Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Additional TBIN Trainings for the New Year

Hello!
We now have added more Level One and Level Two TBIN trainings for the New Year.
You can also view the schedule in the System New on your Service Point Home Page.

Level 1 trainings:
Tuesday 1/5 @ 9AM,
Friday 1/22 @ 9AM,
Tuesday 2/2 @ 9AM,
Friday 2/19 @ 9AM

Level 2 Trainings:
Thursday 2/11 @ 9AM,
Thursday 1/28 @ 9AM,
Thursday 1/14 @ 9AM

These additional trainings are located at 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares 50 S. Belcher Rd. Suite 116 Clearwater, FL 33764 (Bring your own snacks and beverages)To Enroll Contact Paul Gehring at 727-210-4232 or paulg@211tampabay.org

Thanks for your participation!

TBIN Staff

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

New TBIN Training Schedule!

Hello,
This is a quick reminder of all the new trainings we have coming up now through February 2010. Remember space is limited so contact Paul Gehring, System Administrator at 727-210-4232 or email paulg@211tampabay.org to reserve your spot today!

NEW Level 1 Weekend Training (Clearwater Location):
Saturday, January 9th From 10AM -2PM
Saturday, February 13 from 10AM- 2PM

NEW Level 1 Evening Training (Clearwater Location):
Tuesday, January 12th From 5:30PM -9:30PM
Thursday, February 11 from 5:30PM- 9:30PM

NEW South County Level 1 Training (St. Petersburg City Hall):
Monday, January 11th from 10Am- 2PM

Level 1 Training (Clearwater Location):
Friday, December 18th from 9AM -1PM

Level 2 Case Management Training (Clearwater Location):
Thursday, December 17th from 11Am-1PM
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(NEW FORMAT) Level 3 Report Training:
We have now changed this format to reflect a more one on one approach with Agency Administrators. Please contact Jessica Niehaus to set up this personalized appointment at 727-210-4231 or jessican@211tampabay.org


Thanks!!!
TBIN STAFF

Monday, October 12, 2009

Housing Type UDE

Don't Forget! Beginning October 1st 2009 you must record the appropriate "Housing Type" UDE for each of your clients. This is required by the new HMIS standards and will create data quality errors if not recorded in the new fiscal year. A user matrix was sent out to all Agency Administrators to help ensure this question is answered properly. For specific questions feel free to contact your dedicated TBIN staff for help!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

AHAR is Approaching!

AHAR's first required submission is November 15th and it is important for the data to be correct and complete! AHAR is based on TBIN's Universal Data Elements and is limited to Emergency Shelters and Transitional Housing Programs. It requires an unduplicated count of persons within four primary reporting categories: Emergency Shelter - Individuals, Emergency Shelter - Families, Transitional Housing - Individuals, Transitional Housing - Families. Following the main AHAR submission there will be a second submission in February and March for "Veterans Only" data. Right now you should be looking at your data, monitoring and educating your end users to ensure data is being recorded for all required UDE's and working to correct any errors like duplicates, incomplete fields or don't know or refused data answers. Be on the look out for important AHAR updates and reporting from your dedicated TBIN staff!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Change in Staff

2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares has hired a new TBIN staff member. Jessica Niehaus is the new TBIN Program Coordinator. Jessica has many years of project management, HIPAA, and customer service experience. Jessica will be coordinating all TBIN projects and working with Agency Administrators on Data Quality Issues. Her contact information is below:

Jessica Niehaus
jessican@211tampabay.org
727-210-4231

Please take a moment to welcome Jessica to Pinellas County and to TBIN.

Friday, June 19, 2009

United We Serve

Press Release

The Corporation for National and Community Service in coordination with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and other federal agencies has been preparing for the launch of an exciting new summer service initiative in partnership with the White House. Today, in a video message, President Obama will officially announce the initiative, United We Serve, encouraging Americans to create meaningful change in their communities by engaging in service.

