Homelessness Webinar and SAMHSA Job Announcement

SAMHSA ADS Center Training Teleconference

 Housing, Homelessness, and Social Inclusion:
Essential Elements of 
Healthy Communities

February 23, 2011

"Reconnecting to a viable sense of self and community is a crucial step in the recovery process for people who have experienced homelessness."  (National Health Care for the Homeless, 2005)

Homelessness has become a widespread public health issue with an estimated 671,859 people experiencing homelessness on any given night in the United States. (National Alliance to End Homelessness, 2010) Stable housing is an essential human need and is a key social determinant of both health and mental health. Many who become homeless have a history of either childhood or adult trauma, or both, that can lead to the development of mental health problems and/or substance use disorders which become worse when an individual lives on the streets or in shelters.
The SAMHSA ADS Center invites you to a free training teleconference titled "Housing, Homelessness, and Social Inclusion: Essential Elements of Healthy Communities."
This teleconference will educate participants about current trends and practices in the field, recent precedent-setting court rulings to address violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Olmstead, and the central role of social connectedness, social capital, and social inclusion as the foundation for developing programs that support people who have been homeless. Participants will also hear how one person moved from being homeless to being a homeowner and the lessons that can be learned from his recovery journey.

Register Today!
To learn more and register, please visit the following page:http://promoteacceptance.samhsa.gov/teleconferences/default.aspx
We encourage you to share this invitation with interested friends and colleagues.

Please Note: Registration will close at 5:00 p.m., ET, on Sunday, February 20, 2011.

Date and Time
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
3 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Eastern Time (ET)

o      Livia Davis, M.S.W., CSWM  
Center for Social Innovation
SAMHSA Supportive Services 
Housing Technical Assistance Center
o      Bonnie Milstein, J.D.
David L. Bazelon Center for Mental
Health Law
 o     Michael Kelly, CPS
Housing for New Hope 
This training teleconference will include a question-and-answer session. We invite you to submit questions at any time before or during the teleconference. To submit questions before the teleconference, please e-mail promoteacceptance@samhsa.hhs.gov. Speakers will answer as many questions as possible during the Q&A session, but we cannot guarantee that your question will be addressed. We will provide the presenters' contact information so that you may contact them directly for a response or additional information. 

Please note: You may submit anonymous questions; however, if you provide your name and organization when submitting a question, we may use it during the call.
Training Sponsor
This teleconference is sponsored by SAMHSA ADS Center, a project of the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS). CMHS is a center within the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Please explore the SAMHSA ADS Center Web site for more information:http://www.promoteacceptance.samhsa.gov

 SAMHSA Seeking Legislative Analyst

Job Title: Legislative Analyst

Department: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
Agency: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Job Announcement Number: HHS-SAMHSA-DE-11-431101

Open Period: Monday, January 31, 2011, to Friday, February 11, 2011

Incumbent analyzes legislative processes in terms of their affect on policy development in relation to public health and health care delivery programs. Serves as a liaison and as the technical authority on legislative and regulatory issues to all SAMHSA Centers and Offices on all legislative and regulatory analysis assignments and issues of the utmost visibility, controversy, political sensitivity, and/or confidentiality.

Works with a variety of senior-level department executives, as well as policy staff from other HHS agencies. Oversees the development of recommendations and the preparation of explanatory and supporting materials which facilitate evaluation of SAMHSA, HHS, and administration policy goals and objectives. Analyzes and evaluates program requirements, agency needs, and/or administrative policy objectives that may involve the development, enactment, amendment, and extension of legislation or regulation with respect to SAMHSA health initiatives. Participates in briefings and prepares background information for meetings, briefings, and hearings in Congress.

This position is located in the Office of the Director, Office of Policy, Planning and Innovation, SAMHSA, in Rockville, Maryland.