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July 27, 2017

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New Report Shows That Opioid Misuse Increased Among Older Adults

A new spotlight report indicates that opioid misuse among adults aged 50 or older was higher in 2014 than in 2002. The misuse of opioids includes either the use of heroin or the nonmedical use of prescription pain relievers. According to SAMHSA's 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, about 9.5 million adults aged 18 or older misused opioids in the past year. Opioid misuse among older adults increased from 1.1 percent in 2002 to 2.0 percent in 2014.

SAMHSA Releases Report on Adolescent Inhalant Use

According to a new report based on data collected in 2015, approximately 684,000 adolescents aged 12 to 17 used inhalants in the past year. The types of inhalants adolescents used to get high varied. Felt-tip pens/markers or magic markers were the most commonly identified types of inhalants adolescents used to get high in 2015. The report shows more than half of adolescents who used inhalants in the past year (59.0 percent) had used on 1 to 11 days in the past year; about 1 in 5 (19.3 percent) had used on 12 to 49 days.


New Tip Sheet for Survivors Coping With Grief After a Disaster or Traumatic Event

This tip sheet contains information about grief, the grieving process, and what happens when the process is interrupted and complicated or traumatic grief occurs. It also offers tips and resources for coping with both types of grief.

New Tip Sheet for Health Care Practitioners and Responders To Help Survivors Cope With Grief After a Disaster or Traumatic Event

This tip sheet provides health care practitioners and disaster responders with guidelines for communicating with survivors experiencing grief. Background information about the grieving process and what happens when the grief process is interrupted and complicated or traumatic grief occurs is included, as well as helpful resources for additional assistance.


August 16, 2017

SAMHSA's 2017 Voice Awards

Register now to attend the 2017 Voice Awards event in person at Royce Hall at the University of California, Los Angeles on Wednesday, August 16, or register to watch the live event webcast. Help honor people in recovery and their family members who are community champions seeking to improve the lives of people with mental illnesses and addictions. The Voice Awards also recognize television and film productions that educate the public about behavioral health and showcase that recovery is real and possible.

MARHMIS and Friday

Hi Everyone,

Many of you were involved in the Mid-Atlantic Region HMIS (MARHMIS)  Group in the past.  There has been some changes and some of the members want to get it started again.  I have been asked by Nikki Thomas in Fairfax to reach out to you all to see if any of you would be interested in helping to lead the group.  If so, please let me know and I will put you two in touch.

Also, I will be out of the office on vacation tomorrow.


Keli M. Sobers
Implementation Consultant – Housing and Community Services
Human and Social Services

Mediware Information Systems, Inc.

News from the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness

Newly Revised Criteria and Benchmarks for Ending Homelessness Among Families with Children          

At the beginning of the year, we released criteria and benchmarks for what an end to family homelessness would look like in communities.

After input from the field, we recently revised and strengthened the document and provided clearer guidance on the expectations and intentions behind some of the elements.
Read the revised Criteria and Benchmarks!  

Aware of All the Federal and National Initiatives to End Youth Homelessness? Here's a Handy Summary.   

There has been an unprecedented increase in collaboration both among federal agencies and between the government and locally-driven efforts to end youth homelessness.

This document highlights some of the significant efforts underway -- including a new cohort of 100-day challenges launching this week! -- and how they are contributing to local, state, and national progress. 

Don't Miss These Webinars on HUD's Notice of Funding Availability for Continuums of Care     
USICH Webinar: Join us on August 2 at 2 p.m. Eastern, as we explore strategies for success in responding to the NOFA, including an overview of key policy priorities and important changes from last year's competition. Register now!

Alliance Webinar: Join the National Alliance to End Homelessness August 3 at 1 p.m. Eastern, as they focus on the new Joint Transitional Housing and Permanent Housing-Rapid Rehousing component project. Register now!

Take This Survey: Opportunities for Collaboration Between DV and Homelessness Service Providers 

The Domestic Violence Housing Technical Assistance Consortium is looking for your input on the Safe Housing Needs Assessment.

The survey, which should take no more than 15 minutes and closes August 4th, will help the partners better understand the opportunities and challenges for collaboration between homelessness and domestic violence service providers.

Fill out the survey. 

What We Hold True as We Work to Revise and Strengthen the Federal Strategic Plan

Thanks to everyone who attended our standing-room-only input session on revising and strengthening the federal strategic plan at the National Conference on Ending Homelessness last week!

As we continue to seek your input, we also ask that you hold us to these truths, as Executive Director Matthew Doherty explained in his plenary remarks.
U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, 1275 First Street, NE, Suite 227, Washington, DC 20552

Mediware Acquires Bowman Systems

I am excited to announce that Bowman Systems is now part of the Mediware family. Bowman Systems provides the nation’s most widely deployed software for homeless assistance programs. Bowman Systems’ solutions serve approximately 60% of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Continuum of Care communities. More than 30,000 people across 48 states and one Canadian province use Bowman Solutions software for housing related programs, information and referral services and rescue missions.
The acquisition of the company expands Mediware’s expertise in the human services market. The combination of Bowman Systems and Mediware will provide a broader set of software solutions required by states and local agencies as they work to meet the growing demand for community services. Bowman Systems will be able to leverage Mediware’s existing customer relationships while Mediware will benefit from Bowman Systems’ expertise in working with organizations focused on providing homeless and housing related services.
Feel free to read the press release we issued for more details. If you have additional questions, please reach out to me at (913) 307-1101 or Kelly.Mann@mediware.com.


