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New Grant Opportunities

SAMHSA Is Accepting Applications for up to $23.7 Million in Grants To Treat Serious Mental Illness

Application Due Date: Tuesday, May 29, 2018

SAMHSA is accepting applications for its Assertive Community Treatment grants and expects to award up to seven grants, of up to $678,000 per year, for up to 5 years. The grants will be used to improve behavioral health outcomes by reducing the rates of hospitalization and death for people with a serious mental illness (SMI). SAMHSA expects that the program will also reduce the rates of substance use, homelessness and involvement with the criminal justice system among people with SMI.

Learn More About This Grant

SAMHSA is Accepting Applications for up to $5 Million for the National Center of Excellence for Tobacco-Free Recovery

Application Due Date: Friday June 1, 2018

SAMHSA is accepting applications for the National Center of Excellence for Tobacco-Free Recovery (National Center-TFR) grant program totaling up to $5 million over the next 5 years. The purpose of this program is to establish a national center with specialized subject matter expertise to provide training and technical assistance. The National Center-TFR will build upon and expand SAMHSA's efforts to increase awareness, disseminate current research, educate behavioral health providers, and create results-oriented collaborations among stakeholder organizations in an effort to reduce tobacco use among individuals with behavioral health disorders. 

Learn More About This Grant

The NEWSWIRE - April 2018


Mediware Housing and Community Services 
April 2018
In this Issue:

Housing and Homelessness

HMIS Data Dictionary Changes
HUD released the 2017 HMIS Data Standards Data Dictionary v1.3. This version includes an SSVF program data collection update.

The VA will now require that SSVF Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-housing projects collect element R6 "Employment Status" at Project Start for all heads of households and adults. These three fields are already available in ServicePoint; System Administrators can make them available to SSVF Providers immediately.

ServicePoint Fields:
  • Employed? (HUD)
  • If Yes, Type of Employment
  • If No, Why not Employed

Vendors will be required to reflect the additional fields in the SSVF Export Report in time for the June 2018 upload process. We will send out an announcement in the future when these changes have been made.

Point In Time, Housing Inventory Count and System Performance Measures
HUD opened the Homelessness Data Exchange (HDX) on March 1, 2018 for communities to begin submitting their Housing Inventory Count (HIC), Point In Time Count (PIT) and System Performance Measures (SPM) data. HIC and PIT data must be submitted by April 30, 2018 at 8:00 PM ET. SPM data must be submitted by May 31, 2018 at 8:00 PM ET.

Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) Spring 2018 Vendor Testing and Grantee Submission
The RHY vendor testing period is April 16 – 27, 2018. There is nothing grantees need to do during this period. As your vendor, we will be performing the tests on your behalf. The RHY grantee submission period is May 7 – 25, 2018. In preparation, grantees may use the 0263 - RHY Data Completeness-Quality – v3 report in your ART Gallery with the following parameters:

• Report Prompt - Start Date: 10/1/2017
• Report Prompt - End Date PLUS 1 Day: 4/1/2018
• Allowable Project Types are ES, TH, HP and SO only
• Each Project Type should be exported separately

Information and Referral
As noted in last week's customer announcement, there was an AIRS Taxonomy update on all standard-hosted ServicePoint sites this morning, April 4, 2018, at 4:00 AM CT. The update will also be applied to CommunityPoint sites this afternoon. The AIRS Taxonomy crosswalk and information on the impact of this update to your site can be found in the Customer Community Library in the HACS AIRS Taxonomy folder.

Development News

ServicePoint 5
SSVF Data Quality Report

Updates to the SSVF Data Quality Report are underway. These updates will reflect the 2017 HMIS Data Dictionary 1.3 data collection requirements. We anticipate the new version of the report to be available by April 30, 2018. We will send an announcement once that version is available.

211 Counts Data
To support new functionality on the website, our most recent ServicePoint upgrade, version 5.12.59, included the following updates to the 211 Counts export:
  • Age
  • Gender
  • US Military Veteran
The export uses our standard Age, Gender and US Military Veteran fields, so please ensure that you are using these fields to collect this data.

ServicePoint 6

We are pleased to announce the addition of Brandon Crespino to our Product Management team. Brandon has over 15 years of experience as a Product Manager for a variety of software companies. He will be working on ServicePoint 6 and is excited to meet many of you at Boot Camp!

ServicePoint 6 Feedback Period
Many thanks to all who participated in last month's Feedback Period. We received great input regarding what we have completed to-date. We are compiling the comments now and intend to incorporate as much feedback as possible before Boot Camp. We had over 40 people provide over 300 comments, compliments, and suggestions! Many of these follow similar themes, and we are excited to focus on implementing changes based on a wide array of user experiences.

Qlik Sense

We are planning a Qlik Sense update within the next several weeks. The update will include user friendly Assessment and Sub-assessment fields, as well as improvements to Entry, Exit, Interim and Follow Up Calendar fields. Stayed tuned for more information!

Qlik Sense Coffee Call
We hope you were able to join the Qlik Sense Coffee Call on March 7, 2018! Our Qlik Sense team reviewed the changes and highlights of the recent Qlik Sense upgrade and Mediware Qlik Sense development updates. If you were unable to attend, you can view the webinar recording in the Customer Community Library by searching "Qlik Sense Coffee Call" or using the Qlik Sense tag.

ART Gallery Updates
As noted in last week's customer announcement, the 0628 – HIC Supplement – v8 and 0630 – Sheltered-Unsheltered PIT 2018 – v21 ART Gallery reports were released on March 26, 2018. The 0629 – Housing Inventory Count – v16 report was released on April 2, 2018.

The Reporting Team is currently updating the following ART Gallery reports:
  • 0640 – HUD Data Quality Framework report
  • 0701 – Exits to Permanent Housing with Return to Homelessness, Metric 2
  • 0706 – Permanent Housing Placement-Retention, Metric 7
  • 0252 – Data Completeness Report (EE)
We expect these reports to be available in your ART Gallery by the end of April 2018. We will send an announcement when the revised reports have been completed.

Focus On

CommunityPoint is a publicly searchable website that provides access to community resources, such as agency, program, and service information. Integrated with your ServicePoint site, CommunityPoint resources are generated from your ServicePoint Provider Profiles. CommunityPoint visitors can request changes to existing profiles, as well as submit new profiles for consideration, ensuring that your resource data is always current. CommunityPoint offers built-in administrative reports and access to Google Analytics. Mobile apps are available for both Apple and Android devices, making CommunityPoint ideal for researching resources in the field. Contact your CCA for more information!
Client Services
Did you know we offer System Administrator services for your local implementation? Let us assist you with HMIS administrative duties, including:

  • End User support
  • Technical assistance
  • End User training
  • Agency Administrator training
  • Data security and quality training
  • Business analysis of programs
  • End User onboarding
  • Agency onboarding 
  • Workflow development 
Email for more information.

Customer Spotlight: St. Johns CoC Brings New Thinking to the Intersection of Healthcare and Homelessness

This month we are spotlighting St. Johns County CoC in eastern Florida. This visionary community is using local social determinants of health data to drive an innovative approach to serving those most at-risk. Leveraging research on the cost of homelessness and proven interventions for success, the St. Johns CoC has rallied partners from the nonprofit, government and healthcare industries to solve this problem. Read more here about how they leverage ServicePoint to strengthen these partnerships and create a coordinated system of care.

Save the Date
National Human Services Data Consortium Conference
April 17 – 19, 2018 at the Omni William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh, PA. More information here.

Collaborate Oregon for Everyone Everywhere (COFEE) 2018
April 23-24, 2018 in Salem Oregon. Contact Wendy Smith at for more information.
The first annual COFEE data training is a conference for Oregon CAP and HUD-CoC Agencies, their sub-grantees and all other ServicePoint Participation agencies in Oregon. The training is presented by Oregon Housing & Community Services, Community Action Partnership of Oregon, Rural Oregon Continuum of Care, Lane County and Portland Housing Bureau.
2018 Mediware Boot Camp
May 15 and 16, 2018 at the AT&T Conference Center in Austin, TX.

