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6.6 Ann Marie Grimberg

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6.6 Ann Marie Grimberg

  1. 1. Working with Public and Non-Profit Agencies to Meet the Needs of Families Ann Marie Grimberg, M.Ed. Heartland Alliance [email_address]
  2. 2. Strengthening At Risk and Homeless Young Mothers and Children Initiative <ul><li>An Initiative to improve the housing, health and development of homeless and at-risk young mothers and children </li></ul><ul><li>Each site served young, single mothers between the ages of 18 and 25 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, with at least one child below the age of five </li></ul>Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights
  3. 3. Family Assertive Community Treatment (FACT) Project <ul><li>Adaptation of ACT model to serve families </li></ul><ul><li>Mothers show signs of mental illness and substance use while children often struggle with emotional, behavioral, attachment disorders </li></ul><ul><li>Multi-disciplinary team serves families in community settings </li></ul>Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights
  4. 4. Systems Integration Component <ul><li>Identifies barriers to resources </li></ul><ul><li>Develops, coordinates, and improves the </li></ul><ul><li> availability, quality and comprehensiveness of </li></ul><ul><li> resources </li></ul><ul><li>Improves consumer outcomes through greater </li></ul><ul><li> access to resources within and across </li></ul><ul><li> systems </li></ul>Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights
  5. 5. Why is systems integration important? <ul><li>Populations with complex needs experience barriers to accessing services and resources </li></ul><ul><li>Many social issues cross service sectors </li></ul><ul><li>Improves efficiency and effectiveness of services provided to consumers </li></ul><ul><li>Dedicates staff to the integration of systems and services </li></ul>Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights
  6. 6. Pillars of Systems Integration <ul><li>Environmental scan </li></ul><ul><li>Relationship building </li></ul><ul><li>Mechanisms of systems change </li></ul>Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights
  7. 7. Pillars of Systems Integration Environmental Scan <ul><li>Distribute needs assessment to systems affecting target population </li></ul><ul><li>Identify top priorities and ensure investment and interest of stakeholders </li></ul><ul><li>Priorities could include: </li></ul><ul><li>Serve the entire family unit </li></ul><ul><li>Improve access to housing and services </li></ul><ul><li>Strengthen resources as people age out or emancipate from child welfare system </li></ul><ul><li>Increase child care options for homeless families </li></ul><ul><li>Influence policies affecting homeless families </li></ul>Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights
  8. 8. Pillars of Systems Integration Relationship building <ul><li>Educate stakeholders on the needs of the target population and how they intersect with other systems </li></ul><ul><li>Determine members of coalitions or committees which will assist with the work of integrating systems </li></ul>Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights
  9. 9. Pillars of Systems Integration Mechanisms of systems change <ul><li>Coalition building </li></ul><ul><li>Align and connect cross-system initiatives </li></ul><ul><li>Cross-training </li></ul><ul><li>Targeted training and technical assistance </li></ul><ul><li>Advocacy and policy </li></ul>Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights
  10. 10. Connecting to Mainstream Services <ul><li>Job development </li></ul><ul><li>Child welfare </li></ul><ul><li>Child care and Head Start </li></ul><ul><li>Early intervention </li></ul>Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights
  11. 11. Connecting to Job Development <ul><li>Transitional jobs </li></ul><ul><li>National Transitional Jobs Network </li></ul><ul><li>www.transitionaljobs.net </li></ul><ul><li>Diverse, national coalition with over 4,000 individuals and organizations as members </li></ul><ul><li>Seeks to overcome employment barriers and transition people with labor market barriers into work using wage-paid, short term employment that combines real work, skill development and supportive services </li></ul>Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights
  12. 12. Connecting to Job Development <ul><li>Put Illinois to Work </li></ul><ul><li>Provided $10/hour public/private sector jobs to 25,000 low-income individuals originally through American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ended January 2011) </li></ul><ul><li>Potential for non-stimulus TANF dollars to be used for similar program </li></ul>Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights
  13. 13. Connecting to Child Welfare <ul><li>Family Unification Program (FUP) vouchers </li></ul><ul><li>Housing Choice vouchers for: </li></ul><ul><li>Families who have children who are in danger of being placed in or cannot be returned home from the child welfare agency’s care due to inadequate housing </li></ul><ul><li>Youth between the ages of 18 and 21 who were in the care of child welfare after their 16th birthday </li></ul>Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights
  14. 14. Connecting to Child Welfare <ul><li>Exit checklist </li></ul><ul><li>Develop checklist for child welfare system to use with individuals as they age out or emancipate from the system to ensure they are equipped with the appropriate documentation upon their departure (ID, Social Security Card, medical information, etc.) </li></ul>Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights
  15. 15. Connecting to Child Welfare <ul><li>City-wide cross-trainings </li></ul><ul><li>Conduct cross-trainings with child welfare and homeless systems, focused on families and unaccompanied youth to build relationships across systems and familiarize systems with gaps, barriers, and resources across the systems </li></ul>Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights
  16. 16. Connecting to Child Welfare <ul><li>Statewide provider database </li></ul><ul><li>Infuse database with homeless and housing-specific information and inform other systems affecting homeless families about database while linking to training opportunities on database </li></ul>Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights
  17. 17. Connecting to Child Care <ul><li>Child care vouchers </li></ul><ul><li>Child care vouchers are dedicated to homeless families in Massachusetts, Virginia, and Washington while they look for housing or take part in employment-related activities </li></ul><ul><li>Develop proposal to dedicate vouchers to homeless families </li></ul>Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights
  18. 18. Connecting to Child Care <ul><li>Crisis nurseries </li></ul><ul><li>Short term care for children of families who are experiencing a severe disruptive crisis or are challenged with an urgent family matter. </li></ul><ul><li>Develop linkages between crisis nurseries and shelter and housing programs </li></ul>Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights
  19. 19. Connecting to Head Start <ul><li>Encourage Head Start programs to ask about housing status on application (**Homeless children are a priority population) </li></ul><ul><li>Utilize online trainings on homelessness through Administration of Children & Families of Health & Human Services </li></ul><ul><li>Follow the new rules and regulations on Head Start eligibility-feedback requested about the definition of homelessness and documentation of homeless status </li></ul>Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights
  20. 20. Connecting to Early Intervention <ul><li>City-wide cross-trainings </li></ul><ul><li>Conduct cross-training with the early intervention and homeless systems to build relationships across systems and familiarize systems with gaps, barriers, and resources present across the systems (**Homeless children are a priority population) </li></ul>Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights
  21. 21. Connecting to Early Intervention <ul><li>Streamline referral process between primary care providers, homeless providers, and the early intervention system </li></ul><ul><li>Pilot early intervention services on-site at housing and shelter programs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop child-friendly space, cross-training of EI and homeless providers, determine referral process </li></ul></ul>Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights

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