HHRN Virtual Symposium

Use this agenda to navigate to session recordings, surveys, and certificates. To access slides for each session, visit the Resources page. Please note: You must be registered and logged in to access on-demand materials. CEHs are available until July 17 and recordings/handouts will be available until July 31. For more information about SAMHSA’s Homeless and Housing Resource Network, contact us at hhrn@ahpnet.com

Plenary - Coming Together 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM ET

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SAMHSA Welcome message. This inspiring discussion will feature what we know about the highly diverse populations who are experiencing homelessness and what works in terms of services and housing for these clients. This session will set the stage for the rest of the symposium with a focus on diversity in terms of culture, age, serious mental illness, substance use disorders, co-occurring disorders, trauma, and other individual factors.
Speakers

Anita Everett, M.D., DFAPA,  Director of the Center for Mental Health Services, with guests Joseph Benson and Amy Grassette
Carol Bianco-Miller,  Homeless and Housing Resource Network (HHRN)/Advocates for Human Potential, Inc. (AHP)  (Moderator)
Joshua Bamburger, M.D., M.P.H. Professor, Family and Community Medicine, University of California
Brian Sims, M.D.,  National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD)

Break 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM ET

Connecting with Clients: Beyond Cultural and Social Walls 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM ET

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People experiencing homelessness have many vulnerabilities and complex histories. This session will provide insight into understanding personal sociocultural environments and biases. Speakers will provide real-world strategies for creating a person-centered approach to providing support and helping clients understand and address their individual needs, including needs regarding medical, psychological, and social conditions.
Speakers

Marty Fleetwood, J.D.,  Homeless and Housing Resource Network (HHRN)/Homebase  (Moderator)
LaMont Green, D.S.W., LSWAIC, Lived Experience Coalition
Dave Katzenmeyer,  Street Outreach Program Supervisor, People Incorporated Mental Health Services

Moving In: Accessing Permanent Housing 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM ET

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The golden key is one that ends homelessness by opening the door to a home. This session will showcase current strategies and interventions that support overcoming individual barriers to housing. Presenters will discuss programs working with people living with mental and/or substance use disorders to support tenancy, including finding housing resources, conducting targeted outreach to highly vulnerable people, and providing care.
Speakers

Sherri Downing, Deputy Director, HHRN/Senior Program Manager, AHP
Michelle Fuller-Hallauer, M.S.W., LSW Manager, Clark County Social Service
Emmy Tiderington, Ph.D., M.S.W., LMSW, Assistant Professor, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Bringing Crisis Services to People Living Without Shelter 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM ET

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How can we make crisis services available in the unsheltered community? This session will focus on strategies to reach, engage, and support individuals overcoming crises, including the use of coordinated teams and innovative access strategies. Presenters will integrate research with practical experience, tips, and case presentations to provide a dynamic and inspirational session.
Speakers

Dazara D. Ware, M.A., M.P.C.,  Homeless and Housing REsource Network (HHRN)/Policy Research Associates, Inc. (PRA) (Moderator)
Aislinn Bird, M.D., M.P.H.,  Psychiatrist, Alameda County Health Care for the Homeless
Sheryl Fleisch, M.D.,  Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Break 1:15 PM - 1:45 PM ET

Coming In: Addressing Homelessness Across the Life Cycle 1:45 PM - 3:00 PM ET

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How does homelessness affect people at different points in their lives? This session will provide guidance on effective interventions specific to people experiencing homelessness, spanning the entire life cycle. Presenters will highlight two populations of focus: youth with complex needs and older adults/seniors. Presenters will draw from their personal experiences and on-the-ground research to provide innovative approaches.
Speakers

Marty Fleetwood, J.D., Homeless and Housing Resource Network (HHRN)/Homebase  (Moderator)
Joshua Bamburger, M.D., M.P.H.,  Professor, Family and Community Medicine, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)
Keyona Cooper, M.S.W., LGSW,  Social Worker, Youth Enter Adulthood Ready (YEAR), Inc.

Innovations in Housing for People in Transition 1:45 PM - 3:00 PM ET

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Many people receiving assistance for homelessness have experienced the loss of a stable foundation upon which to build a meaningful life. This session will probe solutions and housing innovations designed to bridge life in shelter, treatment, or corrections systems back to permanent housing and community. Presenters may share examples drawing upon work underway with unsheltered populations, as well as youth.
Speakers

Sherri Downing, Homeless and Housing Resource Network (HHRN)/Advocates for Human Potential, Inc. (AHP) (Moderator)
Erin Whelan, M.S., LPC-S, LCCA, Senior Division Director of Housing, LifeWorks Austin
Patrick Wigmore,  Subject Matter Expert, HHRN/Deputy Director, Homebase

Emergency Responses at the Epicenter of the Opioid Crisis 1:45 PM - 3:00 PM ET

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What is the intersection between homelessness and opioid use? This session will identify crisis points and effective responses. Speakers will discuss promising overdose prevention strategies, the needs of individuals released from the corrections systems, and low-threshold access to buprenorphine—all geared toward helping individuals move into recovery and housing.
Speakers

Dazara D. Ware, M.A., M.P.C., Homeless and Housing Resources Network (HHRN)/Policy Research Associates, Inc. (PRA) (Moderator)
Juntira Laothavorn, M.D., Psychiatrist
Mariel Lougee, M.D., Street Physician, Contra Costa County Health Care for the Homeless

Break 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM ET

Remaining Connected Stepping Onward: Closing Remarks 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM ET

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This final session will put our work in context. Grounded in lived experiences, presenters will share innovations in delivering recovery-oriented services and supports to those at the intersection of homelessness, serious mental illness, and substance use disorders. Bring your hope and your action steps to this session, so we can share a vision for the future.
Speakers

Carol Bianco-Miller,  Homeless and Housing Resource Network (HHRN)/Advocates for Human Potential, Inc. (AHP)  (Moderator)
David Covington, M.B.A., LPC,  CEO and President, RI International, and Behavioral Health Link Partner
Deborah (Deb) Werner, M.A., PMP, Technical Assistance Lead, HHRN/Senior Program Director, AHP