Reminder: 2017 Basically CDBG for Entitlement Grantees - Milwaukee, WI - July 25-27, 2017

Registration Extended through June 28, 2017 - Register Today!

This training provides answers to common Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) questions and highlights HUD's interpretation of key policy issues. Participants will learn:
  • CDBG National Objectives & Eligible Activities
  • Program Administration & Financial Management
  • Integrated Disbursement and Information System (IDIS) Performance Measurement & Reporting/Recordkeeping
  • CDBG-Disaster Recovery (DR) eligible activities and requirements
This is a 3-day training, and includes a combination of lecture and hands-on exercises.

Who Should Attend?

This training is intended for all Entitlement grantees. Please note that each grantee is limited initially to one (1) staff member.

Schedule of Training Deliveries

Title Date and Time Registration Link
Basically CDBG for Entitlement
Grantees - Seattle, WA
July 11-13, 2017
8:00 AM-5:30 PM PDT
Registration Closed
Basically CDBG for Entitlement
Grantees - Milwaukee, WI
July 25-27, 2017
8:00 AM-5:30 PM CDT
Register Now
Basically CDBG for Entitlement
Grantees - Philadelphia, PA
August 22-24, 2017 Registration Not Open

Additional Information

Please note that final enrollment confirmations will not be sent out until approximately one week after the registration closes. We cannot provide waitlist status until we receive and process all requests. Please hold on making any nonrefundable travel plans until you receive an official confirmation that you have secured a seat in the course. HUD cannot be responsible for penalties incurred due to cancelled arrangements.
To accommodate high demand for this training – registrants from grantees that have sent a representative to a Basically CDBG training in the last year will be waitlisted. After each grantee’s first registrant, additional CDBG staff will be waitlisted and will only be permitted to register if the training does not reach capacity. Due to the limited availability of training seats, for-profit corporations, consultants, and consulting firms are not permitted to register for Basically CDBG classes. CDBG grant administrators may be permitted to attend on a case by case basis.
Registration for the Milwaukee, WI training closes on June 21, 2017. HUD will review the registration list within approximately one week and send out confirmations and notifications of waitlist status.

Training Point of Contact

Tina Dudley | 202-649-3918 |

Registering for the 2017 Basically CDBG for Entitlement Grantees - Milwaukee, WI

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Homelessness: What Baltimore County is doing to address the issue

A couple who panhandles with their dog in Woodlawn near the corner of Security Boulevard and Lord Baltimore Road, shopping cart of blankets, pet food and their belongings parked a few feet away, say they are trying to collect enough money to pay for their weekly stay at a nearby pet-friendly hotel.

Dressed in a hooded sweatshirt one cool morning, Tormerri Lawrence, 23, shared her struggles with finding herself without a permanent home—a situation she did not expect to be in at this time of her life. She stopped to share her story as she and her fiance Karrel Anderson panhandle with their dog on Security Boulevard for money to pay for their stay at a nearby pet-friendly hotel.

As a teen raised in Baltimore City in a two-parent household, Lawrence graduated from high school and enrolled in Coppin State University. She lived in campus housing with dreams of becoming a registered nurse or geriatric nurse. “Too much partying” cut that goal short.

After moving in with a boyfriend didn’t work out, and experiencing a series of “pitfalls, mistakes and bad decisions,” Lawrence found herself homeless at age 19.

“I should have stayed in school and listened to my parents,” she laments. “We’re trying to find a way to get our own place,” she says of Anderson. The couple lived with Anderson's mother. After the mother died, they could not maintain the $1,200 rent and utilities on her Greenmount home, and they were evicted. That misfortunate put them on the path of staying in a series of hotels in the city and county.

Lawrence acknowledges that staff from organizations such as Prologue, a transitional housing facility, have stopped by to check on them and give them a "street card" that list resources. Her fiancé has an interview and she hopes to obtain disability assistance.

It is their dog that helps get them though the troubling times, including bouts of depression, but she presents an issue when seeking a shelter stay.

“We’re trying to stay together. We’re not legally married yet and if we go to a shelter they’ll separate us,” Lawrence says. They’re trying to get the dog registered as a disability dog.

Baltimore County’s Approach to Homelessness
According to a state report, Baltimore County has the second highest number of homeless people.

Guided by a 10-year Plan to Prevent and Reduce Homelessness called “A Home For All”, Baltimore County is focusing on seven strategies: reconfigure the crisis response system, offer targeted prevention assistance to those most at risk, create a “rapid re-housing” approach that combines permanent housing with supportive services; increase connections to mainstream resources, create permanent housing units countywide, improve data and outcome measures, and align funding sources around housing, supportive services and other outcomes.

