Workshop Session 1:

- Hoarding and Clutter; Changes in the Language to Begin the Conversation

This presentation offered by the Mental Health Association in NJ’s Hoarding Initiative Team talked about the growing issues related to hoarding and clutter. The workshop focused on both the financial and emotional costs, methods of interaction and best practices to use when working with individuals. It detailed how providers can change their language and stop using the “H” word while applying new strategies to begin the conversation.  Presenters shared relevant experiences and methodologies, discussed case scenarios and practice motivational interviewing and strategies through role-playing. 
Jaime Angelini, Director of Consumer Services, Mental Health Association in Atlantic County
Carolynn Quinn, Wellness Program Manager, Mental Health Association in Atlantic County

- Housing First – Implementation for Homeless Subpopulations

Housing First is a philosophy based on the idea that homelessness can be most efficiently ended by providing someone with access to safe, de-cent and affordable housing. Programs using a Housing First approach focus on removing barriers to getting individuals and families into housing and do not have preconditions such as sobriety or a minimum income threshold or service participation requirements. The session went beyond the basics of Housing First to discuss the complexities of designing and implementing such an approach for unique homeless subpopulations, including families, medically vulnerable/frequent users of hospital services and individuals with criminal justice backgrounds. Speakers highlighted their programs, strategies, successes and challenges faced in implementing Housing First for their particular subpopulation.
Laura Buckley, Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers
Jackee Huett, Integrated Supportive Services Coordinator, Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey (CSPNJ)
Christina Jackey, Program Director, Keeping Families Together (KFT), Robins Nest

Janis Ikeda, Program Manager, CSH (Corporation for Supportive Housing)

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- Capital Funding for Supportive Housing

Representatives from the NJ Housing & Mortgage Finance Agency, The Federal Home Loan Bank of NY, Monarch Housing Associates and the municipality of Toms River, discussed access to capital dollars for both new construction as well as acquisition and rehab for the many special needs populations.  Emphasis was given to current opportunities as well as unmet needs and the challenges that lie ahead.  

Anthony Marchetta, Executive Director, NJ Housing & Mortgage Finance Agency (HMFA) 
Richard Brown, Chief Executive Officer, Monarch Housing Associates 
Beth Bentley, Assistant Vice President, Federal Home Loan Bank of NY
Jay Lynch, Township Planner, Toms River, NJ

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Click here for Beth Bentley's presentation

Click here for HMFA's presentation

- The Dimensions of Quality Supportive Housing – CSH (Corporation for Supportive Housing) provided best practices and  recommended planning to strengthen projects and achieve success

As we move into a fee-for-service Medicaid system, and then towards value-based payment, it is crucial that we keep a focus on our clients, organizational missions and the quality of our programs. This session explored the shifting environmental context and why a focus on quality is important; discussed the Dimensions of Quality Supportive Housing, a set of resources describing quality in supportive housing; and presented one provider’s experience with undertaking a quality improvement effort. 

Emma Chapple, Associate Program Manager, Supportive Housing Training Center, CSH (Corporation for Supportive Housing)
Mary Rossittini, President and CEO, Advance Housing Inc.

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- The Role, Scope and Services of the NJ Supportive Housing Connection (SHC)

Representatives from the Department of Human Services and the Housing & Mortgage Finance Agency discussed the role and purpose, current activities and future plans for the Supportive Housing Connection, a partnership between the 2 agencies that administer DHS rental subsidies to individuals with disabilities. 
Jonathan Seifried, Director of Housing, Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD)
Courtney Davey, Supervisor of Housing Subsidy Program, Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD)
Robert Heuther, Assistant Director for Supportive Housing and Special Needs, NJ Housing & Mortgage Finance Agency (HMFA)
Katie Nosker, Manager, Supportive Housing Connection, NJ Housing & Mortgage Finance Agency (HMFA)

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Click here for the Nosker presentation

Click here for Reyes presentation

Workshop Session 2:

- Surviving Fee for Service – Agency leaders presented strategic business decisions to adapt to a new environment  in delivery of services

As NJ ends its contracting based system of care and embarks upon Medicaid fee-for-service for individuals with serious mental illness and  intellectual and developmental disabilities, providers statewide are contemplating how to adjust, remain competitive and continue to serve clients effectively.  The decisions of key agency directors and administrators will provide a window into different approaches and new ways of thinking to achieve successful transitions and positive outcomes. 

Richard Mingoia, Chief Executive Officer, YCS (Youth Consultation Services)
Kerrie Kelly, President of Finance, Community Quest Inc.
Michael Armstrong, Chief Executive Officer, Community Hope Inc.
Thomas Papa, Vice President of Governmental Affairs, AdvoServ

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Click here for Kelly's presentation

- Direct Support Professional – How do we protect the foundation of the human services system?

This panel presentation discussed the workforce development issues affecting Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) supporting people with disabilities in a variety of housing settings. Service Providers and a DSP shared creative ways and struggles in recruiting, training and retaining quality Direct Support Professionals to provide services and supports to individuals with special needs, in their homes.

Linda Cobb, Training Director, The Arc of Atlantic County
Antoinette Wiggins, Manager, The Arc Atlantic County
David Dean, Assistant Vice President of Services, Easter Seals New Jersey
Carolyn Cirgilano, Direct Support Professional

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Click here for Cirgilano's presentation

- Supportive Housing Project Award Winners 2016!

This year’s project award winners reviewed the specific variations in housing models that have created successful journeys toward independent housing for people with special needs in NJ. The workshop provided an opportunity for a closer look at the best practices, development, resources and strategies embodied in the two winning projects. 

Asish Patel, Senior Associate, Monarch Housing Associates
Kathleen Dedrick, Chief Financial Officer, Integrity House
Pam McCrory, Director of Community Development, Collaborative Support Programs of NJ (CSPNJ)
Victor M. Luna, Chief Fiscal Officer, Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey, Inc. (CSPNJ)
Georges Mombrun, Senior Housing Case Manager, Integrity Housing

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- The Journey to Community Housing with Supports; A Roadmap for Individuals and Their Families; 
 A presentation of SHA’s Housing Guide

This workshop provided an overview of SHA’s new housing guide for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their  families and the professionals who serve them. Presenters discussed how the guide can be used most effectively to consider new and existing models in housing and services, the many resources available and the challenges but clear opportunities associated with planning for  independent living. 
Deborah Wehrlen, Consultant and President of DTW Consulting Group
Krystal Odell, Executive Director, PennReach Inc.

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- Networking and Relationship Building for Business Opportunities

Housing Developers and Providers of Supportive Services met to exchange information and developed new relationships to expand housing and supportive services for special needs populations in their respective agencies.   
Facilitator: Carol Dougherty, Executive Director/CEO of Partnerships for People Inc.

Housing First – Implementation for Homeless Subpopulations

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