2019 Spring Symposium – Addressing Hoarding in Supportive Housing Programs – 6/18/19

Jesse Edsell-Vetter of Metro Housing Boston presents on addressing hoarding behaviors to finish this year’s Spring Symposium. Over 130 community members gathered at the Yonkers Riverfront Library to attend this full-day training to explore issues contributing to hoarding behaviors and ways to prevent or decrease them. The training included demonstration of reliable tools to assess hoarding, communication techniques for engaging persons who hoard, and reviewed the process of putting together an effective, evidence-based intervention plan. Thank you Jesse for sharing your expertise on such an important topic!


Westchester’s Continuum of Care (CoC) Annual Meeting on Priorities

On May 23rd, Westchester’s Continuum of Care (CoC) hosted its annual Meeting on Priorities. The Meeting on Priorities provides community members an opportunity to voice what they believe should be included in, and what improvements can be made to our system for preventing and ending homelessness in Westchester County. This year’s topics included; services for individuals with medical disabilities, addressing youth and family homelessness, housing options for individuals who are on the sex offender registry, engaging with the sheltered and unsheltered population, providing day program services in Yonkers, and addressing recidivism rates in eviction prevention programs. The CoC reviews and considers these presentations when determining county-wide priorities


2019 Spring Symposium - Utilizing Peer Support Services


Adam Black of Westchester County’s Department of Community Mental Health (DCMH) speaks at this year’s Spring Symposium providing attendees with a history of peer support services, as well as what peer support can offer, who can benefit from peer support, and how to apply. Thank you Adam for sharing your expertise and experiences with everyone!

Peer Support Services for Providers of Homeless and Residential Services

Peer Support Services in Westchester County

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Westchester’s CoC Chosen for Morgan Stanley’s Corporate Day of Giving!


Through our partnership with VolunteerNY Westchester’s CoC was selected by Morgan Stanley for their Corporate Day of Giving. Twenty-one Morgan Stanley employees volunteered worked together in creating 150 care packages for individuals struggling with homelessness. These care packages included; chapstick, antibacterial wipes, tooth brush, tooth paste, and other essential toiletry items, as well as a hand written note to connect those experiencing homelessness to members of the community. Thank you VolunteerNY and Morgan Stanley for supporting community members in need of assistance.

2019 Spring Symposium - Crisis Intervention/De-escalation Training


Mark Giuliano, LMSW of Westchester County’s Department of Community Mental Health (DCMH) speaks in front of a crowd of over 50 community workers at Westchester County’s Board of Elections to teach the latest techniques used to manage conflict and de-escalate persons who have become distressed.

PowerPoint Slides - Crisis Intervention/De-escalation Training 6/11/19

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2019 Spring Symposium - Vicarious Trauma and Resilience (Movie & Discussion)


Andrew Bell, Ph.D. from Westchester County’s Department of Community Mental Health (DCMH) kicked off this year’s Spring Symposium on Tuesday by hosting a movie and discussion on vicarious trauma and resilience at the Yonkers Riverfront Library. Below you can find links to the PowerPoint slides from this event, along with an article that highlights the importance of external supports in building resilience.

Article - Put Down the Self-Help Books. Resilience is not a DIY endeavour

PowerPoint Slides - Vicarious Trauma and Resilience Training 6/4/19


Westchester County CoC Presents at the Westchester GIS User Group Meeting at Purchase College!

Program Design & Development’s Allison McSpedon & Jeff Worden present to the Westchester GIS User Group Meeting on May 16th at Purchase College. They were invited to present on the CoC’s experience using ESRI’s Survey 123 app which was integrated with the ArcGIS platform during this year’s Point-In-Time (PIT) count. The presentation, to an audience of over 100 representatives from county government & tech companies was very well-received !

PowerPoint Slides- Westchester GIS User Group Meeting



CoC Co-Chair Annette Peters-Ruvolo presents HOPE Community Services Case Manager Diego Hernandez with a Certificate of Appreciation at his farewell celebration held on April 26, 2019 . Diego has been instrumental to the success of the Patriot Housing initiative since its inception in 2013, as well as providing his special brand of care, compassion and dedication to people experiencing street- and shelter-homelessness; he has touched the lives of hundreds who have been fortunate enough to work with him and alongside him. We will miss Diego and wish him all the best!!

