Summit 2008

Ready for Change

Kansas Statewide Homeless Coalition’s
Ninth Annual
Summit on Homelessness and Housing
 
Emporia State University Memorial Union
1200 Commercial Street
Emporia, KS 66506
620-341-5443
 
October 9-10, 2008

Sponsored by:

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Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services

KHRC

Kansas Housing Resources Corporation

Kansas Statewide Homeless Coalition’s Mission and Vision

Mission: To end homelessness in the State of Kansas

Vision: The Kansas Statewide Homeless Coalition links with State and Federal agencies, organizations, and individuals to garner and provide support toward effectively addressing the needs of those experiencing homelessness. The Kansas Coalition respects the choices made by the individuals being served and builds on their strengths to assist them in moving toward their goals of independence and full citizenship.

Registration

Registration is available on-line by clicking here.

You may also register by fax or mail if you prefer. We encourage early registration as it helps us to better plan the Summit. There is no cost to attend the Summit, although for those who register after September 26, 2008, we ask for a $20 donation. On-line registration ends October 3rd, but you may register on the day of the Summit.

All attendees are asked to sign in when they arrive. Continental breakfasts, a box lunch on Thursday and hors d’oeuvres at the reception will be provided. Meal availability may be limited to those who pre-register before September 26th.If you have special needs, are a vegetarian, or would like to know about scholarship money, please indicate need on your registration and email those request to kshomel@kshomeless.com or call 785-354-4990. We want to make sure everyone is taken care of.

Please scroll down for detailed session and plenary descriptions, speaker biographies and a list of Summit vendors.

Agenda at-a-Glance
Thursday, October 9, 2008

8:00-9:00 Registration, Continental Breakfast

9:00-9:15 Welcome

9:15-10:00 Opening Plenary Steve Berg, Vice President, National Alliance to End Homelessness

10:00-10:15 Break, Information Fair

10:15-11:30 Break Out Set I

1. Health Care Reform and Advocacy in Kansas
2. Homelessness 101
3. Common Cents: The Importance of Life-Skill Literacy in Ending the Cycle of Homelessness

4. Educational Liaison Responsibility for Homeless Children

11:30-11:45 Break, Information Fair

11:45-1:00 Lunch Buffet and Networking

1:00-2:15 Break Out Set II

5. The Basics of Permanent Supportive Housing
6. Sharing Data: A Statewide Commitment
7. Rural Homelessness: The Message Leads the Way
8. The Intersection of Homelessness, Poverty and Domestic Violence

2:15-2:30 Break, Information Fair

2:30-3:45 Break Out Set III

9. Creating Homes for Kansans
10. Understanding and Responding to the International Food Crisis
11. Department of Veteran’s Benefits/Veteran’s Affairs: Services, Housing Options, and Programs for
Veterans

12. Use of Peers and Formerly Homeless Persons in Outreach

5:00-6:30 Reception at Plumb Place, Hors d’oeuvres and Cash Bar

Friday, October 10, 2008

8:30-9:00 Registration, Breakfast Buffet

9:00-10:00 Opening Plenary Mark Johnston, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

10:00-10:15 Break, Information Fair

10:15-11:30 Break Out Set IV

13. Challenges Unique to Transition-aged Youth: The Dorm Project
14. Use Your Voice: Making Progress Through Advocacy
15. A Model for Shelter Plus Care: City of Topeka

11:30-11:45 Break, Refreshments, Information Fair

11:45-12:30 Break Out Set V

16. What’s the Continuum of Care? What is HUD looking for when scoring Continuum applications? What
other HUD funds can be used to target homeless persons?

17. Traumatic Brain Injury, Homelessness, and the Military: Connecting the Dots
18. Oxford Houses-Democratically run since 1975

12:30-1:00 Wrap up and Raffle

October 9-10, 2008  Information Fair and Individual Consultations

The Information Fair will begin at 8:00 a.m. on the 9th and will run throughout the Summit. Vendors will display the latest resources and information about services for those experiencing homeless. Scroll down to see the list of vendors.

Exhibit space is available as part of the Summit. The cost for exhibit space, which includes a table, two chairs and access to wireless internet, is $40. For more information on sponsoring or exhibiting at the 2008 Summit, please contact Lisa Davis at 785-354-4990 or kshomel@kshomeless.com.

Kelly Kent from the Corporation for Supportive Housing will be available on October 9 from 1-5 PM to meet with organizations looking at developing a permanent supportive housing project.  Mr. Kent can provide advice around project concept, funding, partnerships, etc.  Consultations will be limited to 60 minutes each.  If interested, please sign up at the registration table.

Location, Directions and Accommodations
Emporia State University Memorial Union

The Summit will take place at the Emporia State University Memorial Union located at 1200 Commercial Street, Emporia, Kansas.

Marjory Scrivner the Memorial Union’s events manager, can be reached at 620-341-5443 or email her at mscrivne@emporia.edu. The Memorial Union’s website can be accessed here and for a map and directions to the Union click here.

