In Year 2 of the National Homelessness Social Work Initiative, the National Center for Excellence in Homeless Services (NCEHS) selected the Silberman School of Social Work (SSW) at Hunter College to be one of six Regional Hub Leader Schools.

Located in New York City, Hunter College’s SSW recognizes the importance of a strong homeless service system and workforce. This commitment is reflected in their many partnerships with community-based homeless service agencies, including several that host BSW and MSW student interns. In addition to their work within New York City, the school also partners with New York’s Office of Temporary Disability Assistance (OTDA) to develop curricula and deliver training to shelter workers throughout the state.

CTI-logoThe SSW is home to the Center for the Advancement of Critical Time Intervention (CACTI). CTI is a time-limited evidence-based practice used to promote stability and prevent homelessness for individuals during periods of transition by mobilizing community-based supports. CACTI disseminates research, provides training and implementation support, and fosters collaboration between practitioners, trainers, and researchers through its Global Network.

Dan Herman, PhD, (professor of social work) directs CACTI and has been a leader in CTI research efforts for the past fifteen years. Dr. Herman is also a key contributor to NCEHS activities nationally and across New York State, often working closely with leadership staff at the University at Albany.

As a Regional Hub Leader, the school has committed to further advancing the CTI model. Hunter College has a robust network of partners to help facilitate their success, including: the National Alliance to End Homelessness; the New York City Department of Homeless Services; and OTDA. Specifically, the school’s Regional Hub Leader goals are to:

  • Engage policymakers to support broad dissemination of CTI.
  • Partner with provider and policy advocacy organizations in New York State and nationally to adapt CTI for homeless families in rapid rehousing programs, and to explore how CTI can inform the development of a model to prevent homelessness and other adverse outcomes among young adults leaving foster care.
  • Inform the broader social work community of CTI and identify supports to develop and disseminate a CTI training curriculum.
  • Build partnerships with local and state government agencies, as well as national provider and advocacy organizations, to systemize CTI adaptation and dissemination.

Since being named a Regional Hub Leader School earlier this year, Hunter College has been actively engaged in pursuing its goals. To support national dissemination, CACTI held several meetings with the National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH) to discuss how CTI could be adapted for use in rapid rehousing programs across the country. In line with this, in February, Dan Herman presented on CTI in the context of rapid rehousing at the national NAEH conference on family and youth homelessness in Oakland, California and a second workshop is planned for NAEH’s main conference in July in Washington, DC. Additionally, the school recently finalized a CTI training curriculum for homeless shelter workers, through its training partnership with OTDA, to further local dissemination and workforce development.

CACTI is also pursuing new partnerships. They recently met with Mark Hurwitz, Head of Strategy and Special Projects at OneCity Health (the NYC Health + Hospitals-sponsored Performing Provider System (PPS)) to begin discussions about how CTI could be applied to serve homeless and high-risk individuals within their developing care coordination system. They have also held several meetings with other NYC officials charged with reform of the City’s homelessness system to discuss how CTI could contribute to improved service delivery for homeless individuals and families.

The NCEHS blog and social media will periodically post updates on Hunter College’s activities and accomplishments. Additionally, be on the lookout for posts about our other five Regional Hub Leader Schools.

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