SSVF Program Update Friday September 13th, 2019

From: Supportive Services for Veteran Families []
Sent: Friday, September 13, 2019 12:25 PM
Subject: SSVF Program Update Friday September 13th, 2019


1.Important Update: Federal Partners Housing Conferences
2.Register Now: Rapid Resolution Office Hours September 18, 2019 12 EST
3.Reminder: September is Suicide Prevention Month
4.Important: SSVF Rapid Resolution Resources

Register Now:  Rapid Resolution Office Hours September 18, 2019 12:00 PM EST

The SSVF Program Office will continue to support SSVF providers as they implement Rapid Resolution in their communities.   The next SSVF Rapid Resolution Office Hours call will take place on September 18, 2019 at 12:00 Noon EST.  This call will focus on compliance, new Rapid Resolution data standards, and HMIS reporting requirements.
Please Register for the call using the link below:

Reminder: September is Suicide Prevention Month

Please join the SSVF Program Office in educating your staff and sharing tools and resources to support the #BeThere campaign to help prevent Veteran Suicide.

As a reminder, All SSVF grantee staff must be trained annually in SAVE, a suicide prevention training from VA. Staff should first attempt to request in-person training from their locally certified SAVE trainer, either a VAMC Suicide Prevention Coordinator or Homeless Program Staff Point of Contact (POC). For assistance in locating your local Suicide Prevention Coordinator, click here If in-person training is unavailable, all staff should view the SAVE training webinar on Suicide Prevention found at this link, also located on the VA Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention website, or view the SSVF webinar on Suicide Prevention located here

Starting in our new grant year for 2020, we will be encouraging grantees to share VA suicide prevention resources with your community partners by discussing with them the availability of in-person and web-based SAVE training along with other VA resources on Suicide Prevention. Grantees are encouraged to share resources when meeting with community members at CoC, CES, and other community partner meetings and trainings and to document these efforts.

Here are a few additional ways you and your staff can support the #BeThere campaign:

oAdd #BeThere to your email signature. Add the #BeThere logo and the URL to your email signature to highlight these resources and spread awareness.
oAsk your staff to familiarize themselves with the warning signs of suicide at
oShare VA's Social Media Safety Toolkit and encourage others to learn how to recognize and respond to social media posts that may indicate emotional distress, feelings of crisis, or thoughts of suicide.
oRemind employees in your program about how to discuss Veteran suicide, and point them to VA's Safe Messaging Fact Sheet as a guide.
oShare with employees and community members the link to VA's Mental Health resource page at

Important Update:  Federal Partners Housing Conference

The SSVF Program Office, with the support of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the US Interagency Council on Homelessness and other federal and national partners, is pleased to announce confirmed locations for the upcoming 2019 Federal Permanent Housing Conferences. The events are targeted to SSVF Grantees, HUD-VASH representatives, and CoC Partners.   Please note location changes for the East and West coast conferences:

•East Coast (Ft Lauderdale, FL): October 22-23, 2019
•Mid-Region (Dallas, TX): November 5-6, 2019
•West Coast (Hollywood, CA): November 19-20, 2019

Information regarding hotel and conference registration will be provided in the next week. Questions related to these events can be sent to the SSVF program's technical assistance address at

Important:  Rapid Resolution Resources

The Rapid Resolution Resources have moved to a new location on the SSVF website.  All Rapid Resolution resources can be found on the "Official Guidance to the SSVF Program" tab under the Supportive Services Section.

Thank you,

SSVF Program Office