The Housing Ohio 2020 conference is coming up on April 13 – 15, but you don’t have to wait to take advantage of COHHIO’s training opportunities! And, as always, you can learn about a broad variety of subjects from past training sessions on our Training Materials page.

Starting in March, COHHIO, with the support of Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services, is offering two separate webinar series on Supported Employment and Family Homelessness. Click on the titles to register.

Supported Employment

March 5, 1:00-2:30 p.m. – Work Incentives and Benefits Planning

Close to 85% of people with a mental illness want to work, but fear losing benefits, especially health insurance. In this webinar, participants will learn about professionals and programs throughout the state of Ohio that provide planning services and guidance to individuals who are entering or returning to the workforce and need to retain their benefits. The presenters will explain work incentives, why they are important, and how they can be crucial for people entering or returning to the workforce. Participants will obtain helpful resources and a better understanding of how work is possible for individuals with behavioral health conditions. Social Work CEUs 1.5

March 19, 1-00-2:30 p.m. – Employment in Your Community

Being employed is important for general health and well-being. Employment can provide purpose, promote independence, create opportunities for growth, and allows us to develop social connections. Presenters will provide information on a variety of community supports and resources for individuals with barriers to employment. Participants will obtain an understanding of the importance of work and how to assist job seekers with finding and obtaining employment supports. SW CEUs 1.5

Understanding & Addressing Family Homelessness

March 18, 10:00-11:30 a.m. – Understanding Family Homelessness 101

Ohio has made great strides in addressing family homelessness. In this webinar, we’ll address the additional needed community-based strategies, that will ensure every member of the household experiencing homelessness is offered the services and supports needed. In addition, we will look at causes of family homelessness, common challenges, data, and hear from providers who have found success in both urban and rural settings.

Date & time TBD – Addressing Family Homelessness With a Two-Generation Approach

Families experiencing homelessness has been proven to be traumatic for adults and the children in the household. Services in the homeless system are unequally targeted to the adults even though homelessness exposes children to high toxic stress levels, which can take a toll on physical and emotional growth and development. Presenters will share strategies for providing supports and other resources that help families with children experiencing homelessness to overcome long-term barriers and gain self-sufficiency.

Date & time TBD – Meeting the Behavioral Needs of Families in the Homeless and Housing System

Families experience a variety of obstacles as they matriculate through the homeless system. This can be exacerbated by a family having a severe and persistent mental illness. In this webinar, learn how provider have met the behavioral health needs of individuals who have experienced homelessness and assisted them with getting and maintaining housing.