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t3: Changing the Conversation

Critical and timely topics related to homelessness, substance use, mental health, and trauma. Jeff Olivet--activist, writer and CEO of the Center for Social Innovation--interviews health and human service experts, researchers, and advocates. Conversations explore how we can adapt our systems to the rapidly changing landscape of social services. For more information visit thinkt3.com.
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Jul 9, 2018

Host Jeff Olivet sits down with James Kowalsky of the Midwest Harm Reduction Institute, Heartland Alliance in Chicago, to discuss harm reduction as a practice that can be used in almost every situation and with everyone. 

And from our listeners, Jeff discusses what front desk staff can do who work at hotels and might be interacting with guests who are experiencing homelessness.

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This episode originally released 2/21/17.

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Mid-West Harm Reduction Institute

Heartland Alliance

Principles of Harm Reduction from the Harm Reduction Coalition

Client Centered Behavior Change: Using a Harm Reduction Approach, a live, online course starting in September from t3

Deploying Housing First Systemwide from the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness

Jun 25, 2018

Host Jeff Olivet visits Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program where they are working to prevent drug overdose and support treatment and recovery. His honest conversations with a person in treatment and a nurse and doctor bring to light some of the real, day-to-day issues of the opioid epidemic.

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This episode originally released 9/19/17. 

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Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program

Principles of Harm Reduction from the Harm Reduction Coalition

SPOT, Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program

Medication Assisted Treatment from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Jun 11, 2018
Guest host Kristen Paquette and Katie Volk of the Center for Social Innovation discuss Journey, a new resource for pregnant and parenting women who have questions or concerns about opioid and other substance use.  Visit thinkt3.com and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn for more resources to grow your impact.
 
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Check out the Journey Recovery Project, your guide through recovery, pregnancy, and early parenting!
May 29, 2018

Guest host Kristen Paquette, Rebecca Zwicker, and Cheryl Gagne discuss how peer recovery coaches make an impact. They also address the evolving professional landscape for peer support roles, including job descriptions, training, and certifications.

Rebecca Zwicker is a peer recovery coach with Family Continuity Program and Worcester Program for Addiction Recovery.  Cheryl Gagne, Senior Associate at the Center for Social Innovation, is involved in national work to identify and develop core competencies for peer workers.

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Organizations & Resources Mentioned
Family Continuity Program
Worcester Program for Addiction Recovery, Worcester Police Department
Blackstone Valley Connector
Workforce Central Career Center
Massachusetts Access to Recovery
Massachusetts Bureau of Substance Addiction Services (BSAS)
Substance Use and Addictions Training & Workforce Development (Massachusetts)
The Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (PAARI)
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Peer Providers (SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions)
Core Competencies for Peer Workers (U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
Principles of Harm Reduction (Harm Reduction Coalition)
National Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist (NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals)
Substance Use Disorder Peer Supervision Competencies (The Regional Facilitation Center, Portland, OR)
Peer Recovery (International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium)
ED Recovery Coach Program (Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery)
 
May 14, 2018

Host Jeff Olivet addresses employment for homeless people with Melissa Young from Heartland Alliance. They discuss the need for quality jobs and career pathways as well as integration of homeless and workforce systems. Visit thinkt3.com and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn for more resources to grow your impact.

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National Center on Employment and Homelessness (Heartland Alliance)

Ending Homelessness through Employment (Heartland Alliance)

Creating Economic Opportunity for Homeless Jobseekers: The Role of Employers and Community-Based Organizations by Melissa Young

Apr 30, 2018

Jeff Olivet talks with a Project Amp mentor and researcher about a brief mentorship intervention pilot that paired youth with young adults in recovery to enhance resiliency and prevent alcohol and other drug use. Visit thinkt3.com and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn for more resources to grow your impact.

Bring Project Amp to Your Community!

For more info about Project Amp, including implantation resources, visit www.projectamp4youth.com.

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SBIRT: Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment

Young People in Recovery

Motivational Interviewing

Risk & Protective Factors (SAMHSA)

Risk & Protective Factors (Youth.gov)

Strengths-Based Models

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

Apr 16, 2018

Nayenday Thurman, Chief Operating Officer at the Center for Social Innovation, and host Jeff Olivet discuss organizational benefits to hiring people with lived experience and share strategies for hiring, supervising, and retaining. This episode is 4th in a four-part series on “Recovery at Work.” Visit thinkt3.com and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn for more resources to grow your impact.

