Date: Thursday, July 9, 2015
Time: 3:00-4:30 PM EDT
Hosted By: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Housing First is an effective intervention that ends and prevents homelessness for individuals with severe mental illness and co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. By providing permanent, independent housing without prerequisites for sobriety and treatment, and by offering support services through consumer-driven Assertive Community Treatment teams, Housing First removes some of the major obstacles to obtaining and maintaining housing for consumers who are chronically homeless. This webinar will provide practical information about implementing the Housing First model to serve people experiencing Serious Mental Illness (SMI) or co-occurring disorders. Join the webinar to hear real life experience in implementation, learn tips and strategies for putting the theory into practice.
Dr. Sam Tsemberis is sometimes called the “father” of Housing First. Dr. Tsemberis founded Pathways to Housing in 1992, based on the belief that housing is a basic human right. Pathways developed the consumer-driven Housing First model, which provides immediate access to permanent supportive housing for people coming out of homelessness and who have mental health and addiction problems. In addition to serving as a lead trainer within Pathways' Housing First Institute, Dr. Tsemberis is on the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center. He is currently participating in national studies of homelessness, mental illness, and addiction, and has published numerous articles and book chapters on these topics, including the Housing First manual (Hazelden Press, 2010).
Daniel Malone has recently stepped in as the Executive Director of DESC in Seattle, Washington, a homelessness service organization providing survival and crisis services, behavioral health services, and permanent supportive housing. Daniel has been at DESC more than 25 years, first providing direct client services and later becoming the organization's first Housing Director and then Deputy Director. A major emphasis of Daniel's work has been designing, implementing, and evaluating programs for chronically homeless people with serious mental illness and addiction problems.
Ann V. Denton, M.Ed., Moderator
Ann Denton is the Director of SAMHSA’s Homeless and Housing Resource Network (HHRN). In that capacity, she is currently leading the effort to update SAMHSA’s Permanent Supportive Housing Toolkit. Ms. Denton is a subject matter expert on effective systems and interventions for persons with mental illness, substance abuse, and co-occurring disorders. She develops training products, leads training teams and provides training and technical assistance to states and communities in many areas, including housing development, funding and implementation of evidence-based practices, permanent supportive housing, services and supports for people with disabilities, and access to mainstream services. Ms. Denton’s field experience includes programs for persons with substance abuse, mental illness and co-occurring disorders.
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