Homeless Outreach: A Pre-Treatment Guide

Presented by the National Health Care for the Homeless Council
Thursday, September 26, 2019 | 12-1:30 p.m. CT

An outreach model based on a pretreatment philosophy affords us the opportunity to become both interpreters and bridge-builders. It is critical that we provide clients with real options that can be fully considered, as opposed to pre-programmed choices that don’t respect individuality. Potential treatment and housing opportunities are therefore re-interpreted and reframed so the client can more fully consider these options and their potential impacts. This is a major step toward building a bridge to needed resources and services.

Through an integration of storytelling/case illustration and applying five clinical principles of care, this presentation will provide participants with a pretreatment model to assist health care delivery with highly vulnerable unsheltered homeless individuals who often present with mental health, substance abuse, and medical issues. Each case illustration will provide a context for active exploration, questions for further consideration, and open dialogue with your team members.

Jay S. Levy, LICSW, PATH Regional Manager, Eliot CHS Homeless Services, Lexington, MA

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