Winter 2018/2019 McK-UDOS Newsletter


Coalition Meeting

On December 13, 2018 we had our coalition meeting. We had 14 members attend. Below are the Meeting Minutes:

Called to meeting at 12:05 pm

Presentation by Vernalynne De La Rosa (Program Coordinator):


  • Yan Chen – Project Vision Project Coordinator
  • Bianca Craig – IL Army National Guard
  • Vernalynne De La Rosa – MAHA
  • Nicole Fox – IL Army National Guard
  • Ricky Lam - MAHA 
  • Hong Liu – Executive Director MAHA  
  • Sandra Oviedo – Pilsen Wellness
  • Lavon Pettis – Healthy & Proactive Illinois
  • Sara Reschly – Brighton Park Neighborhood Council
  • Adam Raynor – IL Army National Guard
  • Jerry Silva - Gads Hill Center
  • Veronica Smith – Brighton Park Neighborhood Council
  • Sinhong Sun – VOC Media
  • Fatima Villasenor – Chicago Children’s Center
  • Patricia Witkowski – Drug Enforcement Administration



  • Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Academy
    • Some of the topics covered were
      • The history of the DEA
      • Current drug trend
      • Cyber Unit
      • Laboratory science 
      • Special Response Team
      • International work


  • Participated in the march with BPNC and St Anthony to reopen clinics in the SW part of Chicago. 
  • Presentation at schools with students and parents for Red Ribbon Week at:
    • Pickard Elementary School
    • Nathanael Greene School
    • Columbia Explorers Academy
    • Evergreen Academy Middle School
    • Shield's Middle School
  • Report Card pick up at Evergreen Academy Middle School and at Benito Juarez Community Academy


  •  IYS Data for our community
  • Continue communication campaign with dangers of alcohol and marijuana
  • Use new data and add to previous
  • IYS Data for our community
  • Continue communication campaign with dangers of alcohol and marijuana
  • Use new data and add to previous

Kaisen Survey

  • Bianca Craig of the Illinois National Guard, with Nicole Fox and Adam Raynor administered the Kaisen survey to all who were present.  It included 45 questions.  Once the data is analyzed, we will present results.

Upcoming Events Planning

  • Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
    • Patricia Witkowski spoke about the DEA wanting to host an event in the area and would like to hand out backpacks.
    • Perhaps “Back to School Drug Free” day at a sports venue or outside
    • Would like to have giveaways, guest speakers, the HERO van 
    • She asked if anyone was interested in participating helping plan the event.
    • If you are interested in participating in this collaboration, please email 


  • Health and Productive Illinois with Smart Approaches to Marijuana
    • Lavon Pettis spoke to the work she is doing in the Illinois.  She has worked with coalitions throughout Illinois.  She wants to provide a workshop for both the Latino and Chinese communities to discuss the social justice issue surrounding the legalization of marijuana.. We want coalition members to have an opportunity to provide the needed services and resources to the community, also help in creating events, change policies, and also assess how the work we are doing as a coalition is affecting the youth, parents and community.
    • If you are interested in participating please email

Meeting Adjourned at 1:30pm


Bilingual AmeriCorps Member

AmeriCorps is a network of national service programs, made up of three primary programs that each take a different approach to improving lives and fostering civic engagement. Members commit their time to address critical community needs. Sponsored by the United Way Metropolitan Chicago, Midwest Asian Health Association (MAHA) has two AmericCorp positions open for the Navigator Program.

Job Summary: AmeriCorps member works for the Navigator Program by providing assistance to individuals and families in applying for health insurance.

Essential Functions

* Conducting interviews with applicants to help determine eligibility

* Provide one-on-one assistance in person and/or over the phone to facilitate enrollee’s selection of a qualified health plan

* Assist families and individuals in navigating the health insurance system to find the most affordable coverage that meets their needs.


* No experience is needed

* Must be committed to a full-time position at 36 hours per week starting Nov. 1, 2018 to Oct. 30, 2019

* Interpersonal Skills: Ability to work with the Chinese population

* Language Skills: Proficiency in English and Chinese verbal communication skills required


* $16,000 per year with health insurance, plus $6,000 educational fund.

If interested, please send a resume to

Kelly Zhen, Program Manager

Kelley Mui, Program Supervisor

Mental Health Clinical Manager

Job Summary: The Mental Health Program Manager manages the day-to-day operational activities of MAHA’s Outpatient Community Mental Health Clinic and reports to the Executive Director. Program Manager is responsible for the overseeing, planning, sustainable service delivery and evaluation/continuous improvement of the patient services for the outpatient clinic and providing clinical and administrative direction for licensed non-MD clinicians/providers.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

* Trains, supervises and evaluates Staff Therapists, Interns, and other clinical staff members. Evaluates the professional clinical practice of staff

* Directly supervises four or more employees - assigns and directs work, reviews and signs off on clinical documentation, conducts performance appraisals, addresses complaints, takes appropriate disciplinary action

* Ensures clinic staff follow documentation and procedures outlined in Medicaid Rule 132/140 and by other payee insurance entities

* Develops and reviews policies related to clinic support functions including scheduling, registration, and eligibility screening.

* Solves problems and handles daily staff/client issues of concern to ensure optimal client satisfaction, ethical standards, and billing requirements are being met

* Provides percentage of direct services, including taking a lead on high needs cases as determined appropriate.

* Has a working knowledge of the Electronic Health Record System (EHRS). Works with a team to resolve issues with EHRS. Engages in trainings and maintains EHRS system updated and in compliance with HIPPA and Medicaid Rule 132/140

* Participates in clinical strategic growth and budget discussions, and provides data to support budgetary decisions regarding CMHC

* Stays apprised of health care trends and policy initiatives impacting delivery of health care services at local, state, and national levels and educates staff regarding policy and process changes.

* Develops and maintains professional relationships with local agencies and organizations in order to develop MOUs for services and to develop referral network

* Other duties may be assigned

Basic Qualifications:

* Experience: Minimum seven (7) years of clinical experience as a staff clinician in a community based mental health setting

* Minimum five (5) years of experience in managing/supervising role and understand Medicaid billing with experiences working with MCOs.

* Education: Master's degree in a mental health such as psychology, social work, counseling

* License, Certification, registration, current active and unrestricted LCSW required

Additional Requirements:

* Demonstrated knowledge of individual and/or group psychotherapeutic treatment modalities and techniques

* Interpersonal and leadership skills

* Knowledge of Medicaid Rule 132/140, EHRS systems, and MCOs

* Excellent organizational skills; excellent written and verbal communication skills; basic computer skills (Microsoft Word, Email, Excel, etc)

* Must be eligible and able to obtain a fingerprint card and background check prior to hire

Qualified and interested candidates should send a resume, cover letter with a salary history to

Hong Liu, Executive Director
Midwest Asian Health Association (MAHA)
230 W. Cermak, 2nd Fl, Chicago, IL 60616

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Please let us know if you have any announcements you would like us to provide for our next meeting and newsletter.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *