2018 New Jersey Supportive Housing Conference - "Great Expectations - Building on the Past, Envisioning the Future"

Iselin, New Jersey
Friday, December 07, 2018
2018 New Jersey Supportive Housing Conference - "Great Expectations - Building on the Past, Envisioning the Future"
Friday, December 07, 2018 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)

Renaissance Woodbridge Marriott
515 US Highway 1 South
Iselin, New Jersey 08830
United States

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                                                              Before Nov. 2+    After Nov. 2

Non-Members                                         $185                  $225
SHA Members                                         $150                  $175
SHA Members group rate                      $130                  $150
(six or more from one organization)
Family Members/Non Professional       $100                  $120

Student Rate                                           $100                  $120                                                        Team Tables:*12 attendees                   $1,300             $1,500                                                            * 12 for the price of 10

+Early bird price extended!


7:00 am - 8:00 am - Registration set-up, exhibitors arrive & set-up

8:00 am - 9:00 am - Registration, continental breakfast & networking

8:00 am - 2:30 pm - Exhibitors, networking- Meet other professionals in the supportive housing industry to share ideas and build partnerships

9:00 am - 9:45 am - Opening remarks: Melody Federico, SHA President and SHA Board of Trustees, Diane Riley, SHA Executive Director

2018 SHA Supportive Housing Awards Presentation for Outstanding Work in the Supportive Housing Field – Direct Support Professionals Staff, Tenant and Municipal Awards 9:45 am - 10:00 am Exhibitor, networking

10:05 am - 11:20 am Workshops Session 1

1 -Innovative and Promising Practices for Healthy Aging in Place

Building on the innovations and efforts to expand affordable housing coupled with home and community based services in New Jersey, this session will focus on the innovative integrated health and housing models across the nation that are promoting healthy aging-in-place, reducing avoidable hospital and ER use and preventing premature placement in nursing homes and improvements in overall quality of life. This session will highlight policy and system change recommendations developed by a statewide collaborative of aging stakeholders to promote healthy aging in New Jersey

Presenters: Pascale Leone, Associate Director, CSH; Maria DiMaggio, Social Services Administrator, Tax Credit Services, New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency; Elizabeth Davis, Executive Director, Bright Side Manor; Elester Joyce, Assistant Administrator, PALS Program Senior Housing Services

2- Investing in Your Future: Why Data is Your Agency's Currency

For some, data is a scary four-letter word. It doesn't have to be. When used strategically, data can give your agency great power and responsibility. It can also be a tool you can use to invest in your future. With a greater emphasis on payment structures focused on value vs quantity, you need to have a greater understanding of what data is and how it can be used. In this session, we'll demystify data and share examples of how agencies are identifying what to measure, what to share, and how to use it to enhance their work and support the individuals they serve. If you're ready for a greater understanding of how to market your services and fuel your sustainability, join us to learn practical tips on how to reinvent your organization's relationship to data.

Presenters: David Bucciferro, Senior Advisor, Foothold Technologies; Beatriz Brandt, Assistant Executive Director of Supportive Housing, Project Live

3- Conscious Care and Support

The need to identify upstream causes of anxiety, agitation and aggression is vital for anyone including individuals who have an intellectual disability to live meaningful, inclusive lives. Conscious Care and Support (CCS) features the learning of over twenty five specific strategies and tools that have a proven record of decreasing anxiety and aggressive behavior, as well as fostering positive behaviors in many people who have an intellectual disability. In combination with mental health, traditional medicine and behavioral techniques, this includes relevant applications from the disciplines of biomedicine, mindfulness, social neurobiology, bilateral and bio-meridian activation, gastrointestinal health, sensory integration, brain coherence, and neurofeedback. CCS also explores the importance of ensuring that as supporters, we bring our "A-Game" through self-reflection and the practice of mindful, emotional selfregulation.

Presenter: Adriana McVicker, Project Coordinator- Conscious Care and Support Demonstration Project, Community Living Windsor, Ontario, Canada

4- Enabling Technologies – Promoting Independence, Managing Environments and Enhancing Safety

This session will explore technology's role in enabling individuals to overcome common stumbling blocks to independence including: Medication management, cooking safety, flooding, falls, environmental controls, management of chronic health conditions. Technological solutions are critical to the success of virtually every modern enterprise. When we look at the challenges faced in supportive housing there is an increasing understanding that technology is a fundamental component for the vision of the future in a person-centered life.  Blending technology with innovative supports can create many successful outcomes.

