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23rd Annual Statewide Conference to End Homelessness

The Arizona Coalition to End Homelessness proudly presented the 23rd Annual Statewide Conference to End Homelessness at the Black Canyon Conference Center in Phoenix, AZ, on Wednesday, September 21st and Thursday, September 22nd. This conference, the only statewide conference of its kind solely meant for homeless service professionals and advocates, brings together professionals from across Arizona, and the country, for a two-day event which is meant to energize and allow for idea and information sharing across Arizona about best practices in ending homelessness. 

This year, we were excited to bring you over 50 different breakout sessions split into 8 tracks, featuring 97 presenters who are experts in their field, ready to share their knowledge and best practices with the over 550+ homeless service professionals who attended. This year's tracks were: Direct-Service, Management, Connection to Benefits, Youth & Families, Social Justice, Statewide Work, Rural & Frontier AZ, and Homeless School Liaisons.


For the third year, our conference app, Guidebook, was the EXCLUSIVE place to read ALL the session descriptions and get the latest on session changes. We proudly provided presenter bios for our over 100 presenters. It also included exclusive info about our amazing2016 sponsors,the official 2016 conference digital booklet, and bios of our two keynote speakers,Mr. Jeff Olivet, President and CEO of Center for Social Innovation, andMs. Liz Warren, Director of the South Mountain Community College Storytelling Institute.


(For the most up-to-date schedule, please visit Guidebook)

(For the most updated version of descriptions, please visit Guidebook)


Check out all the amazing tracks and sessions enjoyed this year!
Additionally, we were pleased to again provide presentation documents on our key USBs. If you were not in attendance, please click on the corresponding presentation documents for all sessions in which a PowerPoint presentation or handout was provided to AZCEH by the presenter(s). 


• Crisis Services, Recovery & Peer Involvement
Presented by Dr. Karen Chaney (RI International)
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• When Stories Shared Require Care: Utilizing Mental Health First Aid to Support Permanent Housing
Presented by Beth Malterud & Shelby Graves (Crisis Response Network)
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• Verbal De-Escalation & Effective Communication
Presented by Denise Beagley (ASU's Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy)

• Beyond CIT: Collaborative Strategies for Improving Crisis Care & Public Safety
Presented by Margie Balfour (Connections AZ), Jason Winsky (Tucson Police Department), and Polly Knape (Cenpatico Integrated Care)

• Eviction Prevention for Persons with Serious Mental Illness
Presented by Stan Silas & Anna Maria Gulotta (Community Legal Services of AZ)
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• Recovery Support Technologies: Pioneering New Models of Substance Abuse Recovery Services
Presented by Dr. Jana Spalding (ASU's Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy)
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• Hoarding Behaviors & Neighborhood Living
Presented by Denise Beagley & Vicki Staples (ASU's Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy)

• Our Stories of Inspiring Hope on the Crisis Line
Presented by Vanessa Williams & Faith Glick (Crisis Response Network)
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• Seeking Safety: LGBTQ+ Adults Seeking Services
Presented by Jason Vail Cruz & Isaak Akapnitis (Terros)
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• Grassroots & Homegrown: The Story of Deep Within Recovery
Presented by Jeremy Pottle (The JP Projects)


• YES! All AHCCCS Members Are Eligible for Medicaid-Covered Support Services
Presented by Joann Hatton & Adam Robson (AHCCCS)
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• Accessing Arizona's Mainstream Benefits
Presented by Rosalva Zimmerman (AZ Department of Economic Security)
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• Medical Respite for the Homeless
Presented by Donna Zazworsky (Catholic Charities)

• SOAR Works...In Arizona!
Presented by Adam Robson (AHCCCS), Loren Gallegly (Lodestar Day Resource Center), Amber Allery (Social Security Administration), Cristina Benitez (Cenpatico), Jacqueline Nairn (Catholic Charities)
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• Circle the City: Innovation Through Collaboration
Presented by Kim Despres (Circle the City) and Andrea Bell (Circle the City - Parsons Family Health Center)
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• Boosting Income: The Basics of Unemployment & Access to Benefits
Presented by Ruth Szantos & Nina Targovnik (Community Legal Services of Arizona)
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• People Experiencing Homelessness Deserve Social Justice, Too!
Presented by Warren J. Stewart Jr. and Channel Powe (Arizona Black Lives Matter) and Michael Soto (Arizona Community Action Association)

• Ban the Box: Barriers to Housing & Employment
Presented by Ellen Sue Katz (William E. Morrison Institute for Justice)
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• Building Wealth for Everyone
Presented by Michael Soto (Arizona Community Action Association)

• Storytelling As Advocacy
Presented by Michael Soto (Arizona Community Action Association)

• Transition from Jail to Community and the Intersection Between Homelessness, SMI, and Criminal Justice Involvement
Presented by Dawn Noggle (Maricopa County Correctional Health Services), and Ryan Cotter & Marisol Cortez (Maricopa County Justice System Planning & Information)
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• Breaking Barriers to Employment: Set Asides & Criminal Records
Presented by Amanda Caldwell, Justin Hernandez, Nina Targovnik, and Zach Dorn (Community Legal Services of Arizona)
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• Arizona's CoCs Working to End Homelessness
Presented by Pam Moseley (Pima County), Karia Basta (AZ Dept. of Housing), and Anne Scott (Maricopa Association of Governments)
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• It Takes a Village
Presented by Jessica Flowers & Ruth Sager (Free Arts of Arizona)

