Homeless In San Angelo – Part 5 of 5
You had a few weeks to read and think about the articles I presented in Homeless In San Angelo – the stories of Raymundo, Adam and Carol. I haven’t been able to catch up with them since the PIT count but I will be trying again later this week. Hopefully I will run into them at the Soup Kitchen. In the mean time, my efforts to set up a continuum of care moves forward.
I met with Eric Sanchez, Executive Director of the ‘Alcohol & Drug Abuse Council for the Concho Valley’ (ADACCV) last week. We had a very interesting conversation about how to work out a continuum of care for someone I refer to them for treatment. (Oh yeah, when I say ‘I’, I am speaking for and on behalf of the ARKcentric housing program of SonLight Ministries of which I am the Director). Although all three of my new friends did not need addiction treatment services, the concept we talked about and I present below in two different scenarios is valid when working with any mental heath treatment program, medical treatment facility or hospital, physical disability programs, or prison release/probation program.
If I accept someone into our housing program and he/she has an addiction to illegal drugs or alcohol, this is the first thing we must address in crafting the Covenant Agreement between the client and ARKcentric. Suggesting the services of ADACCV to help with his/her addition, the client will schedule an intake assessment with ADACCV and we will make sure he/she gets to the appointment. If our client is accepted into a treatment program, he/she can count on two things: 1) he/she is guaranteed housing on discharge from ADACCV, and 2) we will continue to work on his/her recovery program once discharged from
treatment. The client will be required to sign a ‘Release of Information’ with ADACCV so that ARKcentric will receive a copy of the client’s ‘Discharge Plan.’ When the client returns to ARKcentric, we will revisit the Covenant Agreement and integrate the actions called for in the “Discharge Plan.” Our goal is to see all of our clients healed and restored and we can best do this by ensuring our clients are adhering to their Discharge and Treatment Plans by way of a Memorandum of Agreement with the organization who provided the treatment services.
SonLight Ministries and ADACCV will work out a Memorandum of Agreement by which ARKcentric will commit to continuing to help our clients who have been discharged from ADACCV keep up their sobriety/abstinence. ADACCV will commit to informing their clients of the housing, services and supports provided by ARKcentric. If the client is interested and wants to talk to ARKcentric, he/she will schedule an appointment with an ARKcentric Peer Specialist a week or two before his/her anticipated discharge date. An ARKcentric Peer Specialist will meet with the ADACCV client and fully explain our
program. If the ADACCV client agrees to seek the services at ARKcentric, we will guarantee him/her housing and support services the day of discharge.
As we get closer to launching ARKcentric, we will work out the details of each Memorandum of Agreement. In the meantime, I will be scheduling appointments with other organizations later this week and next week to discuss the same issue – continuum of care. I don’t want anyone falling through the cracks and widening gaps between service providers. I am approaching this from a provision of housing by ARKcentric standpoint but there is no reason the same process cannot work between organizations when there is a client that needs a multiplicity of services to be healed, restored and set on a path to increase.
If you have not read Homeless In San Angelo – Part 1-4, the links are listed below.