:45am - 10:00am

          Meeting: 10:00am - 2:00pm

Place: American Red Cross Baton Rouge (Board Room, 2nd floor)

           4655 Sherwood Common Blvd., Baton Rouge
           (225) 291-4533
For our December Membership Meeting, we hosted a holiday time of sharing by and with all of our members, from across the state, offering a time for each attendee to share information about their agencies. We had time for networking allowing time for agencies to share their materials help us have a fun and productive time as we closed out 2018!
New Agency Spotlight:
National Youth Advocate Program (NYAP) 
Natalie Thomas, LISW, LICDC
Director, Community Communications and Advocacy
Director, Center for Adolescents and Families

Past Meeting Information:

Date:  March 13, 2018 - Tuesday  

Place: American Red Cross Baton Rouge (Board Room, 2nd floor)

4655 Sherwood Common Blvd., Baton Rouge
(225) 291-4533


Louisiana Department of Health, Office of Behavioral Health
Candace Grace, Director of Quality Management, will provide an overview of utilization and quality trends for the Coordinated System of Care (CSoC).  

CSoC is about a core set of values as well as about ensuring services and supports are delivered to young people with significant behavioral health challenges and their families. A child/young person might be able to be enrolled in CSoC if s/he:

  • is 5-20 years old,
  • is at-risk for out-of-home placement or is already placed out-of-home,
  • has a behavioral health disorder,
  • and lives in Louisiana.

Ascent Health, Inc. - Wraparound Agency

Presenter:  Curtis Eberts, Ph.D., Executive Director
Ascent started as a small non-profit in 2012 as Wraparound Services of Northeast Louisiana. The focus was on influencing the community for good, and working with children and families in hope of making a difference.  Dr. Eberts will give a brief overview of Ascent Health and their services in Louisiana and Tennessee. 
Learn how a LACFA member, The Center for Children and Families, and Ascent have partnered together to fulfull the vision of coordinated care.  
New Agency Spotlight: 

The Center for Children and Families 

Presenter:  Dr. Mathew Thorton, Director of Operations

The Center for Children and Famillies provides important advocacy, prevention and treatment services, and is a nationally accredited organization through the Council on Accreditation (COA). 

Their exemplary services are provided through four main programs.  

  • Therapeutic Services
  • CASA 
  • Childrens Advocacy Center
  • Delta Initiative


The Families First Preservation Services Act is now the law, and it will affect services for NMGHs, TFC and prevention programs.  Will your agency be ready for the mandatory changes in service delivery, staffing, treatment, etc.?   Join us to talk about:  

  • the new requirements,
  • what agencies can do to prepare,
  • and important advocacy efforts.    

Past Training Opportunities included: 

Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Location: EBRPSS Professional Development Center (PDC)
3000 N. Sherwood Forest
Baton Rouge, LA 70814
Session 1
Building Trauma-Informed Youth-Serving Communities
Antoinette "Toni" Bankston, LCSW
Toni currently serves as the Executive Director of the Baton Rouge Children’s Advocacy Center.  A native of Baton Rouge, she has been a child and family psychotherapist for 28 years in the area of trauma and resiliency.  Her work in developing and executing several therapeutic curricula for children impacted by trauma and disaster has been published in professional journals.  She serves as needed with the Center for Mind-Body Medicine, D.C. as a member of the U.S. Faculty and Global Trauma Relief Team in Haiti, Israel and the Gaza territories. In this capacity she has developed programs and trained other healthcare professionals in trauma recovery, with an emphasis on programs for youth and secondary stress in their caregivers and providers.  Locally, her local work in Louisiana has included bringing wellness programs to disadvantaged populations, including the street homeless in Baton Rouge, children in urban school-based settings, and working with Coastal residents in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav, Isaac and the Horizon BP Oil Spill.  She has also served as Adjunct Faculty at the LSU School of Social Work.  Toni is a wife and mother of four teenagers. 
3 CE Hours approved by NBCC
Approved for 3 hours CE by Louisiana Foundation Against Sexual Assault as authorized by the National Association of Social Workers- LA Chapter and the Louisiana Board of Social Work Examiners.
Session 2
Restorative Practices and Using Circles 101
Presenter: Maureen Laurent, LPP, LPC
Maureen is an educator with more than 35 years of experience in the Jefferson Parish and East Baton Rouge Parish public school systems. She began her career as a mathematics teacher at the middle school level and over the years developed an interest in promoting the health, safety, and wellness of students.  She earned a Master of Education in Counseling from Loyola University of New Orleans and accreditation as a Louisiana Licensed Professional Counselor.  She served as a professional school counselor in both Jefferson and East Baton Rouge until joining the I CARE program in 2011.  As an I CARE Specialist she provides prevention services to students at five public schools.  She is a Licensed Prevention Professional and is a certified instructor for Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), SafeTALK, Youth Mental Health First Aid, Restorative Practices, Using Restorative Circles, and Facilitating Restorative Conferences.  In 2016, Ms. Laurent helped to compile the Model School District Policy for Youth Suicide Prevention for the LA Dept. of Education.     
3 CE Hours approved by NBCC
Approved for 3 hours CE by Louisiana Foundation Against Sexual Assault as authorized by the National Association of Social Workers- LA chapter and the Louisiana Board of Social Work Examiners 

LACFA thanks our knowledgeable presenters, EBRPSS for use of their wonderful venue and our major sponsor: 


Trauma & LGBTQ Session                                                          Increasing Cultural Competency in Working with LGBTQ Populations    Carrie Patterson, LMSW, Therapist, Community Organizer and Trainer 

Your thoughts and input are important to us as we partner together!

What would you like to see brought up in meetings going forward? 
What are your training needs? 
Please let us know by emailing Jill at jill@lacfa.org 




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