Center Partnerships - VA Homeless Programs
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Center Partnerships

Completed projects/initiatives:

Motivational Interviewing (MI) training: Provided evidence-based practice training for clinicians.
Partner(s): VA Veteran Integrated Service Network 20, National Evidence-Based Psychotherapy Program in VA’s Office of Mental Health & Suicide Prevention

Projects/initiatives underway:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Training: Providing evidence-based practice training for clinicians.
Partner(s): VA Veteran Integrated Service Network 23, Beck Psychopathology Research Center, University of Pennsylvania, and VHA Homeless Program Office/Clinical Operations.

Low Demand Programs: Providing technical assistance and fidelity reviews for national program design adoption to assist development of programs and determine adherence to program operational standards
Partners: VA Grant and Per Die Program, University of South Florida.

Rapid Resolution Training: Assisting in rapid resolution training for Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) providers and VA staff. Project will include an evaluation phase to identify the effectiveness of the training.
Partner(s); VHA Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program

START (Successful Transition and Reintegration Tools)-VET: A four-year study designed to develop a psychosocial transition program and transition assessment tools for Veterans with mental illness and/or substance use disorders leaving prison.
Partner(s): Funding source is VA Rehabilitation Research and Development

Disruptive Behavior Reporting System (DBRS): Working to increase frontline homeless providers utilization of DBRS for without this data don’t have a clear sense of potential traumatization
Partner(s): Workplace Violence Prevention Program

Burnout: Development of a Burnout Assessment tool to give to a sample of homeless providers.
Partner(s): National Center for Organizational Development (NCOD)

Homeless Certificate Program and Educational Webinars: Developed a competency model for VA homeless program staff, and the associated curriculum in an on-line format to address educational needs to meet competency.
Partner(s): VA Employee Education System (EES)

Access to naloxone rescue kits: Reviewing fidelity reports from Grant and Per Diem (GPD) low-demand housing programs to determine staff access to naloxone rescue kits, program participation, potential gaps and training opportunities.
Partner(s): VHA Grant and Per Diem Program, University of South Florida.

Data Review of Hospital to Housing Program: Identifying age-related program outcomes to assess opportunities for enhancement of program services for elderly Veterans.
Partner(s): VHA Grant and Per Diem Program, HPO/Clin Ops

Use of virtual technologies in Veteran Justice Programs: Identifying the use of telehealth/teleconferencing by VJP staff in Veterans Treatment Courts, jails, and prisons and documenting best practices, benefits, and challenges.
Partner(s): VHA Veterans Justice Programs, VAMC Veterans Justice Outreach staff, Network Homeless Coordinators.

Program Integration of Mental Health, Primary Care and Homeless Programs: Developing tools and identifying opportunities for increased program integration to improve identification, engagement and service delivery for Veterans diagnosed with serious mental illness and experiencing homelessness.
Partner(s): Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, Serious Mental Illness Treatment Research and Evaluation Center (SMITREC), VHA Office of Primary Care

Naloxone Education: Bring both standardized foundational information and individualized education on opiate overdose and emergent response to community providers.
Partner(s): Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, VHA Academic Detailing

Program Integration of Geriatrics and Homeless Programs: Identifying opportunities for increased program integration to improve service delivery for geriatric Veterans that are enrolled in VA homeless programs and services.
Partner(s): VHA Office of Geriatrics and Extended Care, VHA Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Geriatrics Division

Measurement Based Care: The use of Veteran reported, quantified measures of response to treatment and outcomes over time to track changes, ensure effectiveness of services and inform shared clinical decision-making and treatment planning.
Partner(s): VHA Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, New England Program Evaluation Center (NEPEC). 

Projects/initiatives under discussion:

Transition from Military to Civilian life: Exploring opportunities to identify ways to proactively identify Veterans at risk for homelessness as they transition from military life to civilian life. Considering submission of a DoD/VA Joint Incentive Fund (JIF) grant
Partner(s): Enterprise Intelligence & Data Solutions (EIDS) PMO Defense Health Agency, DAD IO/J6, Solution Delivery Division VISTA Defense Technologies, Real Warriors Campaign, DoD Psychological Health Center of Excellence, VA Transition and Care Management Program, VBA Transition and Economic Development and VA researchers.

Syringe Services Program (SSP): Focus includes how to incorporate SSP in COVID-19 Community Care Centers and link Veterans with opioid use disorder into substance use disorder care. This project will also advance the use of a syringe service program within the VA that will support the President’s plan to end new transmission of HIV/AIDS.
Partner(s): VA HIV, Hepatitis, and Related Conditions Programs, VA Office of Mental Health/Substance Use, National Health Care for the Homeless.