Economic Social Legal Pathways, Inc.

Housing + Recovery

New Resources promote Housing Stability for People with Mental Illness, Addiction

Resources from Pathways' Center for Evidence-Based Practices can helps increase housing stability among people with mental illness, addiction, and co-occurring disorders.

Stable housing gives people a foundation to succeed in recovery. The way providers respond to and interact with residents can positively influence their future success. Pathways' new resources should be used to build self-awareness about your attitudes, thoughts, and communication style as you conduct your work. Learn to keep your attention centered on residents. Learn how to encourage change. These new resources focus on three intervention strategies:

  • Exploring Motivation to Change
  • Creating a Culture of Work
  • Benefits Advocacy (i.e., making informed choices about benefits and work)



Promoting Housing Stability

Stable housing gives people who live with mental illness, substance use disorders, and co-occurring disorders a foundation to succeed in recovery. There are many issues that might challenge someone's housing stability, such as

  • Symptoms
  • Interpersonal conflicts
  • Hoarding
  • Not following rules
  • Unemployment and underemployment
  • Benefits concerns and other financial issues
  • Trauma triggers

The way service providers respond to and interact with residents can positively influence their future success. Learn to build self-awareness about your attitudes, thoughts, and communication style as you conduct your work. Learn to keep your attention centered on residents. Learn how to explore and encourage motivation to change.

A VARIETY OF HOUSING SERVICES

ESLP's Center for Evidence-Based Practices provides technical-assistance services (consulting and training) for staff, supervisors, and administrators in a variety of housing services, such as

  • PSH/Permanent Supportive & Independent Housing
  • Transitional Housing
  • Residential
  • Adult Care Facilities
  • Emergency Shelters
  • YMCA & YWCA Housing
  • Community CPST
  • Recovery Houses

CONSULTING & TRAINING

Our Center helps providers of housing services and behavioral healthcare services enhance their abilities to promote housing stability among residents. Our consulting and training focuses on several intervention strategies:

  • Exploring Motivation to Change
  • Creating a Culture of Work
  • Benefits Advocacy (i.e., making informed choices about benefits and work)
  • Trauma-Informed Care

SKILL BUILDING

1. Training Series for Housing Staff Focuses on Employment, Creating a Culture of Change

Increase housing stability and employment among people with mental illness, substance use disorders, and co-occurring disorders. Our Center continues to present a series of important one-day training events in cities throughout the United States for staff and supervisors of housing services, including the following:

  • PSH/Permanent Supportive & Independent Housing
  • Transitional Housing
  • Residential
  • Adult Care Facilities
  • Emergency Shelters
  • YMCA & YWCA Housing
  • Community CPST
  • Recovery Houses

Other providers of mental-health and addiction treatment are welcomed to attend. 

WHY A CULTURE OF CHANGE?

Stable housing gives people a foundation to succeed in recovery. There are many issues that might challenge someone's housing stability (e.g., symptoms, interpersonal conflicts, hoarding, not following rules). The way you respond to and interact with residents can positively influence their future success. Learn to do the following:

  • Build self-awareness about your attitudes, thoughts, and communication style as you conduct your work
  • Keep your attention centered on residents
  • Encourage each resident's motivation to change

WHY JOBS & EMPLOYMENT? 

Employment promotes recovery by providing people with extra income and a valued social role. People who work tend to achieve independent housing and a higher quality of life. Here's a sample of what you'll learn:

  • Identify strategies to assist residents with identifying jobs that are a good fit for them
  • Identify employer incentives and other strategies to encourage hiring
  • Identify strategies for engaging employers in conversations about their hiring interests and preferences




2. Stages of Behavior Change, Employment Promote Housing Stability

Increase housing stability and employment among people with mental illness, substance use disorders, and co-occurring disorders. Our Center is hosting a series of important one-day training events. The events are designed primarily for staff and supervisors of housing services, including the following:

  • PSH/Permanent Supportive & Independent Housing
  • Transitional Housing
  • Residential
  • Adult Care Facilities
  • Emergency Shelters
  • YMCA & YWCA Housing
  • Community CPST

Other providers of mental-health and addiction treatment are welcomed to attend.These events are made possible with support from the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) as part of its statewide initiative to promote housing stability among residents.

STAGES OF BEHAVIOR CHANGE

Here's a sample of what you will learn:

  • How the use of alcohol and other drugs and their short-term and long-term effects influence cognition, emotional regulation, and behavior of residents, especially those with severe mental illness (SMI)
  • Stag-wise approaches for supporting behavior change among people with SMI and addiction (because changes often occur incrementally in stages over time)
  • Things to say that encourage and support a person's desire to change
  • Things not to say because it makes people defensive and not willing to change
  • Core competencies (knowledge and skills) from evidence-based practices to improve your effectiveness in delivering services to this population

EMPLOYMENT

Here's a sample of what you'll learn:

  • How to help people discover their desire and motivation to begin a job search and make employment an important part of their journey 
  • How to help residents engage in employment services
  • How to use the spirit and core components of Supported Employment Individual Placement and Support (SE/IPS), the evidence-based practice
  • Methods for helping people with co-occurring substance use problems pursue their employment goals

 


3. Housing Staff Learn Motivational Interviewing, Benefits Education to Enhance Outcomes

We are hosting a series of training events for housing-services staff and supervisors who work with people with disabilities, especially severe mental illness and/or substance use disorders. The events introduce participants to Motivational Interviewing (MI), the evidence-based treatment, and Benefits Information and Education (SSI, SSDI, Medicaid, Medicare). The events are designed primarily for  individuals who have not had exposure to or experience using MI or addressing topics related to benefits. We encourage the following to attend:

Service roles

  • Program managers
  • Team leaders
  • Supervisors
  • Direct-service staff

Service settings

  • PSH/Permanent Supportive & Independent Housing
  • Transitional Housing
  • Adult Care Facilities
  • Emergency Shelters
  • YMCA & YWCA Housing

MOTIVATIONAL INTERVIEWING (MI) SERIES

Motivational Interviewing: Application for Housing Staff introduces participants to the philosophy and essential constructs of this evidence-based treatment. Learn MI's client-centered approaches for fostering change and responding to resistance to change among individuals with severe mental illness and/or substance use disorders.

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