Upcoming SAMHSA-HRSA Webinar: Health Begins at Home

Health Begins at Home: Integrating primary and behavioral care services and housing to end homelessness

Monday, June 23, 2014 | 1-2:30 p.m. Eastern | View the webinar

The Affordable Care Act creates new opportunities and incentives to align health care and to address “whole person” health needs. For individuals experiencing homelessness, housing is critical to health care and better health outcomes. Please join us to learn how SAMHSA and HRSA grantees have successfully integrated primary and behavioral health care services and housing to end homelessness. This integration can include partnering with non-profit housing providers, public housing authorities, or by directly assisting individuals who experience homelessness in obtaining affordable housing. The webinar will focus on partnerships between mainstream and Health Care for the Homeless health centers, SAMHSA homeless grant programs, and housing to reduce an individual’s vulnerability to the impacts of homelessness.


  • Learn about the dimensions for integrating housing with health care.
  • Learn about three approaches to integrating health services and housing.
  •  Identify common challenges and barriers to integration of housing and health care.
  •  Learn how to overcome these challenges to integration.
  •  Understand and learn how to implement best practices.
  •  Build upon successful service delivery models and increase availability of all integration services with primary care.
  •  Assure target audience is aware of and knows how to utilize various resources available to guide and assist them.


  •  Andy Patterson, Family Health Centers, Inc., Louisville, KY
  •  Nolan Nelson, Family Health Centers, Inc., Louisville, KY
  •  Leslie Tallyn, MA, Central City Concern, Portland, OR
  •  Rachael Duke, Home Forward, Portland, OR
  •  Elizabeth Benson Forer, MSW/MPH, Venice Family Clinic, Venice, CA
  •  Christina Miller, PhD, Ocean Park Community Center, Santa Monica, CA

Andy Patterson has been the Director of Family Health Center’s Health Care for the Homeless project since 2005 and has served as the Project Director of two SAMHSA Housing First projects. Dr. Patterson is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Louisville and a Board member of the Homeless and Housing Coalition of Kentucky.

Nolan Nelson works for Family Health Centers – Phoenix, the Health Care for the Homeless project in Louisville. Mr. Nelson supervises FHC Phoenix’s permanent supportive housing programs. He also helped coordinate Louisville’s 100,000 Homes Campaign called Rx: Housing. Before coming to Louisville, he managed an emergency overnight shelter for West Suburban PADS in suburban Chicago. Mr. Nelson holds a M.Div. from Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and is currently pursuing his MSSW at the University of Louisville’s Kent School of Social Work.

Leslie Tallyn, MA, is the Senior Director of Clinical Operations and Quality with Central City Concern, where she is responsible for overseeing integrated primary care, mental health, and addictions services, as well as strategic initiatives related to just culture and continuous performance improvement. Ms. Tallyn has eight years of experience leading quality management programs and has worked as a research analyst in a variety of health and human services settings.

Rachael Duke is the Supportive Housing Program Director at Home Forward, formerly known as the Housing Authority of Portland. Ms. Duke is responsible for policy and planning efforts at Home Forward linking housing to health care and coordinating with city and county efforts to end homelessness. In addition Ms. Duke has held the position of the Continuum of Care Planner managing Multnomah County and Portland’s federal homeless assistance grants process and has worked for the City of Portland managing homeless grants and contracts. Ms. Duke has a Masters in Urban Studies.

Elizabeth Benson Forer, MSW/MPH, is the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Venice Family Clinic. Ms. Forer holds masters’ degrees in social work and public health from Columbia University. Prior to joining Venice Family Clinic, she served for five years as Executive Director of Settlement Health and Medical Services, a nonprofit community health center in East Harlem, New York. She also directed a department at Metropolitan Hospital in New York City, where her mission was to make the hospital more accessible to local residents. Ms. Forer has served as a Board member of the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County, and as the Vice President and a Board member of the California Primary Care Association and the National Association of Free Clinics. She was also a California HealthCare Foundation Health Leadership Fellow.

Christina Miller, PhD, is Associate Director of OPCC, where she oversees the agency’s programs and services, including clinical services, QA, compliance and government funding. A licensed psychologist with over 20 years of leadership experience in social service, behavioral health and medical care roles, she previously held positions at Didi Hirsch, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and UCLA. She has extensive program development experience in the areas of homelessness, mental health, integrated behavioral healthcare and substance abuse.


System Requirements

PC-based attendees:
Required: Windows® 8, 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
Mac®-based attendees:
Required: Mac OS® X 10.6 or newer
Mobile attendees:
Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet