Posted by admin on September 25, 2013
Effective October 1, 2014 the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) and Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS) with the full support from the Michigan Interagency Council on Homelessness, will be requiring the use of a single assessment tool for people experiencing homelessness. This tool, known as the Service Prioritization Decision Assistance Tool (SPDAT) will provide HARAs and other housing agencies a standardized, evidence-informed assessment process that prioritizes vulnerability. Michigan’s Campaign to End Homelessness is committed to Housing First and has identified SPDAT as the tool that will be implemented in every community so that our state moves forward in ending homelessness while supportingHEARTH Act regulations.
SPDAT training will be provided by Iain DeJong of Orgcode Consulting, Inc.,and will be offered free of charge. This training is mandatory for HARA mid-level management, HARA front line staff, DHS CoC Program mid-level management and DHS CoC Program front line staff. DHS CoC Program includes the following projects: Rapid Re-Housing Initiative, Transitional Supportive Housing Leasing Assistance Program, Rural Housing & Supportive Services and Rural Homeless Permanent Supportive Housing Initiative. HARA and DHS CoC Program and Executive Directors are strongly encouraged to attend the training.
After October 1, 2014, HMIS entry will not be granted to agency employees until SPDAT training has been completed.
Note: This SPDAT training is also open to any interested CoC Program recipients in the Michigan Balance of State Continuum of Care; however, this training is not applicable to DV providers.
Preliminary details are outlined below. Specific locations and registration information will be made available as soon as possible.
WHAT: SPDAT Training presented by Iain DeJong
These are full day trainings, tentative timeframe is 8:45 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND:
HARA Executive Director, Mid-Level Managers, Front Line Staff
DHS CoC Program Executive Directors, Mid-Level Managers, Front Line Staff
EACH HARA AND DHS CoC PROGRAM GRANTEE ARE MANDATED TO SEND STAFF THAT INCLUDES MANAGEMENT
Effective October 1, 2014, SPDAT usage will be required statewide.
FREE training; mileage and meals will not be included or reimbursed for.
March 10, 2014: Region 3
March 11, 2014: Region 6
March 12, 2014: Region 7
March 13, 2014: Region 4
March 14, 2014: Region 8
March 24, 2014: Western Region 1
March 25, 2014: Eastern Region 1
March 26, 2014: Western Region 2
March 27, 2014: Eastern Region 2
March 28, 2014: Region 5
WHERE: Locations to be determined
If you have any questions, please contact your Homeless Assistance Specialist.
MSHDA Campaign to End Homelessness Coordinator