Coalition for Homeless Youth Statewide Conference on Homeless and Runaway Youth

From HERE to THERE: CHY's Statewide Conference on the Expanse and Impact of Youth Homelessness Across the Many Spectrums of New York State Wednesday, November 4, 2015 8:30am – 5pm

Registrations are due by Thursday, October 29th, 2015

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Coffee and Lunch will be provided


This Training Conference is supported by a grant from NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS)


Downtown SUNY Albany Campus 135 Western Ave., Milne 200 Room, Albany, NY


8:30am – 9:00am:      Registration/Coffee 

9:00am – 9:30am:      WELCOME

9:30am – 11:00am:  WORKSHOP SESSION 1

A.      National Network for Youth and Federal Policy Update and Strategic Recommendations – Amy Louttit, NN4Youth     An overview of current Homeless and Runaway Youth legislative and budget items in the Federal Government


B.      Framing Harm Reduction for Homeless Youth – Jerry Otero, Drug Policy Alliance    Revisiting Harm Reduction as a Best Practice for engaging and treating homeless youth with substance use and a variety of concerns


C.      Strategies for Integrating and Prioritizing RHY into Continuums of Care (CoC) Amanda Aykanian, National Center for Excellence in Homeless Services (Facilitator); Panelists: Michael Berg, Family of Woodstock; Andrew Gilpin, CAPTAINCares; Edline Jacquet – Supportive Housing Network of New York.).    This panel will present 3-4 organizations or people who have “successfully” transitioned RHY needs into both youth and adult systems or built cooperative relationships with their Continuum as a long time youth provider. We would like them to go over present best practices, challenges faced and lessons learned from each COCs on how youth programs fit into HUD's priorities and local priorities and recommendations going to move forward

11:00am – 11:15:        BREAK

11:15am – 12:45pm:   WORKSHOP SESSION 2

A.      Panel on RHY and Public Agency Resources (HUD, OMH, OTDA, OASAS, OCFS), Facilitator: Sam Miller, HUD


B.      Considerations for Counting Homeless Youth in New York State – Jessica Raithel, CIDI    Understanding the extent of youth homelessness in a community is not only essential for planning and programming, but it is also increasingly a focus in HUD’s point-in-time counts. Experiences and recommendations for planning and implemented a homeless youth count through a collaboration between city agencies, runway and homeless youth providers, and advocates.


C.      Boots-On-The-Ground Referrals: Trafficked RHY and DSS – Valerie Douglas, Center for Youth; Rebecca Migliorati, RHY Coordinator/DSS:       This workshop will talk about the practical, hands-on Referral Process between RHY, Trafficking and DSS" and talk about ways to build stronger collaborative relationships with local Departments of Social Services

12:45pm – 1:45pm:   LUNCH (provided)  Speaker:  NYS Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal (D) Assembly District 67

1:45pm – 2:30pm:   RESEARCH:   New York RHY Program Impact Study Presentation and Q and A 
–       Marya Gwadz, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist, Transdisciplinary Methods Core, Center for Drug Use and HIV Research (CDUHR) New York University College of Nursing
–       Margo Hirsch, Project Consultant

2:30pm – 2:45pm:     BREAK

2:45pm – 4:00pm      ROUND TABLES

We require that each Round Table have a flipchart and take COPIOUS notes, otherwise the discussion goes nowhere.

·       Listening Session/Q&A with OCFS:  RHY Certification/Monitoring Process – Matt Beck, OCFS

·       RHY and Trafficking Conversation:  Rapid Screening Tool and Referrals/DSS Linkages – Madeline Hannan, International Organization for Adolescents

·       Proactive Prevention Strategies for RHY Substance Users – Jerry Otero, Drug Policy Alliance and Chris Collazo, Harm Reduction Coalition

·       Street Outreach Challenges, Strategies and Recommendations – Open Discussion

·       Rural Service Resources and Challenges – Open Discussion

·       Statewide Policy Planning – Jim Bolas, Coalition for Homeless Youth


4:00pm – 4:30pm:     Report Back from Round Tables and Next Steps/Recommendations

4:30pm – 5:00pm:     CLOSING (Evaluation)