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May 2024 Resource Newsletter

Anna Jarvis created Mother's Day in 1908 to honor her mother and promote health and friendship for mothers across the United States.

Mental Health Awareness Month was created in 1949 to raise awareness of the importance of mental health and wellness, and to celebrate recovery from mental illness. The month also aims to destigmatize mental illnesses.


  • Executive Director's Share
  • Access Nonprofit Center - Upcoming Programs
  • Ardena's Favorite Mental Health Resources
  • Department of Developmental Services (DDS)
  • San Gabriel/Pomona Regional Center (SGPRC)
  • Parents' Place Family Resource & Empowerment Center (PPFRC)
  • Inland Regional Center (IRC)
  • Early Start Family Resource Network (ESFRN)
  • Self-Determination Program (SDP)
  • Black-Serving Community Focused Resources & Events
  • Other Resources

Resources Featured in This Issue:

  • Black Family Support Group & The Wellness Market
  • IRC Self Determination Program conference - Featuring Aminah from SDP in Black

Executive Director’s Share: 

Ardena Bartlett, MPA

Parent, Founder, Executive Director

Hello Beautiful People!!!

We have witnessed what happens when there is an intersection of being Black in America with Mental Health challenges associated with developmental disabilities. What we want for our families is equity in health care and health access.

The burden of stress of navigating resources is real for Black families. It is essential that we access resources for ourselves as parents so that we may be healthy and whole to care for our families at our best.

Everyday I take a 30 minute walk after the kid leaves for school, it rejuvenates my mind and body and prepares me for the day. Shout out to the moms who hold it down working, caring for the family and trying to find time to care for ourselves. If you can't take a walk, listen to a blog, a little bit of Frankie Beverly & Maze that is guaranteed to get you moving or listen to an audio book. I just added In My Grandmother’s House: Black Women, Faith, and the Stories We Inherit to my Audible list.

We included a few meditation resources but also look into support groups through CA Black Women’s Health Project, Black Women for Wellness, Black Mental Health Task Force, NAMI and if you or a family member are having mental health crisis 988 is a new hotline that can assist.

While caring for our families let's make sure Momma, Maunties and the women in the family are well cared for as well. Happy Mothers Day!! Celebrating mommas 365!!

Access Nonprofit Center - Upcoming Programs

Parenting Black Children

Black Families Support Group

May 26, 2024

10AM-11AM - Support Group

11AM-5PM - Wellness Market

In-Person Event:

The Wellness Market

Downtown Riverside - Pedestrian Mall

3643 Main St, Riverside, CA 92501


Want to learn more?

Click Here to Visit Our Website!

Ardena's Favorite Mental Health Resources

Free Meditation Apps Worthy of Your Attention


App with free and paid 2,000 guided meditations.

Click here to learn more

Healthy Minds Program App

Free app with podcast-style lessons and meditations.

Click here to learn more


App with free and paid Christian faith-based guided meditations.

Click here to learn more

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

Cutting Through the Stigma

NAMI Local Chapters and Contact Information

Temecula Valley

  • Service Area: Lake Elsinore, Menifee, Murrieta, Sun City, Temecula, Wildomar, Winchester
  • Contact: (951) 672-2089 |
  • More information here

Mt. San Jacinto

  • Service Area: Riverside County - Perris, Nuevo, San Jacinto, Hemet, Anza, Romoland, Winchester, Banning, Menifee
  • Contact: (951) 765-1850 |
  • More information here

Western Riverside County

  • Service Area: Corona, Norco, Eastvale, Mira Loma, Jurupa, Moreno Valley and Riverside
  • Contact: (951) 369-1913 |
  • More information here

San Bernardino

  • Service Area: Greater San Bernardino Area
  • Contact: (909) 654-4134 |
  • More information here

San Gabriel Valley

  • Service Area: Los Angeles County
  • Contact: (626) 577-6697 |
  • More information here

Additional Resources

The National Suicide Prevention & Mental Health Crisis Lifeline

Call 988 for confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Click here to learn more

Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH)

  • 24/7 Help Line: (800) 854-7771
  • 24/7 Help Line for those with Hearing/Speech Disabilities: 711

Click here to find more resources

San Bernardino Guide to Medi-Cal Mental Health Services

Click the image below to learn more

Department of Developmental Services (DDS)


The California Department of Developmental Services (DDS) works to ensure Californians with developmental disabilities have the opportunity to make choices and lead independent, productive lives as members of their communities in the least restrictive setting possible.

DDS Website

DDS Calendar

DDS Wellness Toolkit!

The DDS Wellness Toolkit is a new section of the DDS website focused on providing information and tools related to health and safety for self-advocates, direct support professionals, and vendors or providers. New topics, tools, and information will be added on an ongoing basis.

Learn more

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The Early Start program is California's early intervention program for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families. Early Start services are available statewide and are provided in a coordinated, family-centered system.

Early Start Website

San Gabriel/Pomona Regional Center (SGPRC)

Community Outreach Department


San Gabriel/Pomona Regional Center works in partnership with individuals with developmental disabilities, their families, service providers, and the community, to promote choice, empowerment, independence, and full inclusion into community life.

