Coordinated Assessment Model

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Coordinated Assessment Model

The Coordinated Assessment Model (CAM) is a systemic approach to homeless programming that focuses on aligning the needs of households that are experiencing homelessness or a housing crisis with the best program to address their needs.

About

The Homeless Action Network of Detroit (HAND) is responsible for developing a Coordinated Assessment Process for the Detroit Continuum of Care, which includes numerous local organizations and initiatives that serve the homeless population.  Southwest Solutions serves as the CAM Lead Agency in this process, which is being implemented jointly by our agency and HAND.

The CAM process will direct households that are in need of homeless assistance to a common access point where they are assessed using a universal screening and subsequently, a common assessment tool. Based on the thorough assessment, a coordinated referral will be made to the most appropriate service provider in the Detroit Continuum of Care.

CAM aims to improve Detroit’s homeless system and effect:

  • Greater accessibility to programs for households in need of assistance
  • Better alignment of resources with community need
  • Reductions in homelessness

Households will also see better outcomes as it will no longer be left to chance that they are receiving the most appropriate services available given their needs.

Programs

Our supportive housing programs to address homelessness are located at our Housing Resource Center (HRC). The HRC is located at 1600 Porter St., Detroit, 48216.

Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH)

PATH provides services to people with serious mental illness, including those with co-occurring substance use disorders, who are experiencing homelessness or at imminent risk of becoming homeless. Through outreach efforts, PATH caseworkers identify homeless persons with severe and persistent mental illness and link them to community-based services.

Eligibility Requirements

The person must be an unaccompanied adult with a severe and persistent mental illness or co-occurring illness and who is literally homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless.

Documentation Required

  • State issued identification for household members 18 years and older
  • Social Security card for all household members
  • Proof of household income (employment, SSI, SSDI, pension, etc.)
  • Verification of homelessness
  • Psychiatric evaluation

Rental and Leasing Assistance Program

The clients at Southwest Counseling Solutions lack a fixed and adequate nighttime residence. They reside at public or private operated shelters designed to provide temporary living accommodations or in a place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings.

The Rental and Leasing Assistance Program is a HUD funded program at Southwest Counseling Solutions which is designed to provide housing and supportive services for homeless individuals.

Eligibility Requirements

The person must be an single or accompanied adult with a severe and persistent mental illness or co-occurring illness and who is literally homeless.

Documentation Required

  • State issued identification for household members 18 years and older
  • Social Security card for all household members
  • Birth Certificates (dependent children ONLY)
  • Narrative Statement
  • Verification of homelessness
  • Verification of Disability (VOD)
  • Psychiatric evaluation
  • Chronically Homelessness Statement, if applicable

Housing Recovery Program (HRP)

The Housing Recovery Program provides support services to individuals that are housed through the program. The program has a total of 41 subsidies that service individuals and families that have experienced chronic homelessness and have been diagnosed with a severe and persistent mental illness or co-occurring illness. The Clinical Housing Specialists provide intensive case management services focused on maintaining housing and increasing independence. Southwest Counseling Solutions holds a master lease with the landlords utilized by the program.

Eligibility Requirements

The Housing Recovery Program serves individuals and families that are chronically homeless. The Head of Household must be diagnosed with a severe and persistent mental illness or have a co-occurring diagnosis.

Documentation Required

  • State issued identification for household members 18 years and older
  • Birth certificates for household members under 18 years of age
  • Social Security card for all household members
  • Proof of household income (employment, SSI, SSDI, pension, etc.)
  • Verification of chronic homelessness
  • Psychiatric evaluation
  • Verification of Disability

Supportive Services

Supportive Services provides case management and community support to clients housed in SW subsidies. Our team of clinicians works with clients, landlords, and other community agencies to help the client address those issues that might put them at risk for future homelessness. Our goal is to help people stay stable in housing.

Our agency follows the “Housing First” model of ending homelessness, which means we provide housing to the homeless person, and then offer the mental health counseling and substance abuse treatment that the person needs to pull his or her life together and reintegrate into society. To that end, we are not functioning as agents of law enforcement, nor do we have authority over clients. However, we can act as liaison between client and landlord to resolve issue before they become serious. As such, we encourage landlords to contact us with any concerns.

Intensive Case Management Chronically Homeless Coordinated Assessment Model (I-CAM)

The I-CAM Program provides support services to individuals that are housed through the program. The program has a total of 28 subsidies which service individuals that have experienced chronic homelessness and have been diagnosed with a severe and persistent mental illness, co-occurring illness, or a chronic medical condition and are considered extremely vulnerable. The Clinical Housing Specialists provide intensive case management services focused on maintaining housing and increasing independence. Southwest Counseling Solutions holds a master lease with the landlords utilized by the program.  

Eligibility Requirements

The I-CAM Program serves individuals that are chronically homeless, have been diagnosed with a severe and persistent mental illness, co-occurring illness, or a chronic medical condition and are considered extremely vulnerable.

Documentation Required

  • State issued identification
  • Social Security card
  • Proof of household income (employment, SSI, SSDI, pension, etc.)
  • Verification of chronic homelessness
  • Psychiatric evaluation or medical documentation from Primary Care Physician
  • Verification of Disability

Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG)

The Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program is a program that provides short to medium term rental and leasing assistance and case management services including resource and referral and housing stabilization through the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) and the City of Detroit Emergency Solutions Grant. The ESG Program assists both individuals and families who are homeless or at imminent risk of losing housing.

Eligibility requirements

The individual or family must be literally homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless.

Documentation required

  • State issued identification for household members 18 years and older
  • Social Security card for all household members
  • Proof of household income (employment, SSI, SSDI, DHS, pension, etc.)
  • Verification of homelessness
  • Birth certificates for all members under the age of 18

Michigan Housing and Recovery Initiative/Cooperative Agreements to Benefit Homeless Individuals (MHRI/CABHI)

The MHRI/CABHI Program provides support services to individuals that are housed through the program. The program is contracted through the Michigan Department of Community Health. The purpose of the initiative is to address housing and support service needs of persons who are experiencing chronic homelessness with substance use or co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders. MHRI will provide holistic integrative care by following the Housing First Model. The Clinical Housing Specialists, Entitlement Specialist, and Peer Navigator will provide outreach, engagement and rapid re-housing services to enrolled participants. Participants will be connected to mainstream benefits, permanent supportive housing and access to substance abuse and mental health services, and intensive case management services focused on maintaining housing and increasing independence.

Eligibility Requirements

The MHRI/CABHI Program serves persons who are experiencing chronic homelessness with substance use or co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders. MHRI/CABHI also targets homeless veterans. Veterans must be homeless, but do not have to be chronically homeless.

Minimum Documentation Required (will vary based on the subsidy):

  • State issued identification
  • Social Security card
  • Proof of household income (employment, SSI, SSDI, pension, etc.)
  • Verification of chronic homelessness or homelessness for veterans

RESULTS

More than 1700 homeless persons have been placed into housing in the last decade

94% of those helped into housing have remained in permanent housing for more than a year

National award for “Excellence in Innovation” in 2009 from National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare
Because of the supportive services we provide, our housing retention rate is one of best in the nation.
95% of the responses to the client satisfaction survey were positive
47% of those served made a meaningful clinical change
43% of the participants made significant progress on their treatment goals
211 individuals/families who were homeless received support and were housed in 2014; 52 of them, or 25%, found housing within Southwest Housing Solutions’ apartments
HRC programs served an unduplicated count of 369 persons in 2014

CONTACT:

Our Housing Resource Center is at 1600 Porter St., Detroit, 48216. Contact us at 313.963.6601 or email us.

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