United We Serve will kick off on June 22 at the National Conference on Volunteering and Service and will run through the new National Day of Service and Remembrance on September 11. All the tools for participating in this initiative can be found on the Corporation’s website, Serve.gov. Please go there today, if you haven’t already, to post your own volunteer projects.

In addition, we encourage you to spread the word about United We Serve by:
  • Sending a message about United We Serve, including a link to the President’s video, to your distribution lists.
  • Putting a link on your homepage to Serve.gov – banners and logos are available at http://www.serve.gov/link.asp.
  • Issuing a press release about your participation in United We Serve – a sample release is available here: http://www.serve.gov/assets/documents/09_0616_sample
  • Sharing stories about how your volunteers are making a difference athttp://www.serve.gov/share.asp. We will highlight examples of exemplary service throughout this summer.

    Capacity is strained in community organizations across the country, so today we are also calling on Americans to take a leadership role in recruiting and organizing their friends, family, and neighbors to develop their own service projects that address pressing community needs in partnership with local organizations. To assist you, Serve.gov features toolkits for developing projects in education, health, energy and the environment, and community renewal.

    This will be a very exciting 81 days. But, of course, the call to service will not end on September 11. We hope that Americans who serve this summer will stay engaged in the ongoing work of strengthening our communities. America’s new foundation will be built through an ethic of service and the personal commitment of individuals willing to give of themselves to create a better future.

    In Service,

    Secretary Shaun Donovan

Thursday, June 11, 2009

TBIN Wants Your Feedback

There are many changes coming for our community and for the Tampa Bay Information Network (TBIN). We are always looking to improve our services as well as create a better environment for our users. We are planning to spend this summer fixing issues for better data entry and quality work this fall. We can not do this without your help!

Now is a great time to hear from you all regarding changes you would like to see at the Tampa Bay Information Network (TBIN). If you have ideas of any kind regarding the TBIN system, staffing, requirements, data entry, system changes or new system ideas, please do not hesitate to email us at tbin@211tampabay.org.

Provide us with your contact information and we will be more than happy to talk with you further regarding your ideas. Thank you!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Training and Technical Support

There has been a change in staffing. ALL training requests and technical support questions should be sent to Paul Gehring. Paul can be reached at the contact information below.

Paul Gehring
727.210.4232
paulg@211tampabay.org

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Summer of Change is Upon Us

The TBIN staff is diligently working to make system improvements and stay up on all the changes happening in our community. This summer there are several items the TBIN staff are wotking on: 
  • Learning the New HMIS Data Standards and soon to be released Technical Standards; 
  • Writing additional grants to support the system and it's users; 
  • Working on the new requirements for the Economic Stimulus funds (coming soon); 
  • Re-develop and enhance the TBIN training curriculum;
  • Preparing for annual re-training of users on priviacy safefty and security; 
  • Preparing the roll out of the new vendor products that incorprate new standards;
  • Enhance current TBIN policies and procedures. 
Over the next several months, there seems to be alot of activity around prerparing for the future, although no one has a crystal ball. TBIN staff will limit training opportunitities during this transition, but will continue to communicate changes to all users and agencies. 

If you have any questions, please give the TBIN staff a call. 

Friday, May 15, 2009

Pfizer provides 70 prescriptions for FREE

Pfizer Inc. is unveiling a new program Thursday that will let people who have lost their jobs and health insurance keep taking some widely prescribed Pfizer medications - including Lipitor and Viagra - for free for up to a year.

The world's biggest drugmaker will provide more than 70 of its prescription drugs at no cost to unemployed, uninsured Americans, regardless of their prior income, who lost jobs since Jan. 1 and have been on the Pfizer drug for three months or more.

Applicants will have to sign a statement that they are suffering financial hardship and provide a "pink slip" or similar employer notice. Applications will be accepted through Dec. 31, with medication provided for up to 12 months after approval - or until the person becomes insured again.

