Substance screenings now standard

01.28.16

We are making substance use screenings a standard and regular part of our care. They are strengthening our client relationships and better positioning us to provide them with high-quality, whole-person care. They are a case study here at Health Care for the Homeless in performance improvement.

In April, 2015, Health Care for the Homeless providers began administering a substance use screening process called SBIRT to clients. This is a simple set of questions that identifies people who might be abusing alcohol or drugs and offers opportunities for an intervention. This screening process presents a huge—and important—opportunity in our work with people experiencing homelessness:

It can be administered by almost any health care professional; at Health Care for the Homeless, our medical, mental health, case management, housing and outreach providers all use the SBIRTscreen with clients.

It creates the opening for providers and clients to have difficult conversations about substance use, a topic many find uncomfortable.

By the end of 2015, 79% of eligible clients were receiving the SBIRT screen each month, a number that far exceeds the rates at most other health centers in the Mid-Atlantic.

Our goal in 2016 is to continue to improve our screenings for substance use and ensure that all our lients receive help when they need it.

More Recent News


04.23.19

Get to know the artists who will be preseneting their work at our Client Art Show on Thursday, April 25. 

RSVP here


 

1503
03.12.19

Health Care for the Homeless is one driven and talented bunch of people. So it's no surprise that a number of our staff members have moved up or over to new roles since January. Same faces, new titles. And a chance to move our mission forward in a different capacity. Take a minute to read through who is going where, and why they're most excited about their new positions. 

1460
02.04.19

On Saturday, February 2, 800+ spectacularly dressed chocolate lovers filed into the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront for the sweetest night of the year. By the end of the night, our incredible Health Care for the Homeless community raised enough money to give 1,000 of people the care they need to regain health, hope and opportunity.

1437
01.24.19

Brandon Berryain doesn’t want his position on our Board of Directors to be a status symbol. For him, it’s an opportunity to ground the Board with his lived experience and encourage other clients to get involved. Brandon says, “As much as being a leader matters, it’s being an example that matters more.”

1426

View All News