mental health

In light of traumatic incidents at the family shelters shortly prior to this public health crisis, DHS must work with community leaders to develop a Children’s Services Coordination Plan in each family shelter setting (including the hotels). Instead of asking for additional funds, we urge DHS Leadership and the Community Partnership Leadership to spend time carefully planning how to address the unique service coordination needs of children living in shelters. While caseworkers are charged with helping parents exit shelter and transition to self-sufficiency, there are inconsistent and insufficient services available to address the educational, social, and emotional needs of children experiencing homelessness.