• Better Bucks: A Compassionate Response to Panhandling
Presented by Sandi Flores (Catholic Charities), Vicki Burton (Shadow's Foundation), and Paul Lasiewicki (Flagstaff Police Department)
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• The Art of Outreach
Presented by Kelly Denman & Theresa James (City of Tempe) and Mia Dominguez & Sonia Camacho (El Rio Community Health Center)
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• Nuisance Laws & Homelessness: The New Exclusionary Zoning
Presented by Melissa Kovacs (FirstEval, LLC) and Joanna Lucio & Leonor Camarena (Arizona State University)

• Arizona Department of Veterans' Services Statewide Plan to End Homelessness Strategy Session
Coordinated by Bryan Durham (AZ Department of Veterans' Services) and Shane Groen (AZCEH)


• Funders & Providers - Essential Collaboration
Presented by Director Bruce Liggett (Maricopa County Human Services Department)
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• Permanent Supportive Housing from a Development Perspective
Presented by Brian Swanton (Gorman & Company)

• Advocacy: Where Stories Matter Most
Presented by Joan Serviss (AZCEH), Kellie MacDonald-Evoy & Alona Del Rosario (AZ Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence), and Zaida Dedolph & Sam Richard (Protecting Arizona's Family Coalition)
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• Positively Impacting Homelessness Through Inter-Agency Collaboration
Presented by Stephen Baines (Southwest Behavioral & Health Services), Nathan Smith (Phoenix Rescue Mission), Jeff Howell (Phoenix Police Department), David Moffitt (Phoenix Fire Department), Riann Balch (City of Phoenix Human Services Department), Roberto Frietz (City of Phoenix Neighborhood Services Department), and Jessica Breedlove (City of Phoenix Prosecutor's Office)
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• Advocacy: Policy Listening
Presented by Joan Serviss (AZCEH), Kellie MacDonald-Evoy & Alona Del Rosario (AZ Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence), Zaida Dedolph & Sam Richard (Protecting Arizona's Family Coalition), and Bahney Dedolph (AZ Council of Human Service Providers)

• Rapid Re-Housing: Working Together as a Continuum
Presented by Chela Schuster (UMOM New Day Centers) and Nicky Stevens (Save the Family Foundation)

• AZCEH Open Board Meeting
Attended by AZCEH Staff, Board of Directors, and open to all conference attendees

• Strategies for Becoming a Trauma-Informed Organization
Presented by Andi Fetzner (Arizona Trauma Institute)
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• Collaboration & Alignment: Engaging Behavioral Health in Housing
Presented by Margaret Kilman (Maricopa County Human Services Department), Jessa Johnson (Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care), and Charlene Flaherty (CSH)

• Multifamily Industry Helping to End Homelessness
Presented by Libby Ekre, Lisa Troy, and Christy Alvarado (MEB Management Services)

• Questions & Answers About Arizona's State Budget
Presented by Karen McLaughlin (Children's Action Alliance)
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• Creating a Forever Network
Presented by Robert Luft & Adi Shakti Khalsa (Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development)

• The Rainbow Connection: How to Support and Serve Transgender Individuals in Homeless Provider Settings
Presented by Stacey Jay Cavaliere, Eva Siler, Sarah Kent, David Garrett, and Robbie Fields (one•n•ten)

• Fostering Advocates Arizona
Presented by Meghan Arrigo & Andrea Kappas (Children's Action Alliance)
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• Ending Family Homelessness
Presented by Mattie Lord (UMOM New Day Centers) and TBD (TBD)

• Strategies for Providing Affirming Trauma-Informed Services for Unstably Housed LGBTQ+ Young Adults
Presented by Courtney Waters & Claudia Powell (University of Arizona's Southwest Institute for Research on Women)


• Juniper House Re-Entry Housing in Northern Arizona
Presented by Camie Rasban and Lauren Randel (Catholic Charities)
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• Balance of State Continuum of Care Meeting
Presented by Karia Basta (ADOH) and the BOSCOC Board of Directors

• Rural Collaboration: Engaging Unlikely Partners
Presented by Carole Benedict (U.S. Vets), Eliza Louden (Catholic Charities), and Haley Hyatt (Coalition for Compassion & Justice)
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(Open to Liaisons ONLY)

• Day in the Life of....Roles & Responsibilities of Liaisons 
Presented by Jessica Mickish (Yuma Union HS District), Sean Schubert (Peoria Unified School District), Alexis Torrence (Phoenix Union HS District), and Dorothy Watkins (Washington Elementary School District)

• McKinney Vento 101
Presented by Barbara Duffield (National Association for the Education of Homeless Children & Youth)

• Creating Healing Environments
Presented by Andi Fetzner (Arizona Trauma Institute)

• Educating the Whole MV Chile: Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) and Data-Driven Services
Presented by Marisel Schweitzer (Arizona Department of Education) and Sara Sims (Phoenix Elementary School District #1)

• Join Us at the Table
Presented by Kresta Horn (UMOM New Day Centers) and Ronda Sharp (Concho Elementary School District #6)

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