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MCOC Meeting 1/17/19

The Maine Continuum of Care will be meeting on Thursday, January 17, 2019 from 1:00 to 3:00. Please see the agenda for details including teleconferencing locations and a call-in number.  Other items to be discussed at the meeting are also attached, below.

MCOC will be accepting nominations for vacant MCOC Board of Directors positions at this meeting and forwarding their recommendations to the Board (please see my earlier post on this process for more details).

Please note that MCOC will NOT be meeting in February!


DRAFT 12-20-18 MCOC Minutes

State and Federal Legislation Update 1.2.19

CES AAR Final Report

CoC meeting HMIS info

HMIS Agency Participation Agreement – 11-28-2018

Maine HMIS Authorization to Disclose Information Form 11-28-2018

Request for MCoC Letter of Support for SSVF FY19



Maine Point-In-Time Count Information

This is a reminder that the annual Point-in-Time count is Tuesday, January 22, 2019. Below you will find information for HMIS participating agencies, agencies that do not participate in HMIS, and for Outreach efforts conducting unsheltered counts.

For HMIS Participating Agencies

All data in the HMIS for Emergency Shelter, Transitional Housing and Safe Haven projects need to be reviewed to ensure that it reflects what is true on the night of January 22nd. You are required to send a signed Certification to MaineHousing by February 13, 2019. Please use the link below to review video’s on the PIT and how to run your reports.

2019 PIT Sheltered and Youth Addendum for Providers

2019 PIT Sheltered Report in HMIS

2019 Youth Addendum

In addition to your PIT Count, remember that a Youth Addendum survey needs to be completed and returned to MaineHousing by February 13th for all unaccompanied youth under the age of 25.

Via Mail to:   MaineHousing

Attn: Amanda Castner

353 Water Street

Augusta, ME 04330

2019 Housing Inventory Count Announcement 

As part of the annual Housing Inventory Count process, we ask our providers to review, verify, and update your information for each of your projects.  This includes Emergency Shelters, Transitional Housing, Safe Haven, and Permanent Housing, which includes Permanent Supportive Housing and Rapid Re-Housing projects. The HIC form has changed slightly from last year. There is a guidance document that addresses how to fill in each section of the form. This should be reviewed before submitting your certification to MaineHousing by February 13th.

  • Login to ServicePoint
  • Connect to ART
  • Public Folder
  • Housing Inventory

2019 Housing Inventory Certification Report Guide.pdf

2019 Maine Homeless Housing Inventory Certification Form

For non-HMIS Agencies and Outreach

Below you will find links to the 2019 PIT Unsheltered, Non-HMIS Participating and Youth Count video along with a link to any survey’s you will need.  The training will cover general information on the Unsheltered Street Count portion of the Point-in-Time and the data collection process for the 2019 Unsheltered Count. The video is for outreach groups, volunteers and non-HMIS participants who will be assisting in the 2019 PIT count.  Please remember that when filling out the surveys, keep all households together and complete a youth addendum survey for all unaccompanied youth under the age of 25.

For those needing surveys printed off for them ahead of time and mailed, please send me an email request no later than January 14, 2019.

If you have any questions or need support, please contact me by phone or email.

Thank you,

Amanda Castner

HMIS Application Specialist


353 Water Street

Augusta, ME 04330


Maine Relay 711

Call for Nominations for MCOC Board of Directors

The Maine Continuum of Care is seeking nominations to fill several vacant Board of Director seats. While all nominations are welcome and will receive equal consideration, in an effort to maintain balanced representation both in terms of geography and populations served, the Board is hoping to fill some of these vacancies with providers who serve Youth, Families, Veterans, and with at least two of the new members serving the greater Portland area.

Nominations will be accepted at the MCOC meeting on January 17th, 2019 and forwarded to the Board for their consideration at their February meeting. Please confirm with anyone you wish to nominate (and you may nominate yourself) that they are willing and able to devote the time and effort required to fulfill this role.

For more information, please contact one of the MCOC Chairs, (Vickey, Awa or Veronica) or Scott at stibbitts @


MCOC: After Action Review (AAR) for Coordinated Entry

During the MCOC Meeting tomorrow, Leah will be conducting an abbreviated version of the After Action Review (AAR) that was part of our recent ESHAP Navigator Training. The purpose of the AAR is to evaluate and learn from feedback provided by those who have direct experience with a project, process or event. The information and insights from the Navigator AAR were reviewed by the CoC Board, and they asked that Leah bring this exercise to the full MCOC.

Ideally, an AAR is a lively and interactive discussion.  However, given the large number of people who call-in to our meetings, that format is not practical. In order to collect information from as many MCOC members as possible, Leah has created a Survey Monkey version of the AAR questions. Please join the MCOC meeting tomorrow to hear more details, then copy and paste this link into your internet browser search bar to provide your feedback:

The AAR consists of 4 Questions:

Question 1: What was supposed to happen in Coordinated Entry?

Question 2: What actually happened?

Question 3: Why was there a difference (between the plan and the actual result)?

Question 4: What will we do next time (the same, and differently)?

Prolonged Exposure Therapy Training for Providers who Treat Veterans

The PTSD Consultation Program at the National Center for PTSD is providing FREE TRAINING AND CONSULTATION IN PROLONGED EXPOSURE THERAPY FOR PTSD in northern New England.  Weekly follow-up phone consultation will also be available at no charge to eligible providers.  Materials and continuing education credits will be provided.

A Save-the-Date flyer is attached and available for you to distribute electronically or to print and post on a staff bulletin board.

WHEN:  February 7-9, 2019

WHERE:  White River Junction, Vermont

WHO:  Licensed mental health providers who regularly treat Veterans can apply

Prolonged Exposure therapy is one of the most studied and most effective treatments for PTSD and is one of the most highly recommended therapies in the VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for PTSD.  Learn more by reviewing the attached Facts about Prolonged Exposure (PE) Therapy.  We are eager to help make this evidence-based treatment for PTSD more available to veterans who seek care outside of a VA facility.

ASK A QUESTION or REQUEST APPLICATION INFORMATIONvog.a1547987580v@tlu1547987580snocD1547987580STP1547987580 or 866-948-7880.

PLEASE NOTE that the services of the PTSD Consultation Program are always available to any provider treating veterans, regardless of participation in these trainings. Learn more at  

Please share this email message broadly.

Todd McKee, Program Manager

National Center for PTSD

White River Junction, VT  05009

 866-948-7880 or vog.a1547987580v@tlu1547987580snocD1547987580STP1547987580

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