House of Ruth MD: Food Pantry Open House 6/4


Please join us for our Food Pantry Open House

 Tuesday, June 4, 2019! 


Come enjoy light refreshments and learn more about our Food Pantry and HRM services in Baltimore County! 


Please RSVP back to me, Lorena M. Diaz, by Wednesday May 29th. 

RSVP via:  ldiaz@hruthmd.org  

From Our Federal Partners: Assessing Need for Mental Health Care in Encampments Webinar – May 30, 2019 – 3:30 PM EDT

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From Our Federal Partners: Assessing Need for Mental Health Care in Encampments Webinar – May 30, 2019 – 3:30 PM EDT
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Homeless and Housing Resource Network (HHRN) is hosting a three-part Spotlight Series, Taking Behavioral Health Care to the Streets. This series discusses how to provide behavioral health care in unsheltered environments.
The second webinar in the series is coming up soon – register today!
Building a Foundation on the Streets – Assessing Need for Mental Health Care in Encampments
Thursday, May 30, 2019
3:30-5:00 PM EDT
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This webinar will focus on meeting people exactly where they are and working to identify and assess their needs. The following panelists will share their expertise in behavioral health and homelessness:
  • Aislinn Bird, M.D., M.P.H, Psychiatrist, Alameda County Health Care for the Homeless Program in Oakland, California
  • Wilma Lovada, Community Health Outreach Worker, Alameda County Health Care for the Homeless StreetHealth in Oakland, California
Participants will learn how to:
  • Describe the importance of providing assessments for serious mental illness (SMI), substance use disorders (SUDs), and co-occurring disorders (CODs) in unsheltered environments
  • Identify potential needs associated with SMI, SUDs, or CODs and administer formal assessments in encampments and other unsheltered environments
  • Ensure people in unsheltered environments are comfortable with the assessment process and that their privacy and dignity are protected
  • Help clients acquire and maintain the basic identification and documentation needed to access various services and treatment
Please save the date for the final webinar in this series:
  • Webinar 3: Thursday, June 27, 2019, 3:30-5:00 PM EDT – Behavioral Health Care Outside of the Box – Providing Services and Treatment to Unsheltered Persons
         
Visit the HUD Exchange at https://www.hudexchange.info

FY 2019 CDBG Low Mod Income Summary Data (LMISD) Available

Home Programs Resources Training
FY 2019 CDBG Low Mod Income Summary Data (LMISD) Available
HUD released new low and moderate income summary data (LMISD) for FY 2019. To qualify any new low and moderate area (LMA) activities, Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) grantees should use this new data. The new LMISD reflects the assignment of block groups to each CDBG grantee based on the current fiscal year program participations. This data also impacts the total number of block groups assigned to grantees, including the percentage of low and moderate income (LMI) persons.
View the CDBG Low and Moderate Data page for further information and to find the updated data sets.
         
Visit the HUD Exchange at https://www.hudexchange.info

ART Rebuild & Report Mapping Issues


We are aware that there were several ART rebuild failures last night. These have been restarted and are now running. You can check to see if you received your nightly rebuild or if your current build has finished running by checking the "Last Warehouse Build" date time information in the ART browser.
There were also mapping issue in the 700 + 700 1B. These are also being investigated and an update will be provided.

VA Top Stories - May 17, 2019

"This Week at VA" is a digital newsletter with top news and stories from across the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

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TOP PHOTO: The Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System's 2019 EVAL Class enjoyed a field trip to visit the U.S. Navy Blue Angels facility in Pensacola, Florida, thanks to VA employee Paul Orr, formerly the Command Master Chief for the Blue Angels. While there, the class also received a private air show! (Photo by Tom Coffelt, Visual Information Specialist, Medical Media Service, Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System.)

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Tune in May 22 for a Facebook Live featuring VA mental health apps and telemental offerings

Join VA's Office of Connected Care and the Army Wife Network for a Facebook Live event featuring VA Mental Health Apps and TeleMental Offering.
Join VA and Army Wife Network for a Facebook Live Event

B-17 crew saves young British boy's life

The 10-man crew of the B-17 "Mi Amigo" crashed into a forest to avoid killing a group of school children following a bombing run during World War II. Seventy-five years later, Tony Foulds still honors the men who saved his life that day.
Picture of the crew of the "Mi Amigo"

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Are you a fan of podcasts? Borne the Battle is our weekly #podcast where we interview Veterans and share their stories with you.
This week's guest is Jan Ohrstrom. Jan is an Army Veteran, professional wrestler, VA employee and a producer of the "Valhalla Club" documentary that you can currently watch on Amazon Prime. Also recently featured on the first episode of Comedy Central's new show, "Klepper," The Valhalla Club is a Veteran wrestling stable that uses wrestling to cope with PTSD.

Telehealth working well for rural Veterans

This Air Force military police and Vietnam Veteran has had three heart attacks and needs cardiac rehabilitation. He does it from home using a telehealth program funded by VA's Office of Rural Health.
Picture shows a bridge spanning over a river.

Other-than-honorable discharge?

If you have an other-than-honorable discharge, you can still receive mental health treatment at a VA medical center. For combat Veterans who served at least 100 days and sexual assault victims.
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Finding Purpose

Getting out of the military and returning to civilian life can present both opportunities and challenges. Hear how opening up and reaching out for support can help with the transition and lead you to your next mission.Visit MakeTheConnection.net to learn more.

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VA NEWS RELEASES

SPM Update


SPM Update
This weekend we will be releasing the revised 0700 and 0700.1b reports. They will be available in the mapped ART Gallery reports folder on Monday, May 20th, 2019.

A summary of the two changed reports and report under investigation as listed below:
  • 0700 - Length of Time Persons Remain Homeless - Metric 1 - v6
    • Corrected timestamp issue for Housing Move-in Date (HMID).
    • HMID is now included for RRH, PH-S, PH-H and PSH programs, not just RRH.
    • RRH, PH-S, PH-H, PSH programs without HMID are no longer counted towards overlap or negate overlap counts.
    • Added "Valid Entry Dates Overlap IS NOT NULL" as report filter on tabs A and B.
    • Added "LOT ES SH" and "LOT ES SH TH" as columns to the Detail tab for troubleshooting and identifying clients.
    • Cutoff date now correctly takes into account RRH, PH-S, PH-H and PSH programs.
    • Potential HMID Conflict column added.
    • Updated several variables to account for RRH/PH-S/PH-H/PSH programs, improved overlap logic, and improved LOT counts.
  • 0700.1b - Length of Time Persons Remain Homeless - Metric 1b - 7
    • Corrected timestamp issue for Housing Move-in Date (HMID).
    • HMID is now included for RRH, PH-S, PH-H and PSH programs, not just RRH.
    • Added "Valid Entry Dates Overlap IS NOT NULL" as report filter on tabs A and B.
    • Cutoff date now correctly takes into account RRH, PH-S, PH-H and PSH programs.
    • Updated several variables to account for RRH/PH-S/PH-H/PSH programs, improved overlap logic, and improved LOT counts.
  • 0703 - Employment and Income Growth for CoC Funded Projects Metric 4 - v5
    • Investigating potential issue with how reviews for Annual Assessment at 30 days are possibly being excluded as outside range.
    • Investigating potential issue with how non-HoH adults are flagged as error for Annual Assessment due to wrong anniversary date.

Our recommendation regarding data cleaning is to hold off until Monday before doing any data clean up on the 0700 and 07001b reports as there is likely to be less data cleaning required with the new versions.  The 0703 report can be used now as only a few clients will be impacted by the potential changes.  If a revision is necessary, it will go out next weekend. We will send out an announcement late next week if we have to release a revised 0703 report.

Please create a case in the Customer Community if you have further questions.

JOBS: Program Officer + Assistant Director (Lanham, MD)

All:

I wanted to draw your attention to two recruitments to fill full-time, permanent positions on my team.

The first is a Program Officer position on the Homelessness Solutions Team. This team administers the Homelessness Solutions Program, works directly with Continuum of Care and providers directly, and develops policies to address homelessness in Maryland. You can find the job description below. The recruitment closes on May 23, 2019.


The second position is Assistant Director, Poverty Solutions, which would help lead the Poverty Solutions Team. This team administers the Community Services Block Grant and the Maryland Housing Counseling Fund and is charged with supporting the work of local service providers. The recruitment for this position closes on May 31, 2019, and can be found here:

https://www.jobapscloud.com/MD/sup/bulpreview.asp?R1=19&R2=001208&R3=0001 

Please feel free to share these with any interested parties.


Register Today for Our Course for Supervisors of Housing Case Managers!









Successful Supervision:
Overseeing Housing Case Management

Attention all supervisors of service providers! Registration opens today for our course on Successful Supervision of Housing Case Managers. Topics include: management through a trauma-informed lens, best practices for hiring and retaining staff, structuring supervision meetings, crisis planning, and tracking outcomes. 
Supervising Housing Case Managers: May 28, 2-3:30 pm ET
Supervision Meetings: June 4, 2-3:30 pm ET
Staff Hiring, Retention, and Recognition: June 112-3:30 pm ET
Tracking Data: June 18, 2-3:30 pm ET
Policies, Procedures, & Safety Planning: June 25, 2-3:30 pm ET
Register for the Course Today!


The Moment When Recovery Begins

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The moment when recovery begins. May is Mental health Month
Life is made up of countless moments. And in a Veteran's mental health journey, these moments may signify small steps or major milestones in the larger recovery process — when the Veteran decided to seek help, responded to a loved one who reached out, or felt that things were finally turning around.
One moment can make a difference. Get inspired — see how other Veterans acted on their moment.
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