Workshop Descriptions

Wednesday October 9, 2013

8:45 AM - 10:15 AM

Alaska Homeless Management Information Systems: Taking ServicePoint5 to New Levels of Success - Sandy Olibrice, Kris Duncan, John Rozzi, Brian Smith, Richard Rankin

To kick-off the session the third annual Homeless & At-Risk Data Report will be rolled out!  Receive summary for AKHMIS’s first year of SP5 and future plans. Vermont’s vast experience with SP5 will highlight the barriers/challenges they faced in the transition and how their communities overcame the obstacles. John will highlight Valley Charities data sharing Homeless Assistance Project.  As a super user of SP and the Advanced Reporting Tool (ART), John will highlight a sampling of useful reports he has discovered in ART.  These are reports that programs can easily use for data quality monitoring or for agency board meetings and community reports. He will teach and encourage others to see the database as a wonderful tool versus just a necessary evil.

Housing First in Alaska - Nancy Burke, Melinda Freemon, David Driscoll

The presentation will cover the research and results of the inaugural Housing First programs in Alaska from Fairbanks to Anchorage. UAA’s Institute of Circumpolar Health Studies, along with the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority and RurAL CAP representatives, will present updates on Housing First in Alaska.  

Youth Advocates of Sitka: Host Home Model - Annette Becker

This workshop will examine the nationally recognized Host Home program that utilizes healthy adults and their homes to serve runaway or homeless youth in a family enviroment.

Alaska Prisoner Re-Entry Efforts, Ron Taylor, Deputy Commissioner Alaska Department of Corrections, Cassey St. Rose, Fairbanks Re-entry Coaltion Chair, 

 

10:30 AM - Noon

Homeless Managment Information Systems/Self-Sufficiency Matrix - Brian Smith & Richard Rankin, Vermont Department of Mental Health

Feet in the Streets -  Terry Chubin, Audrey Leiker, Shannon O'Connell

Learn what it takes to establish rapport with the hardest to serve individuals living in camps and shelters.  Presented by the RurAL CAP outreach team, attendees will learn the steps to effective outreach to help homeless individuals bridge the gap between survival and self-sufficiency.  The practice of Peer Outreach will also be discussed.  

Faith-Based and Community Sheltering for Families - Laurie Kari, Dave Kuiper, Maureen Haggbloom, Brittany Matero, Virginia McCaslin, Larry Graha

A panel of partners in faith-based and community initiatives in the Mat-Su Borough and Anchorage will share examples of and experiences with collaborative efforts to provide emergency shelter for families. Goal: To provide helpful and encouraging information to communities as possible sheltering solutions at home. 

Innovations in Prisoner Re-Entry - Mike Pellerin, Kelvin Lee, Claire Waddoup, Mark Romick 

This workshop will present both pre- and post-release re-entry efforts, and how they relate to housing challenges for this special population.

12:30 PM

Plenary: United for Homes: Ending the Affordable Housing Crisis, La'Teashia Sykes, National Low-Income Housing Coalition 

The National Housing Trust Fund, once funded, will expand the supply of affordable housing for Alaska’s lowest income households. This plenary will provide an overview of the federal program and explain how it can help end homelessness in Alaska once capitalized. The presenter will discuss what advocates can do to urge federal leaders to provide ongoing revenue for the National Housing Trust Fund, and how advocates can become active in the United for Homes Campaign, the national effort to fund the Trust Fund. 

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

HUD Continuum of Care Grantees Training - Jay Lee, Alissa Weber, HomeBase

This training is intended for recipients of HUD's Fiscal Year 2012 Continuum of Care Program funds. It provides an overview of new program requirements, recipient responsibilities regarding grant operations and administration, and the role of subrecipients.

Housing First - Karluk Manor's First Year - Ken Scollan

Receive an update on the development of Karluk Manor and its first year of operation.  Learn more about the predevelopment strategies that led the community to support the Housing First concept and Karluk Manor.  Receive current information on the highlights of the first year of permanent supportive housing for 46 of Anchorage’s most vulnerable individuals.

Youth in State Systems - Brita Bishop, Karen Forrest, Heidi Redick

 

3:15 PM - 5:00 PM

HUD Continuum of Care Grantees Training  - Jay Lee, Alissa Weber, HomeBase

This training is intended for recipients of HUD's Fiscal Year 2012 Continuum of Care Program funds. It provides an overview of new program requirements, recipient responsibilities regarding grant operations and administration, and the role of subrecipients.

Housing First Best PracticesHellen Fleming, Rob Marx, Tim Juliessen, invited: Karluk Manor resident

Learn the specific techniques and interventions that are most effective in serving previously homeless individuals with substance dependence and mental illness in a Housing First apartment complex.  Hear about the day to day successes and challenges when serving individuals with decades of homelessness.  Learn how to provide wrap around services to highly vulnerable populations and maximize local partnerships to improve systems of care.  Hear a personal story from a resident who transitioned from the street to stable housing.

