National Training Information

Webinar on Implementing the “Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America” Initiative - August 23, 2:30p-3:30p ET

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Infectious Disease and HIV/AIDS Policy (OIDP) will host a webinar to provide an update on efforts to implement the Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America initiative. The webinar will be held in collaboration with federal partners from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the Indian Health Service (IHS), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

The webinar will be an opportunity for a wide range of stakeholders to:

  • Understand more about the Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America initiative

  • Hear from the HHS agencies implementing the initiative about some of the major activities to date and the planned activities for implementing the initiative

  • Learn about the indicators that have been developed to measure progress toward ending the HIV epidemic in America

For more information about Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America, visit

Medical Summary Report Summer Camp Webinar - August 28, 3p-4:30p ET

Come in out of the heat during these dog days of summer, grab a cold glass of lemonade, and join our SOAR Medical Summary Report (MSR) Summer Writing Camp webinar! We’ll cool you off with plenty of tips and tools on how to write quality MSRs.

During this webinar, you will hear from SOAR providers and others on why the MSR is a critical component of the SOAR model. Panelists will share case studies that illustrate how the MSR was instrumental with their successful outcomes. Learn how MSRs can strengthen a SOAR-assisted SSI/SSDI claim when medical documentation is limited. You’ll also learn how to strengthen key sections, which you may find difficult to write about, such as Personal History, Substance Use History, Work History, and others.

We invite you to come into the shade for some relief on making the MSR writing process a breezier one!


  • Dan Coladonato, SAMHSA SOAR TA Center Liaison, Policy Research Associates, Inc., Delmar, New York

  • Shaun Kostiuk, SOAR Local Lead, Pittsburgh Mercy, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Jennifer Ankton, Disability Adjudication Supervisor - Las Vegas, State of Nevada Bureau of Disability Adjudication, Las Vegas, Nevada

Housing Learning Community: Housing as an Intervention and Investment for People in Recovery - August 28, 2019

Safe, stable, and affordable housing is increasingly recognized as a vital part of recovery. What role can substance use disorder treatment and recovery programs play in providing this essential need for their clients? Find out the basics of housing and how to get started in this six-session virtual learning community beginning on August 28, 2019!

Housing Learning Community: Housing as an Intervention and Investment for People in Recovery will run bi-weekly from August 28 to November 6, 2019, for six sessions (Wednesdays from 12:00-1:00 p.m. CST). This free training series will occur virtually using Zoom videoconferencing. It is intended for providers interested in exploring, establishing, or improving housing for their clients with substance use and/or mental health disorders. Instead of traditional PowerPoint presentations, the series will use an interactive interview format with panelists sharing their multidisciplinary perspectives and inviting the audience to participate in the conversation.

 By the end of the series, participants will be able to:

  • Understand housing as an intervention (not just an outcome), including underlying philosophies and language.

  • Identify the role of substance use disorder and mental illness prevention, treatment, and recovery professionals in providing housing as an intervention and outcome for their clients.

  • Develop specialized knowledge of housing to learn where their organization fits in creating housing as an intervention for their clients.

  • Describe the financial and social return on investment in housing as an intervention.

  • Distinguish between housing investments versus charity to reduce stigma.

This series is a collaboration among the Department of Health and Human Services' Region 7 Technology Transfer Centers: Mid-America Addiction Technology Transfer Center, Prevention Technology Transfer Center, and Mental Health Technology Transfer Center.

Learning Community Schedule

Please note that you must individually register for each session to receive the Zoom login information. 

DEVELOPING YOUTH LEADERSHIP TEAMS: Creating a Space for Youth Experiencing Homelessness to Engage with Service Providers; beginning September 2019

Applications due September 6, 2019

Including youth experiencing homelessness in developing programs and services to serve youth is critical for creating effective solutions. This fall, CSH along with the National LGBT Health Education Center with Fenway Health, and the National Health Care for the Homeless Council are bringing together health center program staff who currently have or are interested in developing youth-centered programs.

Over the course of 4 sessions, we will highlight exemplary programs with components of youth leadership and integration, and will facilitate interactions among participants to share local and organizational strategies, challenges, and successes. By the end of the four-month learning collaborative, all participants will develop a draft Change Map to guide efforts in establishing or advancing youth leadership in their own programs.

CSH Addiction Services 101: Working with Families in Supportive Housing Affected by Substance Use Disorder - September 3, 2019
2:00 – 3:30pm ET

With this free webinar, CSH and Children and Family Futures, Inc. are partnering to present best practices for addressing intersections among the opioid crisis, addiction services, child welfare, supportive housing and homeless services. If you or your team of providers or managers are working with families facing two or more of these challenges, please join us to learn about the rapidly evolving intersections and what can be done to ensure every member of the family receives the services they need.

Connecting Systems to Break the Cycle of Youth Homelessness: Building a Solid Housing Foundation with Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Care - September 4, 3:00-4:30 p.m. (ET)

Please join us for a webinar on the critical mental health components that support and empower young people to secure and maintain long-term, community-based housing. Participants will learn:

  • methods for identifying and addressing critical mental health, trauma, and substance use needs of young people experiencing or at risk of homelessness;

  • strategies for delivering mental and substance use disorder services and treatments specifically designed to support young people in accessing and maintaining housing; and

  • how coordinated entry systems can engage, partner with, and incorporate mental health care providers and stakeholders to increase use of high-quality mental health care resources by young people experiencing homelessness.

The following panelists will share their expertise:

  • John T. Lawlor, Director of Homeless Youth/Young Adult Programs, The Connection® in Hartford, Connecticut

  • Heather Weisbrod, LCSW, Associate Director, Transition Age Youth System of Care, San Francisco Department of Public Health | Behavioral Health Services

  • Maurice Byrd, LMFT, Staff Therapist, The Center for Harm Reduction Therapy in San Francisco and Oakland, California

Tools and Resources for Successful State Medicaid-Housing Partnerships Webinar – September 12, 2019, 3:oo-4:30pm ET

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program (IAP) is hosting a national webinar for state Medicaid and housing agencies interested in learning about Tools and Resources for Successful State Medicaid-Housing Agency Partnerships.

During this webinar, participants will learn about an IAP State Medicaid-Housing Agency Partnership Toolkit, as well as how states have customized these technical resources to support their goal of fostering additional community living opportunities for Medicaid beneficiaries.

Participants will also hear directly from, and be able to engage with, Medicaid agency representatives from Michigan, Oregon, and Virginia about expanding supportive housing living options through sustained Medicaid and housing agency partnerships.

HUD’s Equal Access Rule: What it Is, What’s Changed, and What You Need to know

Recorded by staff from HUD (U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development) and

NAEH (National Alliance to End Homelessness) on 06/18/2018

(Posted to IndyCoC website on 02/13/2019)