Chef Robert Irvine To Host Voice Awards


Chef Robert Irvine To Host SAMHSA's 2017 Voice Awards Honoring Military and Veteran Communities—Register Now!

Voice Awards August 16, 2017

Chef Robert Irvine will host SAMHSA's 2017 Voice Awards—a program that recognizes people in recovery and their family members who are community champions seeking to improve the lives of people with mental illness and addiction. The Voice Awards also recognizes television and film productions that educate the public about behavioral health and show that recovery is real and possible.
This year, the Voice Awards will spotlight individuals and productions that provide hope and support to past and present service members who have faced mental health and addiction challenges.
Register To Attend in Person

Register To Watch Online
Due to high demand, please reserve your seat (in person or online) no later than Friday, August 4. Note that the partner-sponsored pre-event begins at 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time and the Voice Awards event begins at 7:30 p.m. Pacific Time.
About Chef Robert Irvine
With more than 27 years in the culinary field, Chef Irvine has cooked his way throughout the world in restaurants and hotels, and on the high seas. As the host of Restaurant: Impossible, he saved struggling restaurants across America by assessing a restaurant's weak spots and helping owners and managers overhaul them. Chef Irvine is committed to supporting military personnel and their families through the Robert Irvine Foundation. He received special recognition for his commitment to the U.S. military when he was designated Honorary Chief Petty Officer by the U.S. Navy; in 2015, the Congressional Medal of Honor Society bestowed upon him the Bob Hope Award for Excellence in Entertainment and Support of Our Service Members.
About the Voice Awards
For the past 12 years, SAMHSA's Voice Awards program has helped improve the nation's views and knowledge about mental illnesses and addictions. It does this by recognizing exemplary television and film productions that raise public awareness, as well as consumer/peer leaders whose work and personal stories of resilience demonstrate that recovery from mental illnesses and addictions is not only possible, but is taking place every day.

Last chance to join us in New Orleans! Registration closes THIS Wednesday, Aug. 2!


We want to see you in New Orleans! 
We're now a week away from the start of the 2017 Mediware Customer Conference! If you still want to join us, please register by THIS Wednesday, August 2. After this date, registration will be closed.
We STILL have room at the hotel. Follow this link to reserve your room today! 
Please visit our website to review the agenda and see the product and customer-led sessions we've designed just for you! In addition to sessions on ServicePoint, QlikSense and Spero, we have 8 sessions being presented by your peers! Plus, we're continuing our face-to-face customer support lab, giving you the chance to meet one-on-one with our support team. To see the full agenda, including session descriptions click here.

Our team can't wait to see you in New Orleans!

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Introducing Mediware Customer Community - The New Customer Support Portal

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New Customer Support Portal
We are excited to announce we have transitioned to our new portal, known as Mediware Customer Community.
If you had access to submit cases in CollaboranGo, you should have received an email with your login credentials and the URL to access the Mediware Customer Community. Please notify your Customer Care Analyst if you have not received this email.
You can access cases that were closed in the last six months and enter new support cases at this time. Existing open cases are still being migrated to the Mediware Customer Community. We expect this to be complete by July 31, 2017.
The Mediware Customer Community offers a new and improved way to track and share ideas for product improvement. Due to this new method, existing Feature Enhancement cases have been cataloged for internal reference and will not be visible in the new system.
Please see our Mediware Customer Community User Guide for guidance on how to navigate and use this new system. A link to this document can be found in the welcome text in the center of the Mediware Customer Community Home page.
Note: case numbers have been changed to align with the new system's numbering system and sequence.
If you have any questions, please contact your Customer Care Analyst.
Mediware Information Systems, Inc.
11711 W. 79th St. | Lenexa, KS 66214 | (888) MEDIWARE |

New Report Available: Why Do Adults Misuse Prescription Drugs?


Read SAMHSA's New Report: Why Do Adults Misuse Prescription Drugs?

Prescription drug misuse is second only to marijuana use as the nation's most commonly used illicit drug. To shed light on this issue, SAMHSA has released a new data report titled, Why Do Adults Misuse Prescription Drugs? The Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality report presents 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health estimates of past-year misuse of prescription drugs among adults ages 18 or older and the primary reason for misusing these drugs among adults who misused them.
Access the Full Report

Headlines: Report Shows Opioid Misuse Increased Among Older Adults

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New Report Shows That Opioid Misuse Increased Among Older Adults

A new spotlight report indicates that opioid misuse among adults aged 50 or older was higher in 2014 than in 2002. The misuse of opioids includes either the use of heroin or the nonmedical use of prescription pain relievers. According to SAMHSA's 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, about 9.5 million adults aged 18 or older misused opioids in the past year. Opioid misuse among older adults increased from 1.1 percent in 2002 to 2.0 percent in 2014.

