Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center is intrinsically powered by its legion of Master’s level therapeutic counselors, licensed social workers, and professionals in training, who emanate from eight local prestigious universities. The integration of advanced, and empirically researched treatment modalities are applied through a holistic lens to address co-occurring mental health needs that can manifest as problematic substance use disorders. The high level of competency that our team of clinicians exhibit, can be seen in the observable outcomes of not only changed behaviors and mindsets, but long-term impact, such as successful program completions, and increased participation in alumni mentorships. In order for participants at Above and Beyond to consistently receive the highest level of care and competency in the industry, it is fundamental to understand how stable housing, or lack thereof, can reinforce or eradicate problematic substance use. Not only does Above and Beyond have highly credentialed counselors and social workers on the frontline of treatment, but they also play a vital role in successfully placing participants in long term gainful employment, and safe affordable housing. We’ve learned, by placing highly qualified minds with therapeutic attentiveness within Above and Beyond’s Supportive Housing division, we are able to ensure data integrity with measurable outcomes and successes, while maintaining a person centered, strengths based approach to any and all case management needs. To learn more about our Supportive Housing initiatives, contact Kaitlyn Flynn at email@example.com or visit our website at www.anb.today.
IHDA Call for Applications: Housing Stability Services (HSS) Illinois Rental Payment Program (IRPP)
The Illinois Housing Development Authority (“IHDA”) is pleased to announce its request for applications for Housing Stability Services (“HSS”) for the Illinois Rental Payment Program (“IRPP”). More information on the IRPP will be posted on the COVID-19 Housing Resources Information page on IHDA’s website as it becomes available.
Housing counseling agencies, community-based organizations, and non-profit organizations including legal assistance groups are eligible to apply if they have experience with information and outreach, and client intake and management procedures.
Applications will be scored based on Applicants’ responses provided in the application. The highest-ranking applications will be awarded. The application is attached to this email and will be available on IHDA’s website.
Completed applications will be accepted up to the deadline of February 23, 2021, by 3:00 pm CST. Additional information will be posted on IHDA’s website as it becomes available.
IHDA will be hosting an Application Tutorial Webinar to discuss the application process and general program details. Registration details for the webinar are listed below:
Homelessness is an ongoing crisis in Illinois, exacerbated by COVID-19. The response to homelessness in Illinois is very complex, under resourced, and fragmented. Now, is a pivotal time. An end to homelessness requires collaboration around a shared vision. Housing is the solution to homelessness. Services are critical to housing stability. Leadership is needed to establish this vision. An Interagency Council on Ending Homelessnessis needed to finally end homelessness in Illinois.
RACIAL JUSTICE IS HEALTH JUSTICE
SHPA Member and advocacy parner the AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) believes that racial justice is health justice and that as healthcare and human service providers, we cannot call for one without demanding the other. We must engage in the work that roots out racial injustices and inequities with the same fervor and passion that we fight for equitable access to health care for all Illinoisans.
It is undeniable that racism has a tremendous impact on the very social determinants that keep our communities safe and healthy. Systemic racism is so deeply rooted and ingrained in every sector of our society, from health care, housing, and transportation to social services, education, and the criminal justice system. In our fight for equitable access to health care for all Illinoisans, we acknowledge that the racial disparities experienced by Black communities are due to a confluence of white supremacy and racism—a public health crisis in America that can be traced back over 400 years.
In that regard, AFC is asking for Illinois’ health and human services sector to join us in declaring our support for House Bill 3653, landmark legislation that will bring significant and historic criminal justice reforms to the state of Illinois. This criminal justice reform bill, authored and championed by the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus (Senator Elgie Sims & Representative Justin Slaughter), addresses the need for ending mass incarceration, enacting police reform and strategically investing in the reduction of violence in Illinois communities through some of the following measures:
Acknowledges that the foundation of a strong justice system is the reduction of violence. The legislation addresses both crime victim compensation and increases opportunities for people to receive treatment and address the underlying causes of their criminal behavior;
Improves police practices by banning chokeholds, mandating body cameras, and restricting the use of deadly force;
Makes effective changes in the policing system through licensing and certification, granting the Attorney General power to investigate and address unconstitutional policing, encouraging sensible practices and reduce unnecessary strain on law enforcement like the “co-responder” model, and by creating the offense of “misconduct”;
Abolishes money bond and reforms the pretrial decision-making process so that risk, not access to money, determines who should be incarcerated pretrial. It creates a system that balances the need to restore the right of innocence until proven guilty, with the option that if a person is a risk to flee or are a threat to a person’s safety, they can be detained. Additionally, it ends the practice of taking through bond payment millions of dollars out of the pockets of families (typically Black and Brown women) who often can barely afford it and transforms a broken pretrial system that has been a key driver of mass incarceration and wrongful convictions; and
Addresses mass incarceration sentencing patterns through several reforms ranging from changes in sentencing laws like felony murder and mandatory minimums to treatment while incarcerated and ending the diminution of community political power and economic vitality.
Although this legislation was passed by the Illinois General Assembly on January 14, 2021, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker has yet to sign it into law. We implore Governor Pritzker to sign this legislation because it is a first step in righting the systemic wrongs that have directly or indirectly impacted Black, Indigenous and communities of color for generations. Signing House Bill 3653 sends a message loud and clear that the health of Black families matter, the safety of Black communities matter, and yes, Black Lives Matter!
Please join AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) in respectfully requesting that Governor Pritzker sign House Bill 3653 without any further delay by signing on to our letter, attached. If your organization wants to sign on, please fill out this form by Thursday, February 18, 2021 by 5:00 p.m. CST.
For more information or questions, please contact Timothy Jackson, AIDS Foundation Chicago Director of Government Relations via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone/text at (256) 200-8878.
