EMPLOYMENT OPP: Maryland DHMH HOPWA Coordinator



This position directs the activities of the State Rural Housing Opportunities for People With AIDS (HOPWA) Program within the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Infectious Disease Bureau.  This position plans, organizes and supervises the work of assigned subordinate personnel; reviews and assists in the development of departmental policies and programs; and makes recommendations concerning new or revised legislation affecting the program.  This position also promotes the work of the department through frequent contact with interested groups and individuals; represents the department in a liaison capacity with officials of other agencies concerning administrative activities; and develops and implements rules, regulations, standards and controls for carrying out the work of the HOPWA Program.  This position supervises the preparation of the budget for the HOPWA Program. The successful applicant should have experience in grants management, program compliance monitoring and knowledge of the HUD Integrated Disbursement Information System (IDIS) database.  The ideal candidate will have two years of experience as a grant monitor and one year with a federally funded grant program.  The most qualified candidate should be familiar with HUD guidelines as they relate to HOPWA and have at least two years of experience with HOPWA programs.
 
The full position description can be accessed at the State Employment Web Site at the following link: 
 
If you would like more information about this position, please feel free to contact Terry Hawkins.  Her contact information follows:
 
Terry A. Hawkins, MSW, LCSW-C
Deputy Chief Health Services

Center for HIV Prevention and Health Services

Infectious Disease Bureau

Prevention and Health Promotion Administration
500 N. Calvert Street, 5th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21202
410.767.5962 (p)
410.333.4805 (f)

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In Honor of John Loring


John Loring
We are sad to share the news of John Loring's passing. John was a great SOAR advocate and trainer in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is survived by his wife, Amy, and three children, Michaela, Grace, and Ian. We are sharing two tributes of him written by his colleagues to honor his memory.

Tara Truax of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services:
John Loring was instrumental in bringing SOAR to the State of Michigan in 2007. He was a SOAR trainer and delivered training to countless service providers across the state alongside partners at the state level. John had an 82% success rate on the SOAR applications he did in his own practice. He also worked as a part of the Frequent Users System Engagement (FUSE) community team, which identified high utilizers of crisis and health care systems. John was a compassionate, faithful, and tireless advocate for those he served.

John was very highly regarded in his local community, throughout the state, and by his colleagues for his commitment and caring for those that were the most vulnerable. 

John was an extraordinary human being who demonstrated compassion for others each and every day. Social work was not only a vocation for John but also an avocation. He was a champion for the most vulnerable citizens in the community. He was a beloved husband, father, and social advocate. John was deeply loved for his renowned work among the homeless and mentally ill, as well as his service to his church community. John passed away on April 8, 2015 from an inoperable brain tumor, diagnosed just a few months earlier. He will be missed.

Emily Carmody of the North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness:
John presented to my social work class at the University of Michigan, and I was determined to work with him after that. He embodied common sense, loving social work. He had a way of shooting straight with integrity that went a long way in engaging folks who fell through the cracks and got burned along the way. John didn't just do a job, he followed a calling to end homelessness. I first got trained in SOAR through John, and I remember working on my first cases with him. He had confidence in my ability to do good applications, and without that, I'm not sure I could have done it. There are certain people in your career that you can pinpoint in saying you wouldn't be the same without having worked with them, and John is one of those people for me. I'll miss him as I'm sure his whole community will. 



Sharing Our Successes


Arizona: This success story comes from Loren Gallegly, a SOAR Case Manager at the Human Services Campus - Lodestar Day Resource Center!

"I helped a client get her Serious Mental Illness (SMI) Determination in the beginning of the year after her release from prison and about a dozen previous jail arrests. Her SMI determination enabled her to obtain housing through our campus resources and collaboration with housing partners. I submitted her SSI claim in early March through the SOAR program. In just 34 days, she was approved!
  • Appropriate level of care? Check.
  • Housing? Check.
  • Income? Check.
In just 3 months of SOAR intensive case management and working together with various partners and agencies, this person experiencing chronic homelessness who had been on the streets for years (documented in nearly a dozen jail arrests) now has the opportunity and resources to improve her quality of life!"

Way to go, Loren! What an amazing success story! 



