Ruth Perry, Executive Director, of the Trenton Health Team makes the case for how the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) should be utilized to share data around where individuals experience homelessness live between housing and health care providers.
It’s important for housing and health-care officials to share data, said Ruth Perry, executive director of the Trenton Health Team. “We’re performing case management for individuals who are homeless, and then housing professionals are also providing case management, but we’re not really talking to one another at the level that we need.”
In Trenton in 2011, 300 individuals experiencing homelessness made 1,500 visits to hospital emergency rooms. The Trenton Health Team tries to coordinate care for high frequency users of emergency care but that can be challenging when individuals do not have a permanent address.