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November 23, 2017

Compassionate Communities: We Choose All of Us Website HeaderWe are days away from our bi-annual conference Compassionate Communities: We Choose All of Us. With a mix of powerful voices, creative insights, and passionate activism we are READY to listen and learn from each of the plenary and workshop speakers alongside the over 500 registrants. Together we will explore ways to repair the harm from our culture of domination, extraction, and violence and to re-imagine a world rooted in interdependence, resilience, and regeneration.

For those of you unable to join us, we will live stream daily plenary sessions as-well-as selected workshops. We invite you to visit our Facebook page to watch and join. You may also track much of the action by following our Compassionate Communities Social Wall.

Below, are a few of the more than 30 plenary and workshop speakers who will be joining us; click a photo to learn more about each.

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Gabriela Alor_CCspeakerphoto Heidi Lehmann_CCspeakerphoto2017 Nadiah Mohajir_CCspeakerphoto2017
Patina Park_CCspeakerphoto Robin DiAngelo_CCspeakerphoto2017 Rosie Hidalgo_CCspeakerphoto2017

Expanded Respite Care Funding Available

Parents who are breaking free of violence and healing from the impact can benefit from moments of respite to rest, focus on healing, or accomplish life tasks. Domestic Violence programs do what they can to support families, but other community resources are needed as well – especially when parents have children with significant or special needs.

If you are working with families who have one or more children that may have a “severe emotional disturbance” (SED), you can help connect them to respite care.

The “traditional” respite care reimbursement program is available to families that are able to find and hire suitable respite care providers. Eligibility is based on the SED diagnosis and the level of need of the child. Parents interested in receiving respite assistance (average of $600 for six months) should apply for respite care funding at their regional Children’s Mental Health offices. The value of the voucher and the time frame for use is determined by parents and CMH staff. Contact information for the 7 regional offices is below.

Regional CMH Offices:

  • Region 1 – Coeur d’Alene 208-769-1406
  • Region 2 – Lewiston 208-799-4360
  • Region 3 – Caldwell 208-459-0092
  • Region 4 – Boise 208-334-0981
  • Region 5 – Twin Falls 208-732-1630
  • Region 6 – Pocatello 208-234-7914
  • Region 7 – Idaho Falls 208-528-5700
In addition to the traditional voucher program, group and individual respite care can also be obtained from several regional provider agencies currently under contract with Children’s Mental Health to provide the service. Families often have difficulty finding a respite care provider with the skill level needed to care for their child. The group and individual respite programs offer a level of care that is beneficial to these kids and their families. A list of the current contracted providers can be found here.

For more information on the respite care funding program, contact the Idaho Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health, 208-433-8845 or 1-800-905-3436

Training & Events

Housing First and Rapid Re-Housing for Survivors
November 28, 2017 | 11:00 pm – 12:30 pm MT
This webinar examines how new approaches employed by a growing number of victim services programs can support safe and stable housing for survivors and explore how modifications to the Rapid Re-housing model can boost its effectiveness with survivors. For DV/SA Programs and Coalitions

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Coordinated Entry: What DV and SA Programs Need to Know
December 8, 2017 | 11:00 pm – 12:30 pm MT
The webinar will provide an overview of the responses to the commonly asked questions from DV and SA advocates who are interested in learning more about the Homeless Continuum of Care Coordinated Entry (CE) requirements and process to promote CE access and safe housing options for survivors. The discussion will draw from regulations and other guidance from HUD and USICH and will offer strategies and resources for DV/SA providers who want to contribute to the creation and implementation of the CE process in their communities. For DV/SA Programs and Coalitions.

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Webinar: Best Practices for Motivational Interviewing
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 | 1:30 – 3:00 PM MT | 12:30 – 2:00 PM PT
This webinar will be an introduction to the evidence-based methods and principals of Motivational Interviewing. Participants will learn the basic techniques and skills needed to implement Motivational Interviewing in their everyday work with survivors. Participants will gain skills that can help them to assess a survivor’s readiness and motivation for change and support survivors in identifying and achieving their goals while in transitional housing. The presenter for this webinar will be Vanessa Timmons, Executive Director, at the Oregon Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence.

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The Executive Director’s Learning Community will be Wednesday, February 21st – Thursday, February 22nd in Boise, Idaho. Sandra Henriquez, the executive director with California Coalition Against Sexual Assault will be joining us to talk about more effectively integrating sexual assault services into dual programs and ways to expand our sexual assault work. We will be sending out a survey to get your feedback on other topics that you want to address. In addition, we will have a pre-meeting for new executive directors (five years or less) on Tuesday, February 20th with Tricia Swartling, CEO from The Advocates in Hailey.

Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) regional training
In an effort to assist victims of sexual assaults in confinement settings, the Idaho Sheriffs’ Association would like to invite advocates to attend free Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) regional training funded by STOP Violence Against Women Grant 2016-WF-AX-0044 PREA set-aside. The 6 hour course will be held twice in each location.

  • Feb. 14 & 15, 2018: Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office, 605 N. Capitol, Idaho Falls, Idaho
  • Feb. 27 & 28 2018: Nez Perce County Sheriff’s Office, 1150 Wall St. Lewiston, Idaho
  • March 13 & 14, 2018: Vendome Events Center, 309 State Street, Weiser, ID

Registration information is available on the website

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Visit the online store to view current Idaho Coalition materials available for order. For store questions, please contact Lacey Sinn.

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