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    1. Implementing the Self-Sufficiency Matrix

    2. Staff Training Tool For Minnesota LTH Programs Based on Abt Associates Training and Michigans Implementation

    3. Training Overview What is the self-sufficiency matrix? Using the matrix assessment Minnesota implementation Self-sufficiency domains and flowcharts Reporting Next steps

    4. Background One of many assessment tools used to measure need, target services, and evaluate supportive service provision. First implemented by The Arizona Homeless Evaluation Project and now used by many other states, cities and counties. This Self-Sufficiency Matrix was tested for validity and reliability.

    5. Types of Assessments Assessments are completed for each adult and unaccompanied youth in the household 3 types of assessments: Entry Interim Exit

    6. The Self-Sufficiency Matrix Two Key Features: 18 domains Clients status on each domain is measured on a 5-point scale Note: The domains do not cover every possible life domain. The 5-point scale will not fit all unique situations choose the closest response.

    8. Using the Matrix Who: All adults and unaccompanied youth. When: Complete assessments upon program entry, and then at specified time intervals, and at exit. Why: The matrix can be an excellent engagement tool and will provide valuable information on participant needs and outcomes, as well as program benchmarks and outcomes.

    9. How to complete the matrix: Different programs have different guidelines: Long-term Homelessness Programs (LTH) Family Homelessness Prevention and Assistance Program (FHPAP) details explained in separate PowerPoint

    10. Assessment Timelines - LTH Initial assessments should be completed for all new participants effective July 1, 2011. Back date initial assessments for existing participants (based on entry date) by September 30, 2011. Use case notes and information from other service staff for scoring. The interim assessment should be scheduled for the next 6 month anniversary of the participant entry date. Refer to the timeline chart for participants already in the program.

    11. How to complete the matrix: Entry At entry: Complete within 3 weeks of program entry. Measure the persons status before entering the program. Select one and only one status level in each of the domains. If you or the participant feel that the best score is somewhere between two numbers, score using the lower number.

    12. How to complete the matrix: Interim Interim: Assess every 6 months after entering program. Recommend adapting the assessment into existing service practice. Best practice is to complete the assessment with the participant. If you and the participant feel that the best score is somewhere between two numbers, score using the lower number.

    13. How to complete the matrix: Exit Exit: Complete as close to actual program exit as possible. Assessment based on domain status after exit from the program. If a participant re-enters the same program, the exit assessment should be re-entered in HMIS as an interim assessment. Then complete a new interim assessment for the re-entry date.

    14. Matrix Assessment Tips The process for completing the assessment may vary. It may be entered directly into the computer or done on paper; in conversation with the participant, by observation and case notes. Do what works best! After working with a participant for a time, service providers sometimes find that they did not score a participant accurately on the initial entry assessment (because of undisclosed information, e.g., chemical health). Assessment scores should be re-done if the provider discovers new information.

    15. Minnesota Matrix Implementation Minnesota Pilot select implementation from July 2010 through June 2011. Feedback from users to inform broader implementation. July 2011 all LTH programs and FHPAP programs begin matrix assessment. Data from the matrix will be entered in HMIS. Reports due twice a year (Feb. and Aug.)

    16. Self-Determination and Skills The 18 Domains in the Self-Sufficiency Matrix

    17. 1. Housing

    18. Self-Determination and Skills - Housing

    19. 2. Employment

    20. Self-Determination and Skills - Employment

    21. 3. Income 1. No Income 2. Inadequate income and/or spontaneous or inappropriate spending. 3. Can meet basic needs with subsidy; appropriate spending. (If the client is receiving income supports like SSI, but still lacks enough income to meet all basic expenses, use a 3 rating) 4. Can meet basic needs and manage debt without assistance. (If the client is receiving income supports like SSI, and is able to balance their budget use 4) 5. Income is sufficient, well managed; has discretionary income and is able to save.

    22. Self-Determination and Skills - Income

    23. 4. Food and Nutrition

    24. Self-Determination and Skills - Food

    25. Food Domain: Food Stamp Use If the person is using food stamps to meet all or most of their food needs, score at 2. If the person is just using a small amount of food stamps as a supplement, but otherwise meets most of their food needs through their own income, score at 3. If the person is not receiving food stamps and can afford to buy food, score at 4.

