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, , 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 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 to confirm they are participating before making a trip to their store.