We had a great first status check with Haven House in August this year. In the first six months of their grant with us, Haven House has developed a streamlined Coordinated Intake and Assessment process for four of their programs that is staffed by a licensed mental health clinician. All youth that have been admitted into the identified programs and have completed the intake process, being screened for mental health and substance abuse needs, as well as for trauma indicators. 60% of those youth also received a comprehensive clinical assessment that yields a DSM V diagnosis and a recommendation for services, and those who didn’t had already had one recently so there was no need. The team at Haven House have also identified an opportunity to improve their process by potentially building internal capacity to provide outpatient services within our agency to allow youth to receive all their support in house.
Haven House was our 2017 Large Grant winner and offers services for youth and young adults who are homeless, in crisis, or having difficulty at home, school or in the community. They currently run 11 programs that reach more than 1,300 struggling youth and their families each year in Raleigh. Haven House is using Beehive funding to develop a streamlined process that will screen youth for mental health and substance abuse needs, as well as for trauma indicators, utilizing evidence-based screening tools. This is a big deal, because prior to taking steps to change this intake process, Haven House clinicians have had to refer their young clients to other organizations to provide mental health screening - creating a variety of barriers to clients getting the critical mental health support they needed.
We look forward to seeing their progress over the next year and a half!