The SHAre:

February 15, 2024

Volume: 278

In this Week's Edition


News


White House Announces $28 Million in Grants for Expanding Substance Use Disorder Treatment Services

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DDD RFP for the Development of Homes to Support People with IDD

Transitioning From Nursing Facilities

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Housing Bill A4 Passes in NJ Assembly

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How States Can Use Medicaid

to Help Pay for Rent

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Record Homelessness Amid

Ongoing Affordability Crisis

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DDD Updates:

Self-Directed Employee Models

and DDD Update Webinar

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New Report Digs Deeper into Diversity

in Morris and Monmouth Counties

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Increasing Affordable Housing Stock

Through Modular Building

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National Growth of Self Direction

Examined in New Report 


Resources & Events


New Jersey Legislative Disability Caucus

Positive Impacts and New Possibilities

in the Disability Community

February 20, 2024

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DDD Update:

Networking Opportunities for Individuals

and Families Self-Directing Their Services

February - March, 2024

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Foothold Technology Webinar

Pine Castle's Pathways Curriculum:

A Supportive Journey for

Individuals and DSPs

February 21, 2024

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Community Living Education Project (CLEP) Webinar Series for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Caregivers, and Support Professionals

February - May, 2024

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Monarch Housing Associates

BIPOC Developers’ Collaborative

Inaugural Networking Event

February 29, 2024

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FHLBNY Community Lending

Affordable Housing Program

Training Sessions

February - March

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Stanley-Brown Safety Planning

Intervention Training

February 28, 2024

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Finally HOME NJ Symposium

March 9, 2024

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InnovAGING New Jersey Summit

March 22, 2024

Housing Highlight from SHA Member


Allendale

Apply by March 15th

Save the Date

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Next SHA

Developers Meeting


March 11, 2024

Virtual

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Next SHA

Members Meeting


April 3, 2024

In Person

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HCDNNJ Honoring SHA at 35th Anniversary Lunch


April 12, 2024


Click here to register

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Save the Date!


SHA's 26th

Annual Conference


November 15, 2024


The Palace, Somerset, NJ

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Housing Available

Millburn

Apply by February 26th


Morris County

(Multiple)

Apply by March 8th


Montgomery

Apply by March 1st


Little Ferry

Apply by March 4th


Wall

Apply by March 5th


Lumberton

Apply by March 6th


Dunellen

Apply by March 11th


Springfield

Apply by March 12th


Manalapan

Apply by March 13th


Allendale

Apply by March 15th


Florham Park

Apply by March 18th


Edgewater Park

Apply by March 19th


Piscataway

Apply by March 21st


Pittsgrove

Apply by March 24th


Englewood

Apply by March 25th


Teaneck

Apply by April 2nd


Cohome

Two Supportive Housing Apartments in Morristown

Apply Today

SHA Member Shout Out

A big shout out this week to SHA members at the North Bergen Housing Authority, The Alpert Group, Hudson County, NJHMFA, TD Bank, Enterprise Community Partners, as well as other stakeholders who gathered on Monday to open the new development at Meadow Hill in North Bergen. This new housing will provide 61 apartments for residents who are 55+ and meet income level requirements. These collaborative building efforts form the foundation of inclusive communities and help ensure everyone has a safe, affordable space to call home.

SHA Welcomes New & Returning

Members In 2024

7TH & Madison

Extensions of Empowerment

ArcMorris

Career Opportunity Development Inc.

Housing Authority

City of Elizabeth

JDL Development

Our House

PlanStreet

SOBA New Jersey

Become a SHA Member and get access to great meetings and many other great member benefits. Need more information? Email Joseph Christensen with your questions.

SHA Renewing Champions


As we reach another renewal cycle, SHA greatly appreciates the continuing support of these sustaining champions who proactively (30-days) affirmed their renewals.

News

White House Announces $28 Million in Grants for Expanding Substance Use Disorder Treatment Services

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), announced funding opportunities for two grant programs aimed at expanding substance use disorder (SUD) treatment services, totaling $28 million. $24.4 million is allocated to grants to expand the SUD treatment capacity and recovery support services of adult and family drug courts, while another $3.6 million is allocated to a state pilot program for SUD treatment in pregnant and postpartum women. Read the SAMHSA press release for more information.

DDD RFP for the Development of Homes to Support People with IDD Transitioning From Nursing Facilities

The New Jersey Department of Human Services’ Division of Developmental Disabilities is pleased to announce the release of a new Request for Proposal (RFP), To Support the Development of Homes for People with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities Transitioning from Nursing Facilities and Other Qualified Institutions.

 

Successful bidders will develop new residential opportunities to support people to move from nursing facilities into community-based residential homes. Funds provided will be used to develop new sites or enhance existing sites to provide accessibility and other modifications that are needed to facilitate appropriate supports for a person who is moving from a nursing facility or other qualified institution.  

