The SHAre:

September 1, 2023

Volume: 255

In this Week's Edition


News


Biden-Harris Administration Awards $64M+

in Grants to Fund Mental Health &

Substance Use Services & Trainings

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HUD Announces $73 Million to

Aid Veterans Experiencing Homelessness

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Apply for Funding from NJ DDD to Help Expand Housing for People with Disabilities

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NJEDA Construction Inflation Fund Grants

for Funding Gaps Caused By Pandemic

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DDD Issues RFP for Emergency

Capacity Services Programs

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Expansion of the Rental Subsidy Policy

for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Applicants and Recipients

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SHA Honors the Legacy of

I/DD Advocate Beverly Roberts 

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DDD Updates

Anonymous Survey for

Providers of DDD-Funded Services

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The Cost of Living With a Disability in America

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DDS NJ Resources Releases

New Spanish Edition

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The Network Now Accepting

Pre-Applications for Jumpstart Program

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Plus available housing and waitlists below


Resources & Events


Webinar Recordings

How to Create Age-Friendly Communities in NJ

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National Human Services Data

Consortium Recorded Resources

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Materials Available: Webinar on AT, Home Modifications/Repairs, and Housing Stability

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Bridgeway Behavioral Health Services

Open House

September 6, 2023

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Webinar on Senior Property Tax Programs

September 7, 2023

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Webinar:

Understanding the Community

Care Program Waiting List

September 8, 2023

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MHTTC Program Implementation

and Evaluation Series

September 12 - 26, 2023

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Social Innovations Journal

Meet the Experts Symposium


 Population Health Equity for People

with Intellectual Disability, Autism,

and Mental Health Challenges

September 14, 2023

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Foothold Technology Webinar

Beyond EHR Acquisition:

Preparing for the Journey Ahead

September 19, 2023

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2023 Virtual Opioid Summit

Revitalizing Communities:

Healing Together from the Opioid Crisis.

September 20, 2023

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NJHMFA 2023 Fall Tax Credit

Certification Course and Exam

October 24-27, 2023

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DCM Institute for Nonprofit Board

Executive Leadership

Fall 2023 Certificate Program

September - December 2023

Save the Date!

25th Annual Supportive

Housing Conference

 

November 3, 2023

 

The Palace at Somerset Park 

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Next SHA

Developers Meeting


September 11, 2023

Virtual

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Next SHA

Members Meeting


October 4, 2023

In Person

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NJ Governors Conference


September 28-29 2023


Registration Now Open

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Monarch Housing Associates Conference


October 3, 2023

Somerset, NJ


Registration Open

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Under One Roof 2023


October 20, 2023

New Brunswick


Registration Open

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 Community Health

Law Project’s

35th Annual Ann Klein Advocate Awards


October 26, 2023 

West Orange, NJ


Save the Date!

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Housing Available

Fair Lawn

Apply by September 2nd


Roselle Park

Apply by September 14th


Mountainside

Apply by September 26th


Roxbury

Apply by September 28th

14 Supportive Housing Units in Morristown

Apply Today!


Four Housing Opportunities for Individuals with I/DD

Little Ferry | Linden | Edison | Bound Brook

Apply Today!

Thank you to all our Conference Sponsors!

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Boost Your Organization As A Sponsor / Exhibitor

Conference Sponsors

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Make the most of your support and sharing your organization with attendees through various levels of sponsorship. Review our form and choose a sponsor level to start sharing your logo, information, and content with our attendees.

Do you have a product or service to share with our attendees? Get a space in our exhibit hall while they last and meet attendees who want to learn more about your story. Connect and network with a diverse community across the state who join us for this annual event.

Remember: Premier Level Sponsors (Gold, Silver, and Bronze) will also receive a year of membership with the Supportive Housing Association of New Jersey

SHA Welcomes New & Returning

Members In 2023

Bands Consulting LLC

Dimension Renewable Energy

Giant Development

& Contracting

HABcore

Handy Pro of Central NJ

Helping Hands

Support Services Inc.