Starting Thursday, patients can call a toll-free number, 866-706-2400, to sign up, and those whose drugs are not included in the program will be referred to other company aid programs. Starting July 1, patients can also apply through the Web site, http://www.PfizerHelpfulAnswers.com , which has information about the other Pfizer aid programs.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

New HMIS Data and Technical Standards: Part 1

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has released for public notice the HMIS Data and Technical Standards on May 8, 2009. We just recieved word on May 13th of thier release. You have only 2 days to make comments to HUD. Your letters must be post marked by Friday, May 15, 2009 as noted in the Federal Register. You remarks can be sent to: 

Ms. Kimberly P Nelson, 
HUD Desk Officer, 
Office of Management and Budget, 
New Executive Office Building, 
Washing, DC 20502

You can email your comments to Kimberly_P._Nelson@omb.eop.gov or fax them to 202.395.6974. 

At this time, HUD only released the new requirements for data collection standards. These new data standards include elements for the new Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program as well as new requirements for the Street Outreach Teams. They have added MANY new items for data collection including a set of Client Outcome Measures to measure client success in achieveing self-sufficiency. 

At a later date, HUD will release privacy, security, governance, and othe rtopic standards for review and public commennt. 


Free Glasses to Kids at Target

In case you have a child or know of someone who does (ages 12 and under), they can get a FREE pair of eyeglasses from Target.Target is doing a special promotion for their optical service. It could end any time but will definitely end no later than April 29th. Children 12 and under can get a free pair of glasses.

They need to bring in a valid prescription for glasses from their doctor and Target will let the child pick from about 40 different frames. They will place their best lenses in the frames which are non-glare and scratch resistant and normally sell for $200.00. There are no income guidelines. Any child 12 or under is eligible.

You can find stores with optical departments at www.target.com to confirm they are participating before making a trip to their store.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Swine Flu Resource Information

The following links have great on-line checklists about communicating with and educating staff members and persons in the communities that you serve rteagrding the H1N1 Virus.

You can download the short versions of the checklists on the top of the weblink pages but if you scroll down you can complete the more in-depth versions of the checklists.

Here are the links:

http://www.pandemicflu.gov/plan/workplaceplanning/businesschecklist.html
http://www.pandemicflu.gov/plan/community/faithcomchecklist.html

If we find out other verified resources, we will post them here. 

Letter Carriers Food Drive

Every second Saturday in May letter carriers in more than 10,000 cities and towns across America deliver much more than mail when they walk and drive along their postal routes. They also collect the goodness and compassion of their postal customers who participate in the NALC Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive – the largest one-day food drive in the nation and probably the world. 

In Pinellas, food will be unloaded from the back of the postal trucks in Clearwater/ Dunedin and placed in large postal boxes for transport to the Mallory Powell Center at 1521 E Druid Rd.

The food tends to come in all at once which is why we need we need folks to move the food as quickly as food banks can offer the trucks for transport to MPC.

The food comes in first to the post offices so peak times are generally noon-2pm and 3 pm to 5:30 pm.

Volunteers and donations are welcome and EVERYBODY can participate.

TO DONATE:

All citizens need do is to place a box or can of non-perishable food next to their mailbox before their letter carrier delivers mail on Saturday, May 9. The carrier will do all the rest. The food is taken back to a postal station, sorted, and then delivered to an area food bank or pantry. There it is available for needy families.

TO VOLUNTEER:

1) Dunedin Post Office from 12 noon to 5:30 pm. Dunedin Post Office is on CR1 just north of Main St in Dunedin – just show up.

2) Downtown Clearwater Post Office from 12 noon to 5:30 – just show up.

3) Salvation Army - Main Social Service Campus ( Mallory-Powell Center) at 1521 E Druid Rd, Clearwater from around 1 pm through 6 pm.   (Folks can volunteer for one hour, two, hours, or as long as they are able/willing). People interested in volunteering should contact either JoAnn Bruner, Volunteer Coordinator at 725-9777 or Kip Corriveau, Director of Social Services at 446-6507.

