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SSVF Program Update Friday April 7, 2017


Hi Team,

This is the latest SSVF Program Update. Please review it.

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From: SSVF Program Office [mailto:mail@grantapplication.com]
Sent: Friday, April 07, 2017 3:42 PM
To: pattis@ccsww.org
Subject: [EXTERNAL] SSVF Program Update Friday April 7, 2017

Topics:

1.      Quarterly Certifications Now Available in GIFTS – Due April 20, 2017
2.      SAVE THE DATE:   SSVF Educational Series: Landlord Partnerships and Creative Housing Coordination on May 3, 2017 at 2:30PM EDT
3.      Register for the SSVF National Webinar on April 27, 2017 at 2:00 PM EDT


Quarterly Certifications Now Available in GIFTS – Due April 20, 2017

The Quarterly Certifications are now available in GIFTS.  This certification will cover the second quarter period of 01/1/2017 – 3/31/2017.  The certification covers multiple SSVF program requirements including: Compliance with the Final Rule, Grant Agreement, Data Quality, Trainings/Webinars, and Expenditure & HHS Subaccount Drawdowns. Submissions are due no later than April 20th via the GIFTS grants management system.

The SSVF Companion Guide to Quarterly Certifications may be found at:

https://www.va.gov/homeless/ssvf/?page=/official_guide/reporting_and_monitoring_requirements


SAVE THE DATE:   SSVF Educational Series: Landlord Partnerships and Creative Housing Coordination on May 3, 2017 at 2:30 PM EDT

The next SSVF Educational Series will take place on Wednesday, May 3rd at 2:30PM EDT. Stable housing is a critical component to ending Veteran homelessness.  This webinar will provide SSVF grantees and community partners with information on landlord partnerships and housing coordination strategies to support their community planning efforts. Presenters will discuss national efforts, system-wide housing coordination, information on leveraging affordable housing resources, and landlord perspectives. The registration link will be sent next week.


Register for the SSVF National Webinar on April 27, 2017 at 2:00 PM EDT

The SSVF National Webinar, originally scheduled for April 13, will now be on April 27, 2017.

Topic 1: Increasing Access for Low-Income Vulnerable Homeless Families with Young Children Early childhood education is a critical component for healthy developing children. Yet, despite what we know about the importance of high quality early childhood opportunities, many children in the United States lack access to quality programs, especially children from low income families and vulnerable young children experiencing homelessness. This webinar profiles the impacts on young children and families experiencing homelessness, highlights relevant laws and federal programs, and identifies strategies that have been effective in supporting the unique needs of young children and families who find themselves homeless.

Topic 2:  SSVF Monitoring Toolkit Overview

Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8176505407421568769

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.

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Headlines: Up to $110 Million Available for Integration of Primary and Behavioral Health Care



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Up to $110 Million Available in Grants Promoting Integration of Primary and Behavioral Health Care


The purpose of this program is to promote full integration and collaboration in clinical practice between primary and behavioral health care. The grants will also help promote services related to screening, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of mental and substance use disorders as well as related physical conditions and chronic diseases.

Up to $10 Million Available for Resiliency in Communities After Stress and Trauma Grants


The purpose of this program is to assist high-risk youth and families and promote resilience and equity in communities that have recently faced civil unrest through implementation of evidence-based, violence prevention, and community youth engagement programs. The grants will also help promote access to trauma-informed behavioral health services.

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Cigarette Smoking Rates Significantly Higher Among Adults Experiencing Mental Illness


Adults (age 18 and older) who experienced a mental illness in the past year were more likely to smoke cigarettes than adults who had not experienced a mental illness according to a new report by SAMHSA, Smoking and Mental Illness Among Adults in the United States. For example, one in three adults who experienced a mental illness in the past year were current cigarette smokers compared with one in five adults who did not experience a mental illness (33.3% versus 20.7%).

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April 11–May 9, 2017

Webinar Series: Relationships Matter!

Relationships Matter! is a series of four webinars on women's behavioral health that explores the role of relationships in the lives of women experiencing mental health and substance use issues.
April 11–June 13, 2017

Conference Calls: SOARing Over Lunch

In June 2016, SAMHSA's SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) Technical Assistance Center began a series of informal monthly calls designed to help support SOAR efforts across the country. Join these conference calls to learn how to implement local steering committees or if you have questions related to SOAR applications.
April 24, 2017

Now Accepting Nominations for the 2017 SAMHSA Voice Awards

SAMHSA's Voice Awards program honors people in recovery and their family members who are community champions to improve the lives of people with mental illnesses and addictions. The Voice Awards program also recognizes television and film productions that educate the public about behavioral health and showcase that recovery is real and possible. Nominations for Consumer, Peer, and Family Leaders and Television and Film Production are due by April 24, 2017.
April 27–June 8, 2017

Webcast Series: The Power of Language and Portrayals: What We Hear, What We See

This series of four webcasts will guide members of the news and entertainment media in writing about or portraying people with substance use disorders and the reality of hope in recovery.
May 16–June 29, 2017

Training Opportunity: Assisted Outpatient Treatment Programs

SAMHSA is sponsoring three upcoming training sessions for individuals working in the field of community mental health who are interested in launching and operating an assisted outpatient treatment program. Last day to register is April 7, 2017.


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The Continuum of Care that encompasses Buffalo and Western New York has two urban areas,  but the vast majority is rural, making it challenging to tailor solutions to community needs. Strong accountability and persistence are some of the keys to Buffalo's success in ending Veteran homelessness.

Read their case study, and others in our series. 



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