About Living Life Positively

Hello World, My name is Tuquan Harrison. I am a Legal Assistant at Positive Resource Center, San Francisco. Positive Resource Center is a Nonprofit that assists people living HIV/AIDS or mental health disabilities get comprehensive benefits counseling and employment services in San Francisco. Through Positive Resource Center's Continuum of services, clients receive no-cost access to: *Professional benefits analysis, advocacy, and counseling about accessing public and private financial and health care benefits such as Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI), long-term disability, health insurance, life insurance, and Medi-Cal. Representation before administrative law judges for reconsideration of disability denials. *Employment and vocational rehabilitation planning, counseling and coordination, job development and job search assistance, support groups, and computer access and training for clients entering or re-entering the workplace. *Regular workshops/clinics designed to equip people with HIV/AIDS or mental illness to consider and develop employment goals and plans as well as understand their legal rights and responsibilities concerning benefits, employment, housing, and credit. This blog is dedicated to updating clients, service providers, and the greater San Francisco community about PRC's/EAHP community events, services, and other relevant topics/issues. I look forward to educating, spreading awareness, and providing a resource to the San Francisco communities. Thanks, Tuquan Harrison

Open Enrollment Closes January 30, 2016

Open Enrollment Deadline

By,

Chuan Teng

Open enrollment closes on January 30, 2016, so now is the time to purchase health insurance. For many, finding a health insurance plan that meets basic needs and works in coordination with other public benefits such as the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) and the Health Insurance Payment Program (HIPP) is a daunting task. Positive Resource Center’s benefits counselors are available to help with healthcare coordination and planning.

Here are some tips for buying health insurance:

  • Check to see what insurance plans are accepted by your doctor
  • Make sure your prescriptions are covered under prospective insurance plans
  • Find out co-pay amounts for routine services and any special procedures you expect to undergo in the next year
  • Find out maximum out of pocket annual limits
  • Find out monthly premiums

If you are HIV-positive and a San Francisco resident, call Positive Resource Center for help at 415-777-0333. Remember, open enrollment closes on January 30, 2016, so make sure you are covered today. Don’t forget—you can enroll in Medi-Cal anytime, even outside the open enrollment period. Finally, stay connected with Positive Resource Center to learn about new ADAP and HIPP enrollment services to come in 2016!

 

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The Positive Resource Center (PRC) Would Like to Introduce our New Team Members:

Positive Resource Center (PRC) is gearing up for a New Year, New possibilities, and of course New amazing staff members. We are excited to introduce and welcome the following individuals to PRC:

Adam Fitch

Employment Specialist for the Employment Services Program

  • Adam graduated from California State University, East Bay with an M.A. in History, and joined the PRC team in June of 2015. Prior to PRC, Adam worked on housing issues with people living with HIV/AIDS, and has over 12 years in the field of non-profits and community service. Adam works as an employment specialist with PRC, and is proud to share his knowledge and experience to help others find rewarding employment opportunities. Adam enjoys reading, traveling, and his family when he is not fighting social injustice.

Adam writes, “Employment for people living with disabilities is the pressing concern for the community and I am proud to be serving a population I care deeply about.”

 

Adrienne Mendle

Staff Attorney for the Equal Access to Healthcare Program

  • Adrienne graduated from Harvard Law School, where she focused on issues of healthcare access. Working with Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, Adrienne helped advise health centers around the state on Medi-Cal law. At Harvard’s Public Health Law and Policy Clinic, she provided technical assistance to state AIDS Drug Assistance Programs as they implemented the Affordable Care Act. She looks forward to continuing her work in healthcare advocacy with PRC.

Adrienne writes, “Navigating the American healthcare system is a complicated undertaking even for society’s best off. For our clients, facilitating access to the complex ecosystem of services to which they are beneficiaries serves to reduce one major barrier to opportunity and health.”

 

Beth Mazie

Staff Attorney for the Equal Access to Healthcare Program

  • Beth Mazie was a Staff Attorney at Rubicon Legal Services in their Social Security disability advocacy program for fifteen years. She has represented hundreds of clients at Social Security hearings and further on in the appeal process. Prior to her work at the Rubicon, Beth worked as a supported living specialist for Golden Gate Regional Center, as an attorney at Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) and as a volunteer at Community Alliance for Special Education (CASE), advising parents of their rights under special education laws. She is currently a volunteer mediator with Community Boards.  

Beth writes, ” I enjoy using my skills to help people learn about and access resources and benefits that enable them to stabilize and improve their lives”.

 

Billy Allen

Program Assistant for the Employment Services Program

  • Billy worked on catalog photo shoots but always felt drawn to return to the non-profit sector. He has worked in HIV prevention doing theater-in-education programs for youth and as an event coordinator for Equality California and Under One Roof. For the past two years, Billy has been taking night classes at CCSF in pursuit of his BA.