Scholarships

To ensure the Summit is accessible and welcoming to all who wish to participate, regardless of financial means, there is no charge for attendance. Scholarships may be available for financial assistance with travel and accommodations to those interested in participating in the 2008 Summit that due to financial restraints may otherwise be unable to attend. Please contact Lisa Davis at 785-354-4990 or kshomel@kshomeless.com for more information.

Parking

Parking for the Summit is free but you will need a permit. In the morning, we will have someone in front of the union in the circle drive handing out permits. If you come later, you can park in front of the Union for up to 20 minutes, go upstairs to register, get a parking permit and then come back down and move your car.

Park in the violet parking lot located to the northeast of the Memorial Union.  It is not the parking lot directly across from the Union, but the parking lot to the north of that lot.  Click here to print a copy of the ESU map.

Emporia Hotels

Rooms are reserved at reduced rates for attendees for October 8 and 9. Please mention Kansas Statewide Homeless Coalition when making your reservation. For more options go to this website.

Hotel and Address Contact Information Rate
Fairfield Inn
2930 Eaglecrest Drive
Emporia, Kansas 66801
620-342-4445
www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/empfi-fairfield-inn-emporia/
$71+tax
Guest House Inn
2700 W. 18th Ave.
Emporia, KS 66801
620-341-9199
800 214-8378
www.guesthouseintl.com/location-KS-Emporia.htm
$69+tax
Detailed Breakout Session and Plenary Descriptions
Thursday, October 9, 2008
9:00-9:15 Welcome

 

Randy Crandall
Chair of the Board of Directors of the Kansas Statewide Homeless Coalition and Deputy Director Homeless Services, Veterans Integrated Services Network 15, Eastern Kansas Health Care System, Veterans Administration

9:15-10:00 Opening Plenary
Steve Berg National Alliance to End Homelessness Steve Berg is the Vice President for Programs and Policy for the National Alliance to End Homelessness. He specializes in employment, economic development, and human services, and the crossover between those issues and housing. He came to the Alliance from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, where he worked on state-level welfare reform and employment. Before coming to Washington, he spent 14 years as a legal services attorney in California and Connecticut, working on housing, government benefits, employment and family integrity. His experience includes nonprofit management and staff training and development. 

10:15-11:30 Break Out Set  I
Breakout Numbers Descriptions
1 Health Care Reform and Advocacy in Kansas
Corrie Edwards and Anna Lambertson, Kansas Health Consumer Coalition
Summary: This workshop will educate participants on the work and accomplishments of health advocates in Kansas to support and advance health reform. KHCC staff will first present a background and history of the Kansas Health Policy Authority (KHPA) and a summary of action on health reform legislation during the 2008 Legislative Session. KHCC staff will also outline the process by which the bills were introduced, debated, and ultimately voted on by the Kansas legislative body. KHCC staff will then provide Summit participants with an understanding of health advocacy, including what it is and how the work of health advocates can impact health reform in the state and effect change. KHCC staff will outline projects of their organization that serve to engage Kansans in a conversation about health reform in order to find solutions to the problems with the current health care system. The goal of KHCC’s workshop is to engage all Kansans – providers, consumers and practitioner’s – in the advocacy framework.
 

2 Homelessness 101
Steve Berg, Vice President for Programs and Policy, National Alliance to End Homelessness
Summary: New programmatic approaches and community-wide reforms have combined to effectively reduce homelessness in leading communities. The workshop will give an overview of these new trends,  and how people working at the local and state level can bring about good results, in the context of what we know about homelessness, who it affects and how.
3 Common Cents: The Importance of Life-skill Literacy in Ending the Cycle of Homelessness
Chris Kratochvil, Housing and Credit Counseling, Inc.
Summary: The often overlooked importance of sound personal financial management skills can minimize the success of factors such as housing, food and healthcare needed to break the cycle of homelessness. Knowing the “why” – fundamental life skills needed to make sound financial decisions, and more importantly, knowing and understanding the need for sound budgetary life skills – “the how” – can dramatically increase chances of lasting success in any transitional effort.
4 Educational Liaison Responsibility for Homeless Children
Tate Toedman, Kansas State Department of Education
Summary: The presentation will go over the McKinney-Vento Homeless Children and Youth Act. It will focus on the rights of homeless children and the role of the school district liaison.
12:00-1:30 Lunch and Networking
A buffet lunch will be available. Some tables will have signs with discussion topics to facilitate networking.
1:00-2:15 Break Out Set II
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5 The Basics of Permanent Supportive Housing
Kelly W. Kent, Senior Program Manager, Strategic Partnerships, Corporation for Supportive Housing
Summary: This session will focus on the basics of identifying what permanent supportive is and what it isn’t. The goal of the session will be to answer the following questions for participants:

  • What is Permanent Supportive Housing?
  • Populations served
  • Models of permanent supportive development and operations
  • Single or shared ownership structures?
  • Key considerations in selecting a partner
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    6 Sharing Data:  A Statewide Commitment
    John Rich and Joe Coburn, Mid America Assistance Coalition; James Chiselom, Kansas Housing Resource Corporation
    Summary: Participants will learn the value of data collection, the value of community participation in data collection and value of large shared statewide data system. There will be a demonstration of MAACLink, a HUD HMIS approved Web based data system for emergency assistance, homeless case management, and fund management applications. MAAC will demonstrate the benefits of a shared database for improving service provision while maximizing scarce resources.
    7 Rural Homelessness: The Message Leads the Way
    Jay Preston, My Father’s House Community Services
    Summary: Before you can effectively recruit volunteers; before you can find funding; people must understand that there is a problem and that you are proposing a viable solution.  People give their time, talent and treasure to things they know are important.  Addressing rural homelessness is important.  Connect people’s desire to make a difference in the world to your work with rural homelessness by effectively communicating the message because THE MESSAGE LEADS THE WAY. 

    8 The Intersection of Homelessness, Poverty, and Domestic Violence
    Mary Bradshaw and Patricia Jordan, Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence
    Elva Samaniego, SOS, Inc
    Summary: Homelessness, poverty, and the experience of domestic violence have strong associations. Poverty may lead to homelessness, further increasing the vulnerability of women and children to domestic and sexual violence. Almost half of the cities surveyed by the U.S. Conference of Mayors identified domestic violence as a primary cause of homelessness. In light of how homelessness, poverty, and domestic/sexual violence interact, advocates will discuss strategies to support survivors through economic empowerment and legal advocacy.
     

    2:30-3:45 Break Out Set III
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    9 Creating Homes for Kansans
    Rick Shults and Christy McMurphy, Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services
    Summary: Disability and Behavioral Health Services’ vision is that all Kansans live self-determined lives. Keeping with that vision, DBHS is seriously considering a new program that will enhance and expand affordable housing options for people with disabilities. DBHS presenters will discuss current service and housing options for people it serves, the data that underscores a need for enhanced and expanded affordable housing options for people with disabilities and the components of a plan that DBHS is considering that will address the housing options and the services necessary so that Kansans with disabilities can live successfully in their individual communities of their own choice.
    10 Understanding and Responding to the International Food Crisis
    Jim French, Oxfam America
    Summary: The presentation will look at what the United Nations Development Program has called the “perfect storm” of converging factors leading to the current food crisis both here and abroad. The presentation will give an overview of the contributing factors, the current impacts, and finally a potential road map of responses that can now be made.
    11 Department of Veteran’s Benefits/Veterans Affairs: Services, Housing Options, and Programs for Veterans
    David H. Desmond Sr., Homeless Veteran Outreach Coordinator, Department of Veterans Affairs,
    Judy Epperson, Health Care for Homeless Veterans Program Coordinator and Randy Crandall, Deputy Director Homeless Services, Veterans Integrated Services Network 15, Eastern Kansas Health Care System, Veterans Administration
    Summary: This session will provide an overview of eligibility requirements, and the benefits available for veterans and their dependents.  Additionally, current housing and supportive services programs available to help veterans and their families who experiencing homeless will be detailed.
    12 Use of Peers and Formerly Homeless Persons in Outreach
    Doug Wallace,
    Ann Parrett Anderson, and Karla Biber, Valeo Behavioral Health Care
    Summary: Valeo Behavioral Health Care will provide a presentation about Valeo’s PATH (Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness) Project. The presentation will provide a general overview of Valeo’s PATH Project and discuss the advantages of utilizing peers in conducting outreach.
    5:00-6:30 Reception at Plumb Place

    224 E. 6th St.
    Emporia, KS 66801
    620-342-1613

    Join us for Jazz and and a sumptuous spread including tenderloin turnovers, chicken salad puffs, Reuben bites, napoleons, individual onion pizzas, turtle brownies, sugared cranberries, and snowballs.

    Built in the 1870′s Plumb Place was the home of Emporia founding father, Preston Plumb and his family.  Preston Plumb was a U.S. Congressman and died while in office.  His wife became involved with women’s issues so with her death in 1919, the Plumb heirs donated their family home to the YWCA to be used as a home for women.  With an additional donation of $20,000, the carriage house was moved forward and sleeping rooms were added.  At over 11,000 square feet, Plumb Place has a total of 22 rooms for women and provides emergency shelter, transitional housing, and long-term housing. Last year, Plumb Place was called home to 63 women. Today the mission of Plumb Place is “assisting women in need by providing safe, affordable housing and opportunities for individual success.”

