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Housing First

Innovative Approaches to Housing for People with Opioid Use Disorder by Abt Associates

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Housing is critical to health and well-being, which makes addressing the link between substance use disorders and housing instability all the more important as communities seek to address the opioid epidemic. In a recent ASPE brief, Abt identified several promising housing models that support recovery from opioid use disorder (OUD), including HomeSafe (FAMILYConnections NJ) and HousingNow (Pathways to Housing PA). Join Abt experts and representatives of these two programs during this free webinar to learn about challenges and solutions to providing housing for individuals with OUD, including how these models can be replicated in other communities.
Emily Rosenoff, MPA, Acting Director, Division of Long-Term Care Policy - ASPE
Alexandria Riley, LPC, Director of Programs - FAMILYConnections NJ
Christine Simiriglia, MS, President & CEO - Pathways to Housing PA
Meghan Henry, MA, Senior Associate & Project Director of the Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress - Abt Associates
Sarah Steverman, PhD, MSW, Senior Associate & Project Director, SAMHSA Evidence-Based Resource Center project - Abt Associates

Voices of Supportive Housing by Foothold Technology

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Matt talks about the success of Pathways to Housing PA, which has 100% housing retention rate and 54% of its participants voluntarily engaging in medically assisted treatments. Matt also discusses the uptick in heroin use in Philadelphia and how that has affected homelessness rates and the ways in which his agency is providing services.

Guest Speaker:
Matt Tice, Behavioral Health Therapist - Pathways to Housing PA

Housing comes first at Philly program for homeless heroin users by WHYY

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"Just a few weeks ago, Israel Reyes was sleeping under a bridge near the notorious railroad encampment of heroin users in North Philadelphia that was known as “El Campamento.” He lived there for two and a half years before the city and Conrail started work to clean up and seal off the tracks.  When that work began, an estimated 75 to 125 drug users were living there. “It wasn’t that pleasant,” Reyes recalled. “People trying to rob you, trying to hurt you. You know? Rats walking over you.” Now, he has a real home. It’s an airy studio apartment in East Kensington outfitted with modern black furniture and framed pictures of his grown children. The apartment and the furnishings were provided by the organization Pathways to Housing PA."

Guest Speaker:
Joel Wolfram - WHYY
Israel Reyes - Pathways to Housing PA Participant

The Supportive Housing Field Responds to COVID-19 by CSG

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The supportive housing community, from providers to developers to policymakers, is stepping up to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Join CSH for a webinar series designed for anyone providing and housing and services in this crisis where we will:
•             highlight what we have learned in the past week;
•             provide examples of best practices from communities across the country; and
•             discuss what information and resources the field needs.

Guest Speakers:
Alicia Bond, MSW, Team Leader, Team 7 - Pathways to Housing PA 
Marcella Maguire - Director, Health Systems Integration CSH
Lisa Johnson - Statewide Case Management Director, Brilliant Corners

Redefining Health & Wellness with Shohreh Davoodi

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Access to secure housing should be a human right, yet so many people experience homelessness in the United States and around the world. And for those who don’t have a place to call home, there is no part of their life that it doesn’t touch, whether it’s their health and well-being or ability to be in community with others. In this episode, Andrew Spiers, a licensed social worker, explains what the Housing First model is and why it’s an effective strategy for ending homelessness.

Guest Speakers:
Andrew Spiers, LSW, Director of Training and Technical Assistance - Pathways to Housing PA 

Harm Reduction

Housing as Harm Reduction by Narcotica

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The Kensington neighborhood in Philadelphia is often described as “ground zero” in the overdose crisis. The New York Times Magazine gave Kensington’s open air drug market the dubious title, “The Walmart of Heroin.” Of course, if you take a tour of Kensington without a DEA agent nearby, you might meet someone like Sarn, who after years of unstable housing and chaotic drug use, now has his own place to live. Operating from a Housing First model, organizations like Pathways to Housing are fighting the tides of endemic poverty, homelessness, and addiction. On today’s show, the crew interviews Sarn and Matt Tice, of Pathways to Housing PA, about how “Housing First” is a critical response to Philly’s overdose crisis.

Christopher Moraff, Troy Farah, Zachary Siegel
Aaron Ferguson 
Sarn, Participant at Pathways to Housing PA

Matt Tice, Behavioral Health Therapist at Pathways to Housing PA
Glass Boy, Aaron Ferguson

Integrated Care

Improving Care for Homeless Patients at Risk for Suicide by Zero Suicide in Health and Behavioral Health Care

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"The Zero Suicide framework is based on the foundational belief that gaps in suicide care exist in sometimes fragmented and distracted health and behavioral health (HBH) systems. One population at risk for falling through these cracks is homeless individuals due to a lack of residential stability and the challenges for providers of ensuring successful transitions in care. Rates of suicide deaths among homeless individuals are approximately nine times higher than the general population (Poon et al, 2017)"

"By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to (1) identify commonly experienced challenges in providing suicide care to homeless patients, (2) describe unique suicide screening, risk assessment, and safety planning considerations for this population, and (3) demonstrate how HBH organizations can establish meaningful partnerships with community organizations to augment safer suicide care practices for patients experiencing homelessness.)"

Julie Goldstein Grumet, PhD - Suicide Prevention Resource Center
Virna Little - Center for Innovation in Mental Health at City University of New York
Jeff Sung - University of Washington Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Astrea Greig - Boston Healthcare for the Homeless
Matt Tice, Behavioral Health Therapist - Pathways to Housing PA