Register Today: Point-in-Time Count Office Hours - April 26, 2018 - 3:00 PM EDT

HUD has been striving over time to shift the emphasis on the annual Housing Inventory Count (HIC) and Point-in-Time (PIT) count from ramping up what data are collected to focusing on how data are collected. HUD wants communities to focus on collecting the best data possible. To help with this effort, HUD is implementing a regular PIT Count Office Hours that will be focused on addressing PIT count methodology questions.
The office hours will have at least one focused discussion on a known PIT count methodology issue, and then will be open for further discussion based on questions that communities have with implementing their PIT counts. We invite communities to come with questions, as well as solutions. HUD believes strongly in the power of peer learning, and we hope that communities will come to the office hours willing to share their lessons learned.
The first office hours session will be on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 3:00 PM EDT.
Register for the PIT Count Office Hours. Click the "Register" button at the bottom of the registration page. Everyone who registers will receive a confirmation email and at least one reminder email in advance of the event, both of which will include the hyperlink needed to access the call. One you click that hyperlink at the time of the call, WebEx will give you instructions on how to call into the office hours session using either a computer or a phone line.
This first call will focus on the issue of data extrapolation. Several questions and issues have arrived recently regarding effective ways to extrapolate data – either to establish what the total number of homeless persons should be or to determine the characteristics of homeless people in your CoC when communities don't have complete data.
         
Visit the HUD Exchange at https://www.hudexchange.info

Headlines: Up to $210 Million Available for Project AWARE State Education Agency Grants


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Funding


SAMHSA is Accepting Applications for up to $210 Million for Project AWARE State Education Agency Grants

SAMHSA is accepting applications for Project AWARE (Advancing Wellness and Resilience in Education) State Education Agency grants totaling up to $210 million over the next five years. The purpose of this program is to build or expand the capacity of State Educational Agencies, in partnership with State Mental Health Agencies overseeing school-aged youth and local education agencies to:
  • Increase awareness of mental health issues among school-aged youth;
  • Provide training for school personnel and other adults who interact with school-aged youth;
  • Connect school-aged youth, who may have behavioral health issues, and their families to needed services.

SAMHSA is Accepting Applications for up to $4.7 Million for Improving Access to Overdose Treatment Grants

SAMHSA is accepting applications for Improving Access to Overdose Treatment (OD Treatment Access) grants totaling up to $4.7 million over the next five years. SAMHSA will award funding to Federally Qualified Health Centers, Opioid Treatment Programs, or practitioners who have a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine to expand access to Food and Drug Administration approved drugs or devices for emergency treatment of known or suspected opioid overdose. 

HHS Provides States Second Installment of Grant Awards to Combat Opioid Crisis

The Department of Health and Human Services has released the second year of funding to 57 states and territories totaling $485 million to continue the Nation's efforts to combat the opioid crisis. This is the second wave of grant funding under a program that has facilitated states' innovative care-delivery models to help provide proven evidence-based treatments to Americans who have opioid use disorders.

Resources


Evidence-Based Practices Resource Center

SAMHSA has launched an Evidence-Based Practices Resource Center that aims to provide communities, clinicians, policy-makers and others in the field with the information and tools they need to incorporate evidence-based practices into their communities or clinical settings.The Resource Center contains a collection of science-based resources, including Treatment Improvement Protocols, toolkits, resource guides, and clinical practice guidelines, for a broad range of audiences.

Underage Drinking: Myths vs. Facts

SAMHSA has released an updated fact sheet, Underage Drinking: Myths Versus Facts, specifically written for preteens and teens. This fact sheet compares common myths about alcohol use with the facts.

The Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children with Serious Emotional Disturbances

This 2016 report provides an overview of data from the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children with Serious Emotional Disturbances program. It presents findings that indicate that systems of care provide services and promote positive outcomes for underserved children and youth within the mental health system.

Events


The Power of Perceptions and Understanding: Changing How We Deliver Treatment and Recovery Services Webcast Series

April 26, 2018 | 2–3 PM Eastern Time

SAMHSA, together with Massachusetts General Hospital's Recovery Research Institute, is offering a webcast series. The four-part series educates health care professionals about the importance of using approaches that are free of discriminatory attitudes and behaviors in treating individuals with substance use disorders and related conditions. The webinar on April 26 will discuss why addiction is a disease and why it is important.

Virtual Event: Supporting Students with Serious Mental Illness, Substance Use Disorder

April 26, 2018 | 2–3 PM Eastern Time 

SAMHSAʹs Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy invites you to join national leaders in a conversation about treatment and recovery supports for these underrepresented student populations. The discussion will highlight opportunities for colleges and communities to provide recovery support services to help students at risk of developing, or experiencing, a serious mental illness or substance use disorder.

