HHRN Virtual Symposium      June 18, 2020 10:30AM – 4:45PM ET 


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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Homeless and Housing Resource Network (HHRN) is pleased to announce a free, national online event. On June 18, Forward Together: A Virtual Symposium engaged thousands of professionals from 60+ states, territories, and jurisdictions in 14 countries in a full day of learning featuring approximately two dozen national experts, policy makers, and providers.

The live event is over, but you can still access symposium sessions on demand!


EXTENDED! Obtain continuing education credits until July 17. Each session confers one (1) NAADAC/NBCC contact hour.

View sessions and download slides until July 31.

Join us in learning and sharing what works! All those working at the intersection of serious mental illness, substance use or co-occurring disorders and homelessness will find engaging sessions. 

For more information about HHRN, email hhrn@ahpnet.com

The opening plenary session will be followed by six breakout sessions in three tracks. The symposium concludes with an inspirational closing plenary. Join us for the whole day or drop in to only those sessions that most appeal to you!

Opening Plenary: Coming Together

Description: What we know about the highly diverse populations who are experiencing homelessness and what works in terms of services and housing for these clients

Moderator: Carol Bianco-Miller, Advocates for Human Potential


  • Anita Everett, M.D., DFAPA, Center for Mental Health Services, SAMHSA, with guests Joseph Benson and Amy Grassette
  • Joshua Bamberger, M.D., M.P.H., University of California, San Francisco
  • Brian Sims, M.D., National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors
Track A: Customizing Services and Supports for Specific Populations  

Description: Proven strategies for addressing unique needs of people experiencing homelessness with complex vulnerabilities, ensuring they receive the care and assistance they deserve 

Moderator: Marty Fleetwood, J.D., Homebase 


  • Connecting with Clients Beyond Cultural and Social Walls 
  • Coming In: Addressing Homelessness Across the Life Cycle 

Track B: Transitions to Housing 

Description: Innovative and effective approaches, tools, and resources for bridging the gap between homelessness and home for clients 

Moderator: Sherri Downing, Advocates for Human Potential 


  • Moving In: Accessing Permanent Housing 
  • Innovations in Housing for People in Transition 

Track C: Crisis Services and Treatment  

Description: Specific approaches to reach, engage, and support individuals who are experiencing homelessness and health, mental health, and substance use crisis 

Moderator: Dazara Ware, M.A., Policy Research Associates 


  • Bringing Crisis Services to People Living without Shelter  
  • Emergency Responses at the Epicenter of the Opioid Crisis 
Closing Plenary: Remaining Connected, Stepping Onward

Description: Sharing innovations in delivering recovery-oriented services and supports to those at the intersection of homelessness, serious mental illness, and substance use disorders

Moderator: Carol Bianco-Miller, Advocates for Human Potential


  • David Covington, M.B.A., LPC, RI International and Behavioral Health Links Partner
  • Deborah (Deb) Warner, M.A., PMP, Advocates for Human Potential


This course has been approved by JBS International, Inc., as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #86832, JBS International, Inc., is responsible for all aspects of their programming.  


JBS International, Inc., has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6442. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. JBS International, Inc., is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.