The SHAre:

June 2, 2023

Volume: 242

In this Week's Edition


News


SHA In-Person Member Meeting

Wednesday, June 7, 2023

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Advocates Offer Perspectives

on Debt Limit Agreement

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New Jersey Redevelopment Authority Launches Affordable Housing

Support Initiative

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DHS and DCF Efforts Addressing

Labor Shortages in Social

and Behavioral Health Services

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NJ DCA Annual Action Plan

Citizen Participation

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Takeaways on Housing First

from NLIHC's Housing Policy Forum

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Evaluating Your Impact:

New Research Opportunity from CSH &

Notre Dame’s Wilson Sheehan Lab

for Economic Opportunities

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DDD Update:

Notice of Proposed Readoption with Amendments Announced

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New Jersey Partners in Policymaking 2023-2024

Hybrid Program Now Accepting Applications

Deadline: June 30, 2023

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Plus available housing and waitlists below


Resources & Events


Division of Mental Health

and Addiction Services Mental Health Awareness Month Webinar Series

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New Jersey Opioid Recovery

and Remediation Fund

Advisory Council Listening Sessions

May – July 2023

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Rutgers School of Health Professions

Offering Two Workshops for CSS Staff

June 6th and June 7th

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Transforming Your Biggest Risk

into Competitive Advantage: Unleashing

the Power of Cybersecurity for Nonprofits

June 8th

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AHA Homeownership and Preservation Day

June 10th

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The Arc of New Jersey Webinar Series - Part 5

Exploring Mental Health and Behavioral Health Challenges in People with IDD

June 20th

Save the Date

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Next SHA

Members Meeting


June 7, 2023

In-Person, Trenton

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Next SHA

Developers Meeting


July 10, 2023

Virtual

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Join HUD’s 2023 Innovative Housing Showcase! The Showcase is a three-day HUD event on June 9-11, 2023, on the National Mall between 4th St and 7th St. The event will be open to the public and free of charge.

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LeadingAge New Jersey & Delaware

Annual Meeting + Expo

June 20-22, 2023

Atlantic City

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Save the Date


NJ Governors Conference


September 28-29 2023


Registration Now Open

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Save the Date!


Breaking

New Ground;

Success Begins

with Home


SHA's 25th

Annual Conference


November 3, 2023

Housing Available

Little Ferry Senior Apartments

Waitlist Open Now

Manalapan

Apply by June 12th


Maplewood

Apply by June 12th


Freehold

Apply by June 13th


Lacey

Apply by June 14th

Franklin

Apply by June 15th


Teaneck

Apply by June 27th


Montvale

Apply by July 5th


Monroe

Apply by July 6th

Hunterdon County Voucher Wait List Opens June 1st


The Hunterdon County Division of Housing will be conducting a lottery to get on the waiting list for the subsidized Housing Choice Voucher Program. The federally funded program provides monthly rental subsidies to approximately 482 families, provided that their chosen rental unit meets all federal Department of Housing and Urban Development guidelines.

Job Available

CIT International is a community partnership of law enforcement, mental health and addiction professionals, individuals who live with mental illness and/or addiction disorders, their families, and other partners to improve community responses to mental health crises. The organization is recruiting an experienced, dynamic nonprofit professional to serve as its next Executive Director. This is a full-time, virtual executive position.


Click here to view the complete candidate profile for this position.


Please send cover letters and resumes to Michael Shriver, Managing Director at michael.shriver@dcm-associates.com. If you would like to discuss the opportunity or recommend a candidate, please contact Dennis C. Miller, Founder & Chairman at dennis.miller@dcm-associates.com .

SHA Welcomes New & Returning

Members In 2023

Dimension Renewable Energy

HABcore

Giant Development

& Contracting

Housing Authority

Of Gloucester County

iStrive Community

Nonprofit Finance Fund

NJ AAIDD

Rappaport Development

St Peter's Residence

TaUrt's Village

TD Bank

Woods Services

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 In-Person Meeting Agenda

Wednesday, June 7, 2023


Members contact Joseph Christensen to RSVP and for details.


Not a member? Contact us to learn how to join.


9:00 AM - 10:00 AM - Breakfast Bites & Networking


10:00 AM - 1:00 PM - Meeting

Alicka Ampry-Samuel, HUD Region II, Regional Administrator


HUD Region II Regional Administrator Alicka Ampry-Samuel will join us for lively discussion on HUD’s latest activities. Appointed in 2022, Ms. Ampry-Samuel oversees over $6 billion in programs and activities in New York and New Jersey within HUD’s New York Regional Office where she works with Members of Congress and local elected officials to ensure that the Department’s policies and programs create more affordable, environmentally sustainable, and inclusive communities. She wants to hear from you! So come ready to discuss what you need.


