The Coordinated Assessment and Housing Placement System (CAHPS) is a process designed to assess the needs of individuals experiencing homelessness and match them to appropriate housing interventions.
What is CAHPS?
The Metro Denver Coordinated Assessment and Housing Placement System (CAHPS) is a regional, client-centered process that enables our community to assess and identify the housing and support needs of individuals experiencing homelessness, target outreach and housing navigation for those with the greatest need, and match the right level of service and/or housing intervention to these individuals as quickly and efficiently as possible, while being respectful of client choice and local providers. Find an overview here.
How does CAHPS work?
The CAHPS process is comprised of several key components, including:
- Assessment: the Metro Denver CAHPS utilizes the Vulnerability Index and Service Prioritization Decision Assistance Tool (VI-SPDAT), to assess an individuals level of vulnerability, at locations throughout the seven-county region.
- Prioritization: currently the Metro Denver CAHPS prioritizes Veterans and chronically homeless individuals to ensure that access to available housing resources are provided based on greatest need.
- Navigation and Case Conferencing: the individuals with the highest priority are assigned a Housing Navigator to assist them in obtaining the most suitable housing resources for their needs.
- Housing referral: housing vacancies and other available resources are matched with individuals experiencing homelessness that have been prioritized for specific housing interventions.
- Data Collection: CAHPS collects and utilizes real-time, accessible client-specific data to inform housing matches.
What is the VI-SPDAT and how does it work?
The VI-SPDAT, is made up of two assessment tools, the Vulnerability Index (VI), and the Service Prioritization Decision Assistance Tool (SPDAT). The Vulnerability Index (VI), developed by Community Solutions, is a street outreach tool used to determine the chronicity and medical vulnerability of homeless individuals. The Service Prioritization Decision Assistance Tool (SPDAT), developed by OrgCode Consulting, is an intake and case management tool that helps service providers allocate resources in a logical, targeted way.
The VI-SPDAT allows communities to assess clients’ various health and social needs quickly and then match them to the most appropriate housing interventions available, based on an individuals vulnerability score ranging from 1 to 20, with 1 being the lowest vulnerability and 20 being the highest.