SAMHSA Releases Report on Adolescent Inhalant Use

According to a new report based on data collected in 2015, approximately 684,000 adolescents aged 12 to 17 used inhalants in the past year. The types of inhalants adolescents used to get high varied. Felt-tip pens/markers or magic markers were the most commonly identified types of inhalants adolescents used to get high in 2015. The report shows more than half of adolescents who used inhalants in the past year (59.0 percent) had used on 1 to 11 days in the past year; about 1 in 5 (19.3 percent) had used on 12 to 49 days.


New Tip Sheet for Survivors Coping With Grief After a Disaster or Traumatic Event

This tip sheet contains information about grief, the grieving process, and what happens when the process is interrupted and complicated or traumatic grief occurs. It also offers tips and resources for coping with both types of grief.

New Tip Sheet for Health Care Practitioners and Responders To Help Survivors Cope With Grief After a Disaster or Traumatic Event

This tip sheet provides health care practitioners and disaster responders with guidelines for communicating with survivors experiencing grief. Background information about the grieving process and what happens when the grief process is interrupted and complicated or traumatic grief occurs is included, as well as helpful resources for additional assistance.


August 16, 2017

SAMHSA's 2017 Voice Awards

Register now to attend the 2017 Voice Awards event in person at Royce Hall at the University of California, Los Angeles on Wednesday, August 16, or register to watch the live event webcast. Help honor people in recovery and their family members who are community champions seeking to improve the lives of people with mental illnesses and addictions. The Voice Awards also recognize television and film productions that educate the public about behavioral health and showcase that recovery is real and possible.

MARHMIS and Friday

Hi Everyone,

Many of you were involved in the Mid-Atlantic Region HMIS (MARHMIS)  Group in the past.  There has been some changes and some of the members want to get it started again.  I have been asked by Nikki Thomas in Fairfax to reach out to you all to see if any of you would be interested in helping to lead the group.  If so, please let me know and I will put you two in touch.

Also, I will be out of the office on vacation tomorrow.


Keli M. Sobers
Implementation Consultant – Housing and Community Services
Human and Social Services

Mediware Information Systems, Inc.

News from the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness

Newly Revised Criteria and Benchmarks for Ending Homelessness Among Families with Children          

At the beginning of the year, we released criteria and benchmarks for what an end to family homelessness would look like in communities.

After input from the field, we recently revised and strengthened the document and provided clearer guidance on the expectations and intentions behind some of the elements.
Read the revised Criteria and Benchmarks!  

Aware of All the Federal and National Initiatives to End Youth Homelessness? Here's a Handy Summary.   

There has been an unprecedented increase in collaboration both among federal agencies and between the government and locally-driven efforts to end youth homelessness.

This document highlights some of the significant efforts underway -- including a new cohort of 100-day challenges launching this week! -- and how they are contributing to local, state, and national progress. 

Don't Miss These Webinars on HUD's Notice of Funding Availability for Continuums of Care     
USICH Webinar: Join us on August 2 at 2 p.m. Eastern, as we explore strategies for success in responding to the NOFA, including an overview of key policy priorities and important changes from last year's competition. Register now!

Alliance Webinar: Join the National Alliance to End Homelessness August 3 at 1 p.m. Eastern, as they focus on the new Joint Transitional Housing and Permanent Housing-Rapid Rehousing component project. Register now!

Take This Survey: Opportunities for Collaboration Between DV and Homelessness Service Providers 

The Domestic Violence Housing Technical Assistance Consortium is looking for your input on the Safe Housing Needs Assessment.

The survey, which should take no more than 15 minutes and closes August 4th, will help the partners better understand the opportunities and challenges for collaboration between homelessness and domestic violence service providers.

Fill out the survey. 

What We Hold True as We Work to Revise and Strengthen the Federal Strategic Plan

Thanks to everyone who attended our standing-room-only input session on revising and strengthening the federal strategic plan at the National Conference on Ending Homelessness last week!

As we continue to seek your input, we also ask that you hold us to these truths, as Executive Director Matthew Doherty explained in his plenary remarks.
U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, 1275 First Street, NE, Suite 227, Washington, DC 20552