Coordinated Assessment Works!

Drilling Down on Advanced Concepts

Coordinated Assessment Works!The National Alliance to End Homelessness National Conference on Ending Family & Youth Homelessness featured a workshop, “Drilling Down: Advanced Concepts in Coordinated Assessment.”

The workshop featured presenters were:

  • Ian De Jong of OrgCode Consulting, Inc. in Ontario, Canada and
  • Kim Walker of the National Alliance to End Homelessness.

The workshop discussed how to give your coordinated assessment process the best chance for advancing positive system change. Topics covered included:

  • Developing prioritization standards
  • Linking coordinated assessment with permanent housing options; and
  • Using data from coordinated assessment to improve service delivery.

Coordinated assessment becomes the homelessness services system and should not be used as an “add on” to your current system. It can show what homeless clients need and direct system planning and reallocation.

Below are some common mistakes to avoid when developing a Coordinated Assessment system:

  • Creating an approach that simply reinforces the system you already have to make it easier for providers
  • Using income as an assessment element
  • Using the presence of mental illness, substance use or physical illness as a decision element in diversion attempts
  • Using ‘gut feelings’ instead of assessment or as an over-ride to assessment
  • Attempting to assess for housing readiness
  • Assessing for the sake of assessing
  • Using assessment questions with no relevance to housing stability
  • Incentivizing homelessness

Click here for the workshop PowerPoint Presentation.