Recovery-Oriented Engagement Practices Spring 2018 Series

May 2, 2018 | 1–2 PM Eastern Time 

The upcoming webinar in this series will consider how Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) tools for crisis and pre-crisis planning can promote engagement and positive relationships between individuals and service providers. The final webinar in the series on May 23, 2018 will discuss social media and other technology as emerging tools for outreach and engagement in behavioral healthcare.

National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day

May 10, 2018

This year's event, Awareness Day 2018: Partnering for Health and Hope Following Trauma, will take place at 7 PM on Thursday, May 10, at the George Washington University in Washington, DC, and will be webcast live through a "virtual" town hall format in which participants throughout the country may ask questions for experts through email or social media. Viewers are encouraged to use the hashtag #HerosofHope when participating in the discussion on social media. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex M. Azar II will present governors' spouses with a SAMHSA Special Recognition Award for their work in promoting trauma-informed care.

Virtual Event: Supporting Students With Serious Mental Illness, Substance Use Disorders


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Join the Recovery LIVE! Virtual Event: Supporting Underrepresented College Student Populations Experiencing or at Risk of Serious Mental Illness or Substance Use Disorders

Thursday, April 26, 2018 | 2–3 p.m. Eastern Time

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Did you know:
  • Approximately 1.8 million of the nationʹs college students meet the medical criteria for substance misuse or dependence
  • Increasing numbers of students report high levels of anxiety, hopelessness, and other symptoms of mental illness
SAMHSAʹs Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy invites you to join national leaders in a conversation about treatment and recovery supports for these underrepresented student populations. Presenters will:
  • Review data on the prevalence of serious mental illness and substance use disorders among college students.
  • Highlight an array of collegiate recovery support models that assist students with serious mental illness or substance use disorders.
  • Discuss opportunities for colleges and communities to provide recovery support services to help students at risk of developing, or experiencing, a serious mental illness or substance use disorder.

Register for This Event

Homelessness Update

 
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Data Snapshot: Emergency Shelters Serve an Increasingly Vulnerable Population
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Emergency shelters nationwide are seeing an increase in the share of adults entering their programs who are older, who report having a disability, and who come from unsheltered locations. These trends underscore the need for federal and community resources to meet growing demands.
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2018 National Conference on Ending Homelessness
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Volunteer for the 2018 Conference

Opportunities are still available to volunteer at the Alliance's upcoming conference in Washington, DC. Volunteers will receive complimentary conference registration. Learn More»

Apply for a Scholarship to Attend the Conference
The Alliance offers a scholarship program to the conference for individuals who are currently experiencing or have previously experienced homelessness. Apply for a Scholarship»
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Analysis: Medicaid Work Requirements Will Harm People Experiencing Homelessness
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A new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities shows the dramatic extent to which Medicaid expansion improved healthcare coverage for people experiencing homelessness — and why work requirements will undercut this progress. The authors maintain that by making care harder to access, Medicaid work requirements will worsen outcomes and exacerbate homelessness.
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Ending Homelessness Today
the official blog of the national alliance to end homelessness
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Time for Change: Findings from the SPARC Study on Race and Homelessness
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This guest post was written by Jeffrey Olivet and Marc Dones, lead authors of Supporting Partnerships for Anti-Racist Communities Phase One Report. In recent years, an increasingly urgent dialogue has emerged around race and equity in America. But that dialogue has generally overlooked one of the most visible manifestations of racial inequity: homelessness. Homelessness is not colorblind. People […]
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In Honor of Dr. King: Exploring the Connection Between Homelessness, Employment, and Civil Rights
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The cornerstone of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy is his commitment to guaranteeing civil rights for African Americans. On the 50th anniversary of his death, we recall the intrinsic link between Dr. King's commitment to social justice and a dedication to economic justice. In his searing critique of “the three evils” of racism, poverty, […]
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Homelessness and Incarceration Are Intimately Linked. New Federal Funding is Available to Reduce the Harm of Both.
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Homelessness is intimately linked with the criminal and juvenile justice systems. Almost 50,000 people a year enter homeless shelters immediately after exiting incarceration. And people returning from jail or prison face barriers to finding stable housing and employment due to legal restrictions and discrimination against those with criminal records. People experiencing homelessness can also get […]
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The National Alliance to End Homelessness is a nonprofit, non-partisan, organization committed to preventing and ending homelessness in the United States.
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