|“Reconnecting to a viable sense of self and community is a crucial step in the recovery process for people who have experienced homelessness.” (National Health Care for the Homeless, 2005)
Homelessness has become a widespread public health issue with an estimated 671,859 people experiencing homelessness on any given night in the United States. (National Alliance to End Homelessness, 2010) Stable housing is an essential human need and is a key social determinant of both health and mental health. Many who become homeless have a history of either childhood or adult trauma, or both, that can lead to the development of mental health problems and/or substance use disorders which become worse when an individual lives on the streets or in shelters.
The SAMHSA ADS Center invites you to a free training teleconference titled “Housing, Homelessness, and Social Inclusion: Essential Elements of Healthy Communities.”
This teleconference will educate participants about current trends and practices in the field, recent precedent-setting court rulings to address violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Olmstead, and the central role of social connectedness, social capital, and social inclusion as the foundation for developing programs that support people who have been homeless. Participants will also hear how one person moved from being homeless to being a homeowner and the lessons that can be learned from his recovery journey.
Date and Time
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
3 p.m.–4:30 p.m. Eastern Time (ET)
o Livia Davis, M.S.W., CSWM
Center for Social Innovation
SAMHSA Supportive Services
Housing Technical Assistance Center
o Bonnie Milstein, J.D.
David L. Bazelon Center for Mental
o Michael Kelly, CPS
Housing for New Hope
This training teleconference will include a question-and-answer session. We invite you to submit questions at any time before or during the teleconference. To submit questions before the teleconference, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Speakers will answer as many questions as possible during the Q&A session, but we cannot guarantee that your question will be addressed. We will provide the presenters’ contact information so that you may contact them directly for a response or additional information.
Please note: You may submit anonymous questions; however, if you provide your name and organization when submitting a question, we may use it during the call.
This teleconference is sponsored by SAMHSA ADS Center, a project of the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS). CMHS is a center within the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Please explore the SAMHSA ADS Center Web site for more information: http://www.promoteacceptance.samhsa.gov