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Team SSVF North Atlantic: Last Program Update of the Year



SSVF Award Announcements


In addition to the $300 million in Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program grant awards announced on August 11, 2014 serving 115,000 Veterans and their family members, today Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald announced the award of $207 million in SSVF grants that will help an additional 70,000 homeless and at-risk Veterans and their families.  The grants will be distributed to 82 non-profit agencies and include "surge" funding for 56 high need communities. The list of awardees has been posted on the VA's SSVF website.



PTSD Resources
The VA National Center on PTSD had some great resources in their e-newsletter today around working with families. This is the link to the online version of the newsletter. Personally, I love the "Parenting to Go" app.  I strongly encourage you to check the whole newsletter out at: http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USVHA/bulletins/d1dc9a

Confirmation of Extensions
This is going to be an action item. I will send it in a separate email. I need your help doing one last review of who is on extension vs. who is not on extension. Thanks!

HMIS Data Standards
Thanks for attending the webinar last Wednesday. The recording should be posted in the next few weeks. The revised SSVF data guide should also be posted soon. In the meantime, if you want to refer to the new SSVF/VA questions, you can review the HMIS Data Standards at https://www.hudexchange.info/resources/documents/HMIS-Data-Standards-Manual.pdf

ServicePoint and Data Uploads
A few grantees using ServicePoint whose systems were updated to the new data standards tested their uploads and found that Veteran Status data were missing for many client records.  Some part of the move from one Veteran Status for every project entry to only one per client resulted in missing data in the export. SSVF HMIS TA has spoken with ServicePoint, and they are doing a small code update to resolve the issue. Please note that this may take a few days, but it will be in place before the upload deadline.

HHS Subaccount Transfers
Transfers continue to be processed. However, sometimes it can take 4-5 days for the changes to appear. Please review HHS regularly. Thanks for your patience.

HHS Subaccount Set Up for FY2015
Please note that it is absolutely crucial for you to confirm if you are on extension or not in my next email. This will allow us to ensure proper HHS subaccount set up for FY2015. Please remember that this process is manual and not instantaneous so it may take some time for you to have access to your new subaccounts.

Priority 1 and Priority 3
We will be reaching out to grantees who were awarded Priority 1 or Priority 3 funding in the next few days to schedule pre-agreement/resolution calls. It is really important that you respond right away if you receive an email from us regarding either types of these awards.

Thanks so much!

Adrienne

Adrienne Nash Meléndez, MLD
SSVF Regional Coordinator
VA National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans
267-683-2386


NEWS ALERT: HHS Releases New Medicaid Tools

HHS Releases Two New Reports on Using Medicaid to Cover Services for People in Permanent Supportive Housing

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) today released two new reports: a Primer on Using Medicaid for People Experiencing Chronic Homelessness and Tenants of Permanent Supportive Housing, and a companion document, Medicaid and Permanent Supportive Housing for Chronically Homeless Individuals: Emerging Practices from the Field.

The reports serve as tools for States and communities working to expand services and supports for people in permanent supportive housing.  While the report focuses on services for people experiencing chronic homelessness, the options highlighted in the Primer can be used by States to increase the role of Medicaid in providing supportive services to any individual who requires supportive services to achieve housing stability and improved health and well-being.

The Affordable Care Act creates unprecedented opportunities for health and behavioral health coverage for people experiencing homelessness. Through both the expansion of Medicaid coverage and new opportunities for care coordination such as through the new Health Home option, all States have the opportunity to increase Medicaid's role to serve individuals experiencing homelessness. Some States and communities have already led the way in designing innovative Medicaid programs to serve individuals experiencing homelessness and formerly homeless individuals through permanent supportive housing, a proven and cost-effective intervention for ending homelessness, improving health, and lowering public costs.


As the Medicaid program evolves to meet the needs of its beneficiaries, new policy and clarifications of existing policy will be made subsequent to the publication of this Primer. These will be disseminated through State Medicaid Directors' Letters and through other guidance which will be available on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid website at cms.hhs.gov.  Stay tuned for fact sheets and briefs from USICH and its partners that will help States, community health centers, supportive housing provider organizations, and organizations serving Veterans understand the options outlined in these documents.