The plan, launched in 2014, was developed to bring the county’s service system into alignment with best practices and regulatory changes in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s homeless assistance programs and goals. It also coincides with state legislation that established a council to find solutions to homelessness.

Jason Burns is systems administrator for the Homeless Information Management System (HMIS), a client-tracking database into which homeless service providers enter data. 

According to the data provided by Baltimore County Department of Planning from HMIS, after experiencing a decrease of 300 people needing services for the homeless between 2014 and 2015, the number has remained steady at about 3,600 since then. Last year, slightly more women (51 percent) sought services than men. Twenty-four percent was under the age of 12 and 5 percent older than 62. Two thirds were African American, 64 percent White; and three percent were Latino/Hispanic.

Burns says, “If you prioritize and serve the most vulnerable first, it will eliminate and drastically reduce chronically homeless and those folks staying homeless the longest. And, it's much more cost effective to have someone in a permanent housing program than to have people going back into shelters, people going to emergency rooms, people going to jail.”

The face of homelessness varies, says Keenan Jones, homeless services administrator, under county's Department of Planning and Neighborhood Improvement. 

While many may not have seen evidence in the county of street encampments, such as clusters of tents that used to be located under the Jones Falls Expressway or on Mulberry Street at Martin Luther King Boulevard, reportedly, there is at least one in a wooded area in Dundalk. People will talk about a woman who camps outside of Giant in Milford Mill and a man who occasionally sleeps on a bench on Reisterstown Road in Pikesville.

The homeless could be a senior, family and children. "It could have been someone who was working and lost their job and all of a sudden they were not able to pay their bills. That person could have been evicted and ended up in a shelter," Jones said. But unaccompanied youth do not represent a significant segment of the population, he said. In March, the county did a count in the eastern section of the county of young people under age 25 who might be considered homeless.

Baltimore County has four year-round facilities that provide emergency shelter for people who are homeless, providing a total of 348 beds. They offer sleeping accommodations, meals, showers and linkages to case management and supportive services, such as counseling.

On the west side, the nonprofit Community Action Network operates the Westside Men’s Shelter, located in Catonsville on the grounds of Spring Grove State Hospital. It serves 110 men and provides meals, laundry and showers.

Sarah’s Hope at Hannah More, operated by St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore, has 85 beds for women and families in need of short-term convalescent care. Night of Peace Overnight Family Shelter, located in Windsor Mill, provides overnight shelter for up to 28 persons. Each family gets a private cubicle, breakfast and dinner, as well as supportive services.

The county’s largest shelter, Eastside Family Shelter, is also operated by CAN, and provides 125 beds for women and families.

The county is constructing a $26 million Eastern Family Resource Shelter on the grounds of Franklin Square Medical Center in Essex to replace the cramped Eastside shelter. The three-floor, 80,000-square-foot facility will house three shelter operations for women and children, men and transitional 
housing and open this year.

The county also has shelters for domestic violence victims, transitional shelter, and permanent supportive housing. INNterim House provides transitional shelter for nine women and their children, with each family having their own room.

Statewide Homelessness Report
Maryland’s Interagency Council on Homelessness was established by 2014 legislation to examine statewide initiatives aimed at ending homelessness in the state. As part of its strategy, the council proposes solutions to increase access to affordable housing, add more low-barrier shelter options, support the Housing First approach and increase funding for supportive services.

The council’s 2016 fiscal year annual report prepared for the Governor and Maryland General Assembly notes a six percent increase in homelessness statewide over the previous year.

In 2016, the point-in-time count, which represents a snapshot of homelessness the last two weeks in January, was estimated at 7,352 persons experiencing homelessness in Maryland. The annualized number of sheltered and unsheltered indviduals from homeless services providers throughout the year is 29,670. On average, almost 9 percent of the homeless are veterans.

Of that statewide total, Baltimore City served the most clients in fiscal year 2016, 11,807 (39 percent); Baltimore County followed with 3,648 (12 percent), and Montgomery County was third, with just under 2,800. However, Baltimore County’s point-in-time number for last year, 763, was third behind the city and Montgomery County.

Lawrence wants people to understand that with homelessness, “There’s a whole spectrum that goes on. Sometimes you can’t control what happens.” 

“We pray together. We read the Bible together. We had a woman drop us off two Bibles. We try to keep each other uplifted. Even if you’re homeless you have to laugh, you still have to smile. You don’t know where you’re going to go. Sometimes people will see us laughing and joking sitting on the side of the street. They think we’re crazy.

“At this point in time, we’re tired of letting the devil win. I’ve made attempts 
on my life. He’s made attempts on his life. The devil has kicked us while we 
were down long enough. We definitely try to keep in mind that God has 
something better for us.”

