Examining the Intersection of Supportive Housing and Other Services Designed to Serve the Aging Population to Develop a Healthy Aging in Place Model

June 1, 2022 |  3:45 – 5:00 pm Concurrent Block D

D-1   Examining the Intersection of Supportive Housing and Other Services Designed to Serve the Aging Population to Develop a Healthy Aging in Place Model

CE Credit: HUD Certificate, Service Coordinators Certificate

Evidence suggests that the Supportive Housing population begins to experience the effects of aging roughly 15 years earlier (around age 50) than people who have not lived outside or experienced unsheltered homelessness. It’s estimated that roughly 40% of the current supportive housing population is over 50 years old. Given the complex way in which behavioral and physical health, substance use and aging can effect one’s ability to remain safely in their home and community of choice, it’s necessary to explore and develop models that incorporate all of the necessary systems of care to effectively serve and support supportive housing residents as they age. This session will take a deep dive into the challenges in navigating the impacts of aging on this population, developing robust wrap-around teams, and opportunities for cross education among systems supporting these residents, as well as best practices for helping people stay in their homes and avoiding premature or unnecessary institutionalization. Finally, we will discuss how to determine when a higher level of care is needed and what steps to take next.

Patricia Hernandez, LCSW

Bio: Patricia Hernandez, LCSW, has over ten years in the social work profession and is passionate about advancing strategies to address the needs of people experiencing homelessness. Patricia has experience providing clinical services and therapy to clients in inpatient, outpatient, and supportive housing settings. Patricia’s more recent experience includes developing care coordination program targeted complex populations, program development, team management, and systems integration. Patricia is the Director on the Metro Team for the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH). She oversees strategy, program implementation, training, and project management across New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania to align the health, justice, aging, and housing sectors.  Patricia graduated with a Master of Social Work from New York University’s Silver School of Social Work focused on clinical practice and policy.

Brian McShane

Bio: Brian McShane (He/Him/His), MSSP is the Associate Director for PA & NJ for the Corporation for Supportive Housing’s Metro team.  He joined CSH in 2019 with over 16 years of experience in Supportive Housing, Homeless, and Behavioral Health Services.  Brian has experience in delivering trainings on topics like adapting harm reduction and housing first approaches, de-escalation, supportive housing development, Moving On, and other topics related to supportive housing.  In his capacity at CSH, Brian has provided technical assistance to government partners, non-profit providers, and advocacy organizations to expand the employment of best practices in and access to supportive housing.