The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) today released two new reports: a Primer on Using Medicaid for People Experiencing Chronic Homelessness and Tenants of Permanent Supportive Housing; and a companion document, Medicaid and Permanent Supportive Housing for Chronically Homeless Individuals: Emerging Practices from the Field.

The reports serve as tools for States and communities working to expand services and supports for people in permanent supportive housing.  While the report focuses on services for people experiencing chronic homelessness, the options highlighted in the Primer can be used by States to increase the role of Medicaid in providing supportive services to any individual who requires supportive services to achieve housing stability and improved health and well-being.

The Affordable Care Act creates unprecedented opportunities for health and behavioral health coverage for people experiencing homelessness. Through both the expansion of Medicaid coverage and new opportunities for care coordination such as through the new Health Home option, all States have the opportunity to increase Medicaid's role to serve individuals experiencing homelessness. Some States and communities have already led the way in designing innovative Medicaid programs to serve individuals experiencing homelessness and formerly homeless individuals through permanent supportive housing, a proven and cost-effective intervention for ending homelessness, improving health, and lowering public costs.


As the Medicaid program evolves to meet the needs of its beneficiaries, new policy and clarifications of existing policy will be made subsequent to the publication of this Primer. These will be disseminated through State Medicaid Directors' Letters and through other guidance which will be available on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid website at cms.hhs.gov.  Stay tuned for fact sheets and briefs from USICH and its partners that will help States, community health centers, supportive housing provider organizations, and organizations serving Veterans understand the options outlined in these documents.


Congratulations SSVF !!!


Hi North Atlantic Team,

I am just so incredibly proud of you. Congratulations! You did it!

Over this part year, I have witnessed some pretty amazing things, and I just want to briefly reflect on them before we finish out the year.

·         Empowering Veteran families and providing hope
·         New grantees onboarding to SSVF, starting up their programs, and learning quickly
·         Transitioning regions
·         3 Regional Meetings with lots of learning, ideas, brainstorming, and sharing
·         Submitted comments on the proposed final rule
·         The Mayors' and Governors' Challenge, 25 Cities, and Boot Camps
·         Presenting at state and national conferences
·         A few program guidesJ
·         Developing collaborations with organizations and partners in your communities including businesses, landlords, criminal justice, employment services, etc.
·         Shared geography coordination
·         Awesome and creative outreach to assist those most in need
·         Local strategy development and follow through around ending homelessness among Veterans
·         Adding specializations like legal, financial education, employment services, and benefits
·         Cross pollination of ideas by visiting each other and learning from each other
·         State and Tri-state strategy development
·         Becoming experts at rapid re-housing and housing first
·         CARF and COA accreditation
·         Presenting on regional calls and facilitating at regional meetings
·         Helping each other
·         Assessing your program and thinking strategically about finances and program development
·         Using data to drive strategy and decision-making
·         Completing monitoring visits
·         Video submissionsJ
·         Mentoring formally and informally
·         Successful repository uploads and stellar QPRs
·         Building and developing leaders
·         Policies and Procedures
·         And so many more…..

But team, the work is not done. If anything, now is the time to commit even deeper to our incredible mission to end homelessness among Veterans. We can do it.

I know that things can sometimes feel tough. However, you are leaders and pioneers paving the path for other systems; changing systems is not easy. Remember that your work is directly helping us to learn what interventions work best and how we can continue to refine our practices.

As we go into next year, remember that we are a team; this is not a competition. We have to value learning together and sharing resources. We have to believe in the power of housing first and meeting each family at their point of need. Good work happens because of solid strategy. We also have to value flexibility and the ability to course correct if something isn't working the way we expected. We have to challenge each other and challenge ourselves. In the end, you are making a difference. And we are incredibly thankful for your work.

Thanks for your service!

Adrienne



Adrienne Nash Meléndez, MLD
SSVF Regional Coordinator
VA National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans
267-683-2386