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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

 

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-HMIS Upload Starts Monday and Webinar Materials Now Available

Dear RHY Grantees:

This is a reminder that the RHY-HMIS upload period starts on Monday, May 8 will end on May 26. We encourage you to upload your data as soon as possible starting on Monday.

The reporting timeframe for RHY-HMIS upload is October 1, 2016 - March 31, 2017.  Requests can be made for technical assistance via the on-line RHYMIS TA Service Desk at www.RHYMISServiceDesk.net. If you haven't 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 from Preparing for Spring 2017 RHY-HMIS Upload webinar are now available at: www.rhyttac.net/technical-assistance/rhy-hmis

 

RHY Community of Practice Hot Topics

The Community of Practice (CoP) provides runaway and homeless youth (RHY) grantee representatives from across the country an opportunity to share expertise and learn from each other. We all know staff cannot always attend conferences or join Talk It Out Thursday to collaborate with colleagues; the CoP provides another opportunity to make these connections. The CoP allows you to communicate with colleagues on your time schedule, as it is available 24/7. Did you connect with an RHY colleague at a training event? If so, you can maintain and strengthen that connection through the CoP. New and current RHY grantees are encouraged to join this free resource today and begin sharing your expertise and learning from colleagues!

This month's CoP "hot" topics, discussions, and questions are:

Support for Parents of LGBTQ Youth

  • Question: We're looking to start a support group for parents of LGBTQ youth. Does anyone offer a support group for parents of LGBTQ youth currently that would be willing to share their experience?
  • Responses: 1) Here is a resource from Human Rights Campaign that may be helpful: http://www.hrc.org/resources/transgender-children-and-youth-finding-support-for-you-and-your-family. 2) Family Acceptance Project has family education resources as well: https://familyproject.sfsu.edu/publications. 3) In our community we have an active chapter of PFLAG, which is a nationally affiliated support group for parents, friends, and allies of LGBTQ folks--it is an established and solid program.  If your community does not have a chapter, I'd encourage you to check with the national website on how to begin one!  You then have the linkage with national issues involving the LGBTQ community as well as the support group.

Youth being "disrespectful" and creating a "hostile environment"

  • Question: We have youth who can get upset easily and maybe yell (at staff) or slam doors and cabinets. I have been working with youth for over 10 years. I understand that the anger is not directed at me and don't take it personally. I don't see it as disrespectful and see it as a youth in need of help. However, my newer staff and clinician's believe behavior like that is disrespectful, inappropriate, and youth who create a hostile environment should be asked to leave the program. I want my staff to feel supported but I feel that working with clients who exhibit this behavior comes with the job. How do I help them see it's not directed at them and to focus more on their case plans and less on these types of behaviors? Does anyone else struggle with this? And how do you handle it?
  • Responses: 1) A trauma informed approach is important when working with youth AND as a clinician, it is important to address their inappropriate and ineffective behavior. Trauma informed care is not an excuse for the youth to act disrespectfully, but rather a way to understand what could be prompting this type of behavior. Addressing from a punitive approach is not effective in assisting the youth and ignoring that their behavior is disrespectful is not the goal either. Creating a safe therapeutic relationship so that these issues can be addressed to assist the youth in decreasing unacceptable/disrespectful/inappropriate behaviors. Reducing the behaviors will assist the youth in their school and work environments in addition to improving interactions with staff. 2) I attended the training of trainers events, "Providing Shelter from the Storm: Trauma Informed Care for Direct Care Staff" and "Trauma Informed Care Institute." Both were RHYTTAC trainings around 2009 or 2010. I don't see any scheduled for this year but RHYTTAC usually hosts a TOT at least once a year. It would be easy to request that they schedule one and provide it in your area to reduce travel costs. It looks like 2015 was in Hawaii and 2016 was in Chicago.

In addition to the discussions, which any member can initiate and/or respond to, you will have access to the 'file cabinet' which has resources ranging from sample forms to sample resident handbooks to research articles. Anyone can upload resources to the file cabinet too! We currently have 860 members and have plenty of room for you and your colleagues to join us as we work together to make RHY programs and services stronger so children, youth, and families accessing services THRIVE.

RHY Grantees may join today at: https://rhyttac.groupsite.com/join

Once you're signed in, you may download the COP Training Guide at: http://rhyttac.groupsite.com/uploads/files/x/000/08d/fe6/RHYTTAC%20CoP%20Guidebook.pdf?135946503

 

Spring National Data Upload Process

Please mark your calendars for the Spring National Data Upload Process for all RHY grantees active in FY 2017. The upload process will start on May 8, 2017 and conclude on May 26, 2017. During the upload process, you will be responsible for uploading your RHY-HMIS data from HMIS to the RhyPoint repository for the reporting period of October 1, 2016 - March 31, 2017.

During the upload process, all current FY 2017 RHY grantees will be expected to upload their RHY-HMIS data to RhyPoint, the national RHY-HMIS data repository, for the reporting period of October 1, 2016 - March 31, 2017. Your program should currently be using HMIS to enter youth data, according to the standards found in the HMIS Data Standards Manual (published August 2016) and the RHY Program HMIS Manual (published December 2016). The RHY Program HMIS Manual is intended to clarify the information found in the HMIS manual specific to RHY grantees. Additional information about RHY-HMIS may be found at: https://www.rhyttac.net/rhymis-hmis.

To enable the upload process, your organization will need to identify one person per grant to upload the data into the RhyPoint repository. Additional users may receive a data completeness/quality report summarizing the data you had uploaded, but only one person should log in to RhyPoint to perform the upload. You will receive an e-mail from your Federal Project Officer requesting the name and contact information for the person responsible for the upload per grant. 

Special Notice to BCP Grantees: BCP grantees which provide services to youth who do not stay in a shelter overnight need to collect the data in a "BCP-prevention" project in HMIS. This includes street-based services, home-based services for families with youth at risk of separation from the family, and drug abuse education and prevention services that are supported through RHY grant funding. If your program offers these kinds of services and is not collecting data in HMIS in a separate "BCP-prevention" project, please contact your HMIS lead and request to have a prevention project set-up as soon as possible. These data is crucial to understanding the full extent of services offered by BCP grantees.

FYSB plans to provide an in-depth training webinar on the upcoming upload process in April and additional written guidance prior to the upload. In addition, FYSB will provide additional training webinars for each program type (SOP, BCP, and TLP/MGH) to provide additional guidance on the RHY-HMIS data collection process.

For any questions or issues related to the RHY grant program data reporting requirements, please contact your Federal Project Officer or the RHY-HMIS help desk at [email protected]

For any issues related to your HMIS software, please contact your HMIS lead for assistance.

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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

 
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