Wednesday, May 29 at Portland State Unversity

Spring 2024 Provider Conference

Unfortunately, at this time, our registration has reached full capacity. However, because we understand the importance of this event, we’d like to offer you a spot on our waitlist.

By completing the following waitlist form, you are expressing interest in attending this conference and understand that a spot may not open up. Should a spot become available, we will contact you immediately – the week before – via the contact information you’ve provided.

Waitlist (Google Form)

We appreciate your interest in connecting with us and other service providers and your ongoing dedication in this collective work to support and serve those experiencing and at-risk of homelessness.

Helpful Tips & Resources

Conference Guide

Find a drop-down menu of helpful tips and resources to guide you through your experience in our Spring 2024 Provider Conference.

Session Layout

The following is the projected schedule for the day.  Please note that the schedule is subject to change.

Welcome and Group Gathering – 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

First Sessions – 10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Lunch – 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Second Sessions – 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Closing & Wrap Up – 2:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Schedule at a Glance

Ballroom Room 327/8 Room 296/8
8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Check in Empty during this time; can be used as a quiet / calm space. Empty during this time; can be used as a quiet / calm space.
9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. The Homelessness Response Action Plan: Renewing our community response to homelessness Empty during this time; can be used as a quiet / calm space. Empty during this time; can be used as a quiet / calm space.
10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. A Perfect Storm: SUD, Psychosis and Housing Insecurity –  HealthShare’s Ecosystem Data Analysis Housing / Health Care Integration and Medicaid 1115 Waiver Barriers to Housing: Criminal Records, Eviction Records, Debt
12 :00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. -Lunch & Connecting- Empty during this time; can be used as a quiet / calm space. Empty during this time; can be used as a quiet / calm space.
1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Empty during this time; can be used as a quiet / calm space. Working with Asylum Seeking Households Implementing Equity Plans
2:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wrap-Up and Closing Empty during this time; can be used as a quiet / calm space. Empty during this time; can be used as a quiet / calm space.

Day-Of Information

The Spring 2024 Provider Conference is at Portland State University’s Smith Memorial Student Union (SMSU). The street address is 1825 SW Broadway, Portland OR 97201.

Check in begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Ballroom on the third floor. The first main session begins at 9:00 a.m.  Coffee and hot drinks will be available.

Please enter SMSU through the SW Broadway entrance; all other entrances may require card access.

This floor plan map of SMSU shows the location of the elevator, restrooms and meeting rooms.  The Provider Conference will use the Ballroom (third floor), room 327/8 (third floor) and room 296/8 (second floor)

Lunch Time

We strongly encourage attendees to eat together in the Ballroom.  This is a great way to meet and get to know people from across the provider community.

Conference attendees who registered before May 14 will receive a box lunch, made by PSU catering.  Your name tag lists the type of lunch you should receive: general, or one of the special orders to accommodate common dietary restrictions.  Please only take the lunch item listed on your name tag to ensure people who made special requests get the right box.

Wrap-Up and Closing

You are welcome to join us back in the Ballroom at 2:45 for an event wrap up.  This informal gathering is an opportunity to share what you gained from the conference, what you appreciated, and what can improve future conferences.  A formal conference evaluation will be sent to registered attendees after the event.

Session notes and follow-up material will be posted on the conference website as soon as possible.

On-Site Internent Access

Portland State University offers Guest Wi-Fi access.  You do not need to do anything in advance for access.  Instructions for accessing Wi-Fi can be found here.

9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Welcome Opening

A welcoming session for all conference attendees.

 

Homelessness Response System

The Homelessness Response Action Plan: Renewing our community response to homelessness

Smith Memorial Student Union Ballroom

Multnomah County Chair Jessica Vega Pederson and Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler on March 11, 2024, unveiled a strategic reset of the community’s response to homelessness to house or shelter roughly 2,700 more people living outside over the next two years.

The Homelessness Response Action Plan is a path to provide expanded access to the range of services someone needs to leave homelessness or never have to experience it in the first place. The plan commits to pursuing detailed goals and metrics; more transparent budgeting, data sharing and financial reporting; and a new governance structure that broadens and unifies the work of addressing homelessness and its root causes, formalizing collaboration between healthcare partners, the justice system, housing providers, service providers, treatment providers and government partners at all levels.

Join the Interim Director of the Homelessness Response System to learn more about the plan and engage in conversation about how it might shape our shared work moving forward.

Image of the Portland city skyline in the evening with purple, orange, and pink colors.

10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

First Sessions

HealthShare and Central City Concern

A Perfect Storm: SUD, psychosis and housing insecurity. HealthShare’s ecosystem data analysis

Smith Memorial Student Union Ballroom

There is a perfect storm of intersecting crises including substance use disorder, psychosis, and housing insecurity happening in our region. Health Share of Oregon is conducting an ongoing retrospective analysis of the Medicaid claims database to understand the size, scope and scale of the substance use disorders and severe behavioral health challenges impacting the Medicaid population and our broader community.