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Updated


Darryl Godfrey

Chief Operating Officer, NJ Redevelopment Authority


The New Jersey Redevelopment Authority (NJRA) announced the creation of the Affordable Housing Support Initiative (AHSI), a groundbreaking program aimed at addressing the affordable housing needs of eligible municipalities in the state. The AHSI will provide crucial resources to support community redevelopment projects. The Initiative is funded with a significant $25 million allocation from the Affordable Housing Trust Fund through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Department of Community Affairs (DCA). The NJRA is responsible for managing this initiative.

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State Updates with:


Amy Scartocci, DDD, Director of Housing and Resource Development


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Affordable Housing Data Project


In April, the Fair Share Housing Center released a new, first-of-its-kind report, Dismantling Exclusionary Zoning: New Jersey’s Blueprint for Overcoming Segregation, documenting the success of the Mt. Laurel Doctrine, New Jersey’s groundbreaking affordable housing model, which is known as the strongest framework in the nation to require affordable homes in historically exclusionary communities.


In the landmark 1975 Mount Laurel decision, the New Jersey Supreme Court declared exclusionary zoning unconstitutional and found an affirmative obligation on every town in New Jersey to provide their fair share of the region’s affordable housing. Since then, nearly 70,000 new homes have been — including over 21,000 deed-restricted affordable homes. The presentation will discuss the success and the work still to come. 


The presentation will include a discussion and demo of SHA’s Affordable Housing Data Project, a recent collaboration with Fair Share Housing that documents the municipal reporting and funding available to support future projects. 


Diane Riley, Executive Director, SHA


Josh Bauers, Senior Staff Attorney, Fair Share Housing


Paola Reinoso, Administrator, Fair Share Housing


Joseph Christensen, Member & Communication Manager, SHA


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New Jersey's Assisted Living Program


Assisted Living Programs (ALPs) offer an innovative solution of long-term-care in New Jersey helping seniors with activities of daily living using a flexible care model. The model is a three-way partnership between housing providers, the ALP provider and the older adult residents.


Through a formal partnership, the ALP provider is one of many partners affordable independent senior housing managers can coordinate with to bring services into the building.



There are 15 licensed programs that operate through the state helping seniors age in place eliminating the need for them to move to a more restrictive and more expensive setting. The presentation will provide an overview of the ALP program and a discussion with two providers working in the state.


Rebecca Lynn, Executive Director, Assisted Living Inc.


ElesterJoyce Vizzi, Director of Senior Programs The Bright Side Family

News

Advocates Offer Perspectives on Debt Limit Agreement

While an agreement has been reached to raise the debt limit, and in turn, help avoid drastic issues of the country defaulting on its debt, the outcome leads to a troubling future for many of our nation's most vulnerable populations. Ann Oliva, CEO of the National Alliance to End Homelessness offers a response to this news that covers a range of concerns including capped funds for HUD which will face major challenges in rising inflation as well as the potential for work requirements for older Americans to receive SNAP benefits. The following is an excerpt:


"The debt ceiling agreement seeks to limit all discretionary spending to one percent growth in 2025, a rate that is significantly less than inflation. This represents a de facto cut in key government programs that serve the poorest Americans. It will specifically harm key U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development programs that are the cornerstone of the nation’s efforts to prevent and end homelessness. Due to inflation, skyrocketing rents, and higher interest rates, these programs require an estimated $13 billion investment for FY 2024 just to maintain current levels of service."


Diane Yentel, President and CEO of The National Low Income Housing Coalition offered another response highlighting deep concerns for HUD funding:


"Congress must now divvy up the available funds among various departments and programs before it can enact its final spending bills. With limited resources and the need for substantial resources at HUD to maintain current levels of service, however, it will be challenging for Congress to keep housing and homelessness programs whole."

New Jersey Redevelopment Authority Launches

Affordable Housing Support Initiative

TRENTON, NJ – The New Jersey Redevelopment Authority (NJRA) is proud to announce the creation of the Affordable Housing Support Initiative (AHSI), a groundbreaking program aimed at addressing the affordable housing needs of eligible municipalities in the state. The AHSI will provide crucial resources to support community redevelopment projects. The Initiative is funded with a significant $25 million allocation from the Affordable Housing Trust Fund through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Department of Community Affairs (DCA). The NJRA is responsible for managing this initiative.


