On October 30, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL)Employment and Training Administration (ETA)issued USDOL/ETA Advisories - Training and Employment Guidance Letters (TEGL)19-13, Change 2 to expand and clarify the definition of homelessness as a significant barrier to employment(SBE). The expanded definition includes include domestic violence and other dangerous or life-threatening conditions, as defined in Section 103(b) of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11302(b)). To access this revised directive, pleaes click on View Page Now or go to: http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/attach/TEGL/TEGL_19-13_Change2_Acc.pdf
In May 2015, Mathematica Policy Research (MPR) issued this report on MFP demonstration that supports efforts to help Medicaid beneficiaries living in long-term care facilities transition back to the community. The six MFP grantees highlighted in this study offer several lessons that can help other states enhance their program models to better serve people with diverse support needs. Factors that contribute to successful program performance include (1) thorough identification of a person's needs and preferences early in the transition process to help facilitate timely linkages to services in the community and avoid reinstitutionalization; (2) flexible MFP grant funds that enable MFP grantees to test new services or supports that help to better meet participants' support needs in the community; (3) quality monitoring systems to track participants' outcomes in the community; and (4) strong partnerships with stakeholders, which lead to close coordination in service delivery and propel system transformation efforts forward. Please click on View Page Now or go to the MPR website at: http://www.mathematica-mpr.com/~/media/publications/pdfs/health/mfpfieldrpt16.pdf
This webinar is hosted by the National Disability Institute (NDI) and American Psychological Association (APA) to discuss money and stress with highlights from the report. It will be held on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, from 3:00 to 4:00 PM EST. The survey results show that stress about money and finances is prevalent nationwide, even as aspects of the U.S. economy have improved. In fact, regardless of the economic climate, money has consistently topped Americans' list of stressors since the first Stress in America survey was conducted in 2007. In addition to highlights of the survey and report, APA will provide strategies to help clients manage their stress about money. Presenters: -- Lynn Bufka PhD, Associate Executive Director, Practice, Research and Policy American Psychological Association -- Anju Khubchandani, Director, Disability Issues American Psychological Association To register for this webinar, please Click on View Page Now.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Administration for Children and Families (ACF)issued a study on October 22, 2014, that reports that more than half of homeless youth become homeless for the first time because they are asked to leave home by a parent or caregiver. The first-of-its-kind study focused on 656 14- to 21-year-olds in 11 cities. Respondents included street youth served by FYSB’s Street Outreach Program grantees and street youth who were not using services. The study found the following: -- On average, the youth became homeless for the first time at age 15. -- The average youth spent nearly two years living on the streets. -- More than 60 percent were raped, beaten up, robbed, or otherwise assaulted. -- Nearly 30 percent of participants identified as gay, lesbian or bisexual, and nearly 7 percent identified as transgender. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development regularly estimates the number of people experiencing homelessness. Even though this exercise is believed to undercount the number of youth experiencing homelessness, it still identified 46,924 unaccompanied children and youth experiencing homelessness in the United States on a single night in January 2013. To view the full report, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/fysb/resource/sop-executive-summary
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) recently released a new report on utilizing Medicaid for people in supportive housing or experiencing chronic homelessness. It provides information on how states can use Medicaid to support the health and behavioral health services needed by people experiencing chronic homelessness. It discusses Medicaid's legislative authorities, specific provisions in state Medicaid plans, benefit design, payment mechanisms, contract provisions, and implementation strategies that states could replicate or adapt. To view this HHS report, please click on View Page Now.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMSHA) is hosting a two part Webinar: Part 1:Exemplary Models of Peer Support to Incarcerated Persons With Mental Illness on August 27th, 2014 3:00 p.m.- 4:30 p.m. EDT; and Part 2: How to Build Peer Support for Incarcerated Persons With Mental Illness on September 3rd, 2014 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. EDT. These are sponsored by SAMHSA's GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation and the Association of State Correctional Administrators. Attendees will learn about the use of peers and peer support on Special Needs Units and in Reentry Planning. The first session will highlight two exemplary programs and the second session will focus on how to fund, develop, implement, sustain and expand these programs in correctional facilities. To register for these webinars, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.seiservices.com/samhsa/CMHS_webinars2014/
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) is hosting the following webinar on September 18, 2014, 1:00-2:30pm EST: "Why Should You Hire Peer Specialists/Recovery Coaches?" The webinar is directed to State, territory, and county-level mental health and substance use disorders treatment/recovery systems administrators, consumers and people in recovery, behavioral health providers, peer providers, providers of other health and human services (primary health care, housing, employment), policymakers, and researchers. Peer workers fill many roles and have many different job titles such as, peer recovery coach, peer specialist, peer wellness coach, peer navigator and more. They work in a variety of settings including, addiction and mental health treatment settings, primary health care, peer-run/recovery community organizations and more. Working in integrated primary and behavioral health care is a relatively new role for peers. Integrated care is defined as services in which providers consider all of an individual’s health conditions in the course of treatment, including physical illness, mental disorders, or substance use, in which these providers coordinate care for the person. There is an emerging body of information suggesting that integrated care programs contribute to a reduction of stigma and discrimination experienced by persons with mental health and substance use problems. To register for this webinar, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/why-should-you-hire-peer-specialistsrecovery-coaches-tickets-12375025033
The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) met on July 18, 2014 to discuss progress and planned actions to increase the degree to which Federal mainstream programs and resources are being brought to bear in efforts to end homelessness. As part of this focus, the Council selected Labor Secretary Thomas Perez as Chair, HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell as Vice Chair. Throughout the Administration, President Obama has appointed leaders who are personally dedicated to ending homelessness and who are focused on achieving outcomes. The announcement states: "With our focus intensifying on leveraging mainstream systems to end homelessness, the strong leadership and personal commitment of both Secretary Perez and Secretary Burwell will build and strengthen the bridges between health care and housing and the ladders of opportunity for all Americans-including increasing meaningful and sustainable employment for people experiencing or at-risk of homelessness." To learn more about activities underway at USICH, please go to: http://usich.gov/media_center/featured_articles/obama-admini
The Department of Education's National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR)— Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program— Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers (RRTCs) announced the availability for funds to two RRTCs: (1) Transition to Employment for Youth and Young Adults with Serious Mental Health Conditions and (2) Community Living and Participation for Youth and Young Adults with Serious Mental Health Conditions. The Federal Register announcement Notice invites applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2014. The maximum grant award per year for each of the two RRTCs is $875,000. Applications Available: July 18, 2014. Deadline for Letter of Intent to Apply: August 15, 2014. Date of Pre-Application Meeting: August 8, 2014. Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: August 29, 2014. To access the Federal Register announcement, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-18/pdf/2014-16994.pdf
This webinar will take place on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. EDT. Join Ann Oliva, the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Special Needs at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and Richard Cho, the Senior Policy Director at the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) for this informative webinar on Housing First and Rapid Re-Housing. Participants will learn: - Core Components of the Housing First approach Core Components of Rapid Re-Housing as a housing model How to implement Housing First and/or Rapid Re-Housing Why both of these interventions are critical to the efforts to end homelessness To register for this webinar, please click on View Page Now or go to: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/352697119
The “CAP Quick Tip: WSM Requests,” is a video on YouTube produced by the Federally funded Computer/Electronic Accommodation Program (CAP) provides an overview on the process of requesting accommodations through CAP for wounded, ill, and injured active duty Service members. For more information, please visit our Wounded Service Member Initiative webpage at www.cap.mil/wsm.
The Workforce3One includes a Veterans’ Priority Community of Practice (CoP) with on-line training available to American Job Center (AJC) staff. Providing employment services to veterans is a priority for the public workforce system. The National Veterans' Training Institute (NVTI) has developed a tutorial for American Job Center (AJC) frontline staff on how to best serve your veteran job seekers with detailed insight into understanding the challenges of putting veterans to work. The tutorial, Preparing Veterans for Meaningful Careers, provides an overview of: - The Jobs for Veterans State Grants refocusing from a frontline American Job Center staff perspective - Clarifications on the roles and responsibilities of local staff - Technical assistance for serving veterans Further clarifications on priority of service for veterans in the workforce system To access the on-line tutorial for serving veterans, please click on View Page Now or go to: https://veterans.workforce3one.org/view/4011410057437236320/info
This toolkit presents a collection of innovative and promising practices related to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) work participation rates and better serving at-risk families. This toolkit was developed under the guidance of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance in partnership with the 26 cities of the Urban Partnerships Initiative and the Administration for Children and Families Regional Offices. The practices feature programs representing each of the Administration for Children and Families’ 10 Regional Offices. The organization of the toolkit follows the continuum of TANF services and the content features numerous strategies for engaging hard-to-serve populations. Moreover, this dynamic resource identifies the tools behind these innovative practices and highlights how these practices are affected in terms of policy, programming, and operations. The toolkit is designed to provide detailed information about these innovative strategies so stakeholders elsewhere can replicate them and provide service delivery to a greater number of low-income families and help TANF participants achieve self-sufficiency. To access the Toolkit, please click on View Page Now or go to: https://peerta.acf.hhs.gov/upitoolkit/introduction/