Housing Authority

Of Gloucester County

iStrive Community

Mobility Construction

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.
News

Biden-Harris Administration Awards $64M+ in Grants to Fund Mental Health & Substance Use Services & Trainings

On August 23rd, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced more than $64 million in awards through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to address the nation’s mental health and substance use disorder crisis. The new funding, part of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, provides $59.4 million through the Community Mental Health Services (MHBG) program. In addition, $1 million was awarded for the Mental Health Awareness Training Grant program (MHATs). New Jersey received a total of $1,835,885 as part of this funding.


Click here to read more about the funding and see a list of the funds distributed.

HUD Announces $73 Million to Aid Veterans Experiencing Homelessness, Boot Camps to Improve Process

On August 14, HUD issued a notice for the FY 2023 Summer Registration of Interest on the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program, announcing the availability of $73 million for eligible public housing authorities (PHAs). The program combines Housing Choice Voucher assistance with case management and clinical services provided by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) for homeless veterans. The VA furnishes these services for participating Veterans at VA medical centers, community-based outreach clinics, through VA contractors, or through other VA-designated service providers. 


The available amount includes $33 million in carryover funds to award on a non-competitive basis and $40 million appropriated through the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023. The funds are expected to support up to 7,500 new

HUD-VASH vouchers. Eligible PHAs are directed to submit a Registration of Interest under this notice and a written Letter of Support from their partner VA medical center by September 15.

 

Additionally, on August 8, HUD and VA launched a series of HUD-VASH workshops that will help VA Medical Centers and PHAs improve their processes and accelerate the transition of veterans experiencing homelessness to permanent housing with supportive wraparound services. This announcement builds on HUD’s spring announcement of nearly $95 million for HUD-VASH, which will fund up to 11,000 new vouchers.

Apply for Funding from NJ DDD to Help Expand

Housing for People with Disabilities

Developmental disability providers can apply for up to $90,000 to purchase, develop, and renovate group homes serving newly placed individuals with behavioral and/or medical needs. Eligibility requirements apply. Interested parties should review the Request for Proposals (RFP) from the Division of Developmental Disabilities.


The rolling approval process is now open. Submit your application today.


Click here for the RFP

NJEDA Construction Inflation Fund Grants for

Funding Gaps Caused By Pandemic

The Construction Inflation Fund is a pilot program established to provide grants for real estate development projects that have experienced increased construction costs and project funding gaps resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.


Funding availability:

Grants of $500,000-$5M, Up to 20% of Total Project Costs covered


Eligibility:

  • Small businesses undertaking real estate projects with at least $5M of total project costs
  • Experienced a COVID-19 induced funding gap


Applications must be submitted by October 19, 2023 at 5:00pm. 

DDD Issues RFP for Emergency

Capacity Services Programs

On August 30, 2023, the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Emergency Capacity Services Homes for Individuals with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities

 

Through this RFP, two or more providers (which may include the currently-contracted providers who apply) will be awarded funding to operate eight existing Emergency Capacity Services (ECS) Programs. 

 

The primary purpose of the ECS Programs is to provide community residential/day supports for individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities who are in need of immediate services due to homelessness or other emergent circumstances.

Expansion of the Rental Subsidy Policy for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Applicants and Recipients

The Social Security Administration uses a different standard to determine Supplemental Security Income benefits for people living in certain states. Now, the agency wants to update its rules to treat beneficiaries nationwide more equitably.


The agency is proposing a new rule to modify how it alters benefit payments for those who receive what’s known as “in-kind support and maintenance” in the form of a rental subsidy.


Under current rules, SSI benefits are reduced if a person is paying rent or shelter expenses that are lower than the current market value, or what they would pay on the open market. This is significant in cases where a person with a disability is renting from a family member, for example, who charges them a reduced rate.


But, due to court rulings, the agency uses a less stringent standard in seven states — Connecticut, New York, Vermont, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Texas. In these states, benefits are not reduced if a person is spending more than a third of their income on housing even if their rent is less than the current market value. The proposed rule published this month in the Federal Register seeks to expand the more lenient standard already in place in seven states to the entire country.


The proposed rule is up for public comment through October 23, 2023.

SHA Honors the Legacy of I/DD Advocate Beverly Roberts 

This week our community was saddened to learn of the passing of Beverly Roberts, who served as the Mainstreaming Medical Care Director for the Arc of New Jersey. With 33 years of dedication in her career, Beverly (Bev to those who knew her) was both a powerful advocate for the I/DD community and a wealth of information conveyed to help explain even the most complex situations in accessible and meaningful ways.