    26. 5. Childcare

    27. Self-Determination and Skills - Childcare

    28. 6. Childrens Education

    29. Self-Determination and Skills Childrens Education

    30. 7. Adult Education

    31. Self-Determination and Skills Adult Education

    32. 8. Health Care (coverage)

    33. Self-Determination and Skills Health Care

    34. 9. Life Skills

    35. Skill areas to consider in developing a rating. Select most frequent rating from the list below and apply to the overall Life Skills Rating. Hygiene Food Preparation Time Management Maintain living space Money Management Basic Communication including responses to authority Anger Management 1 = In Crisis 2 = Vulnerable 3 = Safe 4 = Building Capacity 5 = Empowered

    36. Life Skills Examples A man doesnt know how to cook, but has a partner who does all of the cooking. Even though he may earn a 1, this is not a crisis situation overall. All other ratings reflect good knowledge. The case manager decides the overall rating is 4 with a need for him to improve in this area. A person has good ratings in all areas but money management. However, the degree of crisis generated from that single issue has resulted in homelessness. The person is anxious to improve and most issues can be addressed with training. The case manager wishes to recognize both the significant deficit and the desire to change and gives a 3 rating.

    37. Self-Determination and Skills Life Skills

    38. 10. Family/Social Relations

    39. Self-Determination and Skills Family Relations

    40. 11. Transportation / Mobility

    41. Self-Determination and Skills Transportation / Mobility

    42. 12. Community Involvement

    43. Self-Determination and Skills Community Involvement

    44. Community Involvement Question: What if someone has the ability or knowledge, but has no interest or may be better off not to be around people? Answer: The person should still be scored on the domain, even if they are choosing not to be socially involved; however, also take into account a persons personality and ability when assessing what might be considered community involvement for them.

    45. 13. Parenting Skills (for participants who are actively parenting)

    46. Self-Determination and Skills Parenting Skills

    47. 14. Legal

    48. Types of legal issues impacting participant. If multiple issues calculate averaged rating or best fit. Civil Judgments Bankruptcy Family Law Divorce/Custody/Child Support Sex Offender Status Drug Charges Violent Crimes 1 = In Crisis 2 = Vulnerable 3 = Safe 4 = Building Capacity 5 = Empowered

    49. Decision Tree for Criminal Charges

    50. Legal Domain FAQ How to score criminal history for sex offender or other felonies that stay on a persons record forever and impact housing access? If a person is currently in housing, score at 3 (safe, compliant, but limited in choice). If a person loses their housing or are trying to access housing, the rating would be a 1 or 2 depending on their situation.

    51. 15. Mental Health If someones mental health fluctuates from day to day to use an overall average.If someones mental health fluctuates from day to day to use an overall average.

    52. Self-Determination and Skills Mental Health

    53. Mental Health FAQ Timeframe of measure- is it today or the last 6 months? It is how the person is currently doing at the time of the assessment. If they fluctuate quite a bit over time, consider how they have been doing for the last month for an overall rating. If they are between two scores, chose the lower one.

    54. 16. Substance Abuse

    55. Self-Determination and Skills Substance Abuse

    56. 17. Safety

    57. Self-Determination and Skills Safety

    58. Disability Domain Includes any type of disabling condition (physical health, physical disability, emotional, cognitive, mental health, etc.) that impacts the persons ability to access or maintain housing, employment and social interactions.

    59. 18. Disability Acute or chronic symptoms affecting housing, employment, social interactions. Periodically has acute symptoms affecting housing, employment, etc. Rarely has acute symptoms affecting housing, social interactions, etc. Asymptomatic condition controlled by services or medication No identified disability BenBen

    60. Self-Determination and Skills Disabilities

    61. Scoring Key

    62. Collecting Good Quality Data

    63. Effective Services and Data Quality The ability to address the needs of people experiencing homelessness depends largely on the quality of information collected at intake. Plan services Make appropriate referrals Educate stakeholders Secure funding to address service needs

    64. Next steps at your agency: Determine who will conduct the assessment with which participants and how. Determine when initial assessments will take place for new participants e.g., 3rd week of care. Determine how and when back dated assessments will be completed for LTH clients who entered prior to 7/1/11. Determine timeline for follow up assessments for current participants Develop internal record keeping practices for tracking assessment dates

    65. Next steps at your agency: Determine who will enter data into HMIS. Run and review the reports prior to the due date. Investigate and correct entry problems. Report any questions/concerns to state staff. Schedule check-in meetings with your organization staff to discuss issues and consistent scoring. Management staff should be involved in the matrix assessment practices and reporting.

    66. Matrix Data Entry and Reporting in HMIS

    67. Minnesota Matrix Reports ART Reports Individual Participant Client Progress (1P) and Client Achievement (2P) Program Summary Domains at Population Entry (3S) and Exit (4S) Progress Summary (1-2S) Data Checking

    68. Snapshot of Provider Progress Reports

    69. Thank you!