Billy writes, “I find a lot of joy and personal fulfilment in seeing clients self-actualize. It is very inspirational. The aspect of working peer to peer, helping clients navigate beyond and transcending their disability is extremely rewarding.”

 

Hollis Fleischer

Computer Training Associate for the Employment Services Program

  • Hollis graduated from San Francisco State University in May 2015 earning a degree in Rehabilitation Counseling. Hollis knows firsthand the stigma that people with disabilities face. Hollis has worked in the community helping Individuals with mental illness believe that recovery is possible. It became her focus in 2012 to help people who are disabled focus on their strengths and abilities in order to find employment.

Hollis writes, “I am pleased to be here at PRC doing work that empowers people with disabilities to find work which utilizes their strengths and abilities.”

 

Kevin Lesh

Staff Attorney for the Benefits Counseling Program

  • Throughout his 15 years of legal practice, Kevin has advocated for numerous non-profit and public-interest causes, including: civil rights, disability rights, human rights, Native American rights, animal rights, and environmental protection. Accordingly, Kevin has defended and promoted the interests of disenfranchised groups and individuals around the country, and he has worked on the non-profit side (as a staff attorney for organizations), the public side (as a government attorney), and the private side (as a private practitioner). In addition to his work, Kevin enjoys volunteering for various non-profit causes. 

Kevin believes that “Everyone has a moral obligation to give back to the world, which starts with assisting those who are the most vulnerable.”   

Martin Fernandez

Front Office/ Volunteer Coordinator

  • Martin brings extensive experience in administrative management. Before joining PRC, Martin was an Advocacy Assistant with the People With Disabilities Foundation. Prior to that, he was an Executive Assistant for Elliot & Mayock, LLP.  We are thrilled that Martin has decided to join the PRC team.

Martin writes, “I’ve recently moved from corporate America and so glad  to now be a part of changing people’s lives for the better”.

Sergio Perez

Director of Finance

  • Sergio comes to PRC with over 10 years of non-profit accounting and finance experience, most recently working at Project Open Hand where he held the position of Controller. Prior to that, Sergio was the Senior Accountant at Action for Boston Community Development, Inc., the largest anti-poverty agency in New England providing low-income residents across the city of Boston with housing assistance, fuel assistance, and child care assistance. Prior to his transition over to the non-profit sector, he spent the first couple of years of his career working at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Boston as an auditor in the financial services industry.

Sergio writes, “With my career ranging from corporate to mission-based non-profit organizations, my work has kept me humbled and grounded and has given me the ability to understand, help, and communicate with people across all walks of life and along a variety professions.”

 

Symantha Chapman

Employment Specialist for the Employment Services Program

  • Symantha graduated from California State University East Bay earning a degree in Business Administration. She previously worked at Fred Finch Youth Center, Oakland, working with dual diagnosis children. Her hobbies include spending time with her family and camping.

“The greatest success we’ll know is helping others succeed and grow.” 

                                            -Gregory Scott Reid

 

Teena Rodriguez

Operations and Human Resources Manager

  • Teena has over 10 years of HR experience, having held increasing HR positions for Cypress Lawn Cemetery Association, Pacific Gateway Concessions, Hilton Hotels, and most recently Westside Community Services. She also holds numerous certifications in HIPAA, Fire Safety, HR and Sexual Harassment. Teena states, “ I specifically look for solutions that will be beneficial for both the employer and the employees.  I strive to focus on programs that benefit the employees and that are cost efficient for the company”.

 Teena writes, “Due to experiencing challenges within the healthcare industry, as well as dealing with other disabilities in my own personal life, I wanted to join a company that focuses on assisting the community. PRC is the perfect fit and I am happy to be a part of such a great organization”.

 

 

Tuquan Harrison

Legal Assistant for the Equal Access to Healthcare Program

  • Tuquan Harrison is the new Legal Assistant for the Equal Access to Healthcare Program at Positive Resource Center, San Francisco. He has a strong commitment to HIV/AIDS education and community work that began early in my life. While in high school, he began interning at Manual Arts Teen Clinic in South Los Angeles providing peer-based sex education and counseling to LGBTQ students of color. Tuquan continued this work through my undergraduate career creating university programing that focused on HIV/AIDS awareness and (de) stigmatizing mental health in the LGBTQ community. He also volunteers for the Black Brothers Esteem Group at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.

Tuquan writes,I want my life’s work to be in the service of those who are left in the margins of our society. Joining Positive Resource Center will allow me to continue doing this important work and I am excited to apply my passion and dynamic expertise to this wonderful organization.”

 

WELCOME TO THE POSITIVE RESOURCE CENTER