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HPOG Announcements - August 7, 2013

Transforming the HPOG Community Website: Online Focus Group—August 14, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

We want to create an online community that serves the needs of HPOG grantees—and we need your help to do so. On August 14, please join your HPOG colleagues for a facilitated discussion about your ideas for making the HPOG Community Website a dynamic portal. For more information, visit: Upcoming Events

HPOG Website Assessment: Share Your Ideas

Your input is vital to the HPOG website redesign process. You are invited to share your perspective by noon on August 12, 2013: HPOG Grantee Assessment.

In The News

CAP Tulsa Posts a Video about their CareerAdvance® Program

CareerAdvance® is a work-readiness program that offers coaching, education, training and job opportunities for CAP Tulsa, Educare and TANF parents with a focus on recipients with young children. Check it out!

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Shari Prichard posted this question: What educational training programs have been most successful for your TANF recipients?

What has worked for your program? Post your reply to Shari so that she and others can learn from what you’re doing.

Want to help serve uninsured Americans enroll for coverage when the marketplace opens on October 1st?

Check out Stan Koutstaal’s recent post on the HPOG Social Media Site for details.

Congratulations, Shari Prichard, Eastern Gateway Community College!

Shari Prichard of Eastern Gateway Community College earned June’s HPOG “Contributor Badge” for actively participating and sharing resources on the HPOG Social Media Site. Thanks for your contributions to building our community’s knowledge base, Shari!

You Can Earn July’s Contributor Badge by Sharing Your Program’s Successes

Take a few minutes each week to showcase your program’s achievements, share an interesting resource, or highlight a special event. This month we are particularly interested in your questions, experiences and resources related to criminal background checks, and substance abuse and mental health issues. If you need access information, request your login credentials here: Sign Up!

Research and Resources

Webinar: Criminal Backgrounds, Substance Abuse & Mental Health Issues: An HPOG Panel Overview—Wednesday, August 21, 2013 (3:00 PM EDT)

Learn how your HPOG colleagues have implemented programs to address these difficult issues. Three HPOG grantees will provide practical how-to information to help other grantees in developing initiatives to meet the needs of their programs. Joyce Dampeer, Ph.D., will moderate the hour-long webinar, which will include participant Q&A. Registration information is available here: August Panel Discussion.

Additional Resources—Criminal Backgrounds, Substance Abuse & Mental Health Issues

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has a website that contains guidance, forms, and links on Criminal History Checks.

Forbes article by Susan Adams (June 2013): Background Checks on Job Candidates: Be Very Careful covers background checks for potential candidates and what to consider while following the federal guidelines.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) website contains extensive information on these subjects and also has funding opportunities. SAMHSA, a granting agency managed by the US Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS), awards grants to relevant programs. provides information on understanding mental health disorders, how to recognize them, treatment programs, joining a group support, and self-help.

The Administration for Children and Families Family Violence Prevention and Services Program’s online learning tool, Domestic Violence: Understanding the Basics, describes the dynamics and common tactics that characterize domestic violence; provides an overview of the scope and impact on individuals and society; explores the underlying factors that allow domestic violence to exist; offers insight into the various risks and choices that survivors face; and shares how to be part of the solution.

Archive—Funding Webinar: The Initial Steps for Tribal TANF: Submitting a Letter of Intent (July 31, 2013)

Presented by the Administration for Children and Families’ Office of Family Assistance (OFA), Division of Tribal TANF Management, the webinar provided an overview of the Letter of Intent process for Tribes interested in applying to administer a Tribal TANF program for the first time. To access the archive, click Registration information is available here.




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