What Should You Do When You See a Homeless Person?
•  Treat them as a human being with respect.
•  Engage them. Give them a street card. Ask if need help with resources.
•  Buy them a carryout meal, but most recommend not giving them money.

People seeking access to these services must be referred through the county’s coordinated intake system. If you are seeking these services for yourself or to aid another person in accessing services, call 410-853-3000, option 2.

Headlines: $72.5 Million in Funding Awarded for Youth Mental Health Services

SAMHSA Headlines

June 22, 2017

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$4.9 Million in Grants Awarded to Reduce Suicides on College and University Campuses

$4.9 million in grants were awarded to 17 colleges and universities for suicide prevention and mental health promotion activities. The grant funding will be distributed through the Garrett Lee Smith Suicide Prevention Program. The Garrett Lee Smith Suicide Prevention Program is a comprehensive public health approach to improve behavioral health and prevent suicide at institutions of higher education.

$72.5 Million in Funding Awarded for Youth Mental Health Services

$72.5 million in grants were awarded through the Expansion and Sustainability of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children with Serious Emotional Disturbances Program, also known as the Children's Mental Health Initiative. The funding will be distributed to seven states and one local government agency to improve outcomes for children, youth, and young adults who experience serious emotional disturbances and their families.

Office of Minority Health Accepting Applications for Up to $5 Million in Grants to Reduce Health Disparities

The Office of Minority Health (OMH) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is accepting applications for a cooperative agreement for the Empowered Communities for a Healthier Nation Initiative. The program aims to serve residents in communities disproportionately impacted by the opioid epidemic, childhood/adolescent obesity, and serious mental health disorders. OMH expects to fund up to 16 cooperative agreements with up to $350,000 per year for up to 3 years.

Up to $34.4 Million in Grants Awarded to Improve Treatment for Youth with Substance Use Disorders and/or Co-occurring Substance Use and Mental Disorders

Up to $34.4 million in grants were awarded over four years to improve treatment for adolescents (ages 12-18) and/or transitional aged youth (ages 16-25) with substance use disorders and/or co-occurring substance use and mental disorders. These funds were awarded to 10 states and the Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma.

Up to $13.4 Million in Grants Provided for Circle of Care VII

$13.4 million in grants will be awarded to 11 federally recognized tribes and tribal organizations in the United States. The 3-year funds are for Planning and Developing Infrastructure to Improve the Mental Health and Wellness of Children, Youth, and Families in American Indian/Alaska Natives (AI/AN) Communities (Circle of Care VII).


New Report Shows Underage Binge Drinking Rates Declining

A new report shows underage binge drinking in the U.S. declined between 2008 and 2014. The report found that 14.44 percent of all people ages 12 to 20 engaged in binge drinking in the past month. Although underage drinking has declined over a six-year period, it remains a concern and the consequences are experienced in states and communities every day. The report, Underage Binge Drinking Varies within and across States is based on SAMHSA's National Survey on Drug Use and Health report, an annual national survey of 67,500 Americans aged 12 and older.

Availability of Supported Employment in Specialty Mental Health Treatment Facilities and Facility Characteristics

A new report examines the availability of supported employment in specialty mental health treatment facilities in the United States and whether they offer vocational rehabilitation services. In 2014, 75.4 percent of mental health facilities offered no employment services, according to the study. Further, among the 19.6 percent of facilities that did offer supported employment and 15.9 percent that offered vocational rehabilitation, there occurred significant overlap in service delivery.


Redesigned NREPP Learning Center Launched

The new Learning Center for the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP) was designed to provide resources for developing, implementing, and sustaining culture-centered and evidence-based programs and practices. Learning Center tools provide practical support for using evidence-based programs and practices to improve the behavioral health of clients, family members, and communities.

Behavioral Health Barometer, Volume 4

This report provides a powerful overview of the nation's behavioral health. The Barometer includes key behavioral health issues such as the prevalence of substance use, serious mental illness, serious thoughts of suicide, and related treatment. Furthermore, the Barometer breaks down its findings into major groups according to age, gender, racial and ethnic categories, poverty status, and health insurance status.

FAQs About Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Implementation and the 21st Century Cures Act Part 38

The Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and the Treasury published FAQs that solicit comments on how to improve disclosure under the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act and other laws, as required by the 21st Century Cures Act. As part of the solicitation of comments, the departments are also releasing and seeking comments on a draft model form that participants, enrollees, or their authorized representatives could use to request information from their health plan about nonquantitative treatment limitations that affect their mental health or substance use disorder benefits.


July 11, 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.


Phelps and Schmitt hugging and smiling for the camera.

Pain Management and Opioid Use with Veterans and Service Members

SAMHSA is working with the VA and DoD to enhance informed prescribing practices and prevent misuse with veterans and military service members that can result in overdose or death.