Conference Overview and Tracks

This year’s Institute features workshops of varying lengths exploring a plethora of relevant topics. Intensive Sessions; longer workshops designed for deep dives, and Spotlight Focus Sessions; shorter workshops designed for interactive highlights, are intermixed with regular workshop sessions.

Each session will feature a workshop in one of the following tracks:

  1. Performance Measures, Outcomes & Reporting
  2. Best Practices in Housing, Case Management & Effective Interventions
  3. Community Engagement & Funding Strategies
  4. HMIS, Coordinated Entry & System Design
  5. Veterans, Chronic, Youth & Families
  6. Managing Entity/Behavioral Health Support Services & Interventions
  7. DOE Homeless Education  
Workshop Grid

Full Conference Agenda

    • Wednesday, November 1, 2017
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      Registration

      8:00 AM  -  6:00 PM
      Registration Check-In
       

      Pre-Conference

      9:00 AM  -  4:00 PM
      General Pre-Conference Sessions
      Select during registration if you plan to attend the Pre-Conference sessions offered from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 1:15 PM to 4:00 PM.
      9:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
      Florida Housing Finance Corporation ROUNDTABLE
      Speaker:
      9:00 AM  -  4:30 PM
      SPDAT Training with Iain De Jong
      Improve your intake processes and use your existing resources to help the individuals and families you serve, access the programs and services best aligned to end their homelessness. The Service Prioritization Decision Assistance Tool (SPDAT) is an evidence-informed approach to assessing an individual’s or family’s acuity. The tool, across multiple components, prioritizes who to serve next and why, while concurrently identifying the areas in the person/family’s life where support is most likely necessary in order to avoid housing instability. Pre-registration is required for this session. Please select this during registration if you plan to attend.
      Speaker:
      9:30 AM  -  3:00 PM
      Veterans Administration CONVENING
      This intensive, VA focused pre-con will cover the following topics: VISN 8 update, SSVF and Community Planning, VA Data, Privacy, and Coordinated Entry Systems, and Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Services for Veterans with Other than Honorable Discharges.
      10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
      Managing Entity CONVENING
      12:00 PM  -  1:15 PM
      Lunch On Your Own
      1:00 PM  -  4:00 PM
      Department of Education Homeless Liaison Orientation
      2:30 PM  -  4:00 PM
      Department of Children and Families/Continuum of Care Lead Agency ROUNDTABLE
      This session will focus on Managing Entity and Continuum of Care coordination
      5:30 PM  -  6:15 PM
      Florida Coalition for the Homeless (FCH) Annual Meeting
      All Members and Conference Attendees Welcome.
      Join us for Florida Coalition for the Homeless updates with guests;
      Erik Braun, Director of the Office on Homelessness,
      Jamie Ross, CEO Florida Housing Coalition, and
      Pinpoint Results (formerly Adams Street Advocates).
      6:45 PM  -  7:15 PM
      Welcome Reception Meet and Mingle
      Network with fellow attendees in the Boardwalk Bar (located in the main lobby) before venturing out for dinner on your own.

      Door Prizes! Receive a ticket at registration and attend the reception for the 7:00 pm drawing, you must be present to win.
    • Thursday, November 2, 2017
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      Breakfast

      7:30 AM  -  9:00 AM
      Continental Breakfast Buffet
       

      Registration

      7:30 AM  -  5:30 PM
      Registration Check-In
       

      Opening Plenary

      8:00 AM  -  9:30 AM
      Opening Plenary, State of the Nation; National Best Practices and Efforts on Ending Homelessness
      Moderator:
       

      Lunch Plenary

      12:40 PM  -  2:15 PM
      Lunch Plenary, State of the State: Statewide Policies and Trends
      Moderator:
       

      Break

      3:55 PM  -  4:10 PM
      Afternoon Refreshment Break
       

      Reception

      6:45 PM  -  7:45 PM
      Evening Reception
      Connect with your colleagues over light hors d'oeuvres at the Thursday Evening Reception. Reception is included in your Institute registration.
    • Friday, November 3, 2017
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      Registration

      7:30 AM  -  11:00 AM
      Registration Check-In
       

      Breakfast

      8:00 AM  -  9:00 AM
      Networking Breakfast with Topic Tables
       

      Break

      10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM
      Morning Refreshment Break
       

      Lunch Plenary

      12:25 PM  -  2:30 PM
      Closing Lunch Plenary, Ending the Criminalization of Mental Illness
      It is estimated that more than two million arrests in the United States each year involve people with Serious Mental Illnesses (SMI) – at least half of which are homeless at the time of their arrest. As a result, untrained and unprepared stakeholders in the criminal justice system have been forced to navigate an increasingly scarce system of care for people with mental illnesses. Jails have become places where a disproportionate number of people with SMI spend significant amounts of time; their ties to the community severed, their treatment needs unmet, and their illnesses made worse. Judge Leifman will discuss his journey into the mental health system, the legal and medical history that led to America’s mental health crisis and the essential elements necessary to create an effective system of care that ultimately will transform the mental health and criminal justice systems and make jail the last option for people with serious mental illnesses, not the first.
      Keynote Speaker:
       

      Friday Evening Activities

      4:00 PM  -  6:00 PM
      Weekend Warrior Happy Hour
      Meet and mingle with fellow attendees in the hotel lobby bar for drinks and conversation. Conference room rate is extended through the weekend if booked in advance.
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