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02/22/2021

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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 kflynn@anb.today or visit our website at www.anb.today.

                            

SHPA NEWS


Supportive Housing Providers 

SHPA is preparing our annual advocacy efforts regarding the FY22 State Budget for Supportive Housing services. We need your help understanding the immediate needs of and for supportive housing, the impact of COVID-19 on your supportive housing programs, and how the on-going increase of the minimum wage may impact your budget needs.  Please, complete our brief provider survey to guide our advocacy efforts for Supportive Housing Service funding needs.  This survey should take no more than 15 minutes.

It is very important that we confidently express the needs of supportive housing.  Funding is precarious this year due to the great impact of COVID-19.  SHPA and its members will need to be on the front lines of advocacy this budget season to protect and preserve these critical financial resources for your agencies, communities, and residents.

Please, complete this survey as soon as possible but no later than 3/5/2021. 

If you have any questions, or have additional information you’d like to share, please reach out to Merridith Montgomery, 
Policy & Advocacy Coordinator, at m.montgomery@shpa-il.org. 

 
Working together, we can accomplish anything!
 
Provider Survey
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Illinois Department of Corrections
 
IDOC has released a solicitation of vendors to provide housing and Services for individuals with serious mental illinois. 

IDOC, Parole Re-Entry Group (PRG) is actively seeking creative solutions to assist

IDOC in safely placing people with high or moderate mental health needs back into their communities.  IDOC is seeking multiple Vendors with extensive experience in community mental health services to help IDOC identify, secure, and provide housing as well as Medicaid reimbursable mental health services to individuals returning from prison.  For those individuals placed under this program, IDOC will pay for the cost of housing and non-reimburseable wrap around supports, excluding anything that can be paid through Medicaid, for a period of up to one year. 

Vendors must be certified by Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) as a Community Mental Health Center (CMHC) providing Rule 132 Serivces (Medicaid Mental Health Services) or have a contract or Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with a partner CMHC to serve all eligible participants in this program.

IDOC anticipates making multiple awards under this solicitation and hopes to serve between 100 and 200 people over a period of up to two years.
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SHPA announces the formation of the  
Advocacy Committee!
 
                                           
 
Join Us!  Friday February 26, 2021 @ 10:00 am- 11:00 am

Our inaugural meeting will introduce SHPA’s advocacy approach, our 2021 initiatives, and next steps for our champions and committee.
SHPA ADVOCACY CORNER
Support Eliminating Barriers to Mental Health & Addiction Care
 
***ACTION REQUESTED – SIGN-ON HERE***

Advocates, 
 
Please consider signing-on in support of IL HB2595 (Senate bill number coming soon!).
 
You can add your organization to the fact sheet and sign-on letter HERE.
 
Background: Too often, insurers create roadblocks and deny access to critical mental health and addiction care by deeming treatment as “not medically necessary”. HB2595/SB# eliminates barriers to care by requiring insurers cover all medically necessary mental health and addiction care. It prevents insurers from using flawed medical necessity criteria/guidelines to deny patients the care they need and is recommended by their providers. It also prohibits insurers from limiting benefits to short-term, acute care and requires coverage of treatment of underlying, chronic conditions as is necessary for long-term recovery. HB2595/SB# is based on national model language that has been endorsed by nearly forty national organizations. In Illinois, it is being sponsored by the chairs of both mental health committees – Senator Fine and Representative Conroy.
 
You can learn more by reading the attached fact sheet/FAQ and/or reviewing the links below my signature line.
 
Please add your organization as a supporter of HERE by Wednesday, February 24 at 5:00pm.
 
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or would like to learn more.

 
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JUST HOUSING AMENDMENT


What is the Just Housing Amendment?

On April 25, 2019, the Cook County Board of Commissioners passed an amendment (Ord. No. 19-2394) to § 42-38 of the Cook County Human Rights Ordinance (“Ordinance”) to

  1. Prohibit housing discrimination based on an individual’s covered criminal history; and
  2. Require landlords to perform an individualized assessment of an otherwise qualified individual’s criminal conviction history prior to denying them and application for housing.

Below are frequently asked questions for applicants and the general public to help navigate the Just Housing Amendment to the Human Rights Ordinance. PDFs of this FAQ and a FAQ for landlords, sample language for notices to applicants, definitions, and an outline of the processes and individualized assessment tool are available to download here:


Uptown People's Law Center (UPLC) has a legal fellow named Charlie Isaacs who is focused on assisting renters under Cook County's new Just Housing Amendment (JHA). This law took effect last year and protects renters with prior justice involvement from housing discrimination. It specifically prohibits outright housing denials based on convictions unless the provider can show through an individualized assessment that an applicant's recent conviction genuinely creates a threat to safety in the building. 
 
Charlie is committed to not only representing renters who experience JHA violations but also training others on how the law works, how to use it, and how to follow it. If you have any questions for Charlie, please email him at charlie@uplcchicago.org

Keep Watching the SHPA Training Center & Advocacy Corner for more information regarding trainings and efforts to expand the Just Housing Amendment statewide. 
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SHPA TRAINING CENTER
                              

Advocacy 101: Advocacy is Active
Join us for a webinar on Mar 11, 2021 at 1:00 PM CST.

REGISTER NOW

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.

Registrations Fees:
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.

Sponsored by:



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SYSTEMS CHANGE
This training will focus on the evolution of the supportive housing sector and how the industry will and can respond to the changing times and evolving realities we face. The training is geared towards direct service staff as well as executive staff, COC Leadership, and those dedicated to policy change in our communities.
SAVE THE DATE
Thursday, March 18 - 1:00p

Registration Coming Soon

Registrations Fees:
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.

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   Sponsored by:
    
 
  • Register Today: Moving On Webinar Series – Spring 2021
    • The webinar series is intended primarily for CoCs, PSH providers, HOPWA providers, and Public Housing Agencies (PHAs), but some sessions will also be relevant to other housing resource holders (such as HUD Multifamily operators, affordable housing owners/operators, etc.), local funders, and other community partners.
ILLINOIS CAPITOL AFFAIRS
 


2021 Legislative Session

Governor Pritzker's STATE of the STATE & FY22 Budget Address


HOUSE SCHEDULE - Click Here
SENATE SCHUDULE - Click Here


CAPITOL REPORT FROM THOMSONWEIR

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.  
 
Illinois e-News Release:
ILLINOIS HUMAN SERVICES
& PUBLIC HEALTH
 

 

FEDERAL NEWS  
 
                                                        


US Interagency Council on Homelessness


USICH Update

Effective this week, Robert G. Marbut is no longer the Executive Director of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness. As the Alliance awaits news of the next appointee to this position, it urges the Biden Administration to seek candidates who have a thorough knowledge of homelessness and its solutions, familiarity with the research, and practical experience working with communities to solve the problem in a non-partisan manner.

The Alliance looks forward to continued collaboration and partnership with the Council, in its extraordinarily important efforts to coordinate the federal response to homelessness.
 
    2021 SAMHSA SOAR February E-News
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Expand Your SOAR Toolbox With Two New Articles

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Dear Colleagues,

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/.

Sincerely,
Jeffrey Buckner
Associate Commissioner
Office of Strategic and Digital Communications
(T) 410-965-1804
@SSAOutreach
COMMUNITY INFO & RESOURCES
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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES:
 
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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES:
 
TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES:   
  • DuPage Federation 
    • February 23 - Confidentiality and Professional Boundaries
visit; https://www.dupagefederation.org/public-benefits-training 

                      

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