Video instructions and help with filling out and completing Which Form 944 Pr Veterans

Instructions and Help about Which Form 944 Pr Veterans

All across Los Angeles everywhere you turn you see encampments you see people living on the streets on any given night in Los Angeles we know there are about 4,800 veterans who are experiencing homelessness according to our last point in time count over the past few years we've seen a lot of improvements in data and how data is collected and because of that we're closer to being able to say we have an exact count of who the homeless veterans are and what they like what they don't like what motivates them what doesn't motivate them so it enhances our skills from a case management perspective to make sure that we're really meeting their specific needs absolutely at the federal level we look at data closely with VA with HUD make sure we all have the same understanding of each other's data and using that to drive federal policy and programmatic decisions but I think we're the biggest changes have happened in the use of data is at the local level that we've seen communities move away from just knowing an estimate of how many veterans are experiencing homelessness to having actual by name lists of veterans in their communities who are experiencing homelessness prior to 2021 we were basically relying in a more paper-based system and in 2021 we implemented homes which is an online data system that provides real-time data where we're able to clearly identified veterans in the community and what are their individual needs and based on those connect them with the right services that they need data is essential and homeless programs because we need to know that what we're doing matters and it's been a total game changer for us we track veterans as they're engaged in services as they enter programs and as they exit programs and we look at program outcome information really to help us determine that our programs are providing the most effective services that they can looking at things like did they fully complete their treatment before exiting the program did they exit to permanent housing Music when we first meet with our veterans we listen to things that they want to work on we help them identify some of those goals but everything is driven by the client so if the client wants to work on housing they can work on housing if they want to work on their mental health issues they can go ahead and work on that we have a whole team approach we have peer supports we have nurses on our team we also have housing locators so each of these specific team players have a role with the veteran on a weekly basis we meet to discuss every single veteran on our caseload data collection is a great tool for us to communicate better and try to get a holistic picture of what the veteran is going through and identify what resources they may need it's amazing that I can send someone to the Welcome Center for evaluation and I know that they've gotten their screening for housing done that day because I can see it in the notes the data sharing is there and it's intrinsic and the care we give and then I send a veteran to a specialist and they get seen and I can see the notes I can eConsult and I get follow-up that I would never be able to get in a different setting to me that makes the ultimate difference in the care that I'm able to provide as a physician as a clinic we can look at our H pack measures as a team we can look at our measures around discharges frequency of visits and are we following up in a timely manner to really help engage these veterans what I really like about the way that the VA collects data is that it's in a non-judgmental form but gives me the pertinent information and I need to be of the best assistance to someone and see and that's what I love about this job is I get to be that person that tries to have you imagine what your fullest life is and help you get there are you service connected yet no I never up for anything I never had you I you got I spent little over 12 years homeless on the streets of Skid Row and I probably would not be alive had it not been for the VA I can't even put a value on the recovery that I was able to receive by walking through the doors of the VA and what I really like now is veterans out there now don't even have to walk to the doors because if they won't come to the VA we bring the VA to them we have outreach teams it all work together within the community and by identifying veterans on the by name list were able to identify where they last were seen where they can frequently be visited and it helps with the engagement with this population oftentimes you don't find approaching somebody and then getting them into services immediately you love it when that happens but it's often not the case repetition is really what brings people and eventually they see you coming back you can build rapport and we wouldn't be able to do that without the use of the data and the information we've got here I was literally living homeless under a bridge for two and a half years and life was dark until that VA outreach got to me and informed me about the programs I was a hopeless I was like I there's no way possible for me to get out with my drug problem with my living conditions with no support from anybody with no positive influences there's no way you know they were persistent they just kept coming back coming back coming back and then eventually I.