Under the Affordable Housing Support Initiative, the NJRA will focus on promoting redevelopment in eligible municipalities by deploying state resources to address affordable housing needs in community redevelopment projects. The program will aid both for-profit and nonprofit developers engaged in developing affordable housing units. By leveraging these funding sources, the initiative aims to accelerate the progress of these projects.


Eligible municipalities, in collaboration with for-profit and nonprofit developers, will be invited to submit comprehensive applications to the NJRA for redevelopment projects within the identified urban areas as part of their respective municipal redevelopment plans.


The applications must include detailed proposals outlining the project's scope, scale, size, committed and/or proposed funding sources, and the requested financing amount. The NJRA will conduct an initial screening of each application to ensure alignment with the program's goals. The review process will consider the municipality's redevelopment objectives and community input. Any deficient applications will be returned to the applicants with constructive feedback.


For more information about the Affordable Housing Support Initiative or visit www.njra.us or contact the NJRA at (609) 292-3739.

DHS and DCF Efforts Addressing Labor Shortages

in Social and Behavioral Health Services

Like health care and social service systems around the country, unprecedented labor shortages are impacting social and behavioral health services for children and adults in New Jersey. 

 

Please join DCF Commissioner Christine Norbut Beyer and DHS Commissioner Sarah Adelman on June 7, from 2:30 - 4:00, to hear about recent work to analyze this problem in New Jersey, and some planned next steps to engage with providers on creating solutions. 

 

The program will include a presentation of recent work commissioned by the Department of Children and Families, and a panel discussion with leadership from both Departments.

 

Please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nj-social-services-workforce-strategies-webinar-tickets-643953842277 and click the button to reserve your spot for the June 7th webinar.

NJ DCA Annual Action Plan Citizen Participation

The State of New Jersey annually receives funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for five programs: the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, the HOME Investment Partnerships program (HOME), the National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF), the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program, and the Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) program. The State is looking for your input to help identify and prioritize housing, community, and economic development needs in New Jersey.


Here's How You Can Help:

Attend a Community Meeting 

The State is holding four community meetings that are open to the public. The community meetings will be facilitated discussions around community needs, existing resources, and ways we can address gaps for our most vulnerable residents. Seats are limited and registration is necessary. All meetings are virtual and Zoom information will be forwarded after registration. To register for a session, please use this link. DCA also appreciates your sharing the word about these meetings and encouraging others who may have valuable input to attend. 

 

Share DCA's Online Community Survey

Please complete this community survey. Your participation will help us gain a more qualitative understanding of the experiences, opinions, and feelings of community members on housing and community development needs. We also ask that you share this survey with your members, consumers, clients, and partners! Folks are more likely to complete a survey if they received it from someone they know and trust. We hope to reach State residents far and wide with this survey – especially those within vulnerable populations. Your assistance with this outreach is invaluable.


This survey will close on June 12.  


Note that the survey is also available in Spanish. To change to the Spanish language version of the survey, click on the “English (United States)” dropdown in the upper right-hand corner of the page.  Select Español (Mexico), and the text of the survey will change to Spanish. 


If you have any questions about the survey or registration for community meetings, please contact Jennifer Alpha, with TDA Consulting, Inc., at jalpha@tdainc.org. Thank you for your participation and all you do for our communities. We look forward to learning your perspectives on these important topics!

Takeaways on Housing First

from NLIHC's Housing Policy Forum

In March 2023, the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) held its annual Housing Policy Forum, "Onward to Housing Justice." During a panel discussion titled "Homelessness is a Housing Problem: Best Practices in Housing First," speakers discussed the underlying causes of homelessness and how communities can use the Housing First approach to quickly provide housing to people experiencing homelessness without preconditions for sobriety, treatment, or participation in supportive services. Panelists included Clayton Page Aldern, coauthor of Homelessness Is a Housing Problem: How Structural Factors Explain U.S. Patterns; Ana Rausch, vice president of program operations at the Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County; and Claudine Sipili, director of lived experience and innovation at Destination: Home. Alayna Calabro, senior policy analyst at NLIHC, moderated the discussion.


As the panelists explained, a Housing First approach that incorporates streamlined triage systems, information sharing, and shared goals across partners can be successful. Collaboration among service providers, housing navigators, and street outreach teams can lead to faster housing placements linked with resources that are tailored to individual needs. Such strategies will help reduce gaps and ensure continuity of care for people in need. 

Evaluating Your Impact:

New Research Opportunity from CSH & Notre Dame’s Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities

CSH is thrilled to be partnering with Notre Dame’s Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities (LEO) to design and implement rigorous evaluations focused on looking at how housing aligned with services helps individuals, families, and communities thrive.


