SSVF Special Edition Email Update: Jan 13, 2016 (Please Read)

Hi Team,

Please refer to the below program update email and attachments. The version that you received yesterday had links to SSVF website. I am attaching the pdfs in case you had trouble accessing the links. We will cover in more detail on our Super Region call next week.  Please do not access the SurveyMonkey link until you are ready to complete the questions for community(ies).  Survey questions and guidance are provided in the attached documents.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Thanks so much!

Adrienne

From: SSVF
Sent: Wednesday, January 13, 2016 8:05 AM
Subject: SSVF Special Edition Email Update: Jan 13, 2016
Importance: High

As a follow up to Program Update on December 22nd, we would like to provide you with additional information on the Community Plan submission due on Friday, January 29th.

Submission Format
·         *New*: The format for community plan submission will take place via Survey Monkey.
·         Please note that we will not accept the excel format that was used for past submissions.
What This Means for You
·         All grantees serving the CoC should coordinate communication to determine who will submit.
·         Please remember that only 1 survey should be submitted per CoC.
·         It is extremely important that communities are open and honest with responses.
·         There are no right or wrong answers, and we understand that planning is a process and that each community has unique needs and strengths.
·         The information that is gathered and responses submitted should be in conjunction and coordination with the CoC, VAMC, and team responsible for ending Veteran homelessness in the community.
·         The submission is a community response, not a SSVF response.
Tool
·         To assist you with successful submissions, we are attaching two tools.
o   1. Community Plan Instructions
o   2. SSVF Community Planning_January Questions
·         The first tool provides step-by-step instructions on how to complete the survey, including response clarification  and also drop-down selections not listed on the subsequent document.
·         The second tool provides the actual questions listed in Survey Monkey to assist you with information gathering prior to opening the Survey Monkey link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SSVFCommPlan.
Tips, Timeline, and Support
·         We strongly encourage grantees to review the two attachments together.
o   Suggested Action Steps
§  Read this email and the attachments in detail.
§  Review the list of CoCs that your grant covers and coordinate which grantee will gather data and submit for each CoC.
§  Begin information gathering with the team responsible for ending Veteran homelessness in the CoC.
§  Ask your Regional Coordinator questions as needed.
§  Tip: Write responses on the SSVF Community Planning_January Questions tool for easy transfer to Survey Monkey.
§  Participate in the national webinar on January 21st at 2pm EST.
§  Schedule an uninterrupted time (15-20 minutes) to open the link and transfer your data from the questions tool to Survey Monkey.
§  Submit your responses and make sure to hit done.
·         If you need support after reviewing the tools, you may reach out to your Regional Coordinator.
o   If you have a process or content question be prepared to tell your Regional Coordinator exactly which step or question you do not understand using this email or the tools so that they may better assist you.
o   If you have a technical question related to Survey Monkey, they may refer your question to our data collection team.
o   Please note that we are committed to responses within 1-2 business days. Please plan ahead to ensure that your questions are answered; we strongly discourage waiting until the last minute to ask questions or submit.
Webinar
o   We will review this tool on our January 21st webinar.  Please mark your calendars.
We are thankful for the amazing work that is being done to end Veteran homelessness in communities, and we are appreciative of your assistance with this submission.

Sincerely,

The SSVF Program Office


NOTE:  If you are receiving this email in error, please disregard.  We request your patience as the SSVF Program Office continues to address system issues with the grants management database. 








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Upcoming: Accountable Health Communities (AHC) Model Webinar - Overview & Application Requirements


Yesterday, HUD announced that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is currently accepting applications for the Accountable Health Communities (AHC) model through March 31, 2016. Continuum of Care (CoC) and Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Program-funded recipients and subrecipients are encouraged to identify whether health reform innovators in their communities are intending to apply and partner with those organizations to ensure that the model includes your program participants.
CMS will be hosting webinars for interested parties and potential applicants on Thursday, January 21, 2016 from 2:00 - 3:30 PM EST. The webinar will focus on an overview of the model and application requirements. A repeat of the webinar will be held Wednesday, January 27, 2016 from 3:00 - 4:30 PM EST.
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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Currently Accepting Applications for the Accountable Health Communities Model


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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Currently Accepting Applications for the Accountable Health Communities Model


Many of the biggest drivers of health and health care costs are beyond the scope of health care alone. Yet, these health-related social needs are often undetected and left unaddressed. The Accountable Health Communities (AHC) Model, administered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), addresses a critical gap between clinical care and community services in the current health care delivery system by testing a systematic approach to identifying and addressing health-related social needs of Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries.
CMS is currently accepting applications through March 31, 2016 to participate in the AHC model. Continuum of Care (CoC) and Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Program-funded recipients and subrecipients are encouraged to identify whether health reform innovators in their communities are intending to apply and partner with those organizations to ensure that the model includes your program participants. Alternatively, if you are a CoC or ESG Program recipient or subrecipient interested in promoting clinical-community collaboration in your community and you have the capacity to develop and maintain a referral network with clinical delivery sites and community service providers, you could consider applying to implement the AHC model in your community.
Eligible applicants are community-based organizations, healthcare provider practices, hospitals and health systems, institutions of higher education, local government entities, tribal organizations, and for-profit and not-for-profit local and national entities with the capacity to develop and maintain a referral network with clinical delivery sites and community service providers. CMS will award cooperative agreements to organizations selected to participate in the model test.
For more information, review this Accountable Health Communities Model Fact Sheet and visit the CMS website to access the Letter of Intent and Request for Applications. Questions about the model and applications can be submitted to the following email: accountablehealthcommunities@cms.hhs.gov.