Mediware Boot Camp registration is now open! Join us May 15 and 16, 2018 in Austin for two full days of training and collaboration. This year's agenda features three tracks:
  • ServicePoint 6 – Explore Workflow Administration, Conditional Logic Engine, Entry/Exit Linkages and more
  • Qlik Sense – Delve into Master Items, new Visualizations, and Expressions and Assessment reporting
  • Spero – Learn about the Accounting module, back-end configuration and reporting and more
We are at 110 attendees and climbing! The block of rooms at the AT&T Conference Center is now sold out, but we have reserved another block of rooms at a near-by hotel. We can't wait to see you there!
Volunteers of America National Conference
June 2 – 5, 2018 in New Orleans, LA. More information here.

40th Annual AIRS I&R Training and Education Conference
June 3 – 6, 2018 at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel in Dallas, Texas. More information here.

Join us for a special Mediware I&R User Group meeting on Sunday, June 3, 2018 from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Reserve this time to meet with your fellow ServicePoint customers to share best practices and learn about recent product enhancements. You can also participate in focus groups where you can offer your feedback and suggestions on upcoming product development. Learn about some of the innovative ways your peers are connecting with community partners to increase funding and grow their footprint in their community. This is your only opportunity at the conference to focus on the mission-critical software that drives your daily I&R operations. The meeting will break from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM for lunch on your own or with colleagues.
Space is limited so please pre-register to ensure your place here. Contact with any questions.

Association of Gospel Rescue Missions Convention
June 12 – 15, 2018 at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center in Milwaukee, WI. More information here.

SSVF Service Tip
Make sure that your SSVF Providers are not using both the Type of SSVF Service and the SSVF Financial Assistance Type in the same Service Transaction. Doing so will result in the SSVF Financial Assistance Type being excluded from the SSVF Export Report. If they are providing both a financial service and a non-financial service, please instruct your Providers to use two separate Service Transactions, one for Type of SSVF and another for SSVF Financial Assistance Type.
Move-In Date for Additional Household Members with a Project Start Date After the Head of Household
HUD AAQ confirmed that there is only one Move-In Date per household and that date should be the Move-In Date recorded for the Head of Household. This is true even in instances where the additional household member is a newborn and the Move-In Date is prior to their Date of Birth.
Entering Data for the New Operating Start and End Date Fields
The Operating Start Date should reflect the first day on which a project provided, or will provide, services and/or housing. For projects that began operating prior to October 1, 2012, the Start Date may be estimated. Projects that are fully funded, but have not yet begun operating, may be entered with a future Operating Start Date that reflects the date the project will begin providing services.
Operating End Date should reflect the last day on which the project provided, or is expected to provide, services and/or housing. It may be a date in the future; it may also be blank if the project is expected to continue operating indefinitely.

CPD Funding Matrix and Dashboard Reports Posted

The CPD Funding Matrix and Dashboard Reports, as of April 1, 2018, have been posted to HUD Exchange.
These reports provide funding information for each city and state that receive CPD program funds, including Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Continuum of Care (CoC), Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG), HOME, Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA), and Housing Trust Fund (HTF).
Reports detail the size of each grant received over the past several years, as well as the total amount of funds currently available to be spent on affordable housing and community and economic development activities.
CPD Funding Matrix Note: Based on the requirement that a grantee uses the adjusted ratio for determining its compliance with the CDBG timeliness standard of having no more than 1.5 times its annual allocation in its adjusted line of credit balance 60 days prior to the end of its current program year, HUD is in the process of updating the CDBG recapture risk column in the CPD Funding Matrix report, revised calculation is pending. In the meantime, a grantee wanting to know how much CDBG funding it may have at risk of recapture can do the following simple calculation:
{Adjusted line of credit (LOC) balance [LOC + program income + revolving loan fund balance(s)]} – {Annual allocation for current program year x 1.5} = Amount of potential reduction in next year’s grant (not to exceed actual grant amount)
Expenditures (all recipients): within 24 months from the date HUD signs the grant agreement.
Grantees with additional questions should contact their local field office.
Visit the HUD Exchange at

Celebrating SOAR Successes

Plus a new SOAR Webinar series!
Plus a new SOAR Webinar series!
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Celebrate National Public Health Week with SOAR

It's National Public Health Week (April 2‐8, 2018) and, like our partners and providers around the country, the SAMHSA SOAR TA Center is helping to raise awareness of how homelessness impacts public health. This year's annual theme, coordinated by the American Public Health Association, is "Changing Our Future Together." The theme focuses on how we can work together to make sure that the places where we live, work, worship, and play are healthy and safe.
The great work you do each day in using the SOAR program to increase access to income and health insurance has a dramatic impact in our efforts to end homelessness so we can change our future together. The SAMHSA SOAR TA Center encourages you to use National Public Health Week as a catalyst for taking one extra step towards ending homelessness in your community. No matter how big or small, if we all take a single step together, we'll get there!

It's National Social Security Month!

By Everett Lo, Social Security Administration's Regional Public Affairs Office in the New York Region
National Social Security Month is celebrated in April and is dedicated to educating you about Social Security programs and services.  From programs that help support you through life's journey, to services that help put you in control, to systems that help protect what's important to you, Social Security is committed to helping secure today and tomorrow for you and your family.
During National Social Security Month, we encourage people to take control of their future with my Social Security. Create a my Social Security account to check your earnings history, confirm you have enough credits to retire, see an estimate of future benefits while still working, or manage your monthly benefits once you begin receiving them. You can also check the status of your claim or appeal, request a replacement Social Security card, and get an instant benefit verification letter.
For more than 80 years, Social Security has changed to meet the needs of our customers. During National Social Security Month, and throughout the year, Social Security puts you in control with secure access to your information anytime, anywhere. From estimating or managing your benefits, requesting a replacement Social Security card, to retiring online, visit today, and see what you can do online.

Sharing Our Success

Washington, D.C.

DDS Approval in 4 Hours!

Miriam's Kitchen is thrilled to share this recent SOAR success. The Department of Disability Services (DDS) decided a Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claim for us in 4 hours, and the number of days from application submission to decision was 35! Here's how it happened: New SOAR Leader, Angela Owczarek received an approval from DDS in 4 hours, when she took a few extra hours to read through a claimant's medical records prior to submission. We're especially proud of Angela's work because this was her first SOAR claim. Congratulations, Angela and Miriam's Kitchen!
Stay tuned for an upcoming SOAR Voices post on this incredible case!

A Day in the Life of a SOAR Lead

Ashley Moore, Washington, D.C.'s SOAR co-lead based at Bread for the City (BFC), wrote a blog for National Social Work Month, A day in the life of a social worker: BFC's SOAR Manager and DC SOAR Team Lead. Her detailed descriptions of a typical day highlight how flexible, creative, and persistent our SOAR Leads are! Thanks for sharing, Ashley!

Disability Determination Process Small Grant Program Grantees Publish Paper on Housing and SSI/SSDI, Note SOAR Program

Zachary Glendening and Erin McCauley, two recipients of the Disability Determination Process Small Grant Program (DDP), have published the paper they developed under their 2017 DDP grant in the Disability and Health Journal. The paper, Long-term housing subsidies and SSI/SSDI income: Creating health-promoting contexts for families experiencing housing instability with disabilities, explores the relationships between disabilities and SSI/Social Security Disability Insurance income reported when families enter emergency shelters. In the paper's conclusion, the authors note that expanding the SOAR program may be one way to improve income assistance for eligible individuals. Congratulations, Zachary and Erin!
Do you have a success story that you would like featured in a SOAR eNews? Use our form to submit it to the SAMHSA SOAR TA Center!
Submit Your SOAR Success


SOARing Over Lunch Conference Calls

April 10, 2018; 1:00 p.m. ET
The next SOARing Over Lunch Conference Call will take place April 10 at 1:00 p.m. ET! The SAMHSA SOAR TA Center hosts this series of informal monthly calls designed to help support SOAR efforts across the country. Participants can login to ask about any SOAR-related question they may have. 
Add SOARing Over Lunch to Your Calendar

SOAR Webinar Series on Completing Quality SOAR Applications

Over the coming months, the SAMHSA SOAR TA Center will host a webinar series on completing quality SOAR applications. This series will walk SOAR providers through two different aspects of a quality SOAR disability application—documenting work history information and using Social Security's Listings. Save the dates for these two webinars:
  • Work History Information: April 25, 2018; 3:00-4:30 p.m. ET. This webinar will discuss strategies for obtaining accurate work history information. The presenters will review how vocational evaluations and assessments are useful when assisting an individual with a SOAR application. You will hear from SOAR providers and a DDS representative who will share a variety of vocational resources to improve disability applications.
  • Using the Listings: June 27, 2018; 3:00–4:30 p.m. ET. Save the date for the next webinar in this series! More information, including registration details, will be released soon.
Register for the April 25 webinar on work history information!

Recent Stories from the SOAR Voices Blog

SOAR Spotlight: Amanda Starkey
National Social Work Month--2018

Federal Updates

Social Security's Ninth National Disability Forum

April 18, 2018; 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. ET
The Social Security Administration is hosting its ninth National Disability Forum on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET. Attendees may participate in the forum via teleconference in listening mode only.
In this forum, SSA will explore ideas to enhance its instructions for the Representative Payee program. Your input is needed on how SSA can best assess a beneficiary's ability to direct the management of his or her benefits. SSA is also interested in feedback on what role a supporter may play for such beneficiaries.
Submit your feedback to SSA on IdeaScale by April 6, 2018. Issues for comment that may be of interest to SOAR providers include:
  • How should SSA assess a beneficiary's ability to direct the management of his or her benefits?
  • Should SSA consider a beneficiary's disability or age when making a decision about his or her ability to direct the management of benefits?
  • Are there indicators that a beneficiary is not able to direct the management of his or her benefits? If so, please explain.

Campaign for Disability Employment

Funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, the Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE) is a collaborative effort among several disability and business organizations that is working to change attitudes about disability and employment. The newly re-vamped website has numerous resources for jobseekers and employees, including resume writing tips, information about job accommodations, and job search tools. For employers, the CDE provides toolkits on recruiting and hiring people with disabilities and creating an inclusive workspace. 

Partner News

HHRN Webinar: Support our Heroes: Overview and Clinical Interventions

April 12, 2018; 12:30-2:00 p.m. ET
SAMHSA's Homeless and Housing Resource Network (HHRN) is launching a new webinar series, Support our Heroes: Overview and Clinical Interventions. This series will provide an overview of the specialized needs of Veterans and individuals with military experience who are experiencing homelessness and behavioral health conditions. Content will include: characteristics of Veterans and other individuals with military experience who experience or are at risk of homelessness, and the clinical interventions, support services and collaborations that benefit them. Topics will include: traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, military sexual trauma, domestic violence, re-integration challenges, health concerns, substance use, serious mental illness, as well as strengths/assets, common among individuals with military experience.
This series will be moderated by Pat Tucker, a national expert, speaker and trainer on empowering individuals experiencing homelessness. Join us for presentations and lively discussions with:
  • Gregory Leskin, Ph.D., Program Director for Military and Veteran Families Program for UCLA/Duke University's National Center for Child Traumatic Stress.
  • Angela Wright, J.D., Assistant Director for SAMHSA's Service Members, Veterans, and their Families Technical Assistance Center at Policy Research Associates, Inc.
  • Donna Aligata, Project Director for SAMHSA's Service Members, Veterans, and their Families Technical Assistance Center at Policy Research Associates, Inc.

National Center for Homeless Education Webinars

The National Center for Homeless Education is hosting a series of webinars in April, which may be of interest to SOAR providers. Topics of interest to SOAR providers include:
  • Supporting the Education of Unaccompanied Homeless Students under Every Student Succeeds Act
  • McKinney-Vento 101: Understanding the Rights of Students Experiencing Homelessness
  • Paving the Way to College for Students Experiencing Homelessness