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Webinar: Medicaid Expansion & HCH Programs: New Possibilities, Missed Opportunities

May 19, 2014 | 1 p.m. Eastern

The Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) expansion of Medicaid to most people earning at or below 138% of the federal poverty level (FPL) is the most significant aspect of the law that directly benefits very low income people, but only in states that have opted to expand. As of April 1, 2014, 26 states More →

National Health Service Corps Scholarship Opportunities

logo-nhscApplication cycles are now open for the 2014 NURSE Corps Scholarship Program as well as the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Scholarship Program. Eligibility is open to all students who are US citizens or nationals and are enrolled in training programs for physicians or nurses. These scholarships offer funding for tuition, fees and other educational costs in exchange for More →

The New York Times remembers Dr. Philip Brickner

Phil BricknerJoin us as we continue to remember and celebrate the life of Dr. Philip Brickman, the father of the Health Care for the Homeless movement.

From his obituary in today’s New York Times:

Dr. Brickner’s biggest accomplishment, however, was helping to develop ways to treat people who do not have homes. In the 1980s, he directed a pilot program … More →

New Opioid Use Disorders Adapted Clinical Guidelines Available

The HCH Clinicians’ Network has just released the 2014 edition of Adapting Your Practice: Treatment and Recommendations for the Care of Homeless Patients with Opioid Use Disorders. Special thanks to Pat Post (ed.), D. Meges, B. Zevin, E. Cookson, L. Bascelli, P. Denning, J. Little, M. Doe-Simkins, E. Wheeler, S. Watlov Phillips, P. Bhalla, M. Nance, G. Cobb, J. … More →

New Healing Hands: Sleep Deprivation

Screen Shot 2014-04-02 at 7.18.42 AMThe Spring 2014 issue of Healing Hands is now available online. This issue, Sufficient Sleep: A Necessity, Not a Luxury, examines the problem of sleep deprivation among people experiencing homelessness. Consumers and providers offer practical tools and clinical insights to address this problem in challenging environments.

Healing Hands readers can earn Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit for reading this More →

Webinar: Consumer Involvement in Governance

April 23, 2014 | 3 p.m. Eastern


HRSA policy requires consumer representation in community health center governance. This webinar will explain the significance of consumer involvement and describe how HCH grantees can fulfill this particular requirement. A special focus on Consumer Advisory Boards will feature presentations from an HCH Executive and CAB leader. Among other specifics, we will explore More →

In Memoriam: Philip W. Brickner, MD

0000072500012164398061The National HCH Council marks with sadness the death of Dr. Philip Brickner on March 24, 2014. 

Dr. Brickner was the founding Chair of the Department of Community Medicine at St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York, where he established a ground-breaking Homeless/SRO Program. In 1983, Dr. Brickner was chosen to direct the Health Care for the Homeless Demonstration Program of … More →

Council Policy Director on the Impact of the ACA

f25a5782854db5c145ffc293d7d21402In a blog post for SAMHSA’s Homeless Resource Center, Council Policy Director Barbara DiPietro explores the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on SAMHSA grantee programs and provides approaches to build service systems that might be considered useful to increase capacity for care and remove access barriers for persons who have experienced homelessness with co-occurring medical and behavioral health … More →

Council Responds to President’s Budget


President Obama’s FY15 Budget Request was released on March 4. The Budget proposes many new initiatives that will aid in the effort to prevent and end homelessness, but also contains concerning proposals regarding health center growth now and in the future. Check out the Council’s press release and look for more information on the Budget coming soon.More →

New SAMHSA Funding Opportunity

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2014 Grants for the Benefit of Homeless Individuals-Services in Supportive Housing (GBHI-SSH). Funds can be used for behavioral health treatment and other recovery-oriented services, coordination of housing and services, and benefit enrollment. The deadline for applications is April 25, 2014.
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