United States Interagency Counsel on Homelessness (USICH) and federal partners are teaming up with communities all across the country to accelerate and align existing efforts toward ending Veteran and chronic homelessness and to do this in a way that lays the foundation for ending all homelessness. They consider effective Partnerships as critical to the work of ending homelessness. Whether through the Mayors Challenge to End Homelessness, to solidify partnerships and secure commitments to end Veteran homelessness from mayors across the country... Or the 25 Cities effort to build and strengthen the elements of a coordinated entry system in communities for identifying, assessing, and matching people experiencing homelessness to the most appropriate housing support interventions. For more information on the USICH activities and progress, please go to their recent news release at: http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?ca=4e6358ba-bb52-49e7-a159-ad64fdeca1ab&c=0e4efc10-321b-11e3-b334-90b11c3522c5&ch=0f29cbb0-321b-11e3-b431-90b11c3522c5
The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) has published an online edition of “That All May Worship,” which the organization describes as “an interfaith guide to transforming any congregation into a place that values, includes, and enjoys children and adults with all types of disabilities.” According to the AAPD website, “Over 70 thousand printed copies of this guide have been sold since the first edition was published 20 years ago. We are proud to now offer a free updated electronic edition of this popular guide.” The guide is available at http://www.aapd.com/what-we-do/interfaith/that-all-may-worship/that-all-may-worship-cover.html
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has released an annual report for the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program that lauds the effectiveness of the program and details its achievements. Calling SSVF "the first and only VA program that provides services to veterans and their families," the report notes that during the program's first two years it served nearly 100,000 veterans and their family members, and 85 percent of those exiting the program had permanent housing. VA claims in the report that the SSFV program, which is based on the Housing First model, has demonstrated that "high-impact, successful interventions can help low-income Veteran families avoid or exit homelessness and regain housing stability." To review the report: please go to: http://www.va.gov/HOMELESS/ssvf/docs/SSVFUniversity/SSVF_Annual_Report_FY_2013.pdf
The U.S. Department of Labor has announced the award of $74 million in grants to 37 community service organizations to provide employment, training and support services to successfully re-integrate formerly incarcerated adults and youth involved in the juvenile justice system into their communities. Grantees are expected to provide a range of services that include case management, mentoring, education and training that leads to industry-recognized credentials. Twenty-one grants, totaling more than $44 million, are being awarded for the second round of the Face Forward initiative, which combines the most promising workforce and juvenile justice strategies available to improve participants' chances of success. Funded programs will also help to address the stigma of having a juvenile record by offering services to seal juvenile records and providing opportunities to handle delinquency complaints outside of the juvenile justice system. The remaining funding, totaling $30 million to 17 organizations through the Training to Work — Adult Reentry program, will help men and women participating in state or local work-release programs gain the job skills necessary to succeed in-demand occupations upon reintegrating back into society. The grants also build on the department's commitment to fund sustainable programs through the career pathways initiative, which better coordinates education and training services to enable workers to attain industry-recognized credentials and find jobs. Both grant programs target areas designated as "Promise Zones". Promise Zones partner with local communities and businesses to create jobs, increase economic security, expand educational opportunities, increase access to quality and affordable housing, and improve public safety. To learn more about these grant awards, please go to http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/ETA20141195.htm
National Council on Disability released their new report on “Effective Communication for People with Disabilities Before, During, and After Emergencies Evaluated” on May 27. The report examines successful practices and barriers to effective emergency communications for people with disabilities. The report examines the current state of affairs concerning the accessibility of emergency-related communications; reviews the enforcement of disability laws and regulations as they pertain to effective communications before, during, and after emergencies. Information on the experiences and perceptions of people with disabilities as they relate to emergency-related communications is also provided. Based on the findings of the report, NCD has put forth a series of recommendations for policy makers, federal partners, and emergency managers. To view a synopsis of the report and access a PDF version of the full report, please go to: http://www.ncd.gov/publications/2014/05272014/
The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service released a report that examines the effects of disabilities on household food security. The research focuses on adults who are unable to work due to their disabilities and adults with disabilities that do not necessarily prevent employment. Results indicated that food insecurity was more prevalent among households with working-age adults with disabilities. To access the report, please go to: https://peerta.acf.hhs.gov/index.cfm?event=viewTopic§ionTopicId=60&topicId=20&tabtopic=20§ionId=2&nav=20#posting3055
The Institute for Research on Poverty recently released a short report that provides an overview of the evidence on employment instability in the United States. The report also includes information about some opportunities and challenges facing policymakers and researchers interested in promoting employment stability in the current economic and political context. To view a PDF version of the report, please go to http://www.irp.wisc.edu/publications/fastfocus/pdfs/FF19-2014.pdf