Choose, Get, Keep Integrated Housing -– Best Practices in Housing Location & Referral Online Course

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Online Course

About the Training

Participants will discuss how to assist individuals who are transitioning out of nursing facilities to access integrated, accessible, affordable housing in the community. Participants will be guided through the entire transition process of securing and relocating to housing, including planning a move, locating housing, and keeping the housing over the long term. The course will supply a number of checklists, fact sheets, and charts as tools to assist in securing and keeping housing.

Student Orientation

September 4 & 5, 2019

Course Level

This is an introductory course.

Target Audience

This course will be relevant to CIL staff, especially Housing Specialists, and Transition Facilitators who assist with securing housing; it may also be of benefit to CIL board members.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the course, participants will learn:

  • to assess housing needs and preferences;
  • create a personalized and realistic Housing Transition Plan;
  • to support individuals as they locate and choose housing that is appropriate to meet their needs and preferences;
  • how to describe a variety of supports needed to successfully maintain housing and
  • to execute the Housing Transition Plan for a successful move.


The course spans three weeks and uses a web platform to engage participants in discussion of the content and issues. The instructor leads the forum on the platform and provides technical assistance throughout the course. Participants are asked to read the assignments and engage in the online class message forums. Participants can access the course at any time of the day or night. This can be done from any computer with an Internet connection. Participants should plan on spending 1-2 hours each day reading assignments, completing course work and participating in the discussion. Students are encouraged to discuss what they're learning periodically with their supervisor or with their council chairperson.


Ann Denton, M.Ed., is an expert on effective systems and interventions for persons with disabilities, including mental illness, substance use disorders, and co-occurring disorders. She has knowledge and experience with systems change, integrated systems of care, evidence-based practices, outcome and performance measures, and homelessness and housing issues for people with mental illness and other disabilities. Ms. Denton recently served as the director of the Homeless and Housing Resource Network (HHRN), a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)-funded initiative that provides coordinated technical assistance (TA) to all of SAMHSA’s grantees focused on serving persons experiencing homelessness. She also continues to provide leadership, training, and support to other U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs. Ms. Denton played a leadership role in the development and revision of SAMHSA’s Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) and Co-Occurring Disorders (COD) Evidence-Based Practices KITs. Ms. Denton develops training products, leads training teams, and provides training and TA to states and communities in many areas, including Housing First, housing development, funding and implementation of evidence-based practices, permanent supportive housing, services and supports for people with disabilities, and access to mainstream services. Through 2016 she was a board member of the Austin Ending Community Homelessness Coalition (ECHO); current Vice-Chair of the Housing Authority of Travis County Board of Commissioners; current President of the Board of Directors for Strategic Housing Finance Corporation.