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Assessing the NeedChallenges

- Rapidly identifying and addressing the issues that may have contributed to an individual or family’s homelessness.

- Gathering information necessary to determine their most critical needs.

- Identifying primary goals and developing a case plan to help move the individual or family to self-sufficiency within a limited time frame.

 

Solutions

- The first point-of-entry to the Center is the Coordinated Assessment Unit, where individuals and families are screened and assessed for medical, behavioral health, substance abuse, housing and employment needs.

- A comprehensive bio-psychosocial assessment is completed by Master’s-level clinicians.

- Individuals and families admitted to the Center are assigned a case manager within 48 hours of arrival.

Challenges

- Illnesses, injuries and disabilities can lead to homelessness when individuals have insufficient income and lack access to aff ordable health care.

- Living on the street often exacerbates existing health problems and creates new ones.

- Chronic diseases such as hypertension, asthma, diabetes and other ongoing conditions are difficult to manage without access to proper care and medication.

 

Solutions

- Broward Partnership’s on-site Health Care Unit develops a complete medical history, provides physical examinations and evaluates the additional health concerns of each program participant.

- The Health Care Unit also provides educational information and oversees the stabilization of individual medication and treatment programs in conjunction with the participant’s primary care physician.

- The Unit is available for medical care evaluation and referrals to urgent care or specialized medical services as needed.

Dental ServicesChallenges

- Dental care has been consistently ranked as one of the top unmet needs for the population experiencing homelessness, due to factors such as a lack of access to affordable dental care and oral health education.

- Poor oral hygiene can lead to a variety of health problems such as gum disease, infection, bone loss, heart disease, strokes and more.

- Poor dentition or missing teeth may also result in impaired speech, a loss of confidence and leave individuals at a significant disadvantage when seeking employment.

 

Solutions

The Partnership’s Smiles Work! Dental Program helps to restore the oral health of the program participants and to repair dentition so it is no longer a barrier to seeking and securing gainful employment. Typical dental services provided at the on-site clinic include:

- Deep cleanings, fillings and extractions.

- Restorative services, such as composite and amalgam fillings.

- Diagnosis and treatment of diseases, injuries and malformations of the teeth and mouth.

- X-rays and screening for oral cancer.

- Education about the importance of maintaining oral health.

Challenges

- Approximately 16% to 20% of individuals experiencing homelessness are identified as having a diagnosable mental health or substance abuse disorder.

- For individuals experiencing homelessness, struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues, the additional stress of addressing employment, housing and other challenges can often hinder the recovery process or trigger a relapse.

 

Solutions

- The Broward Partnership is licensed by the Department of Children and Families to provide mental health and substance abuse outpatient treatment, facilitated by our board-certified psychiatrist and Master’s-level therapists.

- The program offers solution-focused assessment, treatment planning, group and individual counseling, 12-step support groups, and therapeutic activities on topics such as psychotropic medication, substance abuse recovery, problem solving, HIV and sexually transmitted diseases. 

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Contact Us

920 NW 7th Ave.

Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33311

Phone: 954.779.3990

E-mail:  info@bphi.org

Wish List

Items needed

  • - Unexpired canned and dry food.

  • - Personal hygiene items for adults and children.

  • - Shampoos, soaps, lotions, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and deordorant.

  • - Good quality professional clothing and shoes for men and women.

  • - Infant and children's clothing.

  • Diapers and unopened infant formula.

  • New underwear and socks for adults and children.

Video

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