[MARHMIS] PA HOMELESS INFORMATION SYSTEM RFQ #6100027421 - NEW SOLICITATION

The Department of Community & Economic Development, Center for Community Financing, Technical Support and Program Development Division has posted solicitation 6100027421 for PA Homeless Management Information System.  Please go to the eMarketplace Website to view and download all documentation pertaining to this solicitation.

This is a restricted solicitation, only contractors which are qualified in one (1) or more of the following service categories under the Commonwealth's Master Information Technology (IT) Services Invitation to Qualify (ITQ) Contract, 4400004480, prior to the bid opening date may respond.

·         Subscription Based Web Application Services or Software as a Service (SaaS) Procurements
·         Customizable Off-The-Shelf (COTS) Software Services
·         Modifiable Off-The-Shelf (MOTS) Software Services

Organizations interested in doing business with the Commonwealth through this contract must begin by registering with the Commonwealth as a Procurement Supplier.  For more information about registration, please view the Registration Guide.

Once an organization is registered with the Commonwealth, they must develop and submit a bid through the PASupplierPortal Website in order to qualify for one, all, or any combination of the service categories associated with this contract.  The Commonwealth will evaluate the bid along with all supporting documentation to determine whether the organization meets the minimum eligibility requirements.   

For more information about the Commonwealth's Invitation to Qualify contracts and their policies, please visit the ITQ Website.

Upcoming Webinar: Addressing TB Among People Experiencing Homelessness - April 17, 2014 - 1 PM EDT


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Upcoming Webinar: Addressing TB Among People Experiencing Homelessness - April 17, 2014 - 1 PM EDT


Please join the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Health Care for the Homeless Council (NHCHC), and the National Tuberculosis Controllers Association (NTCA) on April 17, 2014 at 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, for a webinar to discuss addressing Tuberculosis (TB) among people experiencing homelessness.

Homelessness is a public health issue. TB rates are 10 times higher for people experiencing homelessness than for those with a safe, stable home. In this webinar, presenters will describe the work being done at the national and local level to prevent and address TB among people experiencing homelessness and those working with homeless populations. Additionally, staff from the San Francisco Department of Public Health will outline how they have successfully addressed TB and established screening programs, leading to sustained declines in the disease among people experiencing homelessness. The information shared will include lessons learned and recommendations for other homeless providers and health care workers. This webinar is designed to complement the recently released Preventing and Addressing Tuberculosis among People Experiencing Homelessness.

Speakers:
  • Liz Osborn, Management and Program Analyst, U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness
     
  • John Lozier, Executive Director, National Health Care for the Homeless Council
     
  • Donna Wegener, Executive Director, National Tuberculosis Controllers Association
     
  • Krista Powell, Medical Officer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
     
  • Julie Higashi, TB Controller, San Francisco Department of Public Health
     
  • Kate Shuton, Shelter Health and Homeless Family Coordinator, San Francisco Department of Public Health
Register Now

Join this free webinar on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, and participate in the conversation on twitter at #Tuberculosis.




OHH Monthly Focus on Employment: Understanding Benefits – Broadening Options for PLWHA


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OHH Monthly Focus on Employment: Understanding Benefits – Broadening Options for PLWHA


Recognizing the Importance of Benefits
Many, if not most, PLWHA considering employment have concerns about benefits and work incentives; some may also be misinformed about how work will impact their benefits. Work incentives and other policies that impact financial, medical, or housing benefits can be challenging to understand, for both individual recipients and their service providers. Broadening knowledge on benefits and work incentives, as they relate to employment, can help HIV/AIDS service providers assist clients in making well-informed decisions around employment.

Employment Services: Benefits 101
EXPLORE local resources to LEARN about benefits.
  • Learn about the different types of benefit programs (SSDI/SSI, SNAP, housing subsidies, health insurance, etc.).
  • Get familiar with the different work incentives for each program.
  • Know what benefits your client is receiving.
  • Explore existing local resources for benefits information.
SHARE information with staff and clients.
  • Disseminate consistent and accurate information to staff and clients to help clarify misconceptions and diminish fears around how employment affects benefits.
  • Identify reliable resources for benefits information for staff and clients.
IMPLEMENT benefit planning assessment tools.
  • Create individualized benefit planning assessment tools to identify whether employment is a logical option for each client.
 
Benefits System Highlight: Incentives and Safeguards
There are many work incentives and benefits safeguards in place that HIV/AIDS service providers and PLWHA themselves should be aware of so that employment and asset building strategies can remain viable options for PLWHA. Here are two examples:
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI): Individuals on SSI will not automatically lose their benefits when they return to work. When an SSI beneficiary returns to work, income and earnings (after allowable deductions) are counted to determine the monthly payment amount.
     
  • Housing: The Earned Income Disregard (also known as the Earned Income Disallowance) is a HUD regulation that requires housing providers to disregard some or all of the earned income of tenants with disabilities when updating resident rent calculations for a defined period of time.

Learn more now:
Getting to Work Benefits Planning Webinar

SSA “Red Book” (SSI and SSDI Work Incentives)

Earned Income Disallowance Training

Work Incentives Planning Assistance

Using Medicaid Funding to Support the Employment of People with Disabilities: A Federal Framework

And, stay tuned!
The next email in the series is: Adopting an Employment Mentality: A Look at International AIDS Empowerment.