4) RCS Food Bank will need volunteers the same day.  They have three afternoon shifts available: 1:30-3:30 / 3:00-5:00 / 5:00-7:00. Those interested may contact Rachel Thurber, RCS Volunteer Coordinator at (727) 242-4606.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Swine Flu Update

The Pinellas County Health Department continues to be the lead agency for the county’s response.  Emergency Management is monitoring the situation in coordination with them as well as with the State Department of Emergency Management.

While the number of confirmed cases in the United States continues to rise, no cases have been reported in Florida. The only reported fatalities from the swine flu have been in Mexico.

While Swine Flu (aka H1N1 Influenza) can be a serious public health threat, but at this time there are no confirmed cases in Florida. The public should be advised to go about their normal daily activities, but exercise standard precautions such as hand washing and proper cough/sneeze technique(for example cough/sneeze in sleeve).

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has a set of standard precautions and other information available at: http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/

Citizens who are experiencing flu-like symptoms should avoid public gathering places, and contact their primary healthcare provider for further advice. There are no local school or government office closures planned at this time.

General public/community inquires should be routed to the Disease Control Division of the Pinellas County Health Department at 727-824-6932

Monday, April 27, 2009

Florida Department of Health is Ready to Respond to Swine Flu

While no cases have been identified in Florida at this time, swine flu has been confirmed in the U.S., according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

 

“This is a situation where we must all be on the alert,” said Dr. Ana Viamonte Ros, Florida’s State Surgeon General. “We have increased our surveillance and we’re telling doctors that with flu season waning, if they see patients with sudden onset of high fever and a cough or sore throat, they should collect a specimen for testing.”

 

Dr. Viamonte Ros said the Florida Department of Health (DOH) and county health department have response plans and have put them into play. “Our state laboratories have the equipment necessary and our personnel are trained in identifying influenza samples.  We have increased surveillance, alerted doctors and are working with our local county health departments,” she said.

 

Florida has prepared for influenza events: 

·        All state laboratories have the facilities to safely identify influenza samples. 

·        The state has almost 100 sentinel physicians who report any unusual influenza-like activity to DOH and the CDC. 

·        We have the ability to monitor the sale of over the counter drugs, as an early warning sign for increased influenza activity.

 

The State Surgeon General provided these recommendations:

·        As always, individuals with respiratory illness should stay home from work or school to avoid spreading infections, including influenza, to others in the community.

·        Avoid close contact with people who are coughing or otherwise appear ill.

·        Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

·        Wash your hands frequently to lessen the spread of respiratory illness.

·        If you have cough, fever and fatigue, possibly with diarrhea and vomiting, you should contact your physician or health care provider.

 

Swine flu viruses are not transmitted through food and you cannot get swine flu from eating pork products.  The infections appear to spread from person to person.  Anti-viral drugs can reduce the consequences of the flu, if taken early. 

 

Dr. Viamonte Ros said Florida is receiving regular updates from the CDC, and is working with local county health departments to monitor the situation and immediately follow up on any suspected cases.  The CDC has created a web page with information at www.cdc.gov/swineflu .

Thursday, April 23, 2009

New TBIN Training Schedule

Below you will find the new TBIN training schedule. We offer Multiple trainings each month for all new and exsisting TBIN users. If you would like to attend please email us with the date you would like to send a user and the name(s) of those attending and the program they will be working with. All trainings are held at our office at 50 S. Belcher Rd Clearwater, FL 33765  

TBIN Level 1 Trainings:
  • Monthly at 9am-1pm on the first Tuesday
  • Monthly at 9am-1pm on the third Friday
TBIN Level 2 Trainings:
  • Monthly at 9am-1pm on the second Tuesday
TBIN Refresher Trainings:
  • Monthly from 10am-12pm on the first Thursday of every month, no RSVP required, drop by for one on one assistance
TBIN Level 3 Trainings (Reports, ScanPoint, and Specialty):
  • By request only, please send and email or call requesting what kind of training you would like to come to.