"Bev's legacy is an extraordinary one," shared Diane Riley, SHA Executive Director. "Her example of compassion, knowledge, and the fortitude to keep working on the mission of support remains a beacon highlighting the very best of what is possible serving our communities. Her memory will continue to inspire dedicated actions for many years to follow."


Funeral services were held earlier this week ahead of our publication.

DDD Updates

Anonymous Survey for Providers of DDD-Funded Services

The Statewide Family Advisory Council, a collaborative partnership between the NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) and the NJ Council on Developmental Disabilities, has convened a workgroup to research electronic record-keeping platforms to help facilitate communication between health providers, disability service providers, and families and guardians. The goal of the workgroup is to identify potential methods for improving health and wellbeing outcomes for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) who are receiving DDD services.


The six-person workgroup consists of three family members and three service provider representatives. The workgroup’s first task is identifying the top two or three electronic records platforms (for example, Therap, Foothold) already commonly in use by DDD service providers.



With this end in mind, agencies currently providing DDD-funded services for New Jersey adults with IDD are invited and encouraged to complete an anonymous three-question Provider Survey by or before September 8, 2023.


Please note there is no state or federal requirement that providers use an electronic records platform. This survey is simply to learn which platforms, among those agencies who use one, are the most commonly used by DDD service providers.

The Cost of Living With a Disability in America

The following article and images explores the lived experiences of people living with disabilities in the United States and how their daily lives include issues of cost for a wide range of needs for housing, healthcare, food, and other goods. While this only represents a small sample of the lived experiences encountered in this country, it may help to understand what people face on a daily basis and opportunities to address these needs to help build empowering communities.

DDS NJ Resources Releases New Spanish Edition

The Division of Disability Services (DDS) is proud to announce the release of the Spanish version of their newly reformatted resource directory, NJ Resources.


The new look was developed with a focus on enhanced accessibility. You’ll notice key features like clickable links and redirects, convenient bookmarks to aide in navigation, and alternative text to name a few. Also, instead of updating this useful guide only once per year, we’ve made it a living document by committing to updating the web version as changes occur. Check out the latest edition by clicking this https://delivr.com/2ydwe 

The Network Now Accepting

Pre-Applications for Jumpstart Program

The Housing and Community Development Network of NJ (the Network), with the support of NJ’s Department of Community Affairs (DCA), announced the launch of a new program providing comprehensive training and certification for quality affordable housing production. Available to nonprofit community developers with a focus on Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) developers, the Jumpstart Program focuses on homeownership development to help close NJ’s racial wealth gap.


Supported by the NJ Affordable Housing Trust Fund, the Jumpstart Program is a multiyear program that will be available to organizations, including those that have faced financial hardship and wish to grow or reestablish their development programs. Utilizing experts in the field to serve as trainers and consultants, program participants will receive comprehensive training, stepping through all phases of the development process including planning, acquisition, financing, project management and more. Participants will also learn about developing a business plan, marketing tools, community outreach, and preparation of potential homeowners through housing counseling. Rhonda Coe, of R.B. Coe Consulting LLC, will lead the initiative.

Resources & Virtual Forums

Webinar Recordings

How to Create Age-Friendly Communities in NJ

With the support of the Henry & Marilyn Taub Foundation, RPA recently organized a series of webinars on infrastructure funding and building for age-friendly communities. Each webinar focused on different aspects of the built environment, including parks and open space, transportation, and housing. The webinars featured professionals and advocates of age-friendly communities and discussed how New Jerseyans can advocate for

age-friendly investments in their communities.


Access the recordings here including a discussion on housing with SHA's Executive Director, Diane Riley.

National Human Services Data

Consortium Recorded Resources

Update: The recording and materials from the opening plenary session of the National Human Services Data Consortium (NHSDC) Summer 2023 Institute are now posted on the NHSDC Summer 2023 Conference page.


The Institute took place on July 12, 2023, and brought together human services data professionals nationwide to learn effective practices, inspire one another, and make connections. The opening plenary, sponsored by HUD, featured a conversation with the Santa Clara, CA community, including Continuum of Care (CoC) leadership, Santa Clarans with lived expertise, and HUD Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs (SNAPS) leadership.


