The National Human Services Data Consortium (NHSDC) is an organization focused on developing effective leadership for the best use of information technology to manage human services. NHSDC provides information, assistance, peer to peer education and lifelong learning to its conference participants, website members and other interested parties in the articulation, planning, implementation and continuous operation of technology initiatives to collect, aggregate, analyze and present information regarding the provision of human services.

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NHSDC Fall 2015 Conference: Registration and Preliminary Agenda!

The National Human Services Data Consortium (NHSDC) will be holding its Fall Conference on October 22-23, 2015, in Miami, FL. That’s right, the NHSDC is taking your talents to (or pretty close to) South Beach! Please join our mailing list to receive information as it’s released.

The Fall Conference Agenda is now available and includes an exciting list of sessions, plenaries, and institute information. To see the schedule online with slides, login to access the Fall Conference Page with slides. Please note, most slides will be posted in the next few days as they are finalized, so please check back. If you don’t remember your login visit the password recovery page.

You can register here. (Conference registration includes breakfast and lunch on both days.)

Our conferences feature leading experts in the field and some of the most experienced system administrators.
• Learn how to get the right reports for your community out of your local data system
• See how other communities are using technology and data analysis to improve service delivery.
• Network and share ideas with other human services providers who understand what you do.
• Return to your community with the tools to implement needed change.

HUD approves this NHSDC Conference as an eligible HMIS activity for those that have funds in the Training and Technical Assistance line of their HMIS budget: HUD Announcement

Pre-Conference Institute
Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 1:00 – 5:00PM, Symphony Ballroom IV. Registration required.

Participants managing HMIS implementations can maximize learning opportunities throughout the conference by attending this afternoon peer to peer session to discuss the way your community implements policy decisions at the local level. The session will use community examples to introduce strategies and identify problems that may arise when operating your HMIS. Participants will be encouraged to think comprehensively and creatively about the problems they are likely to encounter at the implementation level. This participant-driven Institute will use real world problems to underscore the constraints of HUD support, the role of regulation and the need to develop local expertise/resources within the Continuum of Care to support the HMIS implementation.

Who Should Attend: HMIS administrators, CoC Coordinators, and anyone who has an interest in HMIS policy issues

What You Can Expect: This institute will be highly interactive, focusing on the real-world issues that attendees have experienced when implementing an HMIS in their communities.

Pre-Conference CoC Tour. Sold Out!
At this time, the tour is sold out. Seats may open, so please check the registration.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 9:30AM – 1:00PM, meet in lobby. Registration required.

The Chapman Partnership vans will pick up registered tour attendees in the hotel lobby on Wednesday at 9:30 am. Holly Woodbury, VP Development, will greet the tour. Each person must provide ID and receive a sticker badge to join the tour. Tour includes a visit to Chapman Partnership in the Worship Center; lunch Presentation on Mental Health Care Coordination in Miami-Dade County – A partnership between IBM, Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co, Inc, and the South Florida Behavioral Health Network. Lunch includes baked chicken, black beans, rice, plantains, salad and refreshments. Vegetarian option available upon request. See the full conference description.

Pre-Conference Lunch Presentation at the Chapman Partnership – Registration required.
Topic: Mental Health Care Coordination in Miami-Dade County – A partnership between IBM, Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co, Inc, and the South Florida Behavioral Health Network
Description: IBM and Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (Otsuka) recently announced they are teaming with the South Florida Behavioral Health Network to deliver a novel solution intended to improve care coordination in the mental health community. Many challenges face mental healthcare delivery networks worldwide. Currently, almost 10 percent of patients discharged from a state psychiatric hospital in the U.S. are readmitted within 30 days, and over 20 percent more are readmitted within 180 days. In the U.S., the cost of re-incarceration of persons who suffer from severe mental illness is $15 billion. The IBM and Otsuka solution aims to help providers and communities reduce hospital readmissions and re-incarcerations. The solution is designed to connect providers of mental health services including system leaders, payers, community mental health centers, hospitals, criminal justice systems, and social program organizations. It is expected to help create more comprehensive patient health records. Customized to meet the unique needs of each community that uses it, the focus across users will remain on improving the quality and efficiency of patient care.
Speaker: Judge Steven Leifman of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida, chair and creator of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Criminal Mental Health Project, which works to divert people with serious mental illnesses who do not pose significant public safety risks into community-based treatment and support programs will be the guest speaker.
Time: 11:30AM – 1:00PM –Identification must be provided to receive badge.
Location: Chapman Partnership, 1550 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33136 (transportation NOT included -please park in the lot located on the corner of 16th and North Miami Avenue)
Cost: $10. Lunch includes baked chicken, black beans, rice, plantains, salad and refreshments. Vegetarian option available upon request.

For all attending the tour and/or pre-conference luncheon, remember to register and join the Pre-Conference Institute immediately following. The institute will be highly interactive, focusing on the real world issues that arise when implementing HMIS in communities. Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 1:00 PM to 5:00PM, Symphony Ballroom IV, Hilton Miami Downtown.

Hotel Information

Hilton Miami Downtown
1601 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, Florida 33132
Conference rate is no longer available but good room rates may still be available.
You can book your room using our group rate here: Online Hotel Link
Alternate hotels: Doubletree by Hilton

Our Spring 2015 Conference and Activities were a Great Sucess!

Our event was held in Denver, CO with pre-conference activities on April 15 and conference activities on April 16-17, 2015. The theme for this years event was: Supporting cross-systems data collaboration for integrated, person-centered care planning.

For a quick and easy to view online schedule without materials you can visit the Conference Page.  If you want access to the session materials, please log in and visit the Conference & Institute Resources Page.  The brochure can be found here.