Clinical Challenges in Permanent Supportive Housing: Implications for Policy and Practice

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Participants on this webinar on permanent supportive housing will illustrate the common clinical challenges practitioners and clients report, describe challenging clients and strategies employed to overcome these challenges, and discuss the policy and practice recommendations to be considered in order to strengthen a growing housing model targeted to very vulnerable populations.

Much of the current policy discussion surrounding permanent supportive housing focuses on funding models, service structure, cost-effectiveness, and other largely administrative aspects. While these functions are essential, it is the clinical relationship between a provider and client that is the building block of the day-to-day practice of successfully supporting vulnerable individuals in housing.   Clinicians are striving to treat a complex combination of illnesses, navigate client relationships and finances, and build greater stability often in fragile circumstances. Clients are working to manage their own expectations and set realistic goals as they transition from homelessness into housing. Together, this is a process that is both an art and a science, but one that policymakers need to understand in order to provide appropriate resources and supports to ensure ongoing housing stability.

Presenters:

  • Barbara DiPietro, PhD;¬†Director of Policy, National Health Care for the Homeless Council
  • Joshua Bamberger, MD, MPH; Medical Director, Housing and Urban Health, San Francisco
  • Anna Litt, LGSW; Therapist Case Manager, Health Care for the Homeless, Baltimore
  • Darrin Coley, LGSW; Therapist Care Manager, Health Care for the Homeless, Baltimore