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SAMHSA’s Homeless and Housing Resource Network: 2013 Policy Academy Webinar Series
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This resource includes information about the 2013 Policy Academy Webinar Series presented by SAMHSA’s Homeless and Housing Resource Network and includes information on how to request webinar presentation materials.
Louisiana: Using a Statewide Coordinated Assessment in HMIS to End Chronic Homelessness (September 19, 2013)

Louisiana is concentrating its efforts on matching supportive services with permanent housing within a very short timeframe. A statewide Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) makes it possible to screen and assess individuals for service needs and to prioritize the most vulnerable for housing placement. An assessment tool and a vulnerability index tool are being selected and will be utilized statewide in partnership with Continuums of Care. Vulnerability scores will be recorded and continuously updated, and homeless and disability status verified and documented. Challenges and barriers in both urban and rural areas will be discussed. In addition, a representative of Unity of Greater New Orleans will describe its recent experience in the “Boot Camp” sponsored by Community Solutions in partnership with the Rapid Results Institute.

Washington: Using Data to Coordinate a Response to Ending Chronic Homelessness (September 26, 2013)

Washington State plans to use data to identify chronically homeless individuals through both the state’s HMIS and through an integrated client database developed and maintained by the Department of Social and Health Services in Washington state (WA-DSHS) Research and Data Analysis Division. The presentation will describe three different models of “data sharing” currently used to serve high-risk populations in Washington State. They include (1) a county-wide database of “high utilizers” of crisis services in King County, which facilitates entry into housing, services, and supports; (2) the Benefits Verification System, which is a web-based eligibility database housing providers can access to find out whether their clients are enrolled in cash or medical assistance programs that qualify them for specific housing programs; and (3) a web-based predictive modeling tool—the Predictive Risk Intelligence SysteM (PRISM)—developed for care management with high-risk Medicaid clients who have chronic medical conditions. For authorized users, PRISM provides timely, actionable information to improve health service delivery.

California: Creating a Framework for Collective Impact: Ending Chronic Homelessness in California (November 7, 2013)

The Policy Academy presents a unique opportunity to create new partnerships (interagency, federal, local, and private) around a common agenda to reduce the number of persons experiencing chronic homelessness in California. State leaders will highlight short-term shifts in policy and practice (aka “low-hanging fruit”) as well as emergent opportunities for deeper collaboration in three key areas of the state’s strategic plan: Mainstream Resources (expanding outreach/enrollment for homeless people who will be newly eligible for Medi-Cal and using changing benefits to provide behavioral health services); Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) (increasing access for chronically homeless persons to existing PSH and using anticipated new funding); and Re-Tooling the Crisis Response System.

Georgia: Building a System of Housing and Care to Prevent Chronic Homelessness
(October 10, 2013)

The state will address several key systemic elements that must be addressed to prevent chronic homelessness. These include prioritizing existing resources to meet the current needs using housing first/harm reduction strategies, mainstream service resources, and existing housing capacity; rebuilding state leadership to address chronic homelessness; building an effective institutional discharge planning system; using HMIS and integrated systems data; and integrating promising approaches to develop a viable long-term housing strategy that honors housing choice for those who are most “at risk” of becoming “chronically homeless.”

To request the presentation materials from these webinars, please send an email to:
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