T. Kelly MannPresident and Chief Executive OfficerMediware Information Systems, Inc.

Mediware Announces New CEO

Date: July 27, 2017
To:  Customers/Partners/Suppliers
Subject: Mediware Announces New CEO
From:  T. Kelly Mann

Good Morning,
The last several years have been a time of significant momentum for Mediware as we've worked to strategically define and expand our leadership position in the growing markets we serve.  Mediware has taken significant steps in supporting our core businesses while becoming a leading, robust, and fully-integrated software provider for the alternate care and human and social services markets.
Today marks the next step in this transition. After a long tenure at Mediware, I have decided to step down from my role as President and CEO to focus on other personal interests. I am pleased to announce that Bill Miller, an accomplished executive with more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare and technology sectors, has joined Mediware as Chief Executive Officer. His appointment begins today.
Bill brings significant knowledge of industry, operational skill, and creative insight to Mediware. He has spent his entire career in the healthcare and technology industries, most recently serving as Chief Executive Officer of OptumInsight at Optum, the largest healthcare services company globally.  Under his leadership, OptumInsight experienced unprecedented growth, particularly in the payer, provider, life sciences, and analytics market places. Prior to joining OptumInsight in 2008, Bill served as the Vice President of Technologies at Cerner Corporation.
I feel grateful to have played a part in Mediware's journey to becoming an industry leader, and am confident that under Bill's leadership, Mediware is well-positioned for its next era of growth. I assure you that as we embrace this change, Mediware will stay focused on delivering the same quality of service and innovation that the company is known for. The team will put Bill's extensive experience in product development, customer relations, and technology to work in order to better serve you.
This news will not affect your experience with our company. However, should you have any questions, please feel welcome to reach out to Jonathan Seiter. Additionally, I have included a copy of the press release on the news below. It's been a privilege to have worked with you all, and I leave you in experienced and capable hands with Bill and the Mediware team.
Thank you,

Bill Miller Joins Mediware as Chief Executive Officer 
Experienced healthcare executive to build on momentum achieved under former CEO Kelly Mann 
Lenexa, KS – July 27, 2017 – Mediware Information Systems Inc. announced today that Bill Miller will join as Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Miller most recently served as Chief Executive Officer of OptumInsight at Optum, a subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group that is the largest health services company in the world. In his new role, Miller will work closely with Mediware's management to build and accelerate the company's platform, further expanding its footprint in the alternate care and human and social services markets. He succeeds Kelly Mann, who joined the company as a CEO in 2007.
"I want to thank the team at Mediware for their dedication, innovation, and hard work over the last several years. Mediware is a best-in-class company and it's been a privilege to have played a leading role," said Mann. "Bill is an accomplished industry executive with valuable operational skills and creative insights. With his leadership and the ongoing support of our partners at TPG, I am confident that Mediware is well positioned for its next chapter of growth."
Miller brings to Mediware more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare and technology sectors. While at OptumInsight, he led the company to unprecedented growth, seeing its revenues expand from $1.5 billion to over $5 billion and driving tremendous growth in the payer, provider, life sciences, and analytics market places. Prior to OptumInsight, Miller served as the Vice President of Technologies at Cerner Corporation, where he oversaw the company's technology businesses as well as its managed services, outsourcing, and advanced technology consulting practices.
"Having spent my entire career in the healthcare and technology industries, I have known Mediware as an industry leader with a deep understanding of the marketplace and an ongoing commitment to quality and client service," said Miller. "I am excited about their strong position in the expanding markets they serve, and look forward to working with TPG and the Mediware team to build on the momentum that the company has achieved to-date."
"We would like to thank Kelly and congratulate him on a long and successful tenure at Mediware," said Nehal Raj and Jeff Rhodes, Partners at TPG. "Bill's joining marks the next step in growing the company's robust software platform, following its recent acquisition of Kinnser Software. His strong track record of building and growing companies in the healthcare and technology sectors make him a great strategic fit for the team. We look forward to working closely with Bill to continue building the company's extensive set of high-quality solutions, helping more payers and alternate care providers efficiently navigate and manage workflow operations."
The appointment of Miller marks the next step for Mediware as it looks to further expand and deepen its offering. Most recently, Mediware acquired Kinnser Software, adding a home health and hospice portfolio to its existing offering of SaaS solutions for human and social services, blood management, and medication management. As part of the transaction, Kinnser CEO Chris Hester joined Mediware as a member of the senior leadership team. TPG Capital, the global private equity platform of alternative asset firm TPG, acquired Mediware in February for an undisclosed sum.
About Mediware
Since 1980, Mediware has provided software solutions to healthcare providers and has since expanded to serve many state and federal agencies. Mediware's solutions are perfect for high-growth, complex patient care environments that remain underserved by existing vendors. The company employs more than 650 subject matter experts who deeply understand business and care processes in highly specialized acute, non-acute, and community-based care settings and have years of experience integrating systems. Mediware's portfolio of solutions currently includes human and social services, blood solutions, cellular therapy, homecare, medication management, rehabilitation, and respiratory therapy. For more information about Mediware products and services, visit www.Mediware.com.
About TPG
TPG is a leading global alternative asset firm founded in 1992 with more than $73 billion of assets under management and offices in Austin, Beijing, Boston, Dallas, Fort Worth, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Luxembourg, Melbourne, Moscow, Mumbai, New York, San Francisco, Seoul, and Singapore. TPG's investment platforms are across a wide range of asset classes, including private equity, growth venture, real estate, credit, and public equity. TPG aims to build dynamic products and options for its investors while also instituting discipline and operational excellence across its investment strategies and the performance of its portfolio. For more information, visit www.tpg.com.
Media Contacts:
Jonathan Seiter
(913) 307-1017