SOAR January Webinar Series

SOAR January Webinar Series - Strengthening SOAR Applications Through Strong Collaborations
SOAR is more than just a training model. To be successful, SOAR programs must also focus on building strong relationships with SSA, DDS, the medical community and others.  SOAR providers who focus on such collaborations report more successful SOAR outcomes. 
Grab some hot chocolate, coffee, or a cup of tea, and join us for a series of three webinars to hear stories from SOAR communities, SSA and DDS specialists, and a medical provider on how they have improved SOAR applications by building relationships of mutual respect and trust in order to accomplish a great deal of hope for our SOAR applicants. You will also learn how to apply these best practices to creating or improving your SOAR Process which will result in the submission of quality SOAR applications!
This webinar series is recommended for SOAR State Leads, Local Leads, SOAR Providers and SOAR Practitioners who want to learn how strengthening collaborations among key partners with the SOAR Process will lead to the submission of stronger SOAR applications.   
Webinar I:  Case Development: The Ultimate DDS Experience!  
Thursday, January 19, 3:00-4:30pm (ET)
After SOAR providers submitted a sufficient number of quality SOAR applications, the DDS in Phoenix offered to dedicate staff to adjudicate SOAR claims.  Hear from DDS specialists and a SOAR Provider to learn more about how this arrangement has developed over time, and what you can do to replicate this relationship in your state.  Learn more about the importance of pro-active case development, and what DDS needs from us to effectively develop claims.
  • Loren Gallegly, LSW, SOAR Case Worker and Local Lead, Lodestar Day Resources, Phoenix, AZ
  • Jack Keene, Professional Relations Officer, DDS, Phoenix, AZ
  • Tracy Jordan, DDS Claims Adjudicator, Phoenix, AZ
Webinar II:  Medical Summary Reports: What is in that Co-Signed MSR?
Thursday, January 26, 3:00-4:30pm (ET)
Using the MSR, Montgomery's SOAR program has been able to document important and otherwise undocumented details of their SOAR Applicants' life experiences, particularly the trauma experienced during incarceration and in childhood, that compound their disabilities. Hear more about how they found providing the MSR to the consulting psychologists and doctors has helped these professionals more fully and accurately assess the applicants who are often reluctant to discuss their experiences.  Learn some MSR writing tips too!
  • Maria Morrison, MSW, MFA, Senior Social Worker, Equal Justice Initiative, Montgomery, AL
  • Suzie Brady, SOAR Local Lead and SOAR Specialist, Austin Travis County Integral Care, Austin, TX
Webinar III: The SOAR Process:  How SSA in Trenton Supports Quality SOAR Applications
Originally Scheduled for Thursday, January 12 - POSTPONED - Date TBD

A successful SOAR Process does not happen overnight.  The Trenton SOAR team learned early on that communication between SSA and SOAR providers is critical to growing and sustaining SOAR.  Hear how they maintain fidelity to the SOAR model by implementing a SOAR Process which is designed to be adjusted as needed based on workload issues and other feedback. Learn best practices for completing quality SOAR applications from both SOAR and SSA perspectives. 
  • Pam Heine, LSW, Senior Project Associate, SAMHSA SOAR Technical Assistance Center, Policy Research Associates, Inc., Delmar, NY
  • David Vinokurov, District Manager, Social Security Administration, Trenton, NJ
  • Diane Hirko, LSW, SOAR Coordinator, SOAR Case Manager and SOAR Local Lead, Family Guidance Center, Trenton, NJ
The SOAR TA Center is sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Disclaimer: The SOAR Technical Assistance Center is sending this NewsFlash with support from SAMHSA, HHS. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official view of HHS or SAMHSA.

PATH-Specific Reporting Guidance on HMIS from SAMHSA and HUD

Last month, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) sent a message to all State Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH) Contacts and PATH Providers providing guidance on the PATH Annual Report and alerted PATH contacts to a recent update of the PATH Program HMIS Manual. The entire message is included in this listserv in an effort to make sure all communities receive this updated guidance:

December 22, 2016
Greetings State PATH Contacts (SPCs) and PATH Providers,
SAMHSA and the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) are pleased to announce the release of updated guidance to further enhance efforts to integrate PATH into local Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS).
In November 2013, SAMHSA released the Technical Assistance Plan for PATH Program Participation in HMIS, which describes SAMHSA’s goals for PATH participation in HMIS. SAMHSA expects full PATH participation in HMIS by the end of each state/territory’s fiscal year (FY) 2016. Full participation is considered to mean entering all PATH client data directly into the HMIS designated by the local Continuum of Care (CoC), both for client care coordination and generating the PATH Annual Report.
In addition, SAMHSA expects PATH providers to participate in their local CoC to engage in program planning and implementation activities, discussions regarding effective client service coordination, and discussions to solve issues and challenges related to PATH data collection in HMIS.
The primary resource for PATH-specific guidance on HMIS is the PATH Program HMIS Manual, which was recently updated by HUD. All SPCs and PATH providers should review this resource because it contains information on key topics, including PATH project set-up in HMIS and PATH data collection definitions and expectations. During SAMHSA’s January and February HMIS Learning Community meetings, there will be a brief training on this new resource and the opportunity to ask any questions you may have on the topic.
HUD has also released HMIS Programming Specifications for the New PATH Annual Report. Vendors are required to have the new PATH Annual Report programmed into their HMIS software by April 1, 2017, to ensure PATH providers have sufficient time to generate their FY 2017 Annual Report and any FY 2017 progress reports that they are working to submit to their SPC. SAMHSA understands that this means PATH providers completing their FY 2017 progress reports may not have the data they need in time for the first two quarters of the year. SAMHSA asks that providers complete as much of those reports as they can when they are due and do not submit those reports unless they have all required data from HMIS (meaning that some will not submit progress reports until after April 1, 2017). More guidance on this will also be shared during the January HMIS Learning Community meetings.
SAMHSA will release more information on its HMIS Learning Communities in the coming days and looks forward to convening these again. The PATH HMIS Learning Communities are designed to assist states/territories in achieving these goals and for participants to share successes and challenges related to this transition. Periodic webinars are also offered to present information related to overcoming common challenges associated with PATH programs’ use of HMIS. SAMHSA expects SPCs and PATH providers to both fully participate in all PATH HMIS Learning Community meetings and webinars.
SAMHSA acknowledges that most PATH providers have been able to successfully use HMIS for data collection and reporting efforts but that there are still considerable challenges for many. SAMHSA appreciates all efforts that have been made and will continue to provide support for these efforts through its Homeless and Housing Resource Network (HHRN) team. If you are not familiar with your state’s point of contact (PoC) for HHRN, please review the HHRN contact list for PATH.
Thank you for your dedication to this important work and for your efforts to improve PATH data collection to ensure the continued success of the PATH program.
Caroline B. Fernandez, M.S.W.
Director, PATH Program
Homeless Programs Branch
Center for Mental Health Services
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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SSVF Program Update January 6, 2017

Hi Team,

I hope that you are doing well. This is the SSVF Program Update from Friday. I need you to read this program update in detail. I am going to highlight a few items in particular, but again, this should not replace your very thorough read.

·         Please register for the SSVF national webinar on Thursday. At least one representative from each grantee must attend. The link is below. We are going to include the quarterly certification process and the program change process as well as the PIT/HIC.
·         Please read the 2017 PIT and HIC Summary for SSVF Grantees in preparation for Thursday's national webinar.
·         Please review the Critical Incident reporting guidance as our process has changed.         
·         Please check out the new calendarJ
·         Remember: NOFA applications deadline

I look forward to speaking to you tomorrow on our regional call at 2pm.

Thanks so much!


-----Original Message-----
From: SSVF Program Office []
Sent: Friday, January 06, 2017 4:18 PM
Subject: [EXTERNAL] SSVF Program Update January 6, 2017

1. Register Now: SSVF National Webinar January 12, 2017 at 2:00 PM EST
2. New Resource: 2017 PIT and HIC Summary for SSVF Grantees
3. Reminder: Critical Incident Reporting Process
4. Reminder: Calendar of Events on SSVF Website
5. Reminder: SSVF NOFA applications are due February 3, 2017 at 4pm EST!

Register Now: SSVF National Webinar January 12, 2017 at 2:00 PM EST

Title:  2017 PIT and HIC Summary for SSVF Grantees and SSVF Reporting Updates
This webinar will provide SSVF grantees with a brief explanation of the annual Point in Time (PIT) and Housing Inventory Count (HIC) and how they align with our existing community planning efforts. The SSVF Program Office has provided a brief tool to provide grantees with planning tips and strategies for supporting a successful PIT and HIC in their respective communities. Additionally, SSVF Program Office staff will provide updates related to reporting requirements such as the process and timeline for completing the FY17 Quarterly Certifications and submitting Program Change Requests within the SSVF grants management system.  Please register here:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

New Resource: 2017 PIT and HIC Summary for SSVF Grantees

The SSVF Program Office has prepared a summary of the Point-in-Time Count (PIT) and Housing Inventory Count (HIC) for SSVF grantees (attached). The summary also includes information on the VA's overall National strategy for the PIT as well as the following topics:

General Overview of the PIT and HIC
2017 VA PIT Strategy
HIC in More Detail
SSVF's Role in the HIC and PIT
Special notes on the HIC related to Co-enrollments and GPD TIP What Happens with the Data Expectations/Next Steps

SSVF grantees are expected to fully participate in both the PIT and HIC. Grantees should review this document prior to the SSVF National Webinar on January 12th at 2:00 PM EST.

The 2017 PIT and HIC summary document is also available on the SSVF Website at:

Reminder: Critical Incident Reporting Process

The SSVF Program Office has implemented a new process for submitting Critical Incidents.   All Critical Incidents will be reported to the SSVF Program Office using the SSVF online grants management system (GIFTS).  Grantees will find the Critical Incident Template in their GIFTS account portal as an active Requirement, titled SSVF Critical Incident Form.   Please complete and submit the form, as needed.  The SSVF Program Office will provide a new, blank form for future use.  The SSVF Program Office is requiring Grantees to submit only the most serious Critical Incidents including Veteran Suicides, Veteran involved Homicides, Staff Improprieties, and serious incidents that receive media attention.  Grantees must continue to follow their own internal policies and procedures for all Critical Incidents, including those incidents that do not require submission to the SSVF Program Office.   The Critical Incident user guide has been posted to the SSVF website and can be found using the link below.

Reminder: Calendar of Events on SSVF Website

The SSVF Program Office has developed an Events Calendar, now available on the SSVF Website.  The calendar includes key dates for reporting deadlines, data uploading, program changes and webinars.  The Event Calendar may be accessed at the link below:

Reminder: SSVF NOFA applications are due February 3, 2017 at 4pm EST!

Thank you,

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.

REMINDER: GPD Providers, Help Us Support You

REMINDER: GPD Providers, Help Us Support You
Provider survey on GPD from The Home Depot Foundation, NCHV, and Community Solutions
Dear GPD Providers, 
This is a reminder to please complete this survey by 5:00 p.m. EST on January 13, 2017.
This is your opportunity to share your inputs on GPD. We value your feedback, please take a moment to help us shape upcoming efforts to assist you!
This short survey is being conducted jointly by The Home Depot Foundation, Community Solutions, and the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans. We know the GPD program is undergoing several changes, and we want to make sure you have all of the support you need to best serve veterans in your community with this important resource. We also want to learn more about your interest in and capacity to convert some existing GPD beds to permanent housing.  
Please take a few minutes to complete this survey to let us know what you need. You may want to have some of your recent GPD program data (bed counts and general outcomes) with you for this.
This survey is voluntary and should take less than 10 minutes. Any information you share will only be utilized by the partners listed above to inform our work on GPD and for follow-up to support you, so please tell us what you need!

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