You are invited to learn more about how to apply for this unique, pro-bono research opportunity by attending our upcoming webinar on Tuesday, June 6th at 1pm. This opportunity is fitting for anyone looking to measure how specific programs and policies that align housing with services impact areas such as trauma, disease management, financial stability and mobility, educational attainment, housing stability and time spent in institutional settings.


During the webinar, CSH & LEO staff will review the application process and what is expected of organizations selected to participate in the cohort, including anticipated time commitment.


Webinar Details:


Tuesday, June 6, 2023 | 1:00pm EST


Click here to register for the research opportunity.

DDD Update:

Notice of Proposed Readoption with Amendments Announced

Notice of Proposed Readoption with Amendments: N.J.A.C 10:46D, Contribution to Care and Maintenance Requirements, was published on the New Jersey Department of Human Services Public Notices page on May 31, 2023. 

New Jersey Partners in Policymaking 2023-2024

Hybrid Program Now Accepting Applications

Deadline: June 30, 2023

New Jersey Partners in Policymaking is a leadership development and advocacy education program for adults with developmental disabilities (over age 21) and family members of young children and transition age youth available through collaboration between The New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities, The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, and Disability Rights New Jersey. The goal of this program is to prepare the next generation of disability advocates to work toward meaningful change in our state.


The 2023-2024 Partners in Policymaking sessions are currently scheduled to take place using a hybrid model which combines in-person and virtual learning. A fully virtual option for those that are immunocompromised or have an immunocompromised family member that prevents in-person participation will be made available.



New Jersey Partners in Policymaking is committed to building a diverse group of participants that is reflective of the needs, geography, and cultural and ethnic backgrounds of New Jersey. The Partners program is now accepting applications from people with developmental disabilities and family members for the class of 2023-2024.


Download the application to learn more about the program and apply


Applications must be received by June 30, 2023. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by July 31, 2023.


Visit the NJ Partners in Policymaking page on The Boggs Center's website for additional information.

Resources & Virtual Forums

New Jersey Opioid Recovery and Remediation Fund

Advisory Council Listening Sessions

In addition to the input already received through the online portal, the New Jersey Opioid Recovery and Remediation Fund Advisory Council is holding listening sessions to gather public input on distributing opioid settlement funds.

 

New Jersey will receive at least $641 million over 18 years as part of a federal opioid settlement. The state will receive half of the funding, and the other half will be provided to participating county and local governments.

 

Register to testify here: https://bit.ly/3oloFUD

 

MONDAY, JUNE 12 (10 A.M. – NOON)

South Jersey

Camden County College (Blackwood)

CIM Auditorium

200 College Road, Blackwood

 

THURSDAY, JUNE 22 (11 A.M. – 1 P.M.)

North Jersey

Essex County College

Clara E. Dasher Student Center

303 University Avenue, Newark

 

THURSDAY, JULY 20 (11 A.M. – 1 P.M.)

Virtual: Link will be sent after registering

Rutgers School of Health Professions

Offering Two Workshops for CSS Staff

June 6th and June 7th

The Rutgers School of Health Professions (SHP) is offering a Knowledge, Skills, and Resources (KSR) Development Workshop to any CSS staff who participates in the development of the IRP. Participants will meet with SHP CSS staff (Crystal, Emilie, and Earle) and other CSS staff to review a KSR for a CSS consumer and exchange constructive feedback during the workshop.

 

This 2.5-hour workshop is intended to support CSS staff in the use of the KSR form and to enable direct-care staff to meaningfully contribute to the IRP development process. The workshop is interactive, and participants must bring a de-identified KSR form they have previously completed with a CSS consumer. We suggest bringing a KSR for a CSS consumer who has an IRP that is due in the next few months.

 

This is an interactive and practice-based workshop that requires participants to submit a de-identified KSR form and provide feedback to others. Participants will work in small groups led by SHP CSS staff. Each participant will present their previously completed KSR, ask questions, and receive feedback and suggestions from their group. CSS programs should limit registration to 1 to 2 staff.

 

The CSS KSR Development Workshop will be remote and held live via Zoom on Tuesday, June 6th, from 1:00 pm until 3:30 pm.

 

Space is limited, so staff should register as soon as possible.

 

Registration information must be for the staff attending the training.

 

Register for the CSS KSR Development Workshop

 

If you have any questions regarding the CSS KSR Development Workshop, please contact CrystalEarle, or Emilie.

