Calgary Recovery Services Task Force

Final Reportand Recommendations

2016 / 2017

Calgary Recovery Services Task Force

Final Reportand Recommendations

2016 / 2017

Overview

In 2015, a committee of representatives from 26 homeless serving agencies, government, and other community stakeholders came together to consider ways of collaboratively responding to the complex healthcare and housing needs of homeless individuals in Calgary.

The shared goal of this committee is the improvement of health outcomes and housing supports for the city’s most vulnerable homeless individuals.

Seven Recommendations

Together we have established seven key recommendations. Each focused on establishing improved health, wellness, and housing outcomes for homeless and vulnerable Calgarians, regardless of when or where they seek services.

1

Better access to health services on front lines

Access to health services should be available through the entire homeless system of care; including shelter, supportive housing, and mobile outreach

2

Case management during transition to housing

Ensure access to intensive case management and health supports as homeless Calgarians transition into supportive housing

3

Recognize homeless Calgarians’ choice in Recovery Services

Integrate harm reduction approaches into the continuum of recovery services in recognition of homeless Calgarians’ choice

4

Responsive approaches for Indigenous Populations

Develop housing and health approaches that are responsive to homeless Indigenous Populations

5

Open Communication within the homeless sector

Ensure open communication and access to information amongst organizations and agencies serving homeless Calgarians

6

Specialized responses for women and children

Develop specialized responses for homeless women and children

7

Advance governance structure

Advance the development of a steering committee/governance structure to provide leadership and oversight moving forward

Health & Wellness Needs
of Calgary’s Most Vulnerable

In order to better understand the complex experiences of homeless Calgarians, the Calgary Recovery Services Task Force commissioned a study through the University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine. This study analyzed the experiences of 300 of Calgary’s 900 most complex and chronically homeless men and women. The findings directly informed our recommendations and guiding principles.

Length of Homeless Experienced Over Time
Health Services Used In The Last Year
Social Services Accessed in the Last Year
Unmet Health Service Needs
Current Health Diagnosis
Length of Homeless Experienced Over Time
Social Services Accessed in the Last Year
Current Health Diagnosis
Health Services Used In The Last Year
Unmet Health Service Needs

Participating Agencies & Organizations

The Calgary Recovery Services Task Force is a collaborative effort of 26 homeless-serving agencies, government, and community stakeholders. Without the perspective, knowledge, and expertise of any, this would not have been possible.

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