This data provides perspective on population cohort growth, cost, service utilization and engagement which is compelling and provides an historically unique perspective for our region and state. This work has spurred Health Share and partners to think about opportunities to expand and scale effective models of care for this population. Exploring opportunities for improving outcomes through existing housing programs and infrastructure, aligning efforts between housing and health care sectors in service to this population, and better navigation between housing and health care is important work that lies ahead.

This session involves sharing the data, current plans for model expansion in the region, and a conversation about opportunities to align across the health and housing sectors.

Metropolitan Public Defender

Barriers to Housing: Criminal Records, Eviction Records, Debt

Smith Memorial Student Union
Room 296/298

This session is divided into two parts:

1) A description of the legal services available to JOHS service users to increase housing opportunities (including things like landlord debt settlement, eviction expungement, criminal record expungement, felony reductions etc…)

2) Solicits feedback from JOHS providers on what additional legal barriers exist for JOHS service users, what additional legal services are needed to open up housing, how to reach all partner organizations and more.

While all providers are welcome, providers of the Youth, Domestic Violence and Family systems are particularly invited to attend since referral rates are lower among those systems. The session ideally results in improved collaboration between MPD and providers, increased referrals from the Youth, Domestic Violence and Family systems, as well as feedback from all systems on how to make this a more productive partnership, so that we get homeless service users housed.

Image of the Aurora Apartments.

Northwest Pilot Project and Joint Office of Homeless Services

Housing / Health Care Integration and Medicaid 1115 Waiver

Smith Memorial Student Union
Room 327/328

This session will share some high level information on the 1115 Medicaid Waiver Health Related Social Needs (HRSN) Benefits (https://www.oregon.gov/oha/hsd/medicaid-policy/pages/waiver-renewal.aspx), in particular the Housing Benefits. We’ll review timelines, benefit packages and other crucial details, including the opportunities and risks with utilizing these funds.

The session will also touch on some strategies to coordinate Housing and Healthcare needs, such as medical case conferencing, with one provider sharing how it has approached this issue. The second half of the session will include time for brainstorming and Q&A.

Image of the Crescent Court Apartments.

12:00p.m. to 1:00p.m.

Lunch

1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Second Sessions

Multi-Agency Panel Presentation and Q&A

Working with Asylum Seeking Households

Smith Memorial Student Union
Room 327/328

Homeless service providers are seeing an increase in the number of asylum seeking households requesting services.  To better support our system’s work with asylum seeking households, this panel presentation will provide information about the distinctions  between immigrant, refugee, asylum seeking and asylee status.

Additionally, the panel will discuss the legal process for asylum seekers as well as their rights around service access (including public assistance type services)

Image of a diverse group of women.

Joint Office of Homeless Services

Implementing Equity Plans

Smith Memorial Student Union
Room 296/298

This session will hold space to explore ways that JOHS can support provider equity work plan development and monitoring, as well as identify resources to move toward our systemic equity goals

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JOHS Planning & Evaluation Team

Improving Shelter Outcomes

Smith Memorial Student Union Ballroom

The JOHS Planning and Evaluation team would like to invite Multnomah County shelter providers to share their perspective and expertise on how emergency shelters in Multnomah County can continue to be improved.

As part of our ongoing effort to develop and maintain and nuanced understanding of the wide array of emergency shelter available across the county, our team is currently working on a report that will explore best practices and common trends in emergency shelter; examine the current state and effectiveness of local shelters; and identify areas for potential growth and improvement going forward.

This work is intended to be a complement to the current Community Sheltering Strategy, and will provide additional insight into how to best operationalize effective methods to meet the current goals. We are interested in hearing more from providers about how experiences and outcomes at shelters can be improved. A member of our team will be collecting feedback in person at the conference, and we will have a link to a digital option as well.

Image Description: Four people taking a tour outdoors during the fall season of an alternative village shelter site.

JOHS Coordinated Access Team

Coordinated Access Redesign - For Adults & Families

Smith Memorial Student Union Ballroom

The Joint Office of Homeless Services (JOHS) is working towards implementing new processes and procedures for Coordinated Access (CA) for adults and families. This process is being led in partnership with our Oversight Committee, a committee of staff from the adult and family CA partner agencies, and the Housing Connections Collaborative, a lived experience advisory body.

Starting in January, we have been testing the tool with outreach providers and case managers. The data from the testing phase will help determine our scoring methodology as we move into the pilot. Starting in June, the pilot phase will allow us to evaluate the effectiveness of the new tool in better tackling areas not well addressed with the previous tool, the VI-SPDAT.

This includes racial equity advancement, cultural responsiveness, and being trauma-informed. We will spend the spring and summer refining the tool, revising our policies and procedures, and will launch the new tool by October 2024.

Stop by our table to learn more about the process!

Image of a homeless encampment near the Steel Bridge.

2:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Wrap-Up and Closing

Review of the day, and next steps