The Rutgers School of Health Professions (SHP) is offering an Individualized Rehabilitation Plan (IRP) Development Workshop to CSS staff who develop and complete IRPs (e.g., licensed staff and RNs). Participants will meet with SHP CSS staff (Crystal, Emilie, and Earle) to review the presented plans and offer feedback during the workshop. Participants will meet with SHP CSS staff (Crystal, Emilie, and Earle) and colleagues to request and receive feedback on presented IRPs during the workshop.

 

This 2.5-hour workshop is meant for CSS staff who develop and submit plans to the IME. By June 5th participants must submit a de-identified IRP they have authored to CSS Staff: Emilie (emilie.banz@rutgers.edu), Earle (earle.leitch@rutgers.edu), or Crystal (crystal.socha@rutgers.edu). We cannot review or give feedback on an IRP authored by another clinician. We recommend presenting an IRP that is in development or was previously submitted to the IME and critiqued but not put on hold.

 

This workshop is interactive and will be entirely practice-based, and participants must be willing to present a de-identified plan and provide feedback to others. Participants will work in small groups led by SHP CSS staff. Each participant will present their plan, ask questions, and receive feedback and suggestions from those in their group. CSS programs should limit registration to 1 to 2 staff.

 

The CSS IRP Development Workshop will be remote and held live via Zoom on Wednesday, June 7th, from 9:30 am until 12:00 pm.

 

Space is limited, so licensed staff and RNs should register as soon as possible.

 

Registration information must be for the staff attending the training.

 

Register for the CSS IRP Development Workshop

 

If you have any questions regarding the CSS IRP Development Workshop, please contact CrystalEarle, or Emilie.

Transforming Your Biggest Risk

into Competitive Advantage: Unleashing

the Power of Cybersecurity for Nonprofits

With special thanks to SHA member DCM Associates for sharing this free webinar

by MetroMSP, we invite you to explore cybersecurity for your organization.


June 8, 2023 | 01:00 PM ET


As nonprofits continue to adapt to a remote work environment and increasingly rely on cloud technology, the importance of robust cybersecurity measures has never been more evident. This essential webinar will provide practical insights into the world of cybersecurity, equipping you with the knowledge to protect your workforce, secure your donor data, maintain donor loyalty, and stay a step ahead of cyber threats.


Key Takeaways:


  • Establishing Competitive Advantage: Learn how effective cybersecurity measures can help you protect your organization, your employees, your donors, and your partners, giving you a competitive edge.
  • Positioning for Insurance Savings: Discover strategies that could lead to insurance discounts, helping you avoid hefty rate increases.
  • Mitigation of Cyber Incidents: We'll share practical steps to lessen the financial and reputational impact of cybersecurity incidents.
  • Trust Building: Find out how to earn the trust of your board, donors, new clients, and suppliers through secure practices and transparency.


Click here to register for the webinar

AHA Homeownership and Preservation Day - June 10th

Join AHA and their community partners on Saturday, June 10th from 10 AM -1 PM outside of their Eatontown office located at 59 Broad St, Eatontown, NJ 07724 for a day of free presentations, resources, and community engagement! 

Homeownership Promotion 


• Realtors, Lenders, and Down Payment Assistance

• First Time Home Buyer, Manufactured Home Buying, and After Purchase Counseling

• Home Buying and Financial Presentations

Home Preservation


  • Sustainability Counseling
  1. Reverse Mortgage
  2. Foreclosure Intervention
  • Homeowner Rehabilitation Programs
  • Post-Purchase Education
  • And So Much More!




Learn more at https://housingall.org/

The Arc of New Jersey Webinar Series - Part 5

Exploring Mental Health and

Behavioral Health Challenges in People with IDD

Tuesday, June 20, 2023 | 12:00 - 1:30 pm


START Model Implementation and Outcomes


Part 5 of The Arc of New Jersey's webinar series on dual-diagnosis (intellectual and developmental disabilities and mental illness) will focus on the START Model.


In Governor Murphy's proposed State FY 24 budget, funding has been allocated for implementation of the START program in New Jersey. Join us for this webinar where the START Model, an evidence-informed mental health crisis service for people with IDD, and outcomes associated with implementation in various locales, will be described.


Presenter:

Karen L. Weigle, PhD, Licensed Psychologist

Associate Director/Director of Program Development

National Center for START Services

Institute of Disability

University of New Hampshire


Click here to register for the final webinar


Please note that we will not be able to record this session to share

with non-attendees. Therefore, you must register for, and attend,

the live session on June 20th at noon, in order to see the presentation.


This is the last webinar in this series! To see recordings from the series go to: https://www.arcnj.org/programs/mainstreaming-medical-care/annual-webinar.html

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