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 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
This project was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U30CS09746, a National Training and Technical Assistance Cooperative Agreement for $1,625,741, with 0 percent financed with nongovernmental sources. This information or content and conclusions are those of the presenters and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.