On April 18, 2013, from 2:00 – 3:30 pm EDT, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will be hosting a webinar on Addressing Homelessness Among Veterans of Recent Conflicts. This webinar includes participants from an expert panel who will provide a meaningful discussion of preventing and ending homelessness as it appears among Veterans of recent conflicts, recent research findings, successful strategies for working with this emerging population, and some cutting-edge solutions implemented by the Homeless Veterans Initiative for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Webinar Participants:

Moderator A. Kathryn Power, M.Ed., is the Region One Regional Administrator for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), an operating division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Regional Administrator Power also serves as the SAMHSA Initiative Lead on the Strategic Priority for Military Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families, which focuses on collaboration and coordination to ensure that behavioral health needs for this population are met in a timely and effective manner. In 2012, she was honored for this work when the Department of Defense awarded her the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service.

Susan Angell, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of the Homeless Veterans Initiative for the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA). In this capacity, Dr. Angell leads the Department’s integrated efforts to eliminate Veteran homelessness and is the senior VA official responsible for orchestrating, coordinating, and overseeing all aspects of this initiative, as well as the various projects that collectively define it. Dr. Angell was a member of the core planning team and a panelist for the expert panel event, Homelessness Among Veterans of Recent Conflicts.

Stephen Metraux, Ph.D., is Deputy Director of Research at the National Center for Homelessness Among Veterans of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Public Health at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. Dr. Metraux has completed extensive research related to homelessness and housing, particularly in the contexts of Veterans, community mental health, and incarceration and prisoner reentry. His current research includes identifying risk factors for homelessness among Veterans that can inform VA initiatives to prevent homelessness in this population. Dr. Metraux has a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania.

Stephen Peck, M.S.W., is President/CEO of the United States Veterans Initiative (U.S. VETS). He joined U.S. VETS in 1996 to start the Long Beach site, which ultimately grew to become the largest residential Veterans program in the country, housing 550 Veterans. Mr. Peck has initiated several special needs programs for the agency, including the Non-custodial Fathers Program, the ADVANCE Women’s Program, and the Veterans Re-Entry Project for returning Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans. Mr. Peck also advocates for homeless Veterans on the state and national level. Stephen was a Marine Corps Lieutenant in Vietnam, serving with the 1st.

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After registering, you will receive email confirmation containing information about joining the webinar. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Kathleen Hess at (518) 729-1266 or KHess@ahpnet.com.

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