From Our Federal Partners: Demonstrating the Impact of Supportive Housing Webinar – August 7, 2019

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From Our Federal Partners: Demonstrating the Impact of Supportive Housing Webinar – August 7, 2019
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program (IAP) is hosting a national learning webinar on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 from 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT on the topic of Demonstrating the Impact of Supportive Housing.
During this webinar a framework and measures to demonstrate the impact of supportive housing will be presented. The webinar includes a discussion on the benefits of undertaking this type of work, as well as specific measures used across the country to assess the impact that providing supportive housing can have on health care utilization costs, homelessness, criminal justice, and other systems. Participants will also learn about tips to get started measuring supportive housing impact and considerations for working with outcomes data. Two state Medicaid directors will serve as webinar respondents and will share information about their states’ work in measuring the impact of supportive housing and the importance of state Medicaid-housing partnerships in developing supportive housing options for Medicaid beneficiaries.
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Headlines: Latest News from SAMHSA

July 15, 2019
The SAMHSA Headlines—Your one-stop source for the latest from SAMHSA.

Grant Application Opportunities

Mental and Substance Use Disorders Prevalence Study

SAMHSA is accepting applications for the Mental and Substance Use Disorders Prevalence Study (MDPS). The purpose of this grant program is to ensure that gaps in surveillance are addressed through a pilot program that assists in estimating the actual number of individuals living with mental and substance use disorders, including those of the greatest severity.
SAMHSA plans to issue 1 grant of up to $30,000,000 for up to 3 years. 
Application Due Date: Friday, August 16, 2019

Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Practitioner Data

SAMHSA is accepting applications for the Mental and Substance Use Disorder Practitioner Data (Prac-Data) grant. The purpose of this program is to provide comprehensive data and analysis on individuals who comprise the prevention and treatment fields to address mental and substance use disorders. The goal of the program is to provide valid data on the existing practitioners and usable information to SAMHSA on which to make policy and planning decisions.
SAMHSA plans to issue 1 grant of up to $1,000,000 for up to 3 years. 
Application Due Date: Monday, August 12, 2019

Tribal Opioid Response Grants

SAMHSA is accepting applications for Tribal Opioid Response (TOR) grants. The program aims to address the opioid crisis in tribal communities by increasing access to culturally appropriate and evidence-based treatment, including medication-assisted treatment using one of the three FDA-approved medications for the treatment of opioid use disorder.
SAMHSA plans to issue 163 grants for up to 2 years. 
Application Due Date: Tuesday, August 6, 2019

NOTE: Webinars on How to Register and Apply for Grants
SAMHSA will host a webinar for prospective TOR applicants on how to register for the eRA System; how to use the eRA System to initiate and fill out applications; and how to submit completed applications. The webinar will be presented on four dates:
  • Thursday, June 20: 11:00-Noon ET
  • Tuesday, June 25: 2:00-3:00 PM ET
  • Tuesday, July 2: 2:00-3:00 PM ET
  • Thursday, July 11: 3:00-4:00 PM ET


Training and events are available for practitioners through many of SAMHSA's Training and Technical Assistance Centers. Some of these are highlighted below. Visit SAMHSA's Practitioner Training webpage for a more complete listing.

Screening and Brief Intervention Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Implementation Webinar

July 17, 2019 2 p.m. Central Time
This is a one-hour session with a knowledgeable SBIRT professional who will answer and discuss questions related to: administration and use of screening materials including the AUDIT, DAST, and the CRAFFT among others; brief interventions and referrals to treatment, including making effective warm handoffs; and workflow and integration of SBIRT into medical settings.

Maximizing Treatment Success for Patients with SMI: Promoting Adherence and Treatment Engagement Webinar

July 19, 2019 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET
Strategies to improve adherence to medications and treatment plans for patients with serious mental illness (SMI) will be explored in this webinar, including long-acting injectable medications (when indicated), medication strategies, and adjunctive supports. Advance registration is encouraged. (Note: Limited to healthcare professionals.)

Digital Approaches to the Psychiatric Care of Older Adults Webinar

July 26, 2019 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. ET
The effective psychiatric care of older adults, especially those with serious mental illness and dementia, remains a predominant challenge in current health care. This webinar will discuss how technology could advance clinical care in this population and explore issues around device ownership and access. Advance registration is encouraged. (Note: Limited to healthcare professionals.)

The Intersection of Substance Use Disorders, Opioid Misuse, Overdose, and Suicide: Understanding the Connection, Part 1 Webinar

July 30, 2019 10:00 a.m. Central Time
This webinar, part one of a two-part series, will present the complicated relationship between substance use disorders and suicidal thinking and behaviors. Presenters will explore the implications of this information for prevention and early intervention, including opportunities for collaboration. Registration deadline: July 30.


Guidance to States and School Systems on Addressing Mental Health and Substance Use Issues in Schools

SAMHSA and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a new joint informational bulletin containing examples of approaches for mental health and substance use disorder (SUD) related treatment services in schools. The guidance describes some of the Medicaid state plan benefits and other Medicaid authorities that states may use to cover mental health and SUD related treatment services. In addition, the guidance summarizes best practice models to facilitate implementation of quality, evidence-based comprehensive mental health and SUD related services for students.

