SHA Conference Schedule — December 6, 2019

8:00 am – 2:30 pm   Exhibitors and networking
8:00 am – 8:45 am:  Registration, continental breakfast and networking
9:00 am – 9:45 am:  Opening Remarks: Tom Toronto and Diane Riley
Presentation of 2019 Supportive Housing Awards for Outstanding Work in the Supportive Housing Field:  Supportive Housing Innovation Award, Project of the Year Awards, and Municipal Award

9:45 am – 10:00 am:  Exhibitors and networking

10:05 am – 11:20 am      Workshops Session 1

1 – Keeping Non-Profits Successful; Mergers, Acquisitions and Affiliations – The Process Demystified

Sherise D. Ritter | Managing Director, Mercadien Elise Tretola | CEO, Allies Inc. Additional Presenter’s To Be Announced

Mergers, acquisitions, and affiliations in the non-profit world may be brought about by financial distress or leadership vacuums but strategically planning the right partnership may be the best way to strengthen organizations’ effectiveness. Attend this session to gain an understanding of the transactions taking place in the sector, how to go about a collaborative arrangement and talk to organizations that have gone through the process.

2 – Service Chronic Homelessness with Multiple Challenges in Supportive Housing

Anne Smullen Thieling | Deputy Director, Collaborative Support Programs NJ (CSPNJ) Jackee Huett | Integrated Supportive Services Coordinator, CSPNJ Pamela Baker | Center Manager, CSPNJ Brian Thompson | Housing Coordinator, Population Health Initiatives, Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers Dorothy Scott |Community Health Worker, Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers

Presentation will discuss experience and challenges providing supportive housing to chronically homeless individuals with multiple behavioral challenges and adverse social determinants, including mental health, substance use, trauma experiences, medical conditions, poverty, isolation, legal issues, and criminal justice involvement.  Strategies to address these challenges including outreach, engagement and service relationships will be discussed.  Demographic data and outcomes will also be presented and discussed.

3 – YIMBY “Yes in My Backyard” – Exploring Successful Municipal Partnerships

Moderator: Michael F Cerra | Assistant Executive Director, NJ State League of Municipalities The Honorable John E. McCormac | Mayor of the Township of Woodbridge Noah Freiberg | Senior Developer, Pennrose Daniel Randall | Federal Home Loan Bank of NY Owen McCabe | VP of Development, Volunteers of America Delaware Valley

Including Affordable Supportive Housing in a municipal plan not only helps provide much needed homes for people with special needs but can be a win-win for municipalities. Supportive Housing Association members and our 2019 Municipality Award Winner share their experience in successful collaborations. Participant will offer their guidance on the elements that create an environment where supportive housing development can flourish.

4 – Family Driven Supportive Housing: The Journey from Conceptualization to Implementation

Moderator: Dawn Apgar | Program Director/Assistant Professor, Seton Hall University Former Deputy Commissioner – DHS
Nathaniel Diskint | Executive Director, Cohome Joan Migton | President, Boxwood Junction

This workshop provides information about two models which were driven by families who had a vision for supportive housing based on the principles of inclusion. This workshop will provide a brief overview of housing and supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in New Jersey, as well as detail the conceptualization and operationalization of two new models.  An interactive question and answer format with the family members will detail the challenges and innovations encountered during their journeys.

5 –  PSH Property Management: How to get the rent paid AND retain tenancy

Corporation for Supportive Housing will present key considerations for permanent supportive housing providers when operating housing that result in well-run buildings in which tenants can thrive and communities love.  Also come hear from property managers who can talk about solutions to real life management scenarios.

11:20 am – 11:40 am:    Exhibitors and networking: coffee break & snacks

11:40 am – 1:00pm      Workshop Session 2

1 – Succession Planning – Identifying and Nurturing Talent

Dennis C. Miller President of Dennis C. Miller Associates, Inc. is a nationally recognized strategic leadership coach

Nationally recognized for his leadership coaching and strategic advice to nonprofit C-Suite executives and boards, Dennis Miller leads an extensive overview of the competencies that today’s nonprofit leaders need to be successful. The workshop will explore, specific transformational leadership skills required for today’s nonprofit CEOs, how to recognize and enhance the current leadership at all levels of the organization and how to become a more effective mentor to those emerging leaders seeking to become tomorrow’s nonprofit chief executives.

2 – Medicaid and Supportive Housing

Patricia Hernandez | Associate Director, CSH Courtney Christenson | Program Manager, CSH Laura Rodgers, LCSW | Chief Program & External Relations Officer, Jewish Family Service

States across the U.S. are utilizing Medicaid waivers and plan amendments to pay for services in supportive housing. This panel will explore the national landscape of service funding through Medicaid and will lay out key considerations for NJ supportive housing organizations contemplating utilizing Medicaid in this way.  How will this impact operations? What key things does organizational leadership need to consider?

3 – Mental Health Awareness – Exploring relationships and dealing with stigma

Lynette Sheard | Director, The Mental Health Players The Mental Health Players is a highly successful, interactive community education program. Additional Presenter/s To Be Announced

This workshop will consist of two customized, audience-specific scenes depicting realistic scenarios involving mental health and addiction issues. Each scene will be followed by a talk back between the audience and the players. A facilitator will moderate after each performance to engage and encourage audience feedback on how they would handle the issues at hand asking, “What would you do”?  The interactive program will demonstrate practical decision-making strategies and collaborative problem solving. The goal of the Mental health Players is to increase awareness, decrease stigma and break the silence associated with mental illness and addiction.

4 – Supporting Veterans with Permanent Homes and Services

Moderator: Stephen L. Schoch | Managing Principal, Kitchen & Associates Services Inc.

Marissa H. Fanelli | Associate Executive Director, Community Hope Bernadette Blackstock | People for People Foundation – Veteran Resource Center Robert Looby | Chairman, Employment, Homeless & Education Committee,  Past State Commander, American Legion – NJ Division NJ Veterans’ Services Council Member

Among the complex set of factors facing homeless veterans is an extreme shortage of affordable housing, the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance abuse and a lack of social support networks. Join our project of the year winners and veteran service experts to discuss best practices and what to expect in serving this population.

5 – What Happens When I’m Gone?

John Maltby | Co-Director, NY Housing Resources Center Donald T. Brown | Special Needs Funding Coach of Integrated

Financial Concepts Developing a long term plan for people living with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities that will be there when today’s caregivers are no longer able to provide support is the fundamental and overarching goal that preoccupies most families.  This requires the mix and match of public and private resources and the creation of a network of natural supports.  The workshop focuses on to issues to consider and steps that can be taken to lay the groundwork for a sustainable plan without sacrificing personal preferences, quality and other goals and objectives.

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm:    Lunch Awards, and Exhibitor Networking

Direct Support Professional, Tenant Awards

2:15 pm – 3:30 pm Keynote Speaker and Cornerstone Award

Keynote Speaker – Denise Resnik: A native of Phoenix, AZ, Denise has been instrumental as founder and CEO/president of First Place® AZ and co-founder of the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) in raising money for and awareness of autism and other neuro-diversities. Her work has helped Phoenix earn the reputation as “the most autism-friendly city in the world,” according to the PBS NewsHour.

SHA Cornerstone Award – Maria Maio-Messano

The Cornerstone award is bestowed by the SHA Board of Trustees to a person whose career has been devoted to exceptional service in the creation of affordable, supportive housing. Maria is by every example of energy, work, and good humor the living representation of the Supportive Housing Cornerstone Award, and we at SHA are deeply grateful for all she has accomplished and the many she has inspired.

3:30     Gift Giveaway