SUSAN DAY Illinois Coordinator, Central & Southern Region
MARCH MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
ReVive Center for Housing and Healing (previously The Cathedral Shelter) has operated as a not-for-profit community-based service provider on the Near West Side of Chicago since 1915. Services are aimed to provide housing and support for people experiencing homelessness with disabilities and those at high-risk of homelessness. Cressey House opened as one of the first permanent supportive housing (PSH) programs in Illinois in 1998 serving individuals and families in the 28-unit program, as well as The Royalton Hotel’s 98-unit Single Room Occupancy. ReVive continues to explore strategies to serve the larger Chicago community including the recently opened Engagement Center, designed with and by ReVive residents to promote meaningful participation and peer support networks in a socially distanced space.
The Engagement Center is led by a Licensed and Registered Occupational Therapy team, who help support participation and engagement in meaningful roles related to individuals’ values, strengths and goals. Occupational therapy services offer opportunities to foster collaboration, self-advocacy, recovery and community integration.
The interdisciplinary supportive services team and volunteers foster an inclusive and empowering space to support community integration with neighbors and peers through a harm reduction approach. The Engagement Center is open to the broader community and fosters collaboration, social inclusion, and recovery as it is defined by each person.
ReVive’s Engagement Center is open to the community from 9am-4pm Mondays through Fridays and 12pm-4pm on Saturdays. ReVive has also partnered with Rush University to establish a free OT Drop-In Clinic offering physical and mental health specialization and collaboration with Devices 4 the Disabled to offer access to adaptive equipment or assistive devices (such as walkers, wheelchairs, canes, reachers). The OT team also offers training to increase ease in performing daily activities for people with disabilities.
The next OT Drop-In Clinic day will be on Saturday, May 8th from 12:30pm - 3:30pm.
We hope to see you there!
To learn more about the OT Drop-In Clinic and other services offered at ReVive’s Engagement Center, please visit our website, www.revivecenter.org or connect directly with our Lead OT, Andrea LeFlore at 847-868-3854 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SHPA ADVOCACY CORNER
Dear SHPA Members and Supporters,
SHPA requests its members and supporters join us and Spring into Action for ACTION FRIDAY!
CALL YOUR LAWMAKERS and ask them to support a FY22 Budget Appropriation of $45 Million for Supportive Housing!
Attached is SHPA’s Action Tool- including a Call-In Script and How To- to help you connect with lawmakers! Don’t forget to clearly ask for the FY22 Budget Appropriation of $45 Million for Supportive Housing!
We are hosting a weekly Advocacy Debrief on Fridays at 9:00am. Start your morning connecting with other advocates throughout the state- and help Support Supportive Housing! If you are able, join us this Friday at 9:00am!
Thank you for your help! We are hoping to track how we’re doing on reaching out to the General Assembly on this issue—can you let me know if you were able to help out?
If you have any questions, please let me know!
WORKING TOGETHER, WE CAN ACCOMPLISH ANYTHING!
___________________________________ For SHPA members- the SHPA Advocacy Committee Meeting Tuesday April 27 at 1:00pm
SHPA’s advocacy work loops together regional leadership and strong relationships, moving thought into action. The Advocacy committee is the action group that helps mobilize advocacy campaigns state-wide. The committee lifts up the needs related to Supportive Housing and SHPA’s ultimate goal – ensuring that every Illinoisan has a home that meets their needs in the communities they choose. SHPA is dedicated to state-wide advocacy with champions from communities across Illinois. The committee meets by phone on the Fourth Tuesday at 1:00 pm
For more information on this committee- please sign up here!
Thank you for all you do, and we look forward to working with you!
Last week, SHPA advocates responded to the following Call to Actions to support our coalition partners with some very important Illinois legislation- here are the updates!
SB 2445 (sponsored by Senators Mattie Hunter, Ann Gillespie and Sara Feigenholtz), an omnibus bill to increase the supply of affordable rental housing in Illinois. This bill was heard in committee and passed but it may be going back to committee this week for another vote. We will have more info on that in the next day or so.
SB347 (sponsored Senator Robert Peters) which strengthens crisis support services for individuals experiencing a non-emergent mental health or substance use services was out of the Senate Behavioral Health Committee last night on a vote of 9-2. We still have a ways to go with negotiations with the state, but we have made significant progress. Both the Senate bill, SB347, and House bill, HB2944, will be held on second reading as we try to find common ground with the Departments.
HB1063 (sponsored Representative Ammons) are legislation that would repeal the state’s law that criminalizes people living with HIV. Rep. Carol Ammons presented HB1063 on the House floor and it was passed with no debate with an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 90-9. The bill has been sent over to the Senate and is currently in Assignments Committee. We hope to get the bill assigned either this week or next and the bill will be called in committee soon thereafter.
Thank you for your advocacy!
Show Your Work “If It’s Not Written Down it Didn’t Happen!”
Documenting Service and Program Effectiveness is critical to know your programs accomplishment and effectiveness. Effective use of the financial resources is becoming more important, especially as funding sources are becoming harder to secure. Accurately documenting services shows the value of supportive housing and provides data and statistics to advocated for more funding. The latter part of this training will be specific to the quarterly services and financial reporting required of IDHS Supportive Housing Homeless Services grantees.
This Training will provide:
Important documentation tips & tricks;
Review quarterly reporting processes and highlight key areas;
Discussion to ensure that the services provided and documented are reflecting in funding reports; and
Lots of opportunity for Peer Sharing and Q & A
This training is appropriate for case management staff, supervisors and staff responsible for service documentation and completing service & financial reports. The latter part of this training will be specific to the quarterly services and financial reporting required of IDHS Supportive Housing Homeless Services grantees.
Facilitator: SHPA Staff
Free with code for SHPA Members & IDHS-SHP Grantees
$50 - all others
Mike Thomson, Michael Weir, and Aaron Chambers of ThomsonWeir, LLC have since 2012 provided SHPA with government affairs and strategic communications services. They advocate for our interests and regularly share important information for our members.
The time for collecting SOAR outcomes is right around the corner, and the SAMHSA SOAR TA Center wants to ensure that you and your community are prepared! The upcoming outcomes season will collect decisions received on SOAR-assisted applications between July 1, 2020–June 30, 2021. Our hope is that you are regularly logging into the Online Application Tracking (OAT) system and tracking outcomes throughout the year! Regardless of whether you’re a regular tracker or new to the process, here are some simple steps to take to make sure your outcomes are ready and up to date.
First, ensure that you are registered in the OAT system; if you are not, you can register here.
If you are new to tracking outcomes or want a refresher, we encourage you to review the OAT User Guide as well as a recent recording of the OAT Orientation webinar. During the orientation, we walk through entering a claim and answer participant questions. The next webinar will take place on Tuesday, April 20, at 2:00 p.m. ET. Register for this event.
Why Outcomes Matter!
Outcomes are key to growing a successful SOAR initiative! Tracking outcomes ensures that your work and impact as a SOAR-trained case worker is documented, and it also contributes to your state’s overall outcomes. Strong outcomes can also lead to additional funding for SOAR dedicated case workers!