Transforming Our Systems of Care 

This track will emphasize creative solutions for identifying and engaging youth and innovative ideas for programmatic solutions to help youth thrive in their environment.

Workshop A: 

Making the Shift to a Housing Focused, Low Barrier Shelter

All of our systems are confronted by the impact of opioids on families. Connecticut saw an increase in the number of fatal drug overdoses with 1038 in 2017 compared to 917 in 2016. This panel will highlight practical innovations addressing CT’s opioid crisis, from the statewide push for Naloxone Access to a pilot “Coordinated Access” network for recovery resources based in part on CT’s homeless response system. The leaders featured on this panel share a focus on effective and life-saving interventions.

Presenters: Kay Moshier McDivitt

Presentation: Making the Shift to a Low Barrier, Housing Focused Shelter 

Workshop B: 

Implementation of Critical Time Intervention into Rapid Re-housing

Critical Time Intervention (CTI) is a time limited social service approach that provides people in transition with assistance in getting the resources they need for long- term housing stability.This workshop will provide an in-depth look at the preliminary integration of Critical Time Intervention into a select group of Rapid Re-Housing programs throughout the state. We will provide an expert view on how to measure the impact of CTI, share successes, and discuss challenges and lessons learned from the field. This workshop is sponsored by the Department of Housing.

Presenters: Carolyn Hanesworth, Randy Grant, Jessica Kubicki, and Nicole Barnofski

Presentation: Coming Soon. Please check back at a later date.

Workshop C:

Ask the Healthcare Providers: Responding to Medical and Behavioral Health Emergencies in the Field

Homeless service providers and staff often are the first-line responders to medical and psychiatric emergencies. In this workshop, we will have three healthcare providers who specialize in the medical and psychiatric care of patients experiencing homelessness. They will present a few representative cases, along with some tips and tricks for non-medically trained staff in the field such as when to call 911, and how to navigate potentially tricky ethical situations where a client might refuse medical attention. There will also be a period for questions and answers.

Presenters:  Dr. David Rosenthal, Phil Costello and Dr. Theddeus Ihenacho

*A PowerPoint presentation was not utilized for this workshop. For more information, please contact the presenters.


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