Transportation Disadvantaged (TD) Program

Outside of finding work, transportation is the greatest obstacle for the homeless and at risk population to overcome. There is some help available if you qualify.

Pinellas County Transportation Disadvantaged (TD) Program

Through its TD Program, the Pinellas County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) provides transportation services to transportation disadvantaged persons and to eligible Medicaid recipients. The MPO contracts with Greater Pinellas Transportation Management Services (GPTMS) to take calls from program participants and schedule trips with the contracted providers.

If you qualify, GPTMS can provide monthly bus passes for as low as $1.00. Please follow the link provided for more information.

http://www.gptms.com/servicesmpo.htm

PSTA joins the Google Transit Network

Planning trips on public transit in the Tampa Bay area has just gotten easier thanks to a new collaboration between PSTA and Internet powerhouse Google. Google has given this specialized module to PSTA free of charge, allowing this new tool to be added to their website at no cost to taxpayers. “Riders around the world will now be able to use their computers, Blackberries or iPhones to easily plan a trip on PSTA by using Google and for the first time ever, they’ll be able to use one website to plan trips on both sides of the bay,” says PSTA Executive Director Tim Garling.

“This partnership not only enhances PSTA’s customer service, but is also a major step forward in preparing for the regional transit network being formulated by the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority (TBARTA),” adds Mr. Garling.

Google Transit features and benefits include:

  • Plan a trip using a mobile device (like an iPhone or Blackberry)
  • View a trip on a Google Map
  • Google’s street-level views and aerial photos will allow riders to see the bus stop and surrounding area.
  • Automatically translates 40 languages
  • Easy and intuitive interface
  • Interconnected with Hillsborough Area Regional Transit’s (HART) Google Transit information for seamless trip planning

Riders can access Google Transit right from the home page of the PSTA website atwww.psta.net or at www.googlemaps.com.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Making National News

If you happen to pick up a USA Today paper - today, you will see a great section on "Sharing in the US."  2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares, Inc. was interviewed for the national 2-1-1 article which appears in this section.  We recommend picking up a paper copy of todays USA TODAY because the "Sharing in the US" section discusses the challenges facing the non-profit sector as well as how various national organizations are making a difference. Below is a link to the 2-1-1 article in USA Today article on line:

http://www.usatoday.com/news/sharing/2009-04-13-211_N.htm

Volunteering Makes A Difference

It's National Volunteer Week!
Visit our page on YouTube for more exciting videos. Click here.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

10 Security Threats to Watch Out for in 2009

10 Security Threats to Watch Out for in 2009

There are some security threats that have been around long before the advent of the Internet, and even some Internet threats have been around for a while. Still, according to one analyst, attackers are becoming more sophisticated in circumventing our security controls, and new threats are starting to emerge.

In an article on the TechRepublic website, analyst Debra Littlejohn Shinder outlines the 10 security threats she sees as growing in prominence this year. They include:

  • Social networking: It’s finding its way into the workplace, Shinder says, and too many people “let their hair down when posting on these sites and share much more personal data (and even company data) than they should.”
  • More attacks on the integrity of the data: It used to be attackers were just looking for a free ride on your Internet connection, but now data is quickly becoming the target.
  • Attacks on mobile devices: Laptops, smart phones and new technology carry around more sensitive data than ever — and most people don’t take the proper corrective measures.
  • Virtualization: Shinder says virtualized environments are becoming commonplace in the business world, and, if it’s “properly deployed, virtualization can even increase security — but that’s a big ‘if,’” she says. “Virtualization makes security more complicated because it introduces another layer that must be secured.”
  • Cloud computing: “Cloud advocates envision a day when we’ll all use inexpensive terminals to access our resources that are located someplace ‘out there,’” Shinder says. “But when your data is ‘out there,’ how can you be sure that it’s protected from everyone else ‘out there?’”

Some of the other threats Shinder sees include more attacks on non-Windows operating system, increased vulnerability of third party applications, increased recycling of computer components, IP convergence and people simply being too overconfident in their existing security controls.

To read the full article, click here: http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/10things/?p=602

Source: TechRepublic.com

Statewide Honor...

One of our 211 TBC Board members, Jim Mills, was the recipient of the 2009 Chiles Advocacy Award.  This award is given annually by Children's Week partners - more than 80 non-profit, private and public sector organizations - to a Floridian who has demonstrated a commitment over many years to advocating for public policies that improve the lives of Florida's children and their families.  Awardees are chosen for their integrity, dedication, and commitment to improving the lives of Florida's children and families. Congratulations Jim!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Walgreens Take Care Clinics offer free care to jobless

Walgreens Take Care Clinics offer free care to jobless

Take Care Clinics, located inside Walgreens drugstores, are offering free medical care to families of people who lost jobs and have no health coverage.

There are some catches. Patients have to have lost their jobs after March 30. If patients have never been treated by Take Care before, they must pay for the first visit. Prescriptions are not part of the deal.

Otherwise Take Care, which treats most minor ailments, is waiving $59 to $80 fees depending on the type of service through the rest of 2009. Quest Diagnostics also won't charge for tests Take Care commonly uses to diagnose strep throat and bladder infections. Free care is being offered to spouses, same-sex domestic partners and children if they have no other health coverage.

Visits are limited to between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. weekdays.

Come get connected with 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares, Inc.

You will find us on many of the popular social networking sites. Join us by becoming a friend, follower, or subscriber and stay connected with us to get the latest information on local resources, program happenings, and other critical agency information. Connect with us on:
  • FaceBook
  • MySpace
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • YouTube
  • Do Good Channel
To get connected, visit out website at www.211tampabay.org and scroll to the bottom of our home page. There you will find links to all of our social network pages and groups.

We look forward to seeing you in CyberSpace.

Friday, March 27, 2009

U.S. Representative Young Co-Sponsors

Today, U.S. Representative C.W Bill Young signed on as a co-sponsor for the national "Calling for 2-1-1 Act" (H.R. 211.)

Why is the "Calling for 2-1-1 Act" (H.R. 211) needed?

Although the national 2-1-1 system has developed over the past decade through local government and United Way funding, the national 2-1-1 system lacks stable long-term financing. Because of the increasing demand and increasing visibility of 2-1-1, many 2-1-1 call centers across the United States lack the adequate telecommunications infrastructure and appropriate staff levels to establish or maintain 24-hour-a-day service and maintain complete and accurate informational databases. The Calling for 2-1-1 Act would provide the funding needed to meet these increasing needs.

What does the "calling for 2-1-1 Act" (H.R. 211) do?

H.R. 211 would create a federal grant program to complete implementation of a nationwide 2-1-1 system. Specifically the bill would:
  • Direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to award a grant to each state to establish a program or fund an existing program which will make 2-1-1 service available to all the residents of a state with phone service.
  • Require a state match, meaning each participating state must ensure that at least 50% of the resources of the program funded by the grant will be derived from other sources.
  • Mandate that grant recipients collaborate with human service organizations to provide an exhaustive database of services with which to provide information and referral to persons utilizing the 2-1-1 service.
  • Provide $150 million for each of first two years, $100 million for the next four years, for a total of $700 million.
Thank you U.S. Representative Young for your continued support of 2-1-1!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) - Economic Stimulus

The forthcoming economic stimulus dollars will provide additional funds to communities to provide more assistance to residents as well as start some new initiatives. In the coming days, communities across the country will be informed of the new rules and regulations that accompany these new dollars. 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares will stay on top of programs with additional resources to aid residents with additional stimulus dollars. You can call 2-1-1, 24 hours a day to find places who will be able to help. 

For more information, below is a list of the dollars available from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act). These are links to the Department of Housing and Urban Developments( HUD) website. 

Friday, March 13, 2009

An Alert from the Federal Government

ALERT FROM THE

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT

 

“Please be aware that the website http://bailout.hud-gov.us/ is NOT an official HUD site

and the public is warned not to use this site in order to access any HUD assistance or programs.

This is a consumer-friendly alert.”

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Internships

2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares has started an internship program with local colleges to give students practical work experience prior to college graduation. These opportunities range from direct work with clients, work with computer systems, and data analysis. There are opportunities for those who like to work with people and those who like to work with things.

You can find more information regarding our available Internships by visiting our website at www.211tampabay.org, going to about us section, and choosing Internships. 

Tax Time!!!

Are you or your clients thinking about paying someone to have your tax preparation done?

Did you know you can have it done for free?!?!
2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares has been a long term partner with the Wealth Building Coalition promoting VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) - a non profit program that works with volunteers from February to April providing FREE tax preparation with fast refund to low income people (usually income below US$42K/year - per person or per family).


Call 2-1-1 now to know where to go and what documents you must have with you to have your taxes prepared for free or visit our site http://www.211tampabay.org/ => Find Help (enter your county and the key word 'VITA' and search.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Thank You to out TBIN Member Agencies

In December 2008 and January 2009, the Annual Homeless Assessment Report known as the AHAR was new for your organization and the TBIN staff. Jointly, we worked together to repair and clean-up the data from October 2007 to September 2008. This tasks was monumental, but together we achieved something wonderful.

The data has been submitted in aggregate format (only numbers with no client level detailed data) to the Department of Housing and Urban Development. After careful review, HUD has determined that 3 out of the 5 sets of data we submitted are good enough to be included in their report to Congress due this spring. This is great news for our TBIN system, your organization, and our continuum of care. TBIN will be reviewing this data more often and asking you to continue this collaborative work with us to ensure that the data for next year is of better quality than this year.

TBIN took your organization on a journey of data discovery and you gladly joined us on that journey. For that and the hard work that you committed yourselves to, TBIN wants to thank you!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Welcome!

Thank you for stopping by the TBIN Talk Blog. In an attempt to communicate better as well as distribute information more effectively, 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares has created this TBIN blog.

This is a place where TBIN staff can provide in depth information to Agency Administrators who are looking for answers. We will be blogging about data quality issues, reporting information, general work flow tips, and other TBIN related information.

If at anytime, you have questions or need more information about a blog entry, please give us a call at 727.210.4239 press option 6 then 0.

Thank you!

Micki Thompson
Executive Director
2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares, Inc.

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What is TBIN?

The Tampa Bay Information Network (TBIN) is a web-based community client data system. TBIN is used to aid agencies providing services and clients accessing services at a homeless shelters, medical assistance agency, mental health provider, outreach program, etc. TBIN is all inclusive case management system that aids Network Partners is counting client successes, uniquely identifying clients in programs, more quickly providing client services, and reporting on client success. Additionally, TBIN helps providers manage their housing occupancy, rapidly check in clients into their services, and provide a basic local ID card for clients in the TBIN system. Finally, the TBIN system contains over 5000 community providers used to make client referrals and maintained by 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares staff.

Administered by 211 Tampa Bay Cares since 2003, the TBIN system is being used by more than 100 programs in Pinellas County to accurately count the clients accessing their services. 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares provides training and technical support to its Network Partners who are entering data into the TBIN system and interested in reporting on their clients progress. The aggregate data is shared with local Network Partners, collaborative planning bodies, and local, statewide, and Federal funding entities.

Need A Report?

Request a report from the TBIN staff about the data in the TBIN system. Visit our website to request a report using our Special Report Request form. Click the picture below to submit your request.