SHPA Supports and has signed on we encourage our members to do so as well.
SHPA TRAINING CENTER
Advocacy 101: Advocacy is Active Join us for a webinar on Mar 11, 2021 at 1:00 PM CST.
Advocacy is active! In this introduction session, SHPA's team will present what is advocacy, why it is important, SHPA's advocacy philosophy, and how to get involved including tools and strategies to help you become a change agent through advocacy.
SHPA Members please use discount code "member" to attend for free!
All others: $30
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
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.
HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES VIRTUAL BRIEFING
FISCAL YEAR 2022 BUDGET PROPOSAL
At noon on Wednesday, February 17, 2021, Governor Pritzker will announce his Fiscal Year 2022 proposed budget for the State of Illinois.
A joint Health and Human Services briefing will be held virtually, beginning at 2:00 p.m. via live stream.
Sol Flores, Deputy Governor, and the leaders of the Departments of Human Services (IDHS), Healthcare and Family Services (HFS), Public Health (IDPH), Aging (IDoA) and Children and Family Services (DCFS) will provide a brief overview of the FY22 proposed budget – immediately followed by a Q&A session.
This platform is accessible to participants with disabilities. The live stream will include real time captioning. A sign language interpreter will be participating. For other accommodation requests, please notify DHS.AuxiliaryAids@illinois.gov .
The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) Division of Family & Community Services, in conjunction with Illinois Partners for Human Service (Illinois Partners), will be distributing a second round of non-NIOSH-approved surgical face coverings or masks to any IDHS community-based provider organizations in need, free of charge.
As a reminder, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) issued clarifying guidance on the use of these imported KN95 masks, which are not approved by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). In that guidance, which is attached to this communication, IDPH recommends using these masks as crisis alternatives—with equal or greater effectiveness—to medical procedure or cloth masks.
Interested providers must complete the online request form, linked below. A confirmation email will be sent no later than the next business day after submission of the request form.
On the request form, each provider will be required to choose from one of seven distribution sites to pick-up the masks. Each of the sites will have specified pick-up days/times when providers can come to the site to collect their requested KN95 masks.
The seven distribution/pick-up sites are as follows:
Arrowleaf – Vienna
CTF Illinois – Crestwood
EP!C – Peoria
Instituto Del Progreso Latino – Chicago
Progress Center for Independent Living – Forest Park
Quad Cities Open Network – Moline
Spero Family Services – Mt. Vernon
Beginning today, Tuesday, February 9, sites will hold their designated pick-up hours for providers to come pick up the masks. Please review the request form closely to determine your site’s pick-up dates/times. Additionally, do not attempt to pick up masks until you have received a confirmation email. Finally, please be aware that each of the above sites has a limited supply of masks.
Last week, among a series of Executive Orders, the Biden Administration instructed the Department of Homeland Security and other relevant agencies to immediately review the public charge rule’s impact on public health and the immigration system and provide the President with reports on action steps and recommendations to address concerns within 60 days. Within this directive, agencies are to also form steps to communicate with the immigrant community the current public charge policies clearly and accurately in order to reduce fear and confusion.
As a co-convener of the Protecting Immigrant Families- Illinois coalition, the Forum applauds this first step of reviewing the public charge rule and addressing the fear and confusion it has caused. The Forum has strongly opposed this discriminatory rule, and alongside partners and advocates, has worked hard to ensure that families access the services and support they need. Please see the full PIF-IL press statement commending President Biden’s plan here.
Although the process to address the rule has begun, it is important to note that the public charge rule is still in effect in Illinois and nationwide and is expected to be in effect for a period of time.
Given that the rule is still in place for the time being, it is important for families to continue to access accurate information and resources on the public charge.
The Forum has created new fact sheets and short videos in English and Spanish on the public charge & housing.
The Forum also hosted a Spanish Facebook Live on housing rights for immigrant tenants & the public charge, yesterday. Please share the recording with your Spanish-speaking colleagues and clients: https://fb.watch/3zYBWzt5kY/
We are also drafting a booklet for housing providers and immigrants on the housing rights available for immigrant tenants. Please stay tuned. We will share the English and Spanish booklets as soon as they are ready!
Please contact my colleague, Sarah Cartagena, Immigration Analyst at the Forum if you have any questions about these materials. Here email is: email@example.com
Provider Scholarships and Discounts
The Alliance is offering scholarships and discounts to Ending Homelessness: A Virtual Conference for homeless service providers whose organizations' budgets may be limited. Each request is evaluated individually and granted based on the availability of resources. The deadline to submit the below form is February 19, 2021.
As you may be aware, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claimants and beneficiaries can request a copy of their Electronic Folder (eFolder) case documents during the adjudicative process. When the COVID-19 pandemic interrupted our typical process of mailing a compact disc (CD) of case documents to a claimant, we created a temporary, secure email solution to provide claimants with a copy of their case documents. This option allows us to email an encrypted file to the claimant and share the password by phone with the claimant.
We are pleased to announce that we have expanded the ability to safely and securely provide claimants with an electronic copy of their case documents via my Social Security. When a claimant with a my Social Security account requests a copy of their case documents from one of our local offices, hearing offices, or the Appeals Council, our staff will send the file to the Message Center in the claimant’s my Social Security account. This enables the claimant to view their case documents by logging in to their my Social Security account. Claimants are encouraged to turn notifications on for my Social Security Message Center so they receive an email or text notification when the case documents are available.
Please note, we still offer the secure email solution for claimants who do not have a personal my Social Security account.
Learn more at Get Your Electronic Case Documents Online. Please share this exciting news with your clients. We encourage you and your clients to sign up for a personal my Social Security account today. If you have questions about hearings during the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit our Coronavirus web page at www.ssa.gov/coronavirus/.
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