RHY News

Reminder: RHY-HMIS Data Upload Started November 1, 2017
New Webinar/RHY-HMIS Resources Are Available

Dear RHY grantees,

This is a reminder that the RHY-HMIS data upload period started on Wednesday, November 01, 2017 and ends on November 22, 2017.  Your temporary password was e-mailed to you on October 30 from [email protected]. You are encouraged to upload your data as soon as possible.

The reporting timeframe for RHY-HMIS upload covers activity from October 1, 2016 – September 30, 2017.  Requests can be made for technical assistance via the on-line RHYMIS TA Service Desk at www.RHYMISServiceDesk.net. If you have not done so previously, you will be prompted to register (NOTE: this is different from the username and password provided in this email for RHYPoint data uploads) before being able to submit a TA request.

To help grantees with the upload, materials to prepare for the fall 2017 RHY-HMIS upload are now available at: www.rhyttac.net/rhy-hmis. They include:

About the “Uploading Youth Data: How to Collect & Upload RHY Data in HMIS” Webinar

Who should listen: Program and/or other staff from FYSB’s RHY grantee agencies that are responsible for submitting RHY data extracted from HMIS.

Who presented:  The lead presenters are FYSB/HHS staff overseeing the RHY-HMIS program along with RHY-HMIS technical assistance (TA) providers from AIR and Mediware Information Systems.

What it is:  This (under) one-hour webinar will provide an overview on how/what/and why we collect RHY data, expectations for the Fall 2017 upload, RHYPoint login process and data quality reports, and how to access TA. Specifically the webinar will address:

  • Overview of RHY-HMIS data collection to date
  • Review of required tasks for grantees and HMIS vendors
  • October 2017 testing period for HMIS vendors
  • Data Quality (Reports and Best Practices)
  • On-line RHY-HMIS TA Service Desk
  • Demonstration of how to upload data and check for data quality
  • Available RHY-HMIS TA resources

Thank you and good luck with your RHY-HMIS data submission.


HHS Bulletin: The Opioid Epidemic: A Focus on Adolescents

Defining the Issue:
The opioid epidemic affects individuals and communities across the United States in a variety of ways. Opioids are a broad class of drugs that relieve pain and include prescription pain relievers, synthetic drugs such as fentanyl, and heroin. Overall, overdose deaths from heroin and other opioids have increased over the past decade, and the public, private, and nonprofit sectors are working to address the growing epidemic.

The Numbers:
In 2016, 3.6 percent of adolescents ages 12-17 had misused opioids over the past year, a figure that has remained stable over the past decade. However, overdose deaths from opioids for adolescents ages 15-19 increased from 1999 through 2007, declined from 2007-2014, and then began rising again in 2015.

Adolescents at Risk:
All adolescents are at risk for misusing opioids, even those who have not previously used drugs and who disapprove of illegal drug use. In fact, there is a 33 percent increased risk of future opioid misuse if a high school student uses opioids as prescribed by a doctor.

Few adolescents with an opioid use disorder (OUD) receive treatment, and disparities exist. From 2001 to 2014, for insured youth with an OUD, only one in four received treatment. Females were less likely to receive treatment compared to males, and youth who were Hispanic or non-Hispanic black were less likely to receive treatment than their non-Hispanic white counterparts.

Preventing Opioid Misuse:
The fact that the adolescent brain is still growing means that teens are vulnerable to addiction, but the adolescent brain is also ripe for learning healthy habits and behavior.

To help prevent opioid misuse, those who care about and for adolescents should:

  • Treat pain cautiously. Adolescents often are initially exposed to opioids through prescriptions; dentist prescriptions account for 31 percent of adolescents’ first exposure to opioids. While the effectiveness of alternative treatment options is still being studied, health care providers should turn to other treatment options before prescribing opioids for acute and chronic pain. The National Institutes for Health has pain information for health professionals, and the Turn the Tide pain treatment toolbox also has a range of resources.

  • Talk with teens in your life about pain treatment and management. Regardless of drug use history, reach out to youth. Building strong relationships with adolescents is the first step to connecting with youth on drug prevention. Collaboration between and within youth-serving sectors and community partnerships present opportunities to reach at-risk and drug-naïve adolescents by increasing the efficiency of care, communicating across providers, and breaking down stigmas. Combining services such as trauma-informed care and psychological support with mentors and peers in the same location also can be an effective way to reach and help youth.

  • Act when you suspect an adolescent or someone close to them is misusing opioids. Signs of opioid misuse include: drowsiness, constipation, nausea, dizziness, vomiting, dry mouth, headaches, sweating, and mood changes, among others. If you are concerned about opioid misuse, call the National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4345) and consult the directory for opioid treatment programs in your area.

Additional Resources for Stopping and Preventing Opioid Misuse:

  • Follow Best Practices. The American Academy of Pediatrics’ Committee on Substance Use and Prevention outlines best practices for the health sector to screen, treat, and refer adolescents with substance use issues.

  • Find Research and Resources. The NIH Public-Private Initiative to Address the Opioid Crisis researches “new and improved” approaches to prevent, detect, and reverse overdoses as well as identify nonaddictive treatments for chronic pain. Also, OAH’s Adolescent Health Library has a range of relevant resources on illicit and non-illicit drug use.

  • Utilize Lesson Plans.  Educators can find lesson plans from the National Institute on Drug Abuse that help them inform their students and answer questions about the nature of prescription drug abuse. 

  • Build Relationships. Keeping Youth Drug Free provides parents and caregivers with tips on building strong relationships with adolescents, guidance for tough conversations about substance use, and a list of common drugs and their street names. OAH also has tips on how parents and caregivers can have start these conversations with their teen.

  • Know the Laws. The Prescription Drug Abuse Policy System keeps track of important state laws about prescription drug abuse such as prescription drug monitoring programs, opioid prescribing guidelines, and Good Samaritan overdose prevention laws.


FYSB and the National Runaway Safeline Release Crisis Contacts Report

November is National Runaway Prevention Month (NRPM). This month serves as a reminder of the importance of supporting runaway and homeless youth in our communities. This year’s NRPM theme is “Friends Helping Friends.” A “friend” can be a youth, teacher, mentor, youth serving organization, family member, or other caring adult. That person or group of people plays an important role in providing support to the youth or just a listening ear. In support of National Runaway Prevention Month, the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) and the National Runaway Safeline (NRS), the federally funded national communication system for runaway and homeless youth, have released the National Runaway Safeline Crisis Contacts Report. This report provides a snapshot of what thousands of youth in crisis faced during the year. It also reveals trends and describes how the NRS encourages young people to work through their problems before they end up on the street. FYSB and the NRS hope that this data report can assist youth-serving organizations and other key stakeholders better understand the youth who need their assistance.

Click here to view the crisis contacts report: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/fysb/nrs_crisis_contacts_report_1.pdf

To learn more about NRPM, please click here: https://www.1800runaway.org/runaway-prevention-month/

ASPE Briefs: Available Research on Prolonged Youth Homelessness

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) has published three briefs gathering data from available research about youth that experience prolonged homelessness.

Factors Associated with Prolonged Youth Homelessness is available here: https://aspe.hhs.gov/pdf-report/factors-associated-prolonged-youth-homelessness.

This brief aims to summarize factors associated with prolonged episodes of homelessness among youth. While further research is needed to explore cause and effect relationships, available evidence demonstrates these youth experience:

  • Increased involvement in child welfare and criminal justice systems;
  • Higher rates of child maltreatment, substance abuse and mental health challenges; and
  • Greater likelihood of dropping out of school, unemployment and housing instability.

Serious Mental Illness and Prolonged Youth Homelessness can be found here: https://aspe.hhs.gov/pdf-report/serious-mental-illness-and-prolonged-youth-homelessness.

This brief considers whether the known intersection between chronic adult homelessness and serious mental illness extends to youth.  While additional research is needed, including the extent to which serious mental illness may contribute to prolonged experiences of homelessness among youth, or vice versa, this brief concludes that:

  • Mental health disorders among youth can increase the risk for homelessness;
  • The more time youth spend on the streets, the greater their likelihood of mental health disorders; and
  • Early interventions for youth with mental health issues may help prevent and address prolonged homelessness among young people.

Interventions for Addressing Prolonged Youth Homelessness is available here: https://aspe.hhs.gov/pdf-report/interventions-addressing-prolonged-youth-homelessness.

This brief explores evidence of effective interventions to prevent or reduce prolonged youth homelessness.  While additional research is needed, including the extent to which the promising practices that have had success with similar populations effectively translate to youth experiencing prolonged homelessness, ASPE did identify promising interventions.  Those include:

  • Supportive housing;
  • Social Enterprise Intervention;
  • Coordinated Specialty Care; and
  • Functional Family Therapy.

Pretesting a Human Trafficking Screening Tool in the Child Welfare and Runaway and Homeless Youth Systems

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) just released a study report about “pretesting a human trafficking screening tool in Child Welfare and Runaway and Homeless Youth Settings”. This report summarizes findings from a study to develop and pre-test a human trafficking screening tool with 617 youth in runaway and homeless youth (RHY) and child welfare (CW) settings. The tool was found to be accessible, easy to administer, and effective in identifying trafficked youth in these settings, though additional research is needed. Check it out here: https://aspe.hhs.gov/pdf-report/pretesting-human-trafficking-screening-tool-child-welfare-and-runaway-and-homeless-youth-systems


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.


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


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.


NOW AVAILABLE: RHY Program - Final Rule Webinar Recording and Transcript

The Family and Youth Services Bureau's (FYSB) Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) Program Final Rule Webinar recording and transcript are now available. 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.

Access the webinar and supporting (attached) materials below

If you currently have a RHYTTAC eLearning Account you can access at: RHYTTAC Final Rule (RHYTTAC165).

If you do not currently have a RHYTTAC eLearning Account and wish to access via the eLearning portal please register for an account here.  Once you have registered for an account you can access the webinar here.  

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.


2017 National RHY Grantees Training Call for Presenters

On behalf of the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) and the 2017 National Runaway and Homeless Youth Grantee Conference Planning Committee, the Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center invites you to submit a workshop proposal for consideration for this year's training conference.  The conference will be held November 14 - 16, 2017 in Kansas City, MO and will feature more than 30 workshop trainings of 90-minute duration.  RHYTTAC is seeking relevant topics that will be of most benefit to a wide variety of grantees. The deadline for submitting proposals is August 28, 2017.

FYSB and the Conference Planning Committee appreciate your willingness to share your experience and expertise with fellow grantees.   Please share this call for presenters with your colleagues in the field, especially those who you believe would be valuable additions to the conference training experience.  If you have any questions, please contact Kim Frierson at 502-635-3660, [email protected], or Mark Wolf at 865.684.4580, [email protected].

To view a list of topics to be considered for conference workshops visit:  https://nspn.memberclicks.net/assets/docs/RHYTTAC/2017%20conference%20call%20for%20presenters%20appendix.pdf

Submit your proposal at: https://nspn.memberclicks.net/index.php?option=com_mc&view=mc&mcid=form_238665

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