WRO has announced the release of its report on three years of "testing" investigations of housing discrimination in Westchester and the rest of the Lower Hudson Valley. From December 2015 through December 2018, WRO conducted approximately 500 tests across many protected classes, and saw an overall 33% rate of violative or unequal.

This testing project was funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as a Private Enforcement Initiative grant under its Fair Housing Initiative Program.

Behavioral Health-focused Outreach and Engagement

Thursday, April 25, 2019

3:30-5:00 p.m. (ET)

This is the first webinar of a three-part Spotlight Series, Taking Behavioral Health Care to the Streets. This series will discuss how to provide behavioral health care in unsheltered environments. In this webinar, you will learn about the need for behavioral health-focused outreach and engagement, as well as how to implement outreach and engagement strategies and build relationships with clients.

The following panelists will share their expertise in behavioral health and homelessness:

  • Barbara DiPietro, PhD, Senior Director of Policy, National Health Care for the Homeless Council and Health Care for the Homeless of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland

  • Brian Bickford, MA, LMHC, Central Massachusetts PATH Team Leader, Eliot Community Human Services, Worcester, Massachusetts 

  • Amanda Buccina, RN, Street Outreach RN, Sacramento, California

  • Tracey Knickerbocker, BA, Mobile Crisis Support Team Peer Navigator, TLCS/Hope Cooperative, Sacramento, California

Participants in the webinar on April 25 will learn how to:

  • provide person-centered, behavioral health-focused outreach in encampments with an emphasis on building trust and meaningful relationships; 

  • engage unsheltered people with serious mental illness through multi-disciplinary teams, peer specialists, and trauma-informed care; and

  • incorporate behavioral health considerations into organized efforts to support individuals in encampments.

To Register, Click Here

Please save the dates for future webinars in this series:

  • Webinar 2: Building a Foundation on the Streets--Assessing Behavioral Health Needs in Encampments on Thursday, May 30, 2019, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. (ET)

  • Webinar 3: Behavioral Health Care Outside of the Box--Providing Services and Treatment to Unsheltered Persons on Thursday, June 27, 2019, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. (ET)

Addiction Services 101:
What Is Your Agency’s Overdose Plan?

Free Webinar
Wednesday, April 17, 1:30 – 2:30 Eastern Time

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This free webinar will raise awareness about risk factors that contribute to overdose death, and explore the program policies and practices that can address them. It will highlight administrative tools and engagement techniques that can help supportive housing programs prevent and respond to drug overdose. The webinar will describe harm reduction strategies, like carrying naloxone (Narcan) to reverse an opioid overdose. 

1. Identify risk factors for drug overdose that are common among people engaged in supportive housing programs 
2. Explain the role of naloxone in reversing opioid overdoses and describe options for integration of naloxone access into supportive housing programs 
3. Explore topics that case managers can discuss with supportive housing participants to help them develop a plan to prevent or respond to a drug overdose 

Target audience: 
• Program administrators 
• Supportive housing case managers and supervisors 
• Community health workers 
• Outreach workers 
• Healthcare providers

Safety Planning with Women Experiencing Homelessness Webinar

The National Health Care for the Homeless Council will be presenting a webinar on March 27, 2019 exploring the importance of safety planning and how violence affects the lives of women without homes. Learn how you can improve services for women experiencing homelessness through trauma-informed, quality care.

Women and families are the fastest-growing segments of the American homeless population. Whether on the streets, doubled-up, or temporarily sheltered, women without homes face complex challenges such as increased risk of sexual assault, lack of access to preventive and prenatal care, and all-too-prevalent trauma.

This webinar is a unique opportunity to gain valuable insight into the tools and resources needed to provide effective and trauma-informed assistance to women and families in the homeless population.

Title: Safety Planning with Women Experiencing Homelessness
Date: March 27, 2019
Time: 12:45 PM EDT 
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