The discussion focused on how powerful data can be in the hands of those closest to the problem and engaged in crafting solutions. Learn how Santa Clara, led by people with the lived experience and expertise of homelessness, used quantitative and qualitative data to shape the local strategic plan, inform the ratings and ranking for the CoC competition, and inform the Coordinated Entry (CE) prioritization process.

Materials Available: Webinar on AT, Home Modifications/Repairs, and Housing Stability

Webinar recording, slides, and handouts now available


The following materials are now available for the August 7, 2023, Housing and Services Resource Center (HSRC) "Partnerships to Increase Housing Stability Through Assistive Technology (AT), Home Modifications, and Repairs" webinar:



About the Webinar

Although 40% of American households include someone who needs accessibility features to live independently, most homes in the U.S. do not have those features. Increasing a person’s access to home modification and repair services and AT can decrease their risk of living unhoused or in an institution.


This HSRC webinar explores the role of home modifications and repairs and AT in promoting accessible, stable housing and how service providers can join forces to increase access to these important services.

Bridgeway Behavioral Health Services Open House

Bridgeway Behavioral Health Services, will host an Open House on Wednesday, September 6, 2023, from 2-4 PM at 615 North Broad Street, Elizabeth, NJ.


The Open House will feature Bridgeway’s Crisis Intervention and Homeless Outreach programs.


Bridgeway provides outreach, support, and case management services to Union County residents who are homeless, or are at risk of becoming homeless and who are experiencing the symptoms of a mental health condition.


Bridgeway Crisis Intervention Services (BCIS) is an urgent care center providing crisis intervention and support to Union County residents aged 18 and older who are experiencing a mental health crisis or a worsening of a pre-existing mental health disorder. The goal is to help people in crisis gain control of their symptoms and remain in the community as an alternative to going to the emergency room.

Webinar on Senior Property Tax Programs

Thursday, September 7, 2023 | 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm


Rising property taxes are one of the biggest challenges older New Jerseyans face.

This year, both the newly formed ANCHOR Program and the Senior Freeze (PTR) are

being expanded to include more older residents.


Want to be able to better explain the myriad senior property tax programs in NJ to your

communities? Join us for a special train-the-trainer webinar with NJ’s “Taxation

University,” an educational unit within the NJ Tax department to learn about upcoming

changes in program eligibility and resources to educate your community about these

important programs.


Attendees will learn about materials, resources and speakers to bring to their

communities and help eligible residents enroll.


Who should join?


• Age-friendly leaders and volunteers

• Senior center & Library staff

• Municipal Tax Offices

• Senior advisory committees

• Financial planners

• Community leaders and organizers


Register by clicking here


Hosted by NJAAW & the Age-Friendly NJ Statewide Collaborative’s Local Accelerator Group

Webinar:

Understanding the Community Care Program Waiting List

Understanding the Community Care Program Waiting List

Friday, September 8, 2023 | 2:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.


Register for Understanding the Community Care Program Waiting List

 

The Division of Developmental Disabilities Waiting List and Special Projects Unit will present Understanding the Community Care Program (CCP) Waiting List, a live webinar discussion, including Q&A, about what it means to be on the priority waiting list; what it means when your name is reached on that list; and things you can do to prepare while you are waiting. This webinar is open to anyone and may be of special interest to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families, support coordinators, service providers, and advocates.

MHTTC Program Implementation and Evaluation Series

In this series, participants will learn about strategies for planning, implementing, and evaluating new or existing programs at their agency. This series will offer ideas for mental health programs that include assessing readiness, managing barriers, program fidelity, inclusion of stakeholders, dissemination of outcomes, and implementation frameworks.


Session 1: Planning

September 12, 2023

2:00 - 3:00 pm ET


Session 2: Implementation

September 19, 2023

2:00 - 3:00 pm ET


Session 3: Evaluation

September 26, 2023

2:00 - 3:00 pm ET

Social Innovations Journal

Meet the Experts Symposium


 Population Health Equity for People with Intellectual Disability, Autism, and Mental Health Challenges

September 14th, 2023  3:30 PM - 5:00 PM ET 


Health equity means that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible, while acknowledging that not everyone is the same or requires the same services. The issue of health equity crosses over many sectors and populations, including disability, child welfare, criminal and juvenile justice, and aging.


