Showing posts from May 5, 2017

SNAPS' Data Strategy

This message describes HUD’s data strategy and its vision for how communities should use data to best accomplish our ultimate goal of ending homelessness for individuals and families. HUD began requiring communities to implement Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS) 15 years ago, and HMIS data quality and analysis is an increasingly important asset for ending homelessness. Analyzing data in different ways—by population, subpopulation, across project types, and at the system level—and using that data in local decision making helps communities end homelessness. The more data is used by community leaders, providers, and others, the more likely they are to continuously improve data quality and demonstrate the importance of HMIS participation. To assist with this effort, HUD is releasing new products and tools, highlighting other recently released resources, and providing a timeline to help communities manage expectations. New products and tools will be posted on the new

New Criminal Justice Resources from NIDA

New Criminal Justice Resources From the National Institute on Drug Abuse The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has created new resources for those who work in the criminal justice system or treatment centers. Drugs & the Brain Wallet Card is designed for people who have stopped using drugs while they were detained in the criminal justice system or while receiving inpatient or outpatient treatment. Counselors can customize this tool to help individuals identify triggers that could prompt a drug relapse. It also includes information about resources and helplines. The Science of Drug Use: Discussion Points is intended for judges, counselors, and other professionals who work within structured criminal justice settings. The discussion points offer suggestions for how to talk with teens and young people about drug use, and reinforce the concept that addiction is a brain disease and