SOAR Webinar: New SOAR Tools for Collaborating with SSA and DDS

Join us on Thursday, July 20, for this SOAR Webinar!
Join us on Thursday, July 20, for this SOAR Webinar!

SOAR Webinar!

New SOAR Tools for Collaborating with SSA and DDS

July 20, 2017 | 3:00 p.m. ET

One critical component of the SOAR model is a strong collaboration with SSA and DDS. Would you like to know more about how successful SOAR programs develop and sustain these relationships?

After gathering many examples from states and localities, the SOAR TA Center has developed two fantastic tools, loaded with strategies you can easily replicate. We will walk you through these documents and discuss how these best practices can be put into action! 
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On this webinar, you will learn:
  • Why collaborations with SSA and DDS are key to becoming a successful SOAR program (and how you can get there, too)
  • The most effective strategies to build strong collaborations with SSA and DDS
  • How to use these new tools to begin your conversation with SSA and DDS representatives
  • Deborah Dennis, Senior Consultant, SAMHSA SOAR TA Center
  • Korrie Snell, SOAR State Co-Lead, CABHI Coordinator, Behavioral Health Svcs Commission, KS Dept for Aging & Disability Svcs,Topeka, KS
  • Melissa (Missy) Bogart-Starkey, SOAR State Co-Lead, Behavioral Health Svcs Commission, KS Dept for Aging & Disability Svcs, Topeka, KS
  • Caroline Bolas, SOAR State Lead, Behavioral Health Administration (BHA), Office of Adult & Specialized Behavioral Health Svcs, Catonsville, MD
This webinar will be moderated and led by Abigail Lemon and Pam Heine, Senior Project Associates with the SAMHSA SOAR Technical Assistance Center.

Intended Audience:
SOAR state and local leads, service providers, coordinators and caseworkers; SSA and DDS representatives.
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New Region 3 HUD TA Regional Coordinator

Hello Mid-Atlantic Region 3!

I hope you're all doing well. I wanted to let you know that Mary Schwartz will be taking over for me as the Regional Coordinator for the Mid-Atlantic Region 3, managing and organizing our TA team. I will be staying on in the role until the transition is finalized to ensure a smooth transfer of responsibilities. However, I wanted to introduce Mary now, as you'll begin hearing from her directly soon in regards to team updates, meeting invites for our upcoming learning community calls, and other coordination efforts.

Mary is a colleague of mine here at Abt Associates. She works out of Olympia, WA (but on east coast time!) and formerly ran the HMIS program for the State of Washington, doing everything from managing the technical staff to building Tableau dashboards using HMIS data. I think she will be a very valuable resource for this team.

She will also be taking over my geography, so will be the TA direct point of contact for the following CoCs: MD-500, MD-502, MD-503, MD-504, MD-505, MD-506, MD-507, MD-510, MD-511, MD-512, MD-513.

Mary—please meet our region's many wonderful community leaders! I've enjoyed and been inspired by working with many of them, and know you will, too. J

If anyone has questions or concerns, or if you'd like to discuss this further, please reach out any time.

Thank you!

From Our Federal Partners: Engaging Individuals who have Experienced Chronic Homelessness

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) invites you to attend a panel discussion on how recovery happens even for people who have spent most of their lives without housing.
How can I reach someone who seems unaware that help is possible? How can I assist someone to set meaningful goals when they say that they have given up? If you have considered any of these questions then this webinar is for you! Our expert presenters will discuss:
  • Motivational Interviewing and techniques to meet people where they are.
  • How to apply harm reduction principles with Housing First through crisis housing.
  • Housing individuals with active substance abuse and psychiatric conditions.
  • Collaborations that can improve housing stability and whole health.
  • How integrated health, behavioral health, and housing services using Housing First can improve a person's housing stability and wellbeing.
Susan Pfefferle, Ph.D., from Abt Associates, will moderate presentations and discussion among:
  • Pat Tucker, MBA, MA, Advocates for Human Potential
  • Frances E. Isbell, MA, CEO, Healthcare for the Homeless Houston
  • Cathy Crouch, Executive Vice President, SEARCH Housing Services
  • Daniel Malone, MPH, Executive Director, Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC)
Webinar Details:
Date: Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Time: 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM ET
This webinar is the third in HHRN's Outreach and Engagement: Evidence-based Practices that Promote Recovery and Resilience.
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