Improve SAMHSA's Disaster Services and Products in 15 Minutes

We would like to hear from you regarding your experience with SAMHSA's Disaster Technical Assistance Center (DTAC). DTAC publishes The Dialogue and the SAMHSA DTAC Bulletin as well as providing disaster preparedness and response materials and services. You are invited to provide feedback in a web-based survey that should take no more than 15 minutes to complete.

Wildfire Preparedness and Response – DTAC Bulletin

Each year, an average of 7500 wildfires burn about 1.5 million acres of national forests and grasslands in the United States. Preparedness for wildfires and other disasters may reduce the likelihood of distressing experiences and post-disaster mental health problems. This issue of the DTAC Bulletin can help people prepare and take steps to improve physical and psychological safety.

Forensic Assertive Community Treatment (FACT): A Service Delivery Model for Individuals with Serious Mental Illness Involved With the Criminal Justice System

This brief provides an overview of Forensic Assertive Community Treatment (FACT)—an intensive service delivery model intended for people with serious mental illness who are involved in the criminal justice system.

MAT Inside Correctional Facilities: Addressing Medication Diversion

This action brief provides criminal justice stakeholders, correctional facility leadership, and correctional staff with helpful strategies and techniques to reduce diversion of MAT medications. The information for this brief was developed by a panel of correctional leaders and experts throughout the U.S.

Screening and Assessment of Co-Occurring Disorders in the Justice System

This report provides evidence-based practices for screening and assessment of adults in the justice system with mental illness, substance use disorders, or both. It discusses the importance of instrument selection for screening and assessment and provides detailed descriptions of recommended instruments.

Tailoring Crisis Response and Pre-Arrest Diversion Models for Rural Communities

This action brief provides rural communities recommended strategies for adapting promising or proven interventions to better support crisis response and pre-arrest diversion in their communities. It is the first of three briefs developed from the SAMHSA Pre-Arrest Diversion Expert Panel.

Check out all the new and existing criminal justice publications on the SAMHSA Store!

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Hurricane tips for Veterans, National Veterans Wheelchair Games, Borne The Battle 153, and other top VA Stories - July 12, 2019

"This Week at VA" is a digital newsletter with top news and stories from across the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

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TOP PHOTO: U.S. Army Veteran Chris Hull (left) makes a play to steal the ball from U.S. Army Veteran Mason Symons during a National Veterans Wheelchair Games rugby match, July 11 in Louisville, Kentucky.
The National Veterans Wheelchair Games is co-presented annually by VA and Paralyzed Veterans of America. The games serve Veterans with spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, amputations and other central neurological impairments with the goal to increase their independence, healthy activity and quality of life through wheelchair sports and recreation. Photo by Erika Ruthman

Get National Veterans Wheelchair Game news and updates here


TOP STORIES                                             

Hurricane tips for Veterans and their families

Hurricane Season is June 1 – Nov. 30. Never underestimate the value of being prepared! Learn more about hurricanes, hazards associated with hurricanes and what you can do to prepare. READ MORE

VA Police and Veteran

Suicide prevented. Army Veteran thanks Dublin VA nurses and police

When a Veteran with severe PTSD knew that he needed help immediately, and thought suicide was an option, he called the Veterans Crisis Line. READ MORE


Veteran: "I'm hearing better now than I have in 20 years"

Jerry Smith thought he would never be able to hear again when he came home from Vietnam. That all changed thanks to a hearing aid fitted via VA audiology telehealth. READ MORE

NVWG Event

New Wheelchair Games event tests Veterans' strength and brain power

The National Veterans Wheelchair Games are getting a makeover in its 39th year, with an event that will test strength, leadership, skill and brain power. READ MORE

BTB 153
Are you a fan of podcasts? Borne the Battle is our weekly podcast where we interview Veterans and share their stories with you.
Perry Fiorz was an analytical scientist for the Air Force. Now, as the CEO of his own licensing company, he's returned to his first love: music. Listen to the entire episode here.



News from the US Interagency Council on Homelessness

July 11, 2019
Together, we are ending homelessness.
Learn How to Strengthen Your Coordinated Entry System
Listen closely to this episode of Exploring Home, Together, as Policy Director Susan Pourciau describes the role and structure of an effective coordinated entry system.
Resources to Support Coordinated Entry System Development
Our team gathered this list of resources to help your community strategically strengthen your coordinated entry system. Refer to it after listening to our latest podcast on this subject!
Technical Assistance Specifically Addresses American Indian and Alaska Native Homelessness
Policy Analyst Katie Jennings reports on a federal TA initiative to support tribes and urban Native organizations' efforts to increase the supply of housing available to end homelessness.
New Reports Point to Worsening Housing Affordability in America
Policy Director Susan Pourciau highlights key takeaways from new studies that document the increasing lack of housing that is affordable.
News from Our Partners
Another Illinois County Celebrates the End of Veteran Homelessness

Congratulations to our partners in Lake County, Illinois, for working so hard to end Veteran homelessness in their community!
Join Our Webinar on the FY2019 HUD CoC Program NOFA

For a better understanding of HUD's latest Continuum of Care NOFA, join us for a webinar on Tuesday, July 16, at 2 p.m. ET.
U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness
301 7th St. SW, Washington, DC 20407
Phone: 202.708.4663 / E-mail: