November 30th: Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Children, Youth, and Families Experiencing Homelessness

The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) KSOC-TV, a web-based technical assistance program featuring behavioral health experts discussing cutting edge issues in children’s mental health, is holding an interactive webisode:

Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Children, Youth, and Families Experiencing Homelessness
Thursday, November 30, 2017
2:00 – 3:00 PM EST
Join the webinar on November 30th.

The live panel discussion will be moderated by Gary Blau, Chief, Child Adolescent and Family Branch, Center for Mental Health Services, SAMHSA.

Panelists will include:

  • SAMHSA Representative: Luis Vasquez, Director, Division of Service and Systems Improvement, SAMHSA
  • Research Expert: Sarah C. Narendorf, Assistant Professor of Social Work, Graduate College of Social Work, University of Houston
  • Youth Leader with Lived Experience: Dani Dominguez, Community Education Coordinator, YES Institute

Members of the audience will be invited to ask questions of a panel of experts via phone, a Mediasite, or through Twitter using the hashtag #KSOCTV. Mark your calendars and join the live Q&A.

Reminder: AIDS Sensitivity Training on November 1st!

211OC will host a FREE AIDS Sensitivity Training for all Orange County homeless service providers on Wednesday, November 1st.  Representatives from the AIDS Services Foundation will conduct the training which will consist of a presentation and Q&A session.

Where? CASA Training Room (Upstairs) 1505 E 17th. St Santa Ana, CA
When? Wednesday, 11/01/17, from 2PM to 4PM.

We are hoping at least one representative from each of our agencies can attend this important training.  We hope that it will help us serve this marginalized population better!

According to the National Coalition for the HomelessHIV/AIDS and homelessness are intricately related.  The costs of health care and medications for people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) are often too high for people to keep up with.  In addition, PLWHA are in danger of losing their jobs due to discrimination or as a result of frequent health-related absences.  As a result, up to 50% of PLWHA in the United States are at risk of becoming homeless.

There is no need to RSVP for this event, please just show up ready to learn!

Last Chance to Complete the HMIS User Suggestion Box

We have received wonderful feedback in our HMIS User Suggestion Box!  We still would like to hear from all of our users before we analyze and implement your feedback to improve the HMIS experience.

If you haven’t already done so, please complete the survey so we can hear your thoughts on communications and trainings from the 211OC HMIS team.  This includes your thoughts about the implementation of version 6.  The survey will only take about 5 minutes and is extremely helpful for us as we move forward.

AIDS Sensitivity Training November 1st

211OC will host a FREE AIDS Sensitivity Training for all Orange County homeless service providers on Wednesday, November 1st.  Representatives from the AIDS Services Foundation will conduct the training which will consist of a presentation and Q&A session.

Where? CASA Training Room (Upstairs) 1505 E 17th. St Santa Ana, CA
When? Wednesday, 11/01/17, from 2PM to 4PM.

We are hoping at least one representative from each of our agencies can attend this important training.  We hope that it will help us serve this marginalized population better!

According to the National Coalition for the HomelessHIV/AIDS and homelessness are intricately related.  The costs of health care and medications for people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) are often too high for people to keep up with.  In addition, PLWHA are in danger of losing their jobs due to discrimination or as a result of frequent health-related absences.  As a result, up to 50% of PLWHA in the United States are at risk of becoming homeless.

There is no need to RSVP for this event, please just show up ready to learn!

Save the Date! Rapid Re-Housing Institutes Training

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), with the support of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), is pleased to announce a new  training opportunity for Rapid Re-Housing (RRH) practitioners and crisis response system planners! This is HUD-approved training. This means, while there is no registration fee for this training, the costs associated with travel and staff time to attend are approved CoC and ESG Program costs.

The VA, in close partnership with HUD, our technical assistance providers, and other national partners, are currently planning two Rapid Rehousing Institutes for the fall of 2017. These events, which will be identical to each other in content and agenda, will bring together RRH practitioners and planners from around the country for an intensive, two-day training focused on two separate tracks: a Practice Track and a System Track. We expect RRH project staff and stakeholders from the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF), CoC and ESG Programs to all be represented at the events.

The Practice Track will focus on direct training to RRH direct service practitioners. Some topics in the practice track will include an overview of the Core Components of RRH, Strategies for Engaging Landlords, Creating Housing Plans, Evaluating and Improving Performance and System Planning, among others.

A separate System Track will focus on Community Coordination, RRH planning, Coordinated Entry/Prioritization, RRH Management and other community wide practices relevant to successful implementation of RRH as a primary response to homelessness. Attendees will be required to select a track during the registration process – more detail about each track will be sent prior to registration.

Due to space limitations, there will be a limit to the number of individual attendees per Continuum of Care. Most CoCs will be limited to up to 3 participants (including any ESG recipients or subrecipients interested in attending), while CoCs with Annual Renewal Demand amounts over $20 million will be able to send up to 8 participants. Slots will be provided on a first come first serve basis and there are only 200 slots per institute. Once registration opens act fast to ensure your CoC will be represented.

This new training opportunity aims to help standardize strong RRH practices across funding streams and provide an avenue for RRH practitioners and other stakeholders across the country to learn from one another and from our technical assistance specialists and faculty.

With all this in mind, CoC and ESG recipients should coordinate and work with their RRH providers to identify whether there are programs/staff interested in attending these trainings.

While the site locations are still being confirmed, we anticipate the following schedule:

  • East Coast Rapid Rehousing Institute: October 24-25, 2017 (City TBD)
  • West Coast Rapid Rehousing Institute: October 31 – November 1, 2017 (City TBD)

We will continue to provide information as registration and travel logistics come into focus. In the meantime, questions related to these events can be sent to the SSVF program’s technical assistance address at ssvf@tacinc.org.

http://mailchi.mp/hudexchange/save-the-date-rapid-re-housing-institutes?e=dcef62c221

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