June 18, 2020 @ 7:30 am – 1:45 pm
Virtual Event
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration
1-877-SAMHSA-7 (1-877-726-4727)

Forward Together: A Virtual Symposium on Improving Access to Effective Care for People Experiencing Homelessness, Serious Mental Illness, and Substance Use Disorders

Thursday, June 18, 2020
10:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. EDT

Join SAMHSA’s Homeless and Housing Resource Network (HHRN) for a day of learning from nearly two dozen national experts, policy makers, and providers in large plenaries and smaller concurrent sessions.

No travel is required—attend directly from your own internet-connected computer. Join us for the whole summit or drop in to only those sessions that most appeal to you.

Continuing education credits are available at no cost to registrants. Space is limited! See the full agenda and more event information on the registration page.

Register For The Virtual Symposium

OPENING PLENARY: Coming Together
What do we know about the highly diverse populations who are experiencing homelessness? What works in terms of services and housing for these clients? This inspiring session will set the stage for the rest of the symposium with a focus on diversity in terms of culture, age, serious mental illness, substance use disorders, co-occurring disorders, trauma, and other individual factors.

  • Anita Everett, M.D., DFAPA, Director, Center for Mental Health Services, SAMHSA
  • Joshua Bamberger, M.D., M.P.H., Professor, Family and Community Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
  • Brian Sims, M.D., Subject Matter Expert, HHRN/National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors
  • Moderator: Carol Bianco-Miller, Director, HHRN/Co-Director, Center for Technical Assistance, Advocates for Human Potential, Inc.

Track A: Customizing Services and Supports for Specific Populations 
Proven strategies for addressing unique needs of people experiencing homelessness with complex vulnerabilities, ensuring they receive the care and assistance they deserve

  • Connecting with Clients Beyond Cultural and Social Walls
  • Coming In: Addressing Homelessness Across the Life Cycle

Track B: Transitions to Housing
Innovative and effective approaches, tools, and resources for bridging the gap between homelessness and home for clients

  • Moving In: Accessing Permanent Housing
  • Innovations in Housing for People in Transition

Track C: Crisis Services and Treatment
Specific approaches to reach, engage, and support individuals who are experiencing homelessness and health, mental health, and substance use crises

  • Bringing Crisis Services to People Living without Shelter
  • Emergency Responses at the Epicenter of the Opioid Crisis

CLOSING PLENARY: Remaining Connected, Stepping Onward
Bring your hope and your action steps to this session, so we can share a vision for the future! Speakers will share innovations in delivering recovery-oriented services and supports to those at the intersection of homelessness, serious mental illness, and substance use disorders.

  • David Covington, M.B.A, LPC, CEO and President, RI International, and Behavioral Health Link Partner
  • Deborah (Deb) Werner, M.A., PMP, Technical Assistance Lead, HHRN/Senior Program Director, Advocates for Human Potential, Inc.
  • Moderator: Carol Bianco-Miller, Director, HHRN/Co-Director, Center for Technical Assistance, Advocates for Human Potential, Inc.

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