 

The Notice of Funding Availability and Request for Proposal are posted on the DHS Grants, RFPs, Public Notices webpage. The deadline to submit questions is February 22, 2024 and the deadline for proposal submissions is May 1, 2024.

Housing Bill A4 Passes in NJ Assembly

During Monday’s voting session in Trenton, the Assembly passed six bills aimed at reforming, supporting and streamlining the state’s affordable housing system and process. Included in the package is a landmark measure, Assembly Bill 4 (A4), which would set the course for future enforcement of the Mount Laurel Doctrine, the state’s constitutional requirement for towns to provide a fair share of affordable housing.


A companion bill, Senate Bill 50 (S50) has passed the Senate Urban Affairs Committee and awaits review by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee before going to the full Senate and then to the Governor. Advocates are calling on state leaders to work diligently on this legislation as it stands to create a strong foundation for the affordable housing needs of our state into the future.

How States Can Use Medicaid to Help Pay for Rent

A new federal initiative aims to strengthen partnerships between housing and health needs and maximize federal flexibilities. With the new Housing and Services Partnership Accelerator, eight states and D.C. can use Medicaid funds to help pay for things like rent, utility subsidies, and food.


HUD and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) launched the “Housing and Services Partnership Accelerator” (Accelerator), which is a 12-month federal initiative that aims to help states discover resources and partnerships across the housing, disability, aging, and health sectors to support reducing rates of homelessness. Eligibility for the program required states to have approved federal Medicaid section 1115 demonstrations or section 1915(i) state plan amendments that cover housing-related support services when clinically appropriate for individuals experiencing or at-risk of experiencing homelessness. Eight states and the District of Columbia (DC) were ultimately selected to participate in the Accelerator program, and through the program each will receive intensive federal technical assistance and opportunities for state peer-to-peer exchange to support the implementation of their clinically indicated housing-related services and their Medicaid programs for those with complex heath needs experiencing or at-risk of experiencing homelessness. The technical assistance will provide tailored support to these states and DC to help improve several services for individuals experiencing homelessness, including navigation services, individualized case management, and home modifications that can help individuals obtain and maintain stable housing.

Record Homelessness Amid Ongoing Affordability Crisis

Homelessness spiked 12 percent (71,000 people) in 2023, with more than 650,000 people unhoused, the highest number recorded since data collection began in 2007. The US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s point-in-time estimates show an increase in nearly every state and also for both sheltered and unsheltered homelessness. The growing number of unhoused people is driven in part by the expiration of many pandemic-related relief measures and an influx of migrants. However, the most fundamental driver of the nation’s growing homelessness is the ongoing housing affordability crisis that has left a record number of renters cost-burdened, spending more than 30 percent of income on housing and utilities, as detailed in the latest report, America’s Rental Housing 2024.

DDD Updates:

Self-Directed Employee Models and DDD Update Webinar

February Information Sessions on DDD Self-Directed Employee Models


The Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) offers two Self-Directed Employee (SDE) models that individuals interested in self-directing some or all of their services can choose: the Vendor Fiscal/Employer Agent Model administered by Public Partnerships, LLC, and the Agency with Choice Model administered by Easterseals NJ. We are happy to once again share the following virtual opportunities to learn more about these two models. 

 

Public Partnerships Vendor Fiscal/Employer Agent (VF/EA) Model Information Session


Wednesday, February 21, 2024, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Register Now for the Feb. 21 VF/EA Information Session

     

Easterseals NJ Agency with Choice (AwC) Model Information Session

Tuesday, February 27, 2024, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Register Now for Feb. 27 AwC Information Session

 

To learn more about self-directed services and the two models available through DDD, visit our Self-Directed Services webpage. 


DDD Update Webinar on Feb. 22

The next DDD Update Webinar is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024 at 10:30 a.m. All are welcome to attend. Register Now for the Feb. 22 DDD Update Webinar.

New Report Digs Deeper into Diversity

in Morris and Monmouth Counties

New Jersey is an expensive state, with among the highest housing costs in the country. It is also one of the most segregated states in the nation by both income and race, despite being one of the most racially diverse states overall. A new report from New Jersey Future explores the relationship between the enforcement of housing requirements, housing affordability, and racial and economic diversity, using a comparison between two demographically similar suburban counties—Morris and Monmouth—that followed different trajectories in complying with New Jersey’s affordable housing obligations. The findings of our analysis are included in Breaking Barriers: A Comparative Analysis of Affordable Housing Compliance and Diversity in Morris and Monmouth Counties, New Jersey.”

Increasing Affordable Housing Stock

Through Modular Building

Modular building, if brought to scale, has the potential to reduce construction costs and make building new homes more affordable, especially in areas experiencing severe affordable housing shortages. The following article from American Progress explores this issue.


The United States is in the middle of a severe housing affordability crisis, largely due to a supply shortage that is difficult to address in a timely manner with traditional subsidies and construction methods. Today, home building still relies predominantly on the traditional, site-built construction process. However, the on-site construction industry features growing productivity inefficiencies due to its significant fragmentation and a critical shortage of skilled construction labor. In addition, construction costs have increased over time, making it even more challenging for developers to add new affordable units to the housing market, especially in high-cost areas. The high cost of building new housing is driven by several factors. These can be grouped into three categories: 1) construction inputs, such as land, materials, and labor; 2) land use regulations, which dramatically limit both the location and scale of new housing; and 3) financing complexity, which includes the timing and uncertainty around securing and layering various public subsidies to produce affordable housing units. Solving the housing affordability crisis will require policy reforms that address all three sources of housing cost escalation. This report focuses on how modular housing can reduce the first category of production costs: construction inputs.

National Growth of Self Direction Examined in New Report

The highly anticipated fifth Self-Direction National Inventory for the 2023 AARP Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS) State Scorecard has arrived!


Applied Self-Direction conducted an extensive national survey of self-direction programs in the United States. The research revealed eight key findings on the growth of self-direction, along with data on program expansion and ideas for future policy development. 

According to the 2023 Inventory, there are more than 1.5 million people who self-direct their long-term services and supports. This represents a 23 percent increase since 2019. By comparison, enrollment grew by 17 percent from 2016 to 2019. Most states (44) reported an overall increase in self-direction enrollment and six of those states have more than doubled self-direction enrollment since 2019. Inventory data confirms the pandemic accelerated the expansion of self-direction nationwide. States reported that self-direction uptake rates spiked during the early days of the pandemic due to a combination of factors, such as emergency Medicaid waiver amendments. Self-direction became critical to filling the void left by the widespread closure of day services and other supports across the country, and in many states helped family caregivers receive payment for the care they provide. It has also helped mitigate, but alone cannot entirely make up for, pervasive workforce shortages. New to this edition of the Inventory - a comprehensive list of state strategies to address workforce shortages.


Click here to read the full report

Resources & Virtual Forums

New Jersey Legislative Disability Caucus

Positive Impacts and New Possibilities

in the Disability Community

Tuesday, February 20, 2024 | 12:00 pm.


The next New Jersey Legislative Disability Caucus will discuss Positive Impacts and New Possibilities in the Disability Community


Assembly Majority Leader Greenwald will lead the discussion along with Disability Caucus Collaborators.


Click here to register with the Zoom Link

DDD Update:

Networking Opportunities for Individuals and Families Self-Directing Their Services

The DDD Office of Education on Self-Directed Services (OESDS) is hosting the following networking events for adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (IDD) and families who are or are interested in self-directing some or all their DDD-funded services.


In-Person Self-Direction Family Networking Sessions

Advance registration is required and online registration is now available!


·       Wednesday, February 21, 2024, from 1 – 3 pm at the Mercer County-Lawrenceville Library: Register for Feb. 21 Session


·       Tuesday, March 12, 2024, from 12 – 2 pm at the NJ DDD Freehold Office: Register for March 12 Session

 

Virtual Self-Direction Family Networking Sessions

Advance registration is required and online registration is now available!

·       Hunterdon & Somerset Counties Virtual Family Networking Session – Tuesday, March 5, 2024, from 1 – 3 pm: Register for March 5 Virtual Session

To learn more about the Family Networking Sessions, visit the OESDS webpage or email the OESDS Helpdesk.

Foothold Technology Webinar

Pine Castle's Pathways Curriculum:

A Supportive Journey for Individuals and DSPs

Wednesday, February 21, 2024 | 12:00 pm ET


  • Outcomes significantly steer changes within the I/DD sector, prompting organizations to consistently seek methods to elevate services, particularly those substantiated by data. Join us to hear firsthand from Pine Castle, recipient of the 2023 Excellence in Innovation Award by the Florida Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (FARF), about their groundbreaking curriculum.


  • This curriculum, meticulously designed to encompass life skills and employment frameworks, will be discussed by Lori Ann Whittington, CEO at Pine Castle, and Kathy Chauffe, CEO at KMC Curriculum Designs. Discover their collaborative efforts in crafting a structured curriculum that not only provides guidance for work but is also user-friendly for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) to effectively teach and excel. Gain insights into the powerful curriculum and discover how it can seamlessly integrate into your organization, offering a valuable product for your consideration.


