Case Management

Nancy Lewis, MSW
Director 
 
 

 

SELF, Inc. accepts participants for emergency housing and transitional housing referred by the Office of Homeless Services. SELF, Inc. accepts participants for the Safe Haven program referred from the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services.

 

SELF’s bases our case management services  on guiding principles, and proven best practices that focus on inherent strengths of participants to aid in the achievement of the participant’s primary goal -- to end their homelessness.  We achieve this by:

  • Identifying the individuals needs of the participant and creating a housing and support plan.

  • Establishing a partnership between the participant and their case manager. We engage and involve participants in all aspects of their case planning decisions.

  • Providing needed services in a timely manner.

 

Our case managers assume the primary responsibility for assessing the needs of program participants and arrange and coordinate essential services and resources to assist participants in obtaining a stable, safe and healthy housing arrangement.

 

Case managers provide an array of housing focused services, which include coordinating appropriate behavioral and physical health services, education, independent living preparation and permanency planning.

 

Services also include:

  • House planning which helps the participant to address any challenges/barriers which may impair a participant from obtaining and sustaining housing.

  • Goal Setting/Service plan development (Identification, Implementation, and goal attainment), which puts plans developed between the case manager and participant into an action plan. Timelines and roles are clearly defined and take into account the participant’s understanding of their situation, the uniqueness of their specific situation, and what tasks need to be completed in order to obtain the goal of permanent housing.

  • Assessment and linking participants to available housing resources that meet their needs is the primary goal of service delivery.

 

While housing is the focus of service, case managers also work to connect those participants who need additional services to resources and programs providing:

  • Employment

  • Social Security Benefits (if eligible)

  • Medical Benefits and Services

  • Behavioral Health Services/Treatment

  • Legal Services

  • Education Programs

  • Skills development and/or training

 

The case management team of SELF, Inc. includes:

  • One Program Director

  • One Program Supervisor

  • Twelve Full Time Case Managers

 

 

 

 

 

After Hours Program

 

There is no referral process for Peer Outreach Services.  The team goes out into the community and assesses who may be in need of services, emergency housing, Safe Haven placement, drug and alcohol treatment, or mental health treatment. Then the Outreach Team makes a referral to the appropriate service provider. The Outreach Team provides supports and an array of services designed to help make the transition from the streets (homelessness ) to emergency housing a little easier. The team assesses what the participant needs to develop the skills necessary to transition to emergency housing, independent, and permanent housing. The Outreach Team connects the participant to an array of services including skill building platforms, personal and character development opportunities, behavioral and physical health services, education, independent living preparation, permanency planning, and access to resources and community contacts

 

 

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Peer Outreach

Thomas Felder
Program Manager 
 
 
 
 
There is no referral process for Peer Outreach Services.  The team goes out into the community and assesses who may be in need of services, emergency housing, Safe Haven placement, drug and alcohol treatment, or mental health treatment. Then the Outreach Team makes a referral to the appropriate service provider. The Outreach Team provides supports and an array of services designed to help make the transition from the streets (homelessness ) to emergency housing a little easier. The team assesses what the participant needs to develop the skills necessary to transition to emergency housing, independent, and permanent housing. The Outreach Team connects the participant to an array of services including skill building platforms, personal and character development opportunities, behavioral and physical health services, education, independent living preparation, permanency planning, and access to resources and community contacts

 

Winter Initiative

Using a sensible low barrier and trauma informed approach from December 2018 to March 2018, SELF, Inc. conducted our annual Winter Initiative in partnership with the Office of Homeless Services. In addition to the goal of preventing weather related deaths, the Winter Initiative serves as an opportunity to engage and encourage chronically homeless individuals or those currently living in the streets to come in for emergency shelter and connections to other supportive services. Housed at the Philadelphia Nursing Home, SELF, Inc.’s Winter Initiative provided up to fifty additional beds from 7:00 PM to 7:00 AM. We also provided dinner and breakfast each day. During the twelve Code Blue’s called by the City of Philadelphia this winter (54 days) we increased our services to around the clock for all Winter Initiative participants.

 

Code Blue

The City issues emergency warnings in response to the National Weather Service’s prediction of bitter cold with wind chill temperatures at 20 degrees Fahrenheit or below or 32 degrees Fahrenheit with precipitation. The collective goal is to prevent weather related deaths among persons experiencing homelessness.

 

http://www.philadelphiaofficeofhomelessservices.org/services/weather-code-blue/

 

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