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Webinar: Understanding the Housing First Model: Engagement and Recovery Supports
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Webinar: Understanding the Housing First Model: Engagement and Recovery Supports

This webinar will also explore how elements of Housing First are incorporated into other elements of service delivery, including employment service, and using medication to treat substance use disorders.

 Export to Your Calendar 10/29/2019
When: Tuesday, October 29, 2019
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: United States
Presenter: James Kowalsky, MA
Contact: Diane Perez
(850) 878-2196

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Substance use treatment programs regularly serve people who are currently experiencing homelessness or who were homeless. Supportive housing programs for people experiencing homelessness are increasing using a Housing First approach, which does not mandate abstinence as a condition for receiving services. By learning about the development of the Housing First Model and the evidence supporting this approach, substance use treatment providers can better connect with supportive housing providers and engage with the people served by their programs. This webinar will also explore how elements of Housing First are incorporated into other elements of service delivery, including employment service, and using medication to treat substance use disorders.  

Objectives:

  • Describe the development of the Housing First Model and the evidence supporting this approach
  • Identify key elements of Housing First at the program and system level  
  • Explore the ways that Housing First is being adapted for use in other service areas
Who should attend?

This webinar is designed for clinicians, clinical supervisors, program managers, Certified Recovery Support Specialists (CRSS), Certified Recovery Peer Specialists (CRPS), Certified Recovery Residence Administrators (CRRA), and executives in substance abuse and mental health agencies, Managing Entities, and DCF program staff.

Presented by:

James Kowalsky, MA James Kowalsky received his Master of Arts degree from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago in Chicago, IL. Since 2013, James has been providing training and support to organizations adapting their practices to incorporate Harm Reduction, Housing First, Motivational Interviewing, and Trauma-Informed Care. James is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). He volunteers at the Chicago Recovery Alliance and is a designated Super Trainer within their Drug Overdose Prevention Program. In this role, James trains individuals and agencies on Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution (OEND), increasing access to naloxone, the opioid overdose antidote. Previously, James worked for Heartland Health Outreach (HHO). As the Project Coordinator at HHO, he collaborated on a NIDA-funded study to assess the impact of using e-learning platforms to train service providers in programs using the Housing First Model. James also spent seven years as an outreach worker with HHO, meeting people experiencing homelessness and linking them to housing, primary and mental health care, and other community-based resources. In that role, he learned the value of using Harm Reduction and Motivational Interviewing to connect with the most vulnerable members of our communities. James has presented on his work at regional and national conferences. He is committed to promoting a shift in public policy and service delivery that is characterized by acceptance and support for marginalized communities including people who use drugs, have a mental illness, or experience homelessness.

 
CEUs:
Up to 2.0 Continuing Education Units/Contact Hours are provided at no cost for individuals meeting the attendance requirements and complete the training evaluation.
Florida Certification Board Approved Education Provider, #A-001
Florida Board of Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling Provider #50-676
Florida Board of Nursing Provider #50-676