Presenters: Michael Lozinski, A.T.P., M.A.T., Assistive Technology Specialist, Advancing Opportunities; Meghan O'Sullivan, RN, MS, At Home Technologies LLC and Simply Home

5- Recovery Housing: An Effective Alternative Approach

The link between homelessness, substance use disorders and relapse has been long acknowledged. Alcohol and drug-free recovery housing is a critically important and currently under-resourced intervention in the battle against the opioid epidemic. To ensure improved outcomes, enforcement of "best-practices" along with a range of housing approaches with services matched to the preferences and needs of the individual will be the key to success. This workshop will examine a wide variety of recovery housing models including the National Alliance of Recovery Residence (NARR) standards, and other recognized programs such as the Oxford Houses. In addition, the workshop will provide an update on current legislative efforts aimed at regulating recovery housing, will review the current DCA licensing standards, will explore potential funding options and will examine recovery housing's place alongside Housing First models.

Presenters: Mike Santillo, Executive Director of Operations John Brooks Recovery Center & TBD

11:20 - 11:40 Exhibitor, networking, coffee break and snack

11:40 - 1:00 Workshop Session 2

1- Throw Glitter Not Shade: Trauma Responsive Care

This workshop presentation is designed to support staff and families to recognize the pervasiveness and prevalence of trauma and its impact on individuals living in supportive housing environment. This experiential learning will shine an emphasis on the importance of effective communication and interpersonal relationships as the foundation for building hope and resilience. Keeping the focus on "what's strong and not what's wrong" to enhance and support current research on trauma-informed approaches.

Presenters: Lorraine D'Sylva-Lee, MLPA, Training & Consultation Specialist, Rutgers-UBHC Behavioral Research & Training Institute; Denise P. Davis, MHS, Senior Training & Consultation Specialist, Rutgers-UBHC Behavioral Research & Training Institute

2 - Telehealth: Expanding Access to Services

The passing of New Jersey's telemedicine law in 2017, opened the way for the use of technology in providing critical services beyond onsite care.  This workshop will highlight the various ways a remote approach to delivery is being used to improve quality of care and cost, the success here and in other states that have expanded access and work that still needs to be done to increase the breath of services available.

Facilitator: John Verney, MSW, LSW, Coordinator Acute Care Services, Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services

Presenters: Young Kim, PharmD, Consultant Pharmacist, Community Care Rx; Kara Pieluc, Clinical Director, Catholic Charities of Trenton David Theobald, Senior Telepsychiatry Partnerships Manager, Genoa Healthcare

3 - Homelessness and Medicaid Use: The Impact of Housing and Services

Presenters and project partners, the New Jersey (NJ) Department of Community Affairs (DCA), the Rutgers University Center for State Health Policy, and Monarch Housing Associates, share findings on the impact that moving homeless individuals into affordable housing with services can have on lowering New Jersey's Medicaid spending. Engaging research institutions, key state agencies and planners is critical in the work to end homelessness. The partners will share what they have learned, to date, highlighting exciting innovations happening right here in New Jersey. New partnerships have been formed to target specific resources to create new community living options for people with special needs.

Moderator:  Kate Kelly, Associate, Monarch Housing Associates

Presenters: Taissa Kelly, Senior Associate, Monarch Housing Associates; Janel Winter, Director of the Division of Housing and Community Resources at the NJ Department of Community Affairs; Dr. Joel Cantor, Sc. D., Distinguished Professor & Director of the Center for State Health Policy, Rutgers University

4 - From Famine to Feast - Building a Roadmap for Robust Development

The session will review lessons learned from developers facing constrained funding environments here in NJ and in neighboring states.  Envisioning an ideal future, the panel will discuss the mixture of capital, services and operations funding resources needed to build a robust pipeline of supportive housing development to replicate success in NJ.

Presenters: Ross Clarke, Community Investment Officer, CSH; Daniel Randall, Business Development Officer, Federal Home Loan Bank of NY; Owen McCabe, VP of Acquisition and Development, VOA Delaware Valley

5- Fostering Innovation in Supported Housing in the Era of HCBS Systems-Change

The 2014 Federal HCBS Rule established for the first time ever a basic set of criteria that all settings where Medicaid beneficiaries received HCBS should possess.  As states continue to implement the requirements of the HCBS regulation, several innovative strategies are being pursued by states to foster a stronger focus on optimal community participation and integration of Medicaid HCBS recipients. This session will look at promising practices of states and providers across the country to spur enhanced supported living options for older adults and individuals with disabilities, and discuss strategies for replicating these models during the HCBS statewide transition period and beyond.

Presenters: Serena Lowe, Senior Policy Advisor, Center for Policy and Evaluation, Administration for Community Living (ACL), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services; Michele MacKenzie, Technical Director, Central Office – Division of Long Term Services and Supports, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

1:00 - 2:30 Lunch Awards, and Exhibitor Networking - Direct Support Professional, Tenant Awards


Kevin Martone, Executive Director – Technical Assistance Collaborative Kevin Martone is Executive Director for the Technical Assistance Collaborative in Boston, a national nonprofit that works with our nation's human services, health care, homelessness, and affordable housing systems to implement outcome-oriented solutions that help people live healthy, independent lives in the communities they choose.

SHA Civic Award Presentation – Nancy Schneeloch

3:30 - Gift Giveaway & Goodbyes


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