MICAH House Case Management Services
MICAH House staff includes one Social Work Coordinator and one Case Manager to help families and individuals begin to address their personal barriers to permanent housing. Counseling services are aimed to identify the needs of each individual in order to provide proper referrals for success.
Adverse childhood experiences (aces)
In 2016, MICAH House started utilized the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) Assessment to as a tool to inform case management and service provision.
ACES are traumatic childhood events such as abuse and neglect in addition to witnessing experiences like crime, parental conflict, mental illness and substance abuse. These experiences can create dangerous levels of stress and derail healthy brain development-- resulting in long-term effects on learning, behavior and health.
ACEs put individuals at an elevated risk for future homelessness. Vulnerable populations should be screened for ACEs because these individuals may benefit from specifically tailored interventions that MICAH House staff can provide.
To learn more about ACEs, please click here.
VI-Spdat & Referrals
The VI-SPDAT is a pre-screening, or triage, tool that the MICAH House staff members use to quickly assess the health and social needs of homeless persons. Our Case Manager and Social Work coordinator use the data gathered from a VI-SPDAT screening to match clients with the most appropriate support and housing options available.
Shared Support plan
The MICAH House Case Manager, Social Work Coordinator and Shelter Specialist utilize a shared support plan, which allows them to tailor their approach and plan around a client's triggers, warning signs and coping skills. This is a proactive tool aimed at identifying and preventing a mental health crisis.