RHY News

TLP/MGH: Data Collection Training Webinar

Transitional Living Program/Maternity Group Home: Data Collection Training Webinar

A recording, slide deck, and accompanying materials will be available to grantees after the webinar.

Who should attend:  Program and/or other staff from Family & Youth Services Bureau's (FYSB) Transitional Living Program (TLP) / Maternity Group Home (MGH) grantee agencies that are responsible for collecting data in RHY-HMIS.

Who is presenting:  The lead presenters are FYSB/HHS staff overseeing the RHY-HMIS program along with RHY-HMIS technical assistance (TA) providers from AIR.

What it is:  This webinar presents guidance and instructions on Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY), TLP/MGH data collection. We will look at best practices to help ensure on-going data quality and explore the data standards and requirements for TLP and MGH grantees.

When is it:  Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., EDT

Register at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8558955137581326594

 

Save the Dates for the 2017 National RHY Grantees Training

The Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) and the Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center (RHYTTAC) are pleased to announce the 2017 National RHY Grantees Training. The national training will be held in Kansas City, MO., November 14-16, 2017.

The training will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, November 14, and conclude at 11 a.m. on Thursday, November 16.  There will be opportunities to attend additional trainings or attend site visits to local grantees Monday afternoon preceding the conference.  Information about conference registration and site visit reservations will be sent out soon and will be also be available on the www.rhyttac.net.

Organizations receiving FYSB RHY funding are eligible for a stipend of up to a $600 to assist with travel and hotel expenses.

Accommodations

The training will be held at The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center.  This hotel is located at 1 East Pershing Rd. Kansas City, MO  64108.

National Safe Place Network (NSPN) has secured a reduced room rate of $169 (based on single/double occupancy) for attendees. To obtain the discounted room rate, grantees must book through the following link no later than the reservation deadline October 20, 2017.

Book your room(s) by October 20, 2017 at: https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/2017NationalFYSBRHYGranteesTraining

Transportation

In addition to securing a reduced rate for hotel accommodations, NSPN has also partnered with SuperShuttle to offer a reduced transportation fare. After arriving to Kansas City International Airport (MCI), collect your luggage, then check in at the SuperShuttle office located just across from baggage claim inside of the terminal.  You may also download the SuperShuttle app, which allows you to check-in and track your van. The discount code is good for travel in the event area from November 7 - 23, 2017.

SuperShuttle reservations may be made online at: http://group.supershuttle.com/group-page/2017-national-rhy-grantees-training/

Grantees may also make a reservation by phone by calling the reservation center at 1.800.BLUEVAN (258.3826) for a $3 service charge. When making a reservation, grantees must provide the discount code: 43VXS to receive the discounted rate.

 

The RHY Program Final Rule Resources

The Family and Youth Services Bureau's (FYSB) Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) Program Final Rule resources are available here. The latest rule, published on December 20, 2016, in the Federal Register, details additional requirements that apply to the Basic Center, Transitional Living, and Street Outreach programs, including non-discrimination, background checks, outreach, and training, and establishes program performance standards for grantees providing services to eligible youth and their families. Performance standards build on standards already used as priorities in funding opportunity announcements and awards. This rule also updated procedures for soliciting applications and awarding grants.

Access the webinar and supporting materials below:

RHY Final Rule PowerPoint

RHY Final Rule

RHY Final Rule Factsheet

 

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training Opportunity

We are inviting RHY grantees to join us for Train the Trainer workshops in Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) to be offered in various locations across the U.S. Due to demand, the duration at all locations has been reduced to a 3-day workshop. Please see the new dates below:

Site        Training Dates                 Location                               Registration Deadline*

Site 1     8/7-9/2017           Ewing Township, New Jersey                      8/4/2017
Site 2     8/14-16/2017       North Bethesda, Maryland                           8/11/2017
Site 3     8/14-16/2017       Atlanta, Georgia                                           8/11/2017
Site 4     8/28-8/30/2017    Phoenix, Arizona                                          8/25/2017
Site 5     8/28-8/30/2017    Sacramento, California                                8/25/2017

Note: There is a limited amount of space per workshop (15 seats for 3-day)

The Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) program teaches individuals how to safely and effectively identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders.  The Train the Trainer Workshops are designed to increase the number of people who are qualified to spread this approach across the country.