    Friday, October 10, 2008

     Mark Johnston U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Mark Johnston is currently the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Special Needs within HUD’s Office of Community Planning and Development. He is responsible for administering the Department’s $1.7 billion in assistance for persons who are homeless and low-income persons with HIV/AIDS. These funds are used to provide homeless prevention, emergency shelter, transitional housing, permanent housing and supportive services.
    10:15-11:30 Break Out Set IV
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    13 Challenges Unique to Transition-Aged Youth: The Dorm Project
    Shaunda Irwin, MS, LSCSW and Suzanne Beseau, ACM, Johnson County Mental Health
    Summary: The Young Adult Transition Program at Johnson County Mental Health Center has attempted several transitional living projects over the past 15 years. The current program, referred to as “The Dorm,” has proven to be the most effective housing program for youth in transition who have severe mental illness. This presentation will address issues and barriers unique to this population, as well as the pros and cons of various program attempts. One of the keys to successful transitional living includes having youth guide their journey, with staff to provide support and teaching as they learn and experience independent living. Specific stories will illustrate how the program has aided several youth in their journey from dependence to independent living.
    14 Use Your Voice: Making Progress through Advocacy
    Sarah Kahn, National Alliance to End Homelessness
    Summary: Advocacy is the best strategy for convincing policymakers to make ending homelessness a top priority. This interactive session will include discussion and skills building activities. Information will be provided on current federal policy affecting homelessness, effective advocacy strategies, and how to create your own long-term advocacy plan for improving policy.
    15 A Model for Shelter Plus Care: Topeka
    Corrie Wright, Housing and Neighborhood Development, Manager/Shelter + Care Coordinator, City of Topeka
    Summary: Through effective communication between the City of Topeka and area service providers, the Shelter Plus Care program provides benefits to both entities. This session will provide an overview of Shelter Plus Care and increase your knowledge of grantee, service providers and landlord responsibilities. It will also discuss challenges and successes this program has experienced.
    11:45-1:00 Break Out Set V
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    16 What’s the Continuum of Care?  What is HUD looking for when scoring Continuum applications?  What other HUD funds can be used to target homeless persons?
    Mark Johnston, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Special Needs, Office of Community Planning and Development, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
    Summary: Learn from the source. Mark Johnston was instrumental in developing and implementing HUD’s Continuum of Care process. He will discuss the fundamentals of the Continuum of Care process, congressional efforts to enhance it, and other HUD funds that can be used to target homeless persons. Time will be provided for Q and A including a general discussion of the current HUD CoC programs and future trends for these programs.
    17 Traumatic Brain Injury, Homelessness, and the Military: Connecting the Dots
    Michael Deegan, Traumatic Brain Injury Program Manager for the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services; Betsy Johnson, Brain Injury Association of Kansas and Frank Piper, Jr., Chief Domiciliary Operations, Director Homeless Services VISN 15
    Summary: Through a panel presentation, participants will learn about Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), including causes, consequences, prevalence, and impact on individuals, families, and communities. The emphasis of the workshop will be on the prevalence of TBI among individuals who are homeless, in addition to the issues related to homelessness among veterans and TBI as the signature wound of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Information will also be provided about national and local resources, including the state of Kansas’ Medicaid Waiver program for individuals with TBI.
    18 Oxford Houses – Democratically run since 1975
    Chris Hall and Katherine Paige, Friends of Recovery Association
    Summary: The presenters will give their personal experience with homelessness and addiction and how Oxford Houses have been instrumental in helping them get off the street and into a way of life that promotes abstinence, recovery, and personal responsibility.
     

    1:00-1:30 Wrap up and Raffle

     

    Must be present to win!! We will be raffling off some wonderful items!!

    2008 Speaker Biographies

    ANN PARRETT ANDERSON, LMHT
    Valeo Behavioral Health Care

    Ann has over 15 years of experience serving the homeless mentally ill in Topeka. She began her employment with Valeo Behavioral Health Care on the PATH (Projects for Assistance in Transitional from Homelessness) team in 1992, providing both case management services and assertive outreach for the past 15 years.

    Prior to working at Valeo, Ann worked at Topeka State Hospital for eight years, giving her over 23 years of experience providing mental health services to individuals suffering from a mental illness. Throughout this period, Ann has maintained her LMHT license.

    STEVE BERG
    Vice President for Programs and Policy, National Alliance to End Homelessness

    Steve Berg, Vice President for Programs and Policy, specializes in employment, economic development, and human services, and the crossover between those issues and housing. He came to the Alliance from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, where he worked on state-level welfare reform and employment. Before coming to Washington, he spent 14 years as a legal services attorney in California and Connecticut, working on housing, government benefits, employment and family integrity. His experience includes nonprofit management and staff training and development.

    SUZANNE BESEAU
    Johnson County Mental Health Center

    Suzanne Beseau is an Assistant Case Manager who has specialized in teaching independent living skills to this population for 14 years, in both individual and group settings.

    KARLA BIBER
    Valeo Behavioral Health Care

    Karla has been employed with Valeo Behavioral Health Care since 1999, working the entire time in Valeo’s homeless program providing both case management services and assertive outreach. Karla graduated from Kansas State University with a Family Life Counselor degree.

    MARY BRADSHAW
    Economic Justice Coordinator, Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence

    Mary joined KCSDV in December 2007 as Economic Justice Coordinator. Her experience in the violence against women movement includes five years with the Women Against Violence program at the Omaha YWCA. After moving to Topeka in 1998, Mary worked for eight years at Kansas Legal Services focusing on advocacy and program development that addressed anti-poverty and anti-oppression initiatives. She has a master’s degree in psychological counseling and a bachelor’s degree in secondary education.

