We are a California-based nonprofit dedicated to enriching the behavioral and public health field by promoting evidence-based practice and workforce development. We provide training, consultation, and coaching to individuals, organizations, and initiatives. In all our work, our mission is to foster safe, healthy, and engaged persons and communities
Approach to programming
- We are collaborative, proactive, flexible, and attuned to the field. Learn more about our approach to training and technical assistance (TTA).
- Applying Multidisciplinary Expertise
- Our team’s diverse professional backgrounds inform our approach. We draw on expertise in mental and behavioral health, developmental psychology, sociology, public health, educational leadership, coalition and community development, and racial justice.
- Laying the Foundation for Sustainable Change
- We build organizational and leadership capacity to effectively adopt, implement, and sustain changes in policy and practice. We offer hands-on, experiential, and ongoing TTA opportunities across multiple modalities to instill learnings and boost skills.
- Balancing Guidance and Responsiveness
- Our team is committed to improving community health and wellness through evidence-based and culturally responsive practice. We promote the use and appropriate adaption of research-based frameworks and programs to address complex social problems.
- Advancing Health Equity
- We support authentic community engagement, elevation of cultural expertise, and the use of community-defined effective practices and participatory approaches. We lift up youth, family, and consumer voice and leadership.
- Fostering Community and Peer Networks
- We create multiple and ongoing opportunities for peer learning and knowledge transfer. We foster dynamic learning and practice communities among funding recipients, collaborators, and leaders and practitioners in similar roles.
LGBTQ TA Center
The LGBTQ TA Center is led by the Center for Applied Research Solutions (CARS) and supported by Change Matrix LLC and Evaluation, Management, Training Associates, Inc. (EMT). CARS, Change Matrix, and EMT form a strong team of coaches, evaluators, and cultural competence experts to support the CRDP LGBTQ TA Center grantees throughout the life of the initiative. The LGBTQ TA Center Team will also provide creative and intersectional supports to the other population-specific CRDP grantees.
CARS is a California-based, small, 501(c)(3) nonprofit that was incorporated in 2001 to provide comprehensive training and technical assistance (TTA) services. CARS leads TA Centers for state and national initiatives in mental health, substance abuse, cultural competence, mentoring, and violence prevention. CARS’ mission is to foster safe, healthy, and engaged individuals and communities by promoting evidence-based practice. The CARS team is dedicated to building organizational and field capacity through high-quality TTA services that bridge the gap between research and practice.
LGBTQ TA Center Team
Ken Einhaus, Project Co-Director and TA Liaison,
has dedicated his career to promoting the mental and behavioral health of LGBTQ populations. He has more than 18 years’ experience in evaluation, survey research, LGBTQ cultural competency TTA, and resource development on projects addressing the mental and behavioral health of historically marginalized populations, including at-risk youth and racial, ethnic, and cultural minorities. He managed LGBTQ cultural competency TTA at LGBT-TRISTAR for five years, where he managed consultants for over 75 LGBTQ trainings; directly facilitated more than 25 cultural competency trainings; and provided TA and needs assessments on working with and evaluating services for LGBTQ individuals and families in diverse behavioral healthcare settings, including the Veterans Administration’s premier national residential treatment facility for homeless veterans as it accepted its first transgender client. At CARS, he managed TTA and resource development for the Community Alliance for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CA-CLAS), the Community Prevention Initiative, and the California Community Colleges Student Mental Health Program (CCC SMHP). He wrote cultural competency issue briefs for CCC SMHP including “Supporting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Students,” which was downloaded over 1,600 times; authored the curriculum Responding to Difficult or Distressed Online Students: Online Assessment and Referrals; and edited many publications on cultural competence and mental health. He is the Senior Evaluator for CCC SMHP Phase II. He is the local evaluator for several alcohol, tobacco, and other drug (ATOD) prevention projects for youth in Sonoma and Orange Counties, as well as for a Butte County substance use disorder prevention model pursuing NREPP designation.
Daniel E. Toleran, MS, Project Co-Director and TA Liason,
has more than 15 years’ experience championing mental health, social services, and behavioral health prevention and treatment for LGBTQ and other groups experiencing disparities. He has directed several large, successful programs that provide integrated mental and behavioral health, HIV/AIDS services, comprehensive social services, and community advocacy to historically underserved LGBTQ communities. Mr. Toleran has served extensively on the advisory boards, work groups, and Boards of Directors of community based organizations, health departments, and school and clinic health programs. He has provided consultation and trainings on LGBTQ populations, health disparities, and cultural competence. He has successfully disseminated project outcomes in peer-reviewed journal publications, including two articles on differences in substance use and sexual health risk-taking among Chinese, Filipino, and Vietnamese men who have sex with men (MSM). Focus -populations have included transgender persons, homeless adults, urban immigrants, and transition age youth living with HIV.
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Searchable LGBTQ Resource Database: http://lgbtq-ta-center.org/resource/
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