If you are a parent or caregiver with questions about SGPRC client services, please contact:

Josie Martinez 

Community Outreach Specialists

(909) 710-8817

SGPRC Website

SGPRC Calendar of Events

Click Here for SGPRC Alerts

SGPRC Monthly Community Meetings

Every 3rd Tuesday - 10am to 11am

Via Zoom

Access Zoom Meeting 

Meeting ID: 941 540 067

Password: 123456

More Information

Empower Now Advocacy Group

May 22, 2024


SGPRC Conference Center

75 Rancho Camino Drive

Pomona, California 91766

Tammy Evrard Consulting, led by Tammy Evrard, will focus on person-centered training, advocacy training and formation of an advocacy group, including the creation of an Empower Now group. The goal is to collaborate with individuals with disabilities, families, and providers to improve the quality of personal, professional, and system-change in person-centered practices.

More Information

2024 Virtual Training for Parents - Special Education Timeline

May 20, 2024


Access Zoom Meeting 

Meeting ID: 941 540 067

Password: 123456

More Information

Parents' Place Family Resource & Empowerment Center (PPFRC)

Parents' Place Family Resource Center (PPFRC):

Serving the San Gabriel and Pomona valleys, we are committed to supporting and enhancing family focused services in a parent driven atmosphere for families who have children with special needs, 0-22 years of age.

For more information, please contact:

Tavia Lawson

(626) 919-1091

PPFRC Website

PPFRC Calendar of Events

Email PPFRC Sign Up for Alerts

Parents' Place is open two Saturdays a Month!

Emotional Well-Being Stress Webinar

May 30, 2024


via Zoom

Register here

Inland Regional Center (IRC)

Inland Regional Center (IRC) - is great resource for individuals with developmental disabilities in the Inland Empire. It is a non-profit agency that provides support to people with intellectual disabilities, autism, cerebral palsy, and epilepsy. IRC Service Coordinators work together with individual consumers to help create service plans that helps with independence, empowerment and inclusion.

If you are a parent or caregiver with questions about IRC client services, please contact: 

Mari Rodriguez 

Cultural Specialist


IRC Website

IRC Calendar of Events

Click Here for IRC Alerts

IRC Featured Events:

IRC Monthly Access Newsletter

In this 11th issue of IRC Access! you will find Clients and families sharing their experiences as well as additional resources and information about upcoming events, tips for parents on how to advocate for your loved ones, emergency services, and more!

Learn More Here

Early Start Family Resource Network (ESFRN)

The Early Start Family Resource Network provides a coordinated network of parent-to-parent support throughout Riverside and San Bernardino Counties in California. The ESFRN provides supportive services which include education, resources, and training to families with children who are at risk for or are experiencing delays or disabilities.

For more information, please contact:

TeiYana Muse

Parent Representative

(909) 743-4278

ESFRN Website

ESFRN Calendar of Events

Sign Up for ESFRN Alerts

Self-Determination Program (SDP)

Explore the Transition to Adulthood Timeline!

Click Here to Learn More

Monthly SDP Meet & Greet Sessions

May 14, 2024


Zoom Link Here

For all participants who are interested and enrolled in the Self-Determination Program to be able to meet and greet other participants and key staff at the regional center. This is also an opportunity to ask questions and provide us with topics of interest for future meetings. 

These meetings are open to the public.   

More Information Here

IRC Conference/Resource Fair/Micro-Enterprise Market

June 8, 2024


Riverside Conference Center

3637 5th Street,

Riverside, CA 92501

Unlocking Possibilities: A Journey through the Self-Determination Program with Inland Regional Center

Learn More Here

IRC Conference/Resource Fair/Micro-Enterprise Market

Panel 1: Why Self-Determination is Great for Us!

June 8, 2024


Sign Up Here

Black-Serving Community Focused Resources & Events

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The Los Angeles County African American Infant and Maternal Mortality (AAIMM) Initiative 

A countywide coalition dedicated to addressing the disproportionately high rates of Black infant and maternal deaths and ensuring healthy and joyous births for Black families in L.A. County. Led by the L.A. Department of Public Health (DPH) in partnership with First 5 LA, AAIMM was launched in 2018 as part of DPH’s 5-Year Plan to address the Black-White infant mortality gap in L.A. County.

Learn More

Click Here for more LA County Fair discounts

Riverside Black Infant Health: Babies and Families Book Club

May 1, 2024 at 5pm

May 10, 2024 at 6pm

May 15, 2024 at 5pm

May 16, 2024 at 5pm

May 29, 2024 at 5pm

Zoom Meeting Link Here

You can find additional information here

Village Wellness: Wellness Exams 

May 23, 2024


236 W. Mountain St,

Pasadena CA 91103

Learn More Here

Accessibility in Gaming

May 21, 2024


via Zoom

Register here

Other Resources

The Arc is the largest national community-based organization advocating for and with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and serving them and their families. The Arc works to upholds this respect through policy and advocacy change, as well as initiatives in education, health, technology, employment, and more.

The Arc Website

The Arc Resource Directory

Sign Up for The Arc Alerts - Scroll on Website

Online Parent/Caregiver Classes

These FREE virtual classes are to help caregivers prepare for the future care of their family member, and take care for themselves.

Learn More Here

Help Me Grow (HMG)

Help Me Grow is statewide and national, to support all families in promoting young children's development and lifelong success by connecting them to developmental services and supports that promote their child's well-being.

They believe, "All children and their families should have the resources and opportunities needed for their best health and well-being. We are working to improve racial, social, economic, and environmental fairness by helping families and caregivers get quality resources to support their child's development."

Learn more about HMG Los Angeles Here

Learn more about HMG Inland Empire Here

Thank You to Our Equity Partners

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