Federal Updates


Social Security Announces Vision 2025, a Long-range Service Delivery Vision


John F. Kennedy once said, "Change is the law of life and those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future." In keeping with this change, Social Security has released Vision 2025 -- the picture of the future. Vision 2025 has three priorities: a superior customer experience, exceptional employees, and an innovative organization. Speaking about Vision 2025, Carolyn W. Colvin, Social Security Administration Acting Commissioner, said, "we must simplify Social Security policies and procedures that are creating obstacles for customers and employees and stand in the way of truly transforming our organization." View Vision 2025 and provide feedback
   

CMS Proposes Mental Health Parity Rule for Medicaid and CHIP


The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a proposed rule to align mental health and substance use disorder benefits for low-income Americans with benefits required of private health plans and insurance. The proposal applies certain provisions of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 to Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program. The Act ensures that mental health and substance use disorder benefits are no more restrictive than medical and surgical services. Read the press release.


CMS: From Coverage to Care


From Coverage to Care is an initiative to help people with new health care coverage understand their benefits and connect to primary care and the preventive services that are right for them, so they can live a long and healthy life. CMS has developed written resources, videos, and provided ways for individuals to connect with Coverage to Care. Learn more about the technical assistance resources.


VA Announces New Grants to Help End Veteran Homelessness


Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald announced the award of nearly $93 million in Supportive Services for Veteran Families 3-year grants that will help approximately 45,000 homeless and at-risk Veterans and their families. The grants will be distributed to 24 non-profit agencies in 15 communities, with $30 million in awards being distributed to the Los Angeles area. Read the full press release.



Recent Stories from the SOAR Voices Blog


SOAR Critical Components


One of the key elements of the SOAR approach to completing SSA disability benefits applications is the use of five "critical components." Read more...


A South Carolina Success Story


I first met Robert* in January 2014. He was staying at the Winter Shelter in downtown Columbia, South Carolina and had been homeless for approximately 2 years. He had suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) years prior while living in California.  Read more...


Using Students to Expand the Reach of Rhode Island's SOAR Program


Over the past few months, Rhode Island's SOAR program has expanded its reach by training and providing ongoing support to local university students acting as SOAR case managers. While this initiative is still in its pilot phase, it has demonstrated itself to be of benefit to all involved. Read more...



Upcoming Events


Innovative Ways to Utilize Consumer/Peer-Run Organizations in SOAR Webinar


Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. EDT

As states and communities across the nation look for new and innovative ways to sustain and grow SOAR, local community resources are often overlooked.

Consumer/peer-run organizations are one of the most invaluable yet overlooked assets in our service system. Operating in most communities across the country, these organizations have a history of providing excellent services to people with behavioral health issues.

This webinar will provide the background, tips and tools necessary to implement consumer/peer initiatives within SOAR programs to increase service capacity. Speakers will include representatives from SOAR initiatives operating within consumer/peer-run organizations. Webinar participants will gain firsthand knowledge from consumer/peer-run organizations that are already obtaining great outcomes using SOAR.

Register here


Leadership Academy 2015 Dates


September 1-3, 2015 - Denver, CO
 
Contact your SOAR State Liaison for more information!
In This Issue

In Honor of John Loring



Sharing Our Successes



Federal Updates



Recent Stories from the SOAR Voices Blog


SOAR Critical Components
 
A South Carolina Success Story

Using Students to Expand the Reach of Rhode Island's SOAR Program


Upcoming Events


 


Innovative Ways to Utilize Consumer/Peer-Run Organizations in SOAR Webinar

Leadership Academy 2015 Dates





Community Development, Homeless Grants


Wells Fargo, the multi-state banking concern, is committed to improving and sustaining the company's local communities through grants and volunteer activities that support community programs and organizations.
  • Private Funder: Wells Fargo Bank;
  • Opportunity: The Wells Fargo Charitable Contributions Program;
  • Funding Focus: Community development, education, homelessness and housing;
  • Geographic Focus: National (where the bank has operations);
  • Eligibility: nonprofits, community groups;
The Wells Fargo Charitable Contributions Program varies from state to state. However, Wells Fargo generally supports the following areas of interest: community development, including housing and workforce development; education, including financial literacy programs; human services; and arts, culture and civic projects. Even if you fall outside the bank's focus areas, the website lists additional resources that nonprofits may access....read more
You can learn more about funding opportunities for community development in the latest edition of Community Development Digest
Community Development Digest, since 1965, has been the go-to source of information on community and economic development issues nationwide.
CDD provides authoritative reports on the Community Development Block Grant program (CDBG), as well as covering Congressional legislation, agency regulations, court decisions and funding opportunities for community and economic development.
CDD is an eligible CDBG administrative expense!.