Information and Technical Assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act
 
Information about workplace accommodations and the Americans with Disabilities Act from the Job Accommodation Network
 
First Who—Get the Right People on the Bus” by Jim Collins
 
Watch "People with History of Homelessness Encouraged to Apply" as Steven Samra talks about how his experiences being homeless inform his work. 
Apr 2, 2018

Kim Noerager of the Center for Social Innovation talks with host Jeff Olivet about the benefits and challenges of being open in professional settings about her recovery journey. This episode is 3rd in a four-part series on “Recovery at Work.” Visit thinkt3.com and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn for more resources to grow your impact.

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Watch "People with History of Homelessness Encouraged to Apply" as Steven Samra talks about how his experiences being homeless inform his work. 

Mar 19, 2018
Host Jeff Olivet and Steven Samra of the Center for Social Innovation talk about why the voices of people with lived experiences are necessary in human service programs. Steven also shares what employment has meant to his recovery journey and what has helped him be successful. This episode is second in a 4-part series on "Recovery at Work." Visit thinkt3.com and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn for more resources to grow your impact.
 
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SAMHSA’s Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy (BRSS TACS)
 
Watch “People with History of Homelessness Encouraged to Apply” as Steven Samra of the Center for Social Innovation talks about how his experiences being homeless inform his work.
Mar 5, 2018
Why hire people with lived experiences? Host Jeff Olivet talks with Cheryl Gagne of the Center for Social Innovation about the value people with lived experience bring to human service work and recruitment and retention strategies. This is first in a 4 part series on "Recovery at Work." Visit thinkt3.com and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn for more resources to grow your impact.
 
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Watch “People with History of Homelessness Encouraged to Apply” as Steven Samra of the Center for Social Innovation talks about being homeless and how he uses his experiences to inform his work.
 
Boston Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation
Feb 19, 2018

Steve Berg of the National Alliance to End Homelessness joins host Jeff Olivet for an engaging conversation about preventing homelessness. They address housing policies and changes to systems that would keep people stably housed.

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National Alliance to End Homelessness
Housing Research from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Tenant Based Vouchers
Second Chance Act Grant Program

 

Feb 5, 2018

Host Jeff Olivet talks with Claas Ehlers, Chief Executive Officer of Family Promise, about supporting families experiencing homelessness in achieving independence through community-based responses.

 

Organizations Mentioned

Family Promise

SchoolHouse Connection

Bassuk Center on Homeless and Vulnerable Children & Youth

 

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National Network to End Family Homelessness

Services Matter: How Housing & Services Can End Family Homelessness

Racial Equity and Homelessness: You Can’t Tinker Your Way Toward Justice

Jan 22, 2018

Host Jeff Olivet talks with Marc Dones, project director of SPARC: Supporting Partnerships for Anti-Racist Communities.

Marc and Jeff share what they are learning from qualitative and quantitative data collected in communities working to end racial inequities in housing and homelessness. They also discuss program and policy reforms needed to reduce the disproportionate number of people of color experiencing homelessness in the U.S.

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Resources Mentioned During this Episode

SPARC: Supporting Partnerships for Anti-Racist Communities

The Future is in the Margins by Ann Meyer & David Rose

Poverty Data from the U.S. Census Bureau

Point in Time Data from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development

From Exclusion to Destitution: Race, Affordable Housing and Homelessness by George Carter

Housing Wage Calculator by the National Low Income Housing Coalition

Living Wage Calculator by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Evicted by Matthew Desmond

Out of Reach by the National Low Income Housing Coalition 

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Join a live, online course with Marc & Jeff on “Racial Equity & Homelessness” Thursdays in March.

Jan 8, 2018

Host Jeff Olivet talks with Sarah Rosenkrantz and Sam Greenberg, co-founders of Y2Y Harvard Square—a student-run overnight shelter for young adults experiencing homelessness. They discuss how Y2Y provides sanctuary, pathways out of homelessness, and opportunities for advocacy in a trauma-informed environment.

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Organizations Mentioned During this Episode:
Y2Y Harvard Square
Harvard Square Homeless Shelter
Boston Youth Advisory Board
Phillips Brooks House Association
A Way Home America
 
Resources:
For info on many of the kinds of training mentioned by Sarah and Sam, check out t3’s course offerings.
Access the TICOMETER to evaluate your organization’s need and progress in implementing trauma-informed care.
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