Friday, September 21, 2012

Webinar: Homelessness Issues and Behavioral Health

United States Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration - A Life in the Community for Everyone: Behavioral Health is Essential to Health, Prevention Works, Treatment is Effective, People Recover

Register Now: Two Webinars on Homelessness Issues
The following webinars will be of interest to behavioral health providers and administrators, primary health care providers and administrators, consumers and people in recovery, peer providers, providers of other health and human services (housing, employment, etc.), policymakers, and researchers.

Rethinking National Solutions: Addressing Homelessness on the Frontier and in Rural America
September 25, 2012 | 2–3:30 p.m. ET | Register Now
One of the most common concerns among providers who serve people who are experiencing homelessness in rural and frontier environments is that evidence-based practices and other solutions are not only urban-centric, they are not effective in sparsely populated areas. For many frontier and rural communities, gathering accurate data that can drive change seems an almost insurmountable challenge. A recent expert panel on homelessness in rural and frontier America highlighted strategies and solutions that are working well in rural and frontier areas of the country. Building off that expert panel, this webinar will provide insight into making national strategies work in these areas.
Registration is free, but space is limited. Registration will close at 1 p.m. ET on September 25.

Housing-Focused Outreach: An Emerging Model
September 26, 2012 | 3–4:30 p.m. ET | Register Now
Homeless outreach has typically focused on engagement and meeting people's immediate and short-term needs: food, clothing and blankets, transportation to shelter, and linkages to services. With the advent of Housing First and rapid rehousing approaches, homeless service agencies are shifting away from the idea of outreach as a mechanism for serving clients on the streets to outreach as a tool for moving clients off the streets directly into housing. This webinar will describe the evolution of outreach over the past three decades, highlight the principles and practices of housing-focused outreach, and provide examples of this approach from around the United States.
Registration is free, but space is limited. Registration will close at 2 p.m. ET on September 26.

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Adam Kirkman at (518) 729-1265 or

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