Session 3 of Rising Practices & Policies in our Workforce - Working with Youth and Families Experiencing Homelessness and Home Insecurity

3:00pm - July 11, 2022 | Timezone: US/Pacific
Pacific Southwest MHTTC
Registration Deadline: July 11, 2022

MONDAY, JULY 11, 2022

Main Session: 3:00 - 4:15 p.m. PT
Optional Discussion: 4:15 - 4:45 p.m. PT
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Session 3 of 4 in the "Rising Practices & Policies in our Workforce: Region 9’s Spring & Summer Learning Series" (view series page for full details)


Our region’s students are experiencing homelessness and home insecurity at a staggering rate (California alone is holding 28% of our nation’s students experiencing homelessness), and COVID has only exacerbated the critical housing shortage. Examining ways in which community-based organizations, mental health systems, and school services are responding to the issues, challenges, and needs of this critical experience offers learning for all providers.

Join us and providers throughout our region as we examine the alarming structural issue of home insecurity and what rising practices and policies are emerging to meet the needs in our region.


In this session, we explore:

  • How might we interrupt the stigmatization of homelessness and foster safe and equitable access to mental health services that are needed because of home insecurity?
  • How are school and community-based mental health partners utilizing the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and other federal funding streams to maximize the workforce’s skill and support?
  • How might we increase access to school services and supports that reduce barriers to student engagement?
  • How might we collaborate with services that address compounding issues (e.g., interpersonal violence, the foster system) to be innovative in our approaches?




Tallerita RogersTallerita Rogers, MSW, MPA

Tallerita Tunney Rogers (she/her) is an Indigenous Social Worker with Child Welfare specialization training and a passion for healthy communities. Tallerita earned a BA in Sociology from Macalester College and her MSW and MPA from Arizona State University, Tallerita is also a Licensed Social Worker (LMSW). Tallerita is currently Executive Director with Denver Indian Family Resource Center and has held prior leadership roles in addressing the needs of the unsheltered population Flagstaff and Phoenix, Arizona. Tallerita also serves on the Community Land Use Planning Committee (CLUPC) for her home community's Chapter, the local Navajo tribal government's entity for her home community. Most importantly, Tallerita is a mom of three beautiful Diné (Navajo) children who strives to teach her children cultural and self-pride.



Arash GhafooriArash Ghafoori, MA

Arash Ghafoori is the CEO of the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth (NPHY), Southern Nevada’s most comprehensive service provider for homeless youth. Leveraging his diverse background in policy, academia, and the start-up and corporate worlds, Arash has transformed NPHY into a community leader on issues affecting Southern Nevada’s homeless youth. Arash is a passionate advocate for disadvantaged populations and is an active leader in the national and local movements to end youth homelessness, serving on the Board of Directors of the National Network for Youth, the Advisory Board of National Safe Place, and the Southern Nevada Homeless Continuum of Care Board. A firm believer in leveraging the intersections between the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to create visionary solutions for social problems, Arash speaks locally and nationally on best practices in serving homeless youth and how to incorporate sound business practices into non-profit management. Arash holds a multidisciplinary B.A. in International Relations and Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an M.A. in Economics from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He was honored in 2014 as a “40 Under 40” business trailblazer by Vegas Inc. and received the 2016 Executive Leadership Award from National Safe Place and the 2017 Sustainable Leadership Award from Impact NV.


Dana LucioDana Lucio, MACMHC, CSAC, CAMC

Dana is a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC) and Certified Anger Management Counselor (CAMC) and currently serves as the Behavioral Health Program Manager and Clinical Supervisor at Residential Youth Services & Empowerment (RYSE).  Dana uses a cognitive behavioral therapy approach when working in the community with a customized tactic that ensures each client’s unique needs are being met.  With behavioral focused therapy techniques, Dana can help her clients to develop the necessary skills needed for behavioral change.    Dana has served a diverse community throughout her career and enjoys working with young adults experiencing homelessness on Oahu. Dana has vast skills with serving individuals who have experienced severe trauma and have extensive substance use.  With her prior military experience, Dana is able to quickly connect with clients and develop trusting relations that produce life changing results. Dana Lucio holds a Master’s of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC).


Claudia Delarios MoránClaudia Delarios Morán

Claudia DeLarios Morán is Principal of Buena Vista Horace Mann K-8 Community School (BVHM) in San Francisco, California. She supported the creation of a first-of-its-kind homeless shelter for students and their families, which is housed on her campus during the hours when school is not in session. BVHM's Stay Over Program is an example of how community schools can leverage school and city resources to provide wrap-around services to students and families, and Principal DeLarios Morán is excited to share the lessons that emerged from this program's implementation, as they point us toward a more expansive vision of our schools' role in society.



Darrell MarksDarrell Marks

Ya’at’eeh Shik’ei aadoo Shidine’e,
Shí éí Tabaahá, Naakai Dine’é Báshíshchíín, Dashícheii, Ashii Dashínalí. Tó Níhalíí’ Naashá. Shí éí Darrell Marks.

I am White Corn Zuni Edgewater, born for Those Going Home. My maternal grandparents are Manygoats, and my paternal grandparents are Salt. I am a very proud father of three children. I am originally from Tonalea, Arizona. It is in this manner I am a Diné man. My name is Darrell Marks. I am the Native American Academic Advisor at Flagstaff High School. Relationships and the identification of those relationships are important especially in this work, as they inform the work we do and how we show up in community.

As a family we continue to be very active and present in the many spaces that shape this community, including the City government, NAU and the Flagstaff Unified Schools. We have participated in the advocacy and celebration of Indigenous people and our sacred Mother Earth throughout North America and virtually around the world.
Please know that we are invested in recognizing and advocating for needs of Indigenous and our ancestral home environments.
I am looking forward to building a greater understanding of how we can all continue building community together. We value community, connections, and relationships among so many important ways of being.


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