Those who attend these three or five day Train the Trainer workshops will be certified to teach Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA). These workshops will be taught by experts from the National Council for Behavioral Health (NCBH), the leaders in Mental Health First Aid in the United States. As YMHFA Instructors, grantees will join the ranks of more than 11,000 certified instructors that have trained hundreds of thousands of Americans, and received ongoing technical assistance from NCBH.

These opportunities will be available at no cost to participants, other than travel to the host site if needed. Participants will have their $2,000 course tuition covered by SAMHSA and will be able to earn 32 continuing education credits for National Association of Social Workers (NASW) or the Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC) (for most locations).

If you have any questions about this exciting training opportunity, or the application, you may contact Connie Campos at [email protected].

Apply on-line at  YMHFA ToT application

*Please apply ASAP to receive hotel accommodations at a government rate, if needed.

Visit to view the Mental Health First Aid Instructor Application online, or download now here.

 

FYSB Set to Host Final Rule Webinar

Runaway and Homeless Youth Program - Final Rule

The Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) will host a 90-minute webinar training at 2:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, August 8, 2017, to discuss the Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) Program Final Rule. The new rule, published on December 20, 2016, in the Federal Register, details additional requirements that apply to the Basic Center, Transitional Living, and Street Outreach programs, including non-discrimination, background checks, outreach, and training, and establishes program performance standards for grantees providing services to eligible youth and their families. Performance standards build on standards already used as priorities in funding opportunity announcements and awards. This rule also updates procedures for soliciting applications and awarding grants.

Who Should Participate:
RHY grantees and organizations working with, and on behalf of, runaway and homeless youth are highly encouraged to attend.

When:
Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. EDT

Presenters:
Debbie A. Powell, Deputy Associate Commissioner, FYSB
Christopher Holloway, Program Manager, RHY Program
Kimberly Waller, Policy Advisor, FYSB

Register for the Webinar at: http://air-org.adobeconnect.com/rhyfinalrule/event/login.html

View the New Rule at: www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/12/20/2016-30241/runaway-and-homeless-youth

View the RHY Rule Fact Sheet here

 

FAQs - FY17 TLP/MGH FOA

The Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) has received several questions from our grantees currently receiving Transitional Living Program (TLP)/Maternity Group Home (MGH) grant funding that ends in April 2018 regarding their eligibility to apply for grants through the current Fiscal Year (FY)17 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). This Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) is intended to respond to questions grantees have posed, either to their Federal Project Officer (FPO) or a Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) Regional Program Manager.

1. How many TLP or MGH grants are ending in April 2018?
There are approximately 102 TLP or MGH grants ending in April 2018.

2. Can a TLP/MGH grantee whose five-year grant ends in April of 2018 apply for a grant through the FY17 FOA?
Yes. However, the application must target a different geographic area or population than they are serving under the current FYSB-funded TLP/MGH grant.

3. Will there be a new five-year grant competition for fiscal year 2018 (FY18)?
The expectation is FYSB will issue a TLP/MGH FOA to award new grants for FY18, subject to the availability of funds. If/When Congress appropriates funding for FY18, FYSB will plan to publish a FOA that will provide funding for a new five-year grant beginning no later than September 2018.

4. What is the timeline for a FY18 FOA?
It is uncertain at this time.  FYSB will announce a FY18 FOA as early as possible at the start of FY18; however, no awards can be made until Congress completes the appropriations process for FY18 (which could occur before the start of FY18 on October 1, 2017 or not be completed until later in the year).

5. Will "bridge" funding be available for grantees whose five-year grant ends in April 2018?
No, FYSB does not plan to make bridge funding available for programs with funding ending in April 2018. It is uncertain how much funding Congress will provide for FY18, which FYSB intends to allocate for both new starts through a FY18 FOA and non-competing continuation funding for existing grants.

6. What options are available to a provider if their five-year grant is ending in April 2018?

  • Apply for a new five-year grant (subject to availability of funds) with an award date of September 2017 through the FY17 TLP/MGH FOA, which focuses on a different geographic area and/or population than is currently targeted in the five year grant ending April 2018.  Again, it is important to emphasize that this must be EITHER a new geographic area OR a new population.
  • Apply for a no-cost extension for the grant ending April 2018.
    • The no-cost extension will allow time for grantees to continue to spend any unspent funds after April 2018, to complete unmet goals and objectives.
    • Programs operating under a no-cost extension can apply for an FY18 grant if/when Congress appropriates funding for FY18.

7. How do I apply for a no-cost extension?
Your FPO can assist you with this process and explain what is meant by "unspent funds."

 

RHY Program Final Rule Webinar for RHY Grantees

Runaway and Homeless Youth Program - Final Rule

The Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) will host a 90-minute webinar training at 3:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, January 26, 2017, to discuss the newly released Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) Program Final Rule. The new rule, published on December 20, 2016, in the Federal Register, details additional requirements that apply to the Basic Center, Transitional Living, and Street Outreach programs, including non-discrimination, background checks, outreach, and training, and establishes program performance standards for grantees providing services to eligible youth and their families. Performance standards build on standards already used as priorities in funding opportunity announcements and awards. This rule also updates procedures for soliciting applications and awarding grants.

Who Should Participate:
RHY grantees and organizations working with, and on behalf of, runaway and homeless youth are highly encouraged to attend.

When:
January 26, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. (EST)

Presenters:
Debbie Powell, Deputy Associate Commissioner, FYSB
Kimberly Waller, Policy Advisor, FYSB
Christopher Holloway, Program Manager, Runaway and Homeless Youth Program

RHY Grantees may Register for the Webinar at:
http://tinyurl.com/RHYFinalRuleWebinar   

View the New Rule at:
www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/12/20/2016-30241/runaway-and-homeless-youth

 

Upcoming Panel Discussion: Lessons from the Field: Survivor- Informed Approaches and Human Trafficking

Survivors of trafficking play an important role in assisting in the recovery of trafficked victims. Their expertise can be integrated into programs and services to demonstrate to other victim/survivors that they can also overcome their exploitation and thrive. In addition, survivor-informed approaches can assist programs in their work with vulnerable populations and human trafficking prevention methods. 

In an effort to support National Slavery Awareness and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) and the Children's Bureau (CB) are joining forces to host the panel session "Lessons from the Field: Survivor- Informed Approaches and Human Trafficking". 

Grantees from Runaway and Homeless Youth, Domestic Violence, and Child Welfare programs will discuss how survivor-informed approaches have enhanced their services and contributed to their prevention and intervention efforts. FYSB and CB grantees will share lessons learned, challenges, promising practices, and innovative strategies. 

Moderator:
Alisa Santucci, ICF International 

Panelists:
Chic Dabby, Executive Director, Asian Pacific Institute on Gender Based Violence. 
Ronna L. Bright, PACT Project Director, Child and Family Policy Institute of California. 
Mel Jett, Director of Youth Services, Janus Youth Programs, Inc. 
Amelia Rubenstein, Clinical Research Specialist, University of Maryland - Baltimore

You are cordially invited to join this panel discussion. (Registration is required) 

Date: Wednesday January 25, 2017

Time: 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. EST 

Registration Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1444888401343063042

 

Introducing the National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center

What better way to kick off Human Trafficking Awareness Month than to introduce a new training and technical assistance center designed to address human trafficking throughout the nation? On behalf of the Office on Trafficking in Persons, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, we are pleased to announce the launch of the National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center (NHTTAC). NHTTAC offers a variety of resources to help build your capacity to serve survivors of trafficking and those at risk of trafficking.

Learn more about NHTTAC’s approach to addressing human trafficking by downloading the attachment.

 

New Rule for Runaway and Homeless Youth Programs

The Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) published a final rule today reflecting existing statutory requirements in the Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) Act and changes made via the Reconnecting Homeless Youth Act of 2008. The RHY final rule details additional requirements that apply to the Basic Center, Transitional Living, and Street Outreach Programs, including non-discrimination, background checks, outreach, and training, and establishes program performance standards for RHY grantees providing services to eligible youth and their families. Performance standards build on standards already used as priorities in funding opportunity announcements and awards. This rule also updates procedures for soliciting and awarding grants.

Click here to read the final rule.

 
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