SOAR Conference (June 18, 2015)


Behavioral Health Administration's
 Second SOAR Conference

Thursday June 18, 2015
9.30 am – 3.30pm
The Meeting House
5885 Robert Oliver Place
Columbia, MD 21045
Conference Sponsors:
Behavioral Health Administration's
Office of Adult and Specialized Behavioral Services
University of Maryland Training Center

We hope that you will be able to join us for our second Maryland SOAR conference! The day will feature talks and workshops on a range of SOAR related topics as well as providing participants with the opportunity to meet representatives from Social Security Administration and Disability Determination Services, and to share ideas and learn from one another.

CEU/COA will be awarded at this conference. Conference fee is $30 (includes breakfast, lunch and light refreshments.)

Much more information including how to register to follow, but please mark it on your calendar, we know it is going to be a very informative and inspiring day!


Contact Person:
Caroline Bolas, Director: SOAR Initiative, Behavioral Health Administration
410 402 8344 or

Jason Burns, MCSE
Systems Administrator

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Today, claims become faster, easier and more accurate

Starting today, March 25th, VA is streamlining claims processes; to deliver benefits faster and more accurately.
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Three important changes are now in affect.

Informal claims have migrated to a new intent to file process.
Use of standardized forms is now required when filing for benefits.
Initiating an appeal requires a standardized notice of disagreement form.

To learn how the new standardized forms and intent to file process affects you:
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Continuum of Care Program Annual Performance Report Updates

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Continuum of Care Program Annual Performance Report Updates

HUD has released the Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Annual Performance Report (APR) for renewal and planning grants funded in fiscal year (FY) 2013. HUD anticipates releasing the CoC Program APR for new grants funded in FY 2013 in the coming weeks. HUD has updated the following guidebooks to assist recipients to understand HUD’s requirements for these CoC Program APRs:
  1. APR Guidebook for CoC Grant-Funded Programs
  2. APR Guidebook for HMIS Dedicated Projects
  3. CoC Planning APR Guidebook (new resource)
These guidebooks provide instruction on what recipients need to report to HUD during the CoC Program APR submission process.
To understand how to access a CoC Program APR, HUD encourages recipients to review the brief video on how to access an APR it published late last year.
In addition, HUD acknowledges that there were several issues with e-snaps that led to erroneous validation errors for some recipients. HUD has worked closely with the e-snaps team to correct these problems and encourages any recipients that experience further issues to notify HUD immediately via its Ask a Question (AAQ) portal.
HUD anticipates that by the end of 2015, it will further update the CoC Program APR. The updates will include changes to response categories that correspond to the 2014 HMIS Data Standards and will also revise or add certain questions to make the APR more compliant with the implementation of the HEARTH Act. More information on the updated APR will be provided later this year.
If you have additional questions about the data standards, please submit them through the HUD Exchange Ask a Question (AAQ) portal. On Step 2 of the question submission process, select e-snaps Reporting System in the “My question is related to” dropdown.

Upcoming: CDBG Code Enforcement Webinar - April 1, 2015 - 2 PM EDT

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Upcoming: CDBG Code Enforcement Webinar - April 1, 2015 - 2 PM EDT

HUD’s Office of Community Planning and Development is presenting, via webinar, guidance on code enforcement activities for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. This webinar follows up on the guidance HUD recently issued in a CPD Notice on code enforcement activities in the CDBG program. The topics to be discussed include eligible and ineligible costs, national objective compliance, fair housing considerations, and record keeping requirements. The webinar will be hosted by the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO), but is open to the general public for viewing. HUD and the IAPMO invite HUD grantees and field office staff to participate.
Register for this webinar.
View CPD Notice 14-016 on the use of CDBG funds for code enforcement activities.

Alliance Online News: Alliance Seeks Info from Homeless Providers

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Alliance Survey: Seeking Info from Homeless Providers
Are you a homeless provider that serves single non-chronic adults? The Alliance is asking providers like you to take a few minutes to answer a survey about the work you’re doing in your community. We’re interested in learning more about your innovative service models, the data you use to inform your work, how you integrate your funding, the challenges you face, and the progress you have made. The survey is meant to improve the Alliance’s understanding of the current state of services and programs for this population, as well as identify innovative practices to share with other providers.
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hill update
Senate, House Committee Budget Resolutions Maintain Sequester Spending Caps
On Thursday, March 19, the Senate and House Committees on Budget passed their respective fiscal year (FY) 2016 budget resolutions. The two budget resolutions are being considered by the Senate and House this week. Both FY 2016 budget resolutions would maintain the sequester spending caps for non-defense discretionary spending, the portion of the federal budget that funds homeless assistance and affordable housing programs, which would result in flat funding or even funding cuts to the programs.
For further information on this and more, including:
  • Democratic House Committee Members Request Homelessness Hearings
See our new legislative update page, WHAT’S HAPPENING ON THE HILL.
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Upcoming Webinar: Family Intervention Models for Homeless and At-Risk Youth
Tuesday, April 7, 2 to 3 p.m. ET
On Tuesday, April 7, at 2 p.m. ET, the Alliance will host a webinar highlighting two effective family intervention models implemented by youth providers. During the webinar, “Family Intervention Models for Homeless and At-Risk Youth,” speakers will discuss the models used by Cocoon House and the Ruth Ellis Center, including one model that facilitates family reconnection for LGBT youth, many of whom become homeless as a result of their families rejecting them because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
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You can Finally Read the Alliance Newsletter on Your Phone
by Emanuel Cavallaro
If you subscribe to Alliance Online News, you may have noticed last Tuesday when you received the latest issue, that it suddenly looks very different.
That’s because we’re in the midst of transitioning to a new email distribution service and implementing a new template that, we believe, will help us reach more readers. We’re still working out the kinks. If you have had any trouble with our new template or just want to share your thoughts on the new design, we want to hear from you. Why are we doing this?
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Here's How Communities Can House More Homeless Families
by Sharon McDonald
Today when a family facing a housing crisis seeks shelter in Los Angeles or Mercer County, NJ, they will encounter a very different homeless service system than they would have just a few short years ago. That’s because both communities have radically transformed their homeless service systems to increase their capacity to help families.
In the past, families in L.A. would call programs all over the county to find a vacancy. Due to the county’s size, they might find a program 25 or even 50 miles from their previous residence. Too often, they would be forced to turn to an adult shelter program or a facility in Skid Row that was poorly equipped to support families with children. Today, the city has Family Solutions Centers strategically located through the county to assesses families’ housing needs and refer them to the most appropriate shelter or housing intervention in their own community.
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