Join expert panelists to explore the root causes of health inequity, the role and impact of the social determinants of health, and the drivers that will advance health equity for special populations. You will hear about best practices for advocacy, model programs and integrated care models, services that address health inequity for special populations, and policy issues that have led to systemic healthcare challenges for these groups and what equitable solutions could look like. 


Click here to register for the event


Foothold Technology Webinar

Beyond EHR Acquisition: Preparing for the Journey Ahead

Tuesday, Sept 19, 2023 | 1PM EST


After successfully acquiring an EHR and case management system, the implementation phase can present considerable challenges. Join us to hear from providers who have effectively launched their systems. They will discuss their experiences, covering the hurdles they faced, the accomplishments they achieved, and invaluable change management strategies. The goal is to equip other providers in the market with the necessary knowledge to successfully implement an EHR and overcome any obstacles in their implementation journey.


What You’ll Learn

  • Gain insights into the common hurdles faced during the implementation phase and learn effective strategies to overcome them
  • Discover the key accomplishments and best practices that led to successful EHR adoption
  • Learn invaluable change management techniques and tips from providers who have effectively managed the transition to EHR systems, enabling you to better prepare and support your organization in this transformative process.


Click here to register for the Foothold Technology Webinar

2023 Virtual Opioid Summit

Revitalizing Communities:

Healing Together from the Opioid Crisis.

 Wednesday, September 20, 2023



On behalf of the Department of Human Services’ Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services, you are invited to register for the 2023 Virtual Opioid Summit – Revitalizing Communities: Healing Together from the Opioid Crisis. The event will be held on Wednesday, September 20, 2023. The Summit will present current research and evidence-based best practices through keynote speakers, panels and workshops. Topics to be covered include Opioid Use Disorder and stigma, fentanyl and xylazine, harm reduction, grief supports, OUD in the LGBTQIA+ community, and more!

 

Continuing Education Credits will be available for some licenses/certifications.

 

Please click here to register for the virtual summit

NJHMFA 2023 Fall Tax Credit Certification Course and Exam

Save the Date! | October 24-27, 2023


New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency is pleased to sponsor a four-day Tax Credit Certification Course and Exam to be held October 24-27, 2023 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Hamilton, NJ.


Attendance is strongly suggested for those who are new to the Tax Credit Program and need to meet the Tax Credit Certification requirement per the QAP.


Event Details


  • Course Dates: October 24th, 25th & 26th (9am to 4pm each day)


  • HCCP Exam/Retake Date: October 27th (9am to 2pm)


  • Location: Hilton Garden Inn - Hamilton, 800 US Highway 130, Hamilton, NJ 08691


Event Fees


  • Tax Credit Certification Course Only: $545


  • Tax Credit Certification Course & HCCP Exam: $725



  • Tax Credit Certification Course & HCCP Exam Retake: $645


Online registration and more

information to follow soon.

DCM Institute for Nonprofit Board Executive Leadership

Fall 2023 Certificate Program

The DCM Institute for Nonprofit Board Executive Leadership certificate program is intended for current CEOs/executive directors, executive leadership team members, and those emerging leaders who hope to become executive leaders in the future. This program includes seven courses over three months taught virtually by nationally recognized nonprofit leadership executives, coaches, authors, and search consultants.

 

Session Topics:

 

September 7th

Think Before You Speak/Act

Instructor: Dr. Terrence F. Cahill

 

September 21st

Transformational Leadership Competencies

Needed by Today's & Tomorrow's Leaders

Instructor: Dr. Yvonne Styles

 

October 5th

Finding Your North Star:

Strategic Planning for Nonprofit Teams

Instructor: Gregory Nielsen

 

October 19th

Ambassador Excellence:

Fresh Perspectives on Friendraising for Nonprofit Leaders

Instructor: Jay Weisman

 

November 2nd

Touchstones of Leadership: Examine How Being Mission-Based, Client-Oriented, Talent Driven, Inclusive, and Strategic Provides Effective Leadership

Instructor: Joe Costa

 

November 16th

Building a Healthy Culture and Organization: How Culture Impacts Every Aspect of an Organization

Instructor: Michael Shriver

 

December 7th

Learning From Adversity

Instructor: Dr. Jim McGuirk

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