Wednesday, May 6, 2015

A New Mobile Tool to Assess the Need for Independent Life Skills Training

Did You Know?
Over half a million people are homeless. On any given night, there are over 600,000 homeless people in the U.S., according to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Most people are spending the night either in homeless shelters or in some sort of short-term transitional housing. Slightly more than a third are living in cars or under bridges or are in some other way living unsheltered.

What Can We Do?
Today, we not only know that housing ends homelessness, we also know that not everyone will need the same assistance. Some individuals will need permanent supportive housing, but others can make the transition with far less assistance. Accurate identification of those who need a higher level of services is a constant battle for mental health professionals working on the front lines.

A Call to Action
In a recent meeting with a non-profit organization who provides services to those in crisis, we were presented with this problem: How do we move beyond the traditional check boxes when evaluating an individual’s readiness for independent living? How can my outreach team effectively evaluate life skills in the field?   

Life skills are the skills that many people take for granted, like managing money, shopping, cooking, running a home and maintaining social networks. They are essential for living independently.

The Solution
Skills for a Better Life gives organizations a standard mobile tool to assess the need for life skills training.

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