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Finding the Forgotten Engaging the Chronically Homeless By Tamara Wanner
About Me… • Chronically homeless, mentally ill, drug addicted • B. A. in Interdisciplinary Studies, Education & Psychology, from Heritage University • PATH Outreach Case Manager for CWCMH • Yakima County Outreach Coordinator • Professional Friend
Rules Have fun Learn stuff Ask questions at the end Let me know if you’re in the weeds
WHAT IS A HOME?
WHAT IS A HOME? • • A hollowed out bush…? A tarp and some string…? A forgotten space in an abandoned building…? A space on a couch…? A collection of rooms…? A house that you rent…? The family estate that you own…?
A HOME IS… • • • A place to keep my personal possessions. A place to invite friends and family. A place to return to at the end of the day. A place to meet my needs: food, shelter, rest. A place I can make my own. A place where I feel safe.
Homeless Populations Crisis Clients Couch Surfers Shelter Dwellers Squatters & Campers
Outreach Places Referrals Known Locations Scheduled Outreaches Pounding the Pavement Native Guides (Alpha Team) Camps & Squats Ask
TRANSTHEORETICAL MODEL • • • Precontemplation Contemplation Planning Action Maintenance Lapse/Re-lapse
OUTREACH STAGES Engagement Trust-Building Accomplishment Trust-Transference
Treatment Plan • Shelter & Housing • Funding • Health & Treatment – Physical – Mental Health – Chemical Dependency • Education & Employment • Psychosocial
Safety Rules Be locatable. Stay in a group. Constant vigilance. Be part of, not apart from. Weapons for which you qualify. Turn your clients into your allies.
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