    JOE COBURN
    MAACLink Database Manager, Mid America Assistance Coalition

    Joe joined MAAC in July 2008 as a Database Manager and is responsible for assisting with MAACLink implementations, support, database issues, and training for all MAACLink users. Joe graduated with his Bachelor and Master of Social Work degrees from the University of Kansas. While completing his studies, Joe had internships with several nonprofit agencies in Kansas City.

    RANDY L. CRANDALL
    Deputy Director Homeless Services, Veterans Integrated Services Network 15, Eastern Kansas Health Care System, Veterans Administration

    Randy was part of a work group that formed the Kansas Statewide Homeless Coalition (KSHC) in 2000. Randy served as the first Chair of KSHC and continues to serve in that capacity. He started his career with the VA in 1975. Randy was selected to direct homeless services at the Topeka VA in 1996. A successful grant application provided the first national funding for homeless veterans at the Topeka VA in 1999 thus establishing the Health Care for Homeless Veterans program.

    Randy was appointed to the Governor’s Committee on Housing for the State of Kansas in 2001, he serves on the Kansas Interagency Council on Homelessness (KS ICH) since its inception and served on the KS ICH’s subcommittee developing the Kansas 10 year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness. He has served on the Governor’s Mental Health Services Planning Council Subcommittee on Housing and Homelessness since 2000. He also served as Chair of the Shawnee County Homeless Task Force (HTF) from 1998 to 2001. Randy served on various HTF committees involved in grant writing that successfully competed for over six million dollars in additional Federal and State funding to serve the Homeless throughout Shawnee County. Randy has served on the advisory board for Homeless Mentally Ill at the Mental Health Center for several years. Grant writing at the VA, with KSHC, and in the community has been a part of Mr. Crandall’s responsibilities for a number of years

    Randy and his wife Linda have seven children and one grandchild; they are heavily involved in their children’s activities and in their local church.

    MICHAEL DEEGAN
    Traumatic Brain Injury Program Manager for the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services

    As the Traumatic Brain Injury Program Manager for the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services, Michael administers the state’s Home and Community-Based Medicaid Waiver for persons with Traumatic Brain Injury, and is project director of “TBI Kansas,” a state and federally funded project focused on TBI education and improving access to services.

    Michael’s education includes an undergraduate degree from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and graduate studies in Severe and Profound Disabilities at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. He has approximately 30 years of experience serving children and adults with disabilities.

    DAVID H. DESMOND SR
    Homeless Veteran Outreach Coordinator for the Kansas Regional Office, Department of Veterans Affairs

    David H. Desmond Sr. is a retired Air Force Master Sergeant after 22 years active service and has worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs for 15 years. His current title is Legal Instrument Specialist and he functions as the Homeless Veteran Outreach Coordinator for the Kansas Regional Office; the Elderly Veterans Outreach Coordinator; Backup Casualty Assistance Officer; and the Regional Office Privacy Officer not to mention the infamous “other duties as assigned.” He has received many commendations and service excellence awards for his work at the Department of Veterans Affairs and has served on many high profile committees throughout his career. Married 35 years with one child. He expects to retire and relax in 142 days.

    CORRIE EDWARDS, MPA
    Executive Director, Kansas Health Consumer Coalition (KHCC)

    Corrie L. Edwards, MPA, serves as Executive Director of the Kansas Health Consumer Coalition (KHCC), a statewide nonprofit organization with the mission to advocate for affordable, accessible, and quality health care in Kansas. In this role, Corrie overseas day-to-day operations for KHCC and is responsible for the operation and strategic direction of the organization under the direction of the KHCC Board. KHCC was launched in early 2004 by a number of health care consumers, some of whom were affiliated with organizations that represented underserved populations. The early impetus for the development of this group began in May 2001, when the Indiana-based Anthem Health Plans filed its intention to assume ownership of the nonprofit Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas. This takeover effort galvanized local health care advocates. Edwards joined KHCC as Executive Director in December 2006.

    Corrie is a native Kansan who returned to Kansas in 2002 after working in Nebraska for numerous years. Corrie developed two family network organizations in Nebraska that provided information, support and resources to families of children with disabilities. Prior to joining KHCC, Corrie served as Director of Programs at Keys for Networking, Inc., a statewide nonprofit organization in Kansas that advocates on behalf of parents whose children have serious emotional disturbances.

    Corrie has received numerous national awards; including the Making a Difference Award from the Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health, the Family Appreciation Award from OMNI Behavioral Health and the Advocate of the Year Award from R.I.T.E.S for Families.

    Corrie holds a BA in Human Services and Psychology from Friends University in Wichita and a Masters in Public Administration from Wichita State University.

    JUDITH EPPERSON
    Health Care for Homeless Veterans Program Coordinator, Wichita VA

    Graduated from University of Kansas in 1998, with a Master of Social Work degree. Undergraduate degree in Human Services/Psychology, from Friend’s University, Wichita, Kansas. Employed by the Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center, Wichita, since 1998. Began career at the VA as an in-patient social worker, and for the past four years have worked as the Homeless Program Coordinator, developing homeless program. Past chair of the Wichita Services Homeless Coalition, of which he is still active, and active with the Community Council for Homeless Advocacy. Prior to entering field of social work, she worked consulting and selling business solutions to the wholesale industry, covering an eleven state territory. Moved to Wichita eleven years ago, from Tampa, Florida and during the last eight years, she lived in Tampa, was Director of a Street Ministry. Married and reside in Wichita, Kansas.

    JIM FRENCH
    Lead Organizer in the Agriculture Campaign at Oxfam America

    Jim French, a fifth-generation farmer and rancher, grew up in Reno County, Kansas. He farms land homesteaded by his great-great grandparents in 1871. He and his wife, Lisa, took over management of the operation in 1979. Their operation has received national and regional recognition and awards for conservation and innovation. Jim and Lisa have been dedicated volunteers in their community, and in state organizations. Both have served on numerous church, county, extension, and state committees.

    From 1998 to 2004, French worked as a communications specialist and policy analyst with the Kansas Rural Center. The Rural Center works for policies, practices, and initiatives that support an environmentally healthy, economically fair, and socially just rural America. In this capacity, French published widely in the regional farm press, and helped organize numerous conferences and workshops. He continues to produce a monthly radio program on WIBW out of Topeka. He has also successfully written partnership grants with the Natural Resources Conservation Service that provided education services on conservation and water quality practices.

    In 2005, French scaled back his farming and ranching activities in order to take a position as the Lead Organizer in the Agriculture Campaign at Oxfam America. Oxfam is an international development agency that focuses primarily on addressing hunger and poverty in the world’s poorest nations. In his work, French advocates for policies that can diminish trade distortion, create a fairer marketplace for producers worldwide, and support a more sustainable and dynamic agriculture here and abroad.

    CHRIS HALL
    Program Coordinator – Friends of Recovery Association

    Chris Hall is an AAPS credentialed counselor and is the program coordinator for Friends of Recovery Association (FORA), which is the support and advocacy agency for Oxford Houses in Kansas. Chris has also experienced homelessness first hand as a result of addiction and is an alumnus of Oxford House.

    SHAUNDA IRWIN
    Young Adult Transition Program, Johnson County Mental Health Center

    Shaunda Irwin is a Clinical Social Worker and has been working with Transition Aged Youth who have severe and persistent mental illness since 1993. She has learned through experience and trial and error the key ingredients for helping transition aged youth move from dependence on adults and systems, to living on their own.

    BETSY JOHNSON
    Brain Injury Association of Kansas

    Currently, Betsy serves as Executive Director of the Brain Injury Association of Kansas, located in Overland Park. In this role, Betsy is responsible for overseeing a number of programs including resource referrals, education to prevent traumatic brain injury and organizing collaboration of various agencies throughout the state.

    Betsy’s education includes an undergraduate and graduate degree in Communication Disorders from Missouri State University (formally Southwest Missouri State University) in Springfield, Missouri. She holds the Certificate of Clinical Competency in Speech Language Pathology, specializing in higher level cognitive retraining. For the past 16 years, she has worked primarily with survivors of brain injury.

    MARK JOHNSTON
    Deputy Assistant Secretary for Special Needs, Office of Community Planning and Development, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

    Mark Johnston is currently the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Special Needs within HUD’s Office of Community Planning and Development. He is responsible for administering the Department’s $1.7 billion in assistance for persons who are homeless and low-income persons with HIV/AIDS. These funds are used to provide homeless prevention, emergency shelter, transitional housing, permanent housing and supportive services.

    Mr. Johnston has previously served in various capacities related to solving homelessness, including HUD’s Deputy Director and then Director of the Office of Special Needs (Homeless) Assistance Programs. He also served at HUD as the Senior Advisor on Homelessness and at the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness as its Deputy Director. Mr. Johnston began his career when selected as a Presidential Management Intern in 1983 and worked at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Nutrition Service on poverty and homeless related-issues. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Policy from Brigham Young University in 1981 and a Master of Arts from Indiana University in Public Affairs in 1983.

    PATRICIA JORDAN
    Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence

    Patricia has worked in the field of adult education for 22 years after earning a degree in Education from Washburn University. She has experience teaching Communications at a business college, GED classes at a women’s prison and in Topeka’s USD 50l, and computer literacy classes. She has also traveled the state of Kansas talking to community groups and agencies about a government grant that could assist farmers and ranchers. Currently she is serving Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence in the capacity of Rural Housing Specialist.

    SARAH KAHN
    Field Mobilizer, National Alliance to End Homelessness

    Sarah Kahn is the Director of Field Mobilization with the National Alliance to End Homelessness. She advocates in collaboration with the Alliance’s local, state, and national partners for the advancement of policies and programs that promote permanent solutions to homelessness. In this position, she assists in managing legislative campaigns and instructs advocates in building and strengthening relationships with elected officials. Prior to working with the Alliance, she assisted in the coordination of the Continuum of Care processes at the Homeless Services Coalition of Greater Kansas City Missouri while working towards a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Kansas.

    KELLY W. KENT
    Corporation for Supportive Housing

    Kelly is Senior Program Manager with the Corporation for Supportive Housing’s (CSH) Strategic Partnership Division. Prior to joining CSH in 2003, Kelly spent the past 7 years working in the affordable housing field providing federal contracted technical assistance through HUD to housing authorities throughout the country.

    Kelly completed his undergraduate work in African-American Studies and his Master’s Degree in Urban Planning with a concentration in Real Estate Finance and Housing Policy at the University of Kansas for both degree programs.

    CHRIS KRATOCHVIL
    Housing and Credit Counseling, Inc.

    Chris Kratochvil is a Housing Counseling and Education Specialist assigned to the Continuum of Care grant at Housing and Credit Counseling, Inc. in Topeka, KS. Chris, a 2008 graduate of Baker University (BBA) and former landlord, is married and the father of four children.

    Chris’ first hand experience with homelessness began as a teenager here in Kansas. After many years of struggling, he was able to re establish himself and now works helping others obtain the opportunity for success via HCCI’s Continuum of Care Education outreach program. He understands and illustrates in detail the difficulty individuals and families can experience in trying to break the cycle of homelessness.

    Through his personal experiences Chris highlights how having a knowledge of fundamental life skills, an understanding and acceptance of where you are in your life, and above all, a willingness to work hard and sacrifice, are key factors in personal success and re-establishment.

    ANNA LAMBERTSON
    Director of Public Outreach and Education, Kansas Health Consumer Coalition

    Anna Lambertson joined the Kansas Health Consumer Coalition in May 2008. She works with community based and advocacy organizations to educate consumers and raise awareness of the need for health reform through communications, programming and events. She has a background in human rights research, advocacy and social services and has conducted research for and helped implement local, statewide and national advocacy campaigns.

    Anna has advocated for children and adults with disabilities and mental illness through her work with Community Living Opportunities and Keys for Networking, Inc. She also worked on case management and program coordination with the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services to guarantee Kansans’ right to access services without discrimination on the basis of national origin or language.

    Anna lives in Topeka, where she serves as a Commissioner on the Topeka Human Relations Commission.

    CHRISTY MCMURPHY
    Community Integration Specialist, Disability and Behavioral Health Services, Mental Health, Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services

    Ms. McMurphy is the Community Integration, Housing and Homelessness Specialist at Social Rehabilitation Services Department of Mental Health. She coordinates initiatives related to the 1999 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, L.C. & E.W. vs. Olmstead, which requires States to provide community-based services for people with disabilities in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs. Ms. McMurphy also coordinates the PATH and Post-Access mental health homeless programs in Kansas. She worked for six years at Shawnee Community Mental Health Center’s HOPE Connection as the Housing Specialist. After that, she worked as an advocate at Kansas Advocacy and Protective Services. Ms. McMurphy is a former Board member of the Kansas Statewide Homeless Coalition, and a current member of the Governor’s Mental Health Planning Council’s Subcommittee on Housing and Homelessness and the Kansas Interagency Council on Homelessness. Ms. McMurphy holds a master degree in Rehabilitation Counseling.

    KATHERINE PAIGE
    Case Management Specialist – Friends of Recovery Association

    Katherine Paige is the case management specialist for Friends of Recovery Association in Wichita. She is also an alumnus of Oxford House, entering the program when she was 18 years old. She helped open two of the four women’s houses during her Oxford House residence.

    FRANK PIPER, JR
    Homeless Veterans Coordinator / Associate Manager, Behavioral Health Service Line/Chief Domiciliary Care Program, Veterans Administration Medical Center

    In cooperation with the Behavioral Health Director of VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System, Frank exercises full control and direction over the Clinical Programs of Behavioral Health Service at the Leavenworth Dwight D. Eisenhower VA Medical Center of the VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System. In this capacity, he is responsible for managing non-nursing personnel of the Clinical Programs and providing leadership for effective, uniform and economical accomplishments.

    Frank has over 27 years of service and has received numerous decorations, service medals and badges. He has a PhD in Health Care Administration.

    JAY PRESTON
    My Father’s House Community Services

    Jay is Executive Director of My Father’s House Community Services in Paola, Kansas. The organization provides transitional housing and supportive services for people without housing in the Miami and Linn Counties. The project is funded by a Supported Housing Grant issued by HUD. The program operates under many of the latest, best-practice philosophies including harm reduction.

    Jay serves on the Governor’s Mental Health Services Planning Council Subcommittee on Housing and Homelessness, the board of directors for the Elizabeth Layton Center, the board for the Paola Adult Education program as well as other involvements within the community. He also heads a 9-county division of the Balance of State Continuum of Care organized through the Kansas Statewide Homeless Coalition.

    Perhaps Jay’s greatest qualification for the work he does is that he has experienced homelessness, addictions and severe depression simultaneously.

    JOHN RICH
    Executive Director, Mid America Assistance Coalition

    John was named Executive Director of MAAC in October 2006. John has over 12 years of experience in the nonprofit sector with community based agencies involved with low income and underserved populations. His experience includes six years in community based health clinics in Missouri, Kansas and Illinois including two and one-half years as an agency Executive Director. Most recently, John has worked for a local community social service agency in the greater Kansas City area involved in welfare to work, before and after school childcare, childcare provider training, health issues, and other youth, senior and family issues. John has an MBA in Management/Finance from the University of Santa Clara in Santa Clara, CA.

    ELVA SAMANIEGO
    SOS, Inc.

    Elva joined SOS, Inc. in Emporia two years ago as the Criminal Justice Coordinator and Victim Advocate. Through her outreach advocacy with Domestic Violence clients, she provides educational sessions about court procedures. She is very familiar with how clients often face the choice of living with violence or being homeless. Currently she is working on her Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling at Emporia State University.

    RICHARD SHULTS
    Director of Mental Health Services for Disability and Behavior Health Services, Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services

    Richard Shults graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology. Mr. Shults then provided community supports and services to persons with developmental disabilities in a variety of positions starting in direct care and eventually as Regional Director of a multi-state agency. While he was Regional Director, he earned his MBA from Pepperdine. During this time, he oversaw the acquisition of 15 homes in Southern California for supportive housing for persons with developmental disabilities. He then joined the University of Kansas’ active treatment training program before administering another community developmental disability agency in Topeka. Starting in 1988, Mr. Shults became the Director of Community Developmental Disability Programs for SRS. In 1999, he was appointed the Director of Management Operations for the SRS Division of Disabilities and Behavioral Health Services. Since December 2007, Mr. Shults has been the Director of Mental Health Services for Disability and Behavior Health Services.

    ROBERT TATE TOEDMAN
    Kansas State Department of Education

    Tate Toedman has been the Kansas Statewide Homeless Education Coordinator since 2006 for the Kansas State Department of Education. He has worked in the Kansas school system since 1994, starting out as a teacher in the Topeka public schools; he moved to a counselor position in 2001 and in 2004 became the Athletic Director for Wetmore Academic Center. He has a Master’s of Education in Building Leadership from Washburn University and another Master’s of Science in Educational Counseling from Emporia State University, and a Bachelor’s of Education in Elementary Education from Washburn University. He is a Youth Mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Topeka and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Topeka Jazz Workshop.

    DOUG WALLACE
    Valeo Behavioral Health Care

    Doug has over 13 years of experience serving the homeless mentally ill in Topeka. Doug began his work with Valeo Behavioral Health Care in January of 1994 working on the ACCESS (Access to Community Care and Effective Services and Supports) case management team. In 2000, Doug took over the position of the Housing Resource Specialist, working with the Shelter plus Care grant and other housing related duties, including writing grants to provide housing for Valeo consumers. In 2003, Doug created a transitional housing program to serve Valeo consumers being discharged from state funded institutions.

    Since 2000, Doug has been an active member of the Topeka-Shawnee County Homeless Task Force, volunteering for various subcommittees including working on the HUD Continuum of Care application. Doug serves on the Board of Directors for the Kansas Statewide Homeless Coalition and is a member of the Governor’s Mental Health Services Planning Council Subcommittee on Housing and Homelessness.

    CORRIE WRIGHT
    Housing and Neighborhood Development,  Manager/Shelter + Care Coordinator, City of Topeka

    Corrie Wright completed her Master’s of Science from KSU in Family Life Education and Consultation and Bachelor’s from WU in Human Services. She has worked in the helping profession for over 16 years. Currently, she is the Program Administrator for the Shelter Plus Care program administered by the City of Topeka and an Adjunct Professor at WU in the Human Service Department. She has a strong dedication to help those in need become more self-sufficient and enjoy life!

    Information Fair Vendors

    The Kansas Statewide Homeless Coalition invites all attendees to visit the 2008 Summit on Homelessness and Housing Information Fair. Vendors will display the latest resources and information about services and housing options for individuals experiencing homelessness.

     

     

    Friends of Recovery Association

    Good Dog! A Social Venture of Lawrence Community Shelter

    Governor’s Mental Health Services Planning Council’s Subcommittee on Homelessness and Housing

    Inter-Faith Ministries  – The Kansas Benefit Bank

    Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence

    Kansas Health Consumer Coalition

    Kansas Housing Resources Corporation

    Kansas Statewide Homeless Coalition

    Kansas Works

    Medical Whistleblower

    Mental Health Association of the Heartland

    Mid America Assistance Coalition-MAACLink

    The Associated Landlords of Kansas

    The Salvation Army Harbor Light Village Homeless Veterans Program

     

    Social Security Administration

    UniCare Health Plan of Kansas

    9:00-10:00 Friday Opening Plenary

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