Housing Instability Risk: How to recognize it and what to do when you see it

October 4, 2017 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT

For some practitioners, “experiencing homelessness” means a homogenous group of people defined narrowly by their circumstance. But, housing instability and subsequent homelessness are widespread and impact many of the people served in behavioral health services. Behavioral health providers are in a unique position to recognize housing instability and homelessness among people using services, along with the variety of challenges that it presents. Developing a broader understanding can help behavioral health practitioners better engage, understand, and address the needs of individuals they serve. 

This webinar will provide an overview of homelessness and housing instability, its subsequent impact on service engagement and outcomes, and how behavioral health providers can incorporate housing stability assessments into standard practice. The presenters will demonstrate how to integrate some basic tools into standard assessment and care, along with ways to use them to guide treatment and enhance recovery outcomes.

Participants will learn:

  • What constitutes being homeless and facing unstable housing circumstances
  • Factors that increase risk of housing instability and homelessness
  • The importance of housing stability in achieving self-actualized change and recovery
  • How to incorporate homelessness risk assessment adapting to these issues in daily practice

Featured Presenters:

Pat Tucker, MBA, is a Senior Program Manager with Advocates for Human Potential and a nationally recognized leader in supportive housing, supported employment, and community integration for people with disabilities, including those with behavioral health conditions.

Keith Scott, is the Vice President of Peer Support and Self-Advocacy, Advocates, Inc. Previously he was a program director, administrative director, director of clinical services, and director of recovery and peer support. 

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