Upcoming: HHRN Peers in the Workforce Webinar - May 21, 2015 - 2 PM EDT

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Upcoming: HHRN Peers in the Workforce Webinar - May 21, 2015 - 2 PM EDT

Webinar Announcement:
SAMHSA’s Homeless and Housing Resource Network (HHRN) presents:
Peers in the Workforce
Thursday, May 21, 2015
2:00–3:30 PM EDT
SAMHSA’s Homeless and Housing Resource Network (HHRN) is pleased to announce the next in the Persons with Lived Experience Webinar Series: Peers in the Workforce.
The webinar will provide information to grantees regarding the benefits of hiring peer providers who are persons with lived experience of recovery from mental illness and/or addiction and who have skills learned in formal training to deliver services to others in need of support during their recovery.
Presenters will discuss the benefits that an organization can obtain by hiring peer workers; these include:
  • Personal experience regarding wellness
  • Insight into the experience of internalized stigma and how to combat stigma
  • Compassion and commitment to helping others
  • Experience of moving from hopelessness to hope
  • Relationship of trust
  • Skills in monitoring illness and self-management of a person in recovery
The webinar will provide participants with information on roles of peer workers by discussing the following topics:
  • Staff Readiness and Agency Culture
  • Billing for Peer-provided Services
  • Setting and Maintaining Boundaries with Clients and Staff
  • Establishing Job Descriptions for Peer Workers
  • Supervising and Supporting Peer Workers
  • Wellness Planning and Self-Care
Registration for the May 21, 2015 webinar is now open!
Register for this webinar.


Barbara Goody
Peer Specialist
Jackson Hole Community Counseling Center
Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Lucretia Maes
Peer Specialist
Peak Wellness Center
Cheyenne, Wyoming


Regina Dodson
Wyoming Behavioral Health Division
Recovery Supports Specialist

Presenter Bios

Regina Dodson has been the Recovery Support Specialist at Wyoming Department of Health, Behavioral Health Division, since May 2008. Ms. Dodson plays an integral part in the planning, development, management, and monitoring of programs that support recovery-based services for Wyoming residents who live with mental illness or co-occurring disorders. Ms. Dodson is one of four Supplemental Security Income (SSI)/Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) trainers in Wyoming, a national project funded by SAMHSA that is designed to increase access to SSI and SSDI for eligible adults who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness and have a mental illness, medical condition, and/or co-occurring substance use disorder.
Barbara Goody has lived in Jackson since 1973 and has worked at Jackson Hole Community Counseling Center since 2009, first as a volunteer and then as a Peer Support Specialist. She has lived experience as a consumer with depression and survivor of trauma.
Lucretia Maes is employed with Peak Wellness Center in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and is a volunteer recovery coach. Her role includes linking people experiencing homelessness to resources in the community.

Upcoming Webinars from USICH

United States Interagency Council on Homelessness - No on should experience homelessness. No one should be without a safe, stable place to call home.

Join us for these upcoming webinars!

The Early Childhood Self-Assessment Tool for Family Shelters
Thursday, May 21, 2:30 - 3:30 PM ET
The Early Childhood Self-Assessment Tool for Family Shelters, developed by the Administration for Children and Families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is intended to help shelter staff ensure their facilities are safe and appropriate for the development of young children. Family shelters provide essential services to the entire family - including infants, toddlers, and preschoolers during a difficult time in their lives. As you work to connect families to permanent housing, you can ensure that your shelter environment assists the physical, socio-emotional, nutritional, and intellectual development of children ages 0-5 to support these children through their experience of homelessness. Creating a safe, developmentally appropriate environment will assure that the infants, toddlers, and preschoolers in your shelter have the best possible start to a bright future as they exit homelessness into permanent housing.

To support the use of the tool, USICH is hosting a webinar -- The Early Childhood Assessment Tool for Shelters: Success in Practice -- on Thursday, May 21, 2:30 - 3:30 PM ET. In addition to leaders from HHS and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, community presenters from housing and early childhood will highlight their experiences with joint implementation of the assessment tool and the benefits it has yielded for their shelters in support of the overall goal of ending homelessness among families.

  • Jasmine Hayes, USICH
  • Norman Suchar, HUD
  • Ebony Rankin, HUD
  • Marsha Basloe, HHS
  • Shannon Rudisill, HHS
  • Grace Whitney, CT Head Start
  • Susan Compton Agamy, Spooner House
  • Jamie Peterson, TEAM Early Education


The Supportive Housing Opportunities Planner Tool: Setting a Path to End Chronic Homelessness Locally
Tuesday, May 26, 1:00 - 2:15 PM, ET

The Obama Administration is committed to ending chronic homelessness nationally in 2017. Achieving this goal nationally is only possible if we achieve it locally. To do so, communities across the country must have enough available permanent supportive housing units to serve people currently experiencing chronic homelessness and to prevent people with disabling conditions from becoming chronically homeless in the future. 

To help communities set a path to end chronic homelessness locally, USICH recently released the Supportive Housing Opportunities Planner (SHOP) Tool. The SHOP Tool helps communities identify the specific set of strategies, such as increasing the prioritization of existing turnover units and creating new supportive housing, needed to achieve the goal in 2017 or earlier. Specifically, the tool allows communities to set different targets for prioritization and creation of new permanent supportive housing units for people experiencing chronic homelessness, and assess the impact of those targets on the projected number of people experiencing chronic homelessness each year until 2017. 

To support the use of the tool, USICH is hosting a webinar -- The Supportive Housing Opportunities Planner (SHOP) Tool: Setting a Path to End Chronic Homelessness Locally -- on Tuesday, May 26, 1 - 2:15 PM ET. The USICH team will be joined by community presenters who will talk about their plans for implementing the SHOP Tool to determine the right strategies for increasing permanent supportive housing availability locally. 

  • Richard Cho, USICH
  • Lindsay Knotts, USICH
  • Marcy Thompson, HUD
  • Eric Gammons, Catholic Services of Acadiana in Louisiana
  • Manny Sarria, Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust