HCH-VA Collaboration Quick Guide: Joining Forces to Coordinate Care for Unstably Housed Veterans (2013)
The purpose of this quick guide is to assist Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) grantees with their efforts to establish and strengthen collaborations with local Veterans Affairs Medical Centers (VAMCs). Many HCH grantees are already collaborating with VAMCs to coordinate care for veterans and utilize the wealth of services, benefits, and expertise available from VAMCs, but there is room for improvement in these partnerships. This quick guide discusses the federal goal to end veteran homelessness and how HCH grantees can contribute to this cause. There are sections on federal priorities for collaboration that involve community partners, the current state of HCH-VA partnerships, and promising practices for HCH-VA collaborations that are currently being utilized by some HCH grantees.
The National Health Care for the Homeless Council has released a final report on its multiphase veterans needs assessment. While most research on veterans experiencing homelessness is focused on those accessing care in the Veterans Administration (VA) setting, this study examines the subset of the veteran population accessing care from health care for the homeless grantees. Through key expert interviews and focus groups that culminated in a survey of HCH grantees, this study explored veteran demographics, health status, service utilization, unmet needs, and factors influencing preference for HCH services as well as the processes used by HCH grantees to identify consumers with veteran status and the nature of collaborations between HCH grantees and VA medical centers.
Over 22,000 veterans received services from Health Care for the Homeless grantees in 2011, yet existing research is predominantly focused on unstably housed veterans served by the Veterans Health Administration. To examine the characteristics and needs of veterans within the HCH setting, the National HCH Council launched a veterans research initiative in December 2011. In phase 1 of the initiative, the National HCH Council conducted key expert interviews and focus groups with HCH clinicians and administrators to learn more about veterans accessing HCH services. This report presents the major themes that resulted from the qualitative research, which will inform future phases of the veterans research initiative.
This Research Update from the National HCH Council provides a focused literature review on health and homelessness among women veterans in the United States. This topic is gaining increasing attention in research, public policy, and the media due to rising levels of deployment and an elevated risk of homelessness among women veterans.
This workshop was presented at the 2009 National HCH Conference & Policy Symposium in Washington, DC, by the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Focus on Homeless Veterans
This issue of the Homelessness Research Institute’s Quarterly Research Newsletter focuses on homelessness among veterans and features an Expert Q&A with Robert Rosenheck, Professor of Psychiatry, Epidemiology, and Public Health at Yale and member of the Alliance’s Research Council. You will also find a summary of the key findings of the 2008 Data and Policy Update of the Alliance’s 2007 report on homelessness among veterans, Vital Mission, as well as additional regular research newsletter features. Fall 2009
This document is primarily directed towards health care providers who serve homeless veterans as part of their general client population. It is not intended as a guide to best practices for setting up specific programs for homeless veterans in that it does not include a comprehensive comparison of the various approaches to veterans’ programs. Rather, this is presented as an introduction to what we have learned from research and practice about the needs of homeless veterans, current resources available to meet those needs, and ideas for future collaboration. Chapters address the following areas:
- The Basics: Characteristics of homeless veterans
- What clinicians should know when treating homeless veterans
- Eligibility for VA benefits and services
- VA health care services for all eligible veterans
- VA benefits for all eligible veterans
- Services designed specifically for homeless veterans
- Obstacles to access faced by homeless veterans
- Services for homeless veterans outside the VA system
- Collaboration and Advocacy: Improving access to care for homeless veterans
National Health Care for the Homeless Council | Marsha McMurray-Avila | 105 pages | 2001