New Regional Administrator for Region VI

SAMHSA Announces New Regional Administrator for Region VI

SAMHSA is pleased to announce CDR Karen Hearod, M.S.W., LCSW, as our new Regional Administrator for Region VI. CDR Hearod will begin her work with SAMHSA on March 1, 2017.
CDR Karen Hearod is a licensed clinical social worker and a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. Prior to accepting her new role as regional administrator, CDR Hearod served as the acting behavioral health consultant for the Oklahoma City Area Indian Health Service (IHS). In this position, CDR Hearod oversaw behavioral health and substance abuse programs across Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas that provided services to 410,000 Native Americans. In addition to providing leadership as chair for the IHS National Zero Suicide Advisory Committee, she served as a member of the National Suicide Crisis Policy Committee working to establish the first IHS national suicide care policy.
CDR Hearod joins the team of 10 SAMHSA Regional Administrators subsequent to the retirement of Mr. Michael Duffy, who served in this position since its inception. We look forward to welcoming her to this position.

Applications Being Accepted for Capacity Building Opportunity

Applications Being Accepted for New Intensive Technical Assistance Opportunity for PROs, RCOs, and Family-run Organizations

SAMHSA and Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy (BRSS TACS) are pleased to announce the Capacity Building Opportunity, an intensive technical assistance opportunity for peer-run organizations (PROs), recovery community organizations (RCOs), and family-run organizations.
Up to 25 PROs, RCOs, and family-run organizations will be selected to receive individualized consultation, training, and peer-to-peer support over the course of a
6-month period in one of five areas:
  1. Partnering With State Systems to Advance Recovery
  2. Advancing the Peer and Family Support Workforce
  3. Building Capacity to Support Peer and Family Services
  4. Sustaining Recovery in Educational Settings
  5. Supporting Re-entry
For more information on eligibility and how to apply, please review the complete overview and application at:
Applications are due by Friday, March 3, 2017, at 8 p.m. Eastern Time.
You may email BRSS TACS at or call 781-247-1711 with questions pertaining to this opportunity.
View Overview and Application

Webinar Recording Posted: Equal Access and Gender Identity Rules Training

The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) held a series of webinars for Continuum of Care (CoC) Collaborative Applicants and providers, Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) recipients and sub-recipients, and Housing Opportunities for Persons with Aids (HOPWA) grantees to educate participants about the requirements of the Equal Access Rule and Gender Identity Rule and how to ensure that projects operate in compliance with these rules. This webinar also provided "LGBT Language 101" training to aid participants in increasing their knowledge and skills in using appropriate, inclusive language with all clients they serve. Participants were introduced to HUD's Technical Assistance (TA) materials to aid their compliance efforts.
The webinar recording is now available on the HUD Exchange along with the presentation slides, speaker notes, and transcript. You can access the materials under Related Materials and Resources.
For additional Equal Access Rule information, please visit the HUD Exchange LGBT Homelessness Page on the HUD Exchange, which includes the following resources:
If you have questions regarding the 2016 Equal Access Rule, please submit them to HUD's Ask a Question (AAQ) desk.

Training Point of Contact

TJ Winfield | 240-582-3607 |
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Save the Date: Coordinated Entry Requirements Webinar - March 2017

The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is holding a series of webinars for Continuums of Care (CoCs) and recipients of CoC Program and Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Program funding to educate participants about the components of the Notice Establishing Additional Requirements for Continuum of Care Centralized or Coordinated Assessment System. This webinar will connect the dots across all of HUD's Coordinated Entry requirements and recommendations, help communities understand the requirements, and what steps a community should consider to evaluate and ensure compliance. Participants will be introduced to HUD's TA materials to aid their compliance efforts, including a checklist of essential elements assessment tool (available on the HUD Exchange).

Webinar Dates

  • Tuesday, March 20, 2017 1:00–2:30 PM EDT
  • Wednesday, March 22, 2017 2:00–3:30 PM EDT
  • Thursday, March 28, 2017 1:00–2:30 PM EDT
PLEASE NOTE: This is strictly a "Save the Date" message. A second announcement will be made in early March when registration is open. Registrants should self-select the session they prefer to attend. Content will not vary across sessions.

Who Should Attend?

Every CoC must establish or update its coordinated entry process in accordance with the requirements of 24 CFR 578.7(a)(8) and the Notice by January 23, 2018. Each CoC and each ESG recipient operating within the CoC's geographic area must also work together to ensure the CoC's coordinated entry process allows for coordinated screening, assessment and referrals for ESG projects. CoCs throughout the country designing and implementing coordinated entry processes to ensure that their housing crisis response systems end current homelessness for all households and ensure that future homelessness is rare, brief, and non-recurring. Recognizing that CoCs are in various stages of planning and implementation, this webinar is designed to help CoCs understand what is required, how to review their progress to date, and how to begin to identify areas that are completed or need further development. This includes staff and programs working on coordinated entry design and implementation, as well as projects required to participate in coordinated process.

Training Point of Contact

Jake LaSala | 240-582-3624 |
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JOBS: Case Managers (Baltimore County, MD)

UPDATE 3/6: All positions have been filled. 

Multiple case manger positions available at Prologue, Inc.  Please visit the link below for more information.