Showing posts from March 25, 2016

SSVF HMIS Workflow Clarification from VA TA

QUESTION #1: By default, our HMIS has the "Client entering from streets, ES, SH" and accompanying questions listed on the "Update" assessment for doing interim reviews (also on the Exit assessment).  Is it common for this to change while working w/clients during the 90 day or less period?  Workflow wise, it's a bit confusing for case mgrs to see this while doing interim reviews. ANSWER: The Data Dictionary on Collection Point & System Logic for this data element (3.17) states, “Collect once at project entry. System stores collected length of time on streets, in emergency shelter or safe haven and retains for historical purposes. Updates not required.” You might want to submit this to the HMIS Help Desk if this doesn’t answer your question as I’m not sure why it would be collected at Exit or even update.  QUESTION #2: If a case manager works with a CAT 2/3 client, and finds them housing within the 90 day period, but are still working with them, are they

SSVF Program Updates March 25, 2016

Topics: 1.      Reminder: Reporting Critical Incidents 2.      Additional Clarification:  Guidance Regarding SSVF Travel Costs Related to Training 3.      Register for the National SSVF Webinar on April 21, 2016:  CARF and COA Accreditation Standards Overview 4.      INFORMATION:  Blog about Successes in Ending Homelessness Among Veterans Reminder:  Reporting Critical Incidents The Program Office would like to thank SVF providers for their continued cooperation in submitting Critical Incident Reports to our office in a timely manner.   We also want to remind grantees that all Veteran deaths resulting from suicide must be reported to the SSVF program office as a Critical Incident and to the local VA Medical Center.  All VA Medical Centers have specially trained Suicide Prevention Coordinators who track Veteran suicide deaths.  Grantees can find their local Suicide Prevention Coordinator using the link provided below:

Register by TODAY to get the Early Bird Conference Discount!

LAST DAY FOR EARLY BIRD -- Register Early Bird Conference REGISTRATION 2016 Human Service Conference EARLY BIRD DEADLINE: TODAY - FRIDAY, MARCH 25 Looking to sharpen your direct service practice, management, and leadership skills? Rejuvenate your passion? Join us for the 2016 Human Services Conference:  "Partners in Excellence" Early Bird Deadline: TODAY - Friday, March 25!  REGISTER TODAY! Your Full Conference Registration Package Includes: *Admittance to innovative and educational presentations, and workshops. *Exclusive networking opportunities. *Access to motivating speakers. *CEUs for workshops and panels for a small fee.  *Networking Reception on Tuesday, May 3 *Awards Dinner on Wednesday, May 4  *Partnership Luncheon on Thursday, May 5 *Conference Bag and Souvenir Itinerary Program Book (One Day Conference Registration Options are Available) *Registration P

News from the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness

What will it take to bring Housing First to Scale? March 25, 2016 Talk the Walk on Housing First This week, the annual Housing First Partners Conference is convening in Los Angeles to share, encourage, and explore the idea of "Taking Housing First to Scale" to end homelessness. Deputy Director Richard Cho shares his thoughts on why it's important we all become effective ambassadors of the Housing First approach. Here are his three tips to "talk the walk" in order to bring Housing First to scale.  

Webinar: Housing Access and Stability with SOAR

March 24, 2016 Webinar: Housing Access and Stability with SOAR Thursday, April 7, 3:00pm-4:30pm ( EDT ) For individuals with disabilities who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness, lack of stable income can mean the difference between housing and living on the streets. This webinar will introduce our latest issue brief "Housing Access and Stability with SOAR." You will hear from three providers who have successfully integrated SOAR and Housing First.  You will learn how these programs obtained funding, engaged housing providers and created an effective and lasting SOAR initiative! This webinar is recommended for SOAR State Leads, Local Leads, Coordinators, SOAR Providers, homeless service providers, housing support specialists, and individuals who would like more information on how to connect SOAR & Housing. Presenters Abigail Lemon, M.A., Project Associate, SAMHSA SOAR Technical Assistance Ce