The national conference, which will be held Sept. 29-Oct. 1 in Tulsa, OK, is designed to help eliminate homelessness and substandard housing for people with mental illness. Some 400-500 are expected to attend the symposium, including mental health advocates, mental health service providers, housing planners and developers, people with mental illness and their family members and financial developers.
The symposium is hosted annually by the Mental Health Association in Tulsa to provide the latest research and practical information about current issues related to mental health and mental illness. This year’s conference is being organized into six tracks:
- Planning and Development. This track will address creating housing options appropriate for individual communities, establishing relationships with housing developers, identifying the steps to establishing a housing program and creating a housing development plan in a community.
- Funding Opportunities. This will address how to fund housing and support services for people with mental illness, and will examine such sources as foundations, government, homeownership assistance and private donors.
- Coalition Building and Consensus Reaching. This track will address how to develop coalitions and reach consensus on implementing housing in communities, including who should be invited to join the coalition and how meetings should progress.
- Model Housing Options. This will examine models from around the country for meeting the needs and wants of people with mental illness.
- Community Services and Support. This will include peer support services, daily living skills training and employment and educational opportunities.
- Clinical Wraparound Services. Included will be workshops on identifying and managing a mental health crisis, building family support and implementing mobile treatment teams.
To register for the conference, click here.
For information on the National Housing Endowment, e-mail Julie Wheeler or call her at 800-368-5242 x8483.
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