Shiloh Community Housing - Heather Williams

 


Thursday, October 10, 2013

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

HUD Continuum of Care Financial Management, Jay Lee, Alissa Weber, HomeBase

This training addresses how HUD CoC Program funding recipients can manage their finances to be compliant with HUD requirements. It identifies common mistakes and provides an overview of internal controls, as well as the role of monitoring, documentation and record-keeping, in improving financial management. 

Ending Homelessness For the Long Run:  Looking Way Upstream, Mark Erickson

Recent research shows that toxic stress in early life (e.g., childhood neglect, abuse, poverty) is a potent risk factor for myriad health and mental health problems across the lifespan.   Related findings argue that the risk for later homelessness, similarly, is strongly influenced by what an individual experiences from conception to about age 3 years.   This workshop explores relevant research from several disciplines – epidemiology, epigenetics, econometrics and prevention science.  Taken as a whole, these findings suggest that prevention of childhood toxic stress may be a highly cost effective way to prevent homelessness across the lifespan and across generations.   

11:00 AM - Noon

HUD Continuum of Care Financial Management Training - Jay Lee, Alissa Weber, HomeBase

This training addresses how HUD CoC Program funding recipients can manage their finances to be compliant with HUD requirements. It identifies common mistakes and provides an overview of internal controls, as well as the role of monitoring, documentation and record-keeping, in improving financial management. 

2014 Point In Time Homeless Count and Project Homeless Connect - Kris Duncan, Scott Ciambor

 

12:30 PM 

Plenary: The Nuts and Bolts of Starting and Operating a Medical Respite Program

Sabrina Edgington, National Healtcare for the Homeless Council and Dr. Leslie Enzian, Medical Director, Edward Thomas House Medical Respite Care Program

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Alaska Public Housing Authorities - Heather Arnett

Mental Health First Aid: A Public Education Sweeping Alaska and the Nation - Bryan Gibb, Director of Public Education, National Council for Behavioral Health

In this workshop attendees will learn about the origin, mission and impact of Mental Health First Aid in Alaska and around the United States, then will explore some of the key content areas of the curriculum. This highly interactive workshop is appropriate for all audiences. Mental Health First Aid is an evidence based public education program created to teach members of the general public and professionals how to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental illness and substance use disorders, provide support, and if appropriate, deescalate crisis and refer to professional help. The program has been taught to a variety of audiences at a variety of organizations, including but not limited to: shelters, colleges and universities, police and corrections, faith based, hospital and clinic staff, secondary education and behavioral health. Participants will leave with practical new skills to apply at their organizations immediately.

Alaska VA Helathcare System: Ending Homelessness in Alaskan Veterans - Carolyn Seeganna

Funding Homeless Programs in Alaska - Chris Carlson, Christopher Perez, Kris Duncan

 

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Housing Development Funder's Forum - Mark Romick, Deborah Davis, Carma Reed, Christopher Perez

Mental Health First Aid: A Public Education Program Sweeping Alaska and the Nation  - Bryan V. Gibb, Director of Public Education, National Council for Behavioral Health

In this workshop attendees will learn about the origin, mission and impact of Mental Health First Aid in Alaska and around the United States, then will explore some of the key content areas of the curriculum. This highly interactive workshop is appropriate for all audiences. Mental Health First Aid is an evidence based public education program created to teach members of the general public and professionals how to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental illness and substance use disorders, provide support, and if appropriate, deescalate crisis and refer to professional help. The program has been taught to a variety of audiences at a variety of organizations, including but not limited to: shelters, colleges and universities, police and corrections, faith based, hospital and clinic staff, secondary education and behavioral health. Participants will leave with practical new skills to apply at their organizations immediately.

The Nuts and Bolts of Starting and Operating a Medical Respite Program - Sabrina Edgington, National Healtcare for the Homeless Council and Dr. Leslie Enzian, Medical Director, Edward Thomas House Medical Respite Care Program

This breakout session is for participants who wish to learn more about the ins and outs of medical respite program development and operations. Building on the plenary session, speakers will describe various medical respite program models that can be implemented across a range of settings as well as strategies for building community and financial support. Patient case examples will demonstrate effective practices that can be integrated into service models to improve health and housing outcomes. This interactive presentation will also include time for participants to ask questions and discuss local issues related to medical respite program development.

Sustainability Best Practices for Non-Profits, Mike Walsh, Foraker Group

 


Friday, October 11, 2013

9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Alaska Behavioral Health Alliance

Alaska Food Coalition

The Affordable Care Act

Microenterprise and Sustainable Employment 

 

10:30 AM - Noon

Emergency Shelter Providers Panel

SOAR Presentation & Trust Training Cooperative

Productive Employment

 

1:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Celebrating the service of Suzi Pearson and Kris Duncan

1:45 PM - 2:30 PM

State and Statewide Coalitions: Activities, Challenges, and the Year Ahead

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Continuum of Care Planning: What is Next? Kris Duncan, Trevor Storrs, Scott Ciambor

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Conference Wrap-Up: Advocacy, Partnering, and Priorities