Click here to register for this webinar

Community Living Education Project (CLEP) Webinar Series for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Caregivers, and Support Professionals

You can't pour from an empty glass! We invite you to spend some time focused on optimizing your health and taking better care of yourself in 2024. Already familiar with some of these concepts? A refresher can help keep you on track. Either way, make your health and well-being a priority. Mark your calendar and plan to join us!


Mental Benefits of Exercise and Mindfulness Practices

Tuesday, February 27, 2024 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM EST



Caregiver Stress & Burnout: How to regain a sense of balance in your life

Tuesday, March 19, 2024 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM EST


Optimizing Health Outcomes for Individuals with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities

Wednesday, May 15, 2024 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM EST


Click here to get more details and register for sessions.

Stanley-Brown Safety Planning Intervention Training

FREE CLINICAL TRAINING FOR ANY CLINICIAN!


DATE: FEBRUARY 28, 2024


The Stanley-Brown Safety Planning Intervention (SPI) is an evidence-based brief and collaborative clinical intervention that results in a prioritized written list of warning signs, coping strategies, and resources for suicidal individuals to use to prevent future suicidal crises. Both parts of this training will be open to certified licensed community behavioral health clinicians, school-based behavioral health providers, AND interested community members!

PART 1: 9AM-2PM

The first part of this workshop will provide an overview of the Stanley-Brown SPI, including who is appropriate to receive the SPI, data on SPI effectiveness, and comprehensive instruction and roleplay demonstration of how to deliver the SPI to suicidal adults.


PART 2: 2PM-3PM

The last hour of this workshop will describe necessary adaptations for

delivering the SPI specifically to suicidal adolescents and will include a

roleplay demonstration of how to involve caregivers in the intervention.

*Please note that attending Part 1 is required to attend Part 2*


Click here to register for the training

Monarch Housing Associates BIPOC Developers’ Collaborative Inaugural Networking Event

Thursday, February 29, 2024 | 6:00-8:00pm

915 Broad St, Newark, NJ 07102


Monarch Housing Associates is hosting the Inaugural Networking Event for their BIPOC Developers’ Collaborative on February 29th. Learn more about the collaborative and connect with members and partners in this space.


Registration is required to attend the event. Please use the registration form available here to sign up for the event.


Any questions or needs related to the event may be emailed to Kyra Mortensen at

kmortensen@monarchhousing.org.

NJ Division on Civil Rights Virtual Trainings on Housing

The Office of Homelessness Prevention has partnered with the NJ Division on Civil Rights to deliver a series of virtual trainings for staff, grantees, volunteers, and other housing community stakeholders on the NJ Law Against Discrimination in Housing & the Fair Chance in Housing Act.

 

Additional information regarding these and other trainings can be found here.

 

To sign up for these virtual trainings, please click the links in the following table:

 

NJ Division on Civil Rights Fair Chance in Housing Act - 

March 15, 2024 | 9:30am-11:00am: 

https://njoag.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJItdO6rqDwiGQ01XkHXamwF0OYQy2zUYyw

Finally HOME NJ Symposium

Saturday, March 9th, 10:00am-2:00pm


TCNJ Student Center 

2000 Pennington Rd, Ewing Township, NJ 08618

Limited Attendance - Registration Required 


About the Symposium: This Housing Symposium seeks to share the knowledge and lessons learned throughout the course of Finally HOME NJ, a one-year grant project funded by the NJ Council on Developmental Disabilities.


The Symposium features Self-Advocate speakers with lived experience to share their insights on the viable and sustainable housing related approaches and practices in

supporting people with complex support and aging needs.  


Please note that this is an in-person event and there will not be a livestream. Lunch and refreshments will be served.  


Due to the limited space available, we cannot register more than 75 people at this time. We will have a waiting list in place for those who register after we reach the 75-person limit.  

 

If you later find out that you will not be able to attend the Symposium, please contact Alex Brosseau at AlexB@Viapa.org so that they may inform people on the waiting list. We thank you in advance for your support with this.  


Click here to register! 

InnovAGING New Jersey Summit

Friday, March 22, 2024 | 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM


The Rutgers University Hub for Aging Collaboration is preparing for their new “InnovAGING NJ Summit, via Zoom; on Friday, March 22, 2024.


The Pinelands Preservation Alliance and the Access Nature Initiative are happy and excited to participate in this event. The #InnovAGING NJ Summit showcases innovative programs and partnerships that are improving the lives of older adults and changing the aging norms in New Jersey.


Join Rutgers Hub for Aging Collaboration to learn from leaders creating a brighter future for aging and health equity in New Jersey.


At this event, attendees will be able to choose from a range of breakout sessions highlighting innovations on aging in New Jersey. This event will facilitate networking and learning among leaders in the field.


Learn more about the event here https://go.rutgers.edu/InnovAGINGInfo.


Click here to register for the summit.

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