I don't want to involve my steady partner in this because I don't want to break up. Do I need to tell (or have someone from HHSA notify) him or her?
You should think about your partner's health. Telling your steady partner or spouse can be difficult. It is a very hard issues for many people. If your partner is infected, they may find out anyway - either by getting tested or by getting sick from the infection.
Your steady partner or spouse should be notified to protect their health. Notifying any partners that you still have sex with is very important. Treating your current sex or needle-sharing partners will also help reduce the risk of you getting infected again.
A recent research study found that sex partners of infected person who received services were less likely to end the relationship, compared to couples who did not receive services. HHSA staff are very experienced and can help you think through how to approach your situation.
What if my partner(s) dn't live in Yolo County or even California?The state and local departments work with each other, as well as with departments across the US. HHSA staff can contact the right area to get the notification done. Wherever the partner(s) live, they will not be told any information about you, not even where you live.
How do I know which, if any, of my partner(s) may have been exposed to an STD or HIV?HHSA staff will talk with you about the STD/HIV that you were diagnosed with, and when a person is most likely to spread that particular STD/HIV. Based on this, the staff will focus on identifying any sex or needle-sharing partners that you may have had sex or shared needles with during this time period. These partners are more likely to need to be tested or treated.
The Yolo County Cultural Competency team/committee strives to ensure that Yolo County’s commitment to cultural and linguistic competency are reflected throughout the HHSA system, and that staff training and program policies reflect this commitment and manifest racial, ethnic, cultural, and linguistic diversity. The primary goal of this group is to produce, implement and maintain a Cultural Competence Plan which includes the statements of mission, philosophy, plans, policies, procedures and key documents relating to a system-wide commitment to cultural and linguistic competence.
CULTURAL COMPETENCY PLAN
- 2015 Draft Criteria for Cultural Competency Plan
- Competency Plan (2011-2014) - Updated 6/1/2015 to include Plan Attachments
- Cultural Competency Committee Meeting (01/13/2017) 10:30am - 12:00pm Clarksburg Room, Gonzales Building (24 N. Cottonwood Street)
- LGBTQ Pride Month Display (06/10/2015)
- Juneteenth Display (06/10/2015)
- MHSA Wellness Center Asian Pacific Islander Awarness Event (05/12/2015)
- MHSA Wellness Center Cinco de Mayo Event (05/05/2015)
MHSA Program Manager
|Theresa Smith, LCSW
Cultural Competency Coordinator
137 N. Cottonwood Street, Suite 2500
Woodland, CA 95695
M-F 8: 00am – 5: 00pm
Community Partners, Resources & Links
How to Obtain Services
Service triage appointments are offered at the Woodland or West Sacramento office and the LOCUS Tool is used to determine level of care needs. Eligible consumers may be assigned to a variety of services including participation in the Adult Wellness Center, following completion of a more in depth clinical assessment to review needs and determine medical necessity.
To schedule a triage appointment, consumers may call the toll free ACCESS line at (888)965-6647 or walk into the clinic nearest to them. Consumers are asked to bring proof of residency, Medi-Cal card, and/or proof of income for sliding scale fees.