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Sheltr Austin. Helping the Needy Find Resources for Food, Shelter, Medical and Mental Health Care . Presented By: City of Austin, Code For America, Health 2.0 Austin. Homelessness. Access to Mental Health.

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Sheltr austin

SheltrAustin

Helping the Needy Find Resources for Food, Shelter, Medical and Mental Health Care

Presented By:

City of Austin, Code For America, Health 2.0 Austin


Homelessness

Homelessness


Access to mental health

Access to Mental Health

  • 1 in 4 Americans live with a diagnosable & treatable mental health condition (45.9 million Americans experienced mental illness in 2012)

  • Only 4 in 10 Americans received treatment

  • Homeless are more likely to have a mental health condition

  • Those with mental health illnesses are 3 times more likely to have a substance abuse issue

  • Minorities and those with low income are more likely to go without care


Importance

Importance

  • Though we have 2-1-1 it is not user friendly

  • Integrates several basic needs at once

  • Few if any apps direct individuals to mental health care resources


The prototype sheltr philidelphia new jersey

The PrototypeSheltrPhilidelphia & New Jersey

  • Developed at RHoK Philadelphia in December 2011

  • Directs users to local

    • Shelters

    • Food Pantries

    • Medical Care


Our idea sheltr for austin

Our Idea – Sheltr for Austin

  • Recreate Sheltr with Austin food and shelter resources

  • Add mental health and substance abuse resources

  • Allow for text-based search and return results

  • Respond to search results by text

  • Incorporate transportation information to reach resources (by car, bus, or walking)


Users

Users

  • Homeless persons or individuals looking for services

  • Caseworkers

  • Physicians

  • Concerned Citizen

  • Family Members

  • Friends/Fellowships


What we started with

What We Started With

  • Spreadsheet of 45 shelter and food resources

  • Template from New Jersey and Philadelphia


What we did

What We Did

  • Created spreadsheet of 65 medical, mental health, and substance abuse resources

  • CODE?


Sheltr austin

Demo


Future functionalities

Future Functionalities

  • Ability to add open beds in shelters (currently no open beds in Austin) for Caseworkers to refer clients

  • Add new resources as they become available

  • Easy to replicate in any city

  • Make available in other languages


Team members

Team Members

  • Rishi Bajekal

  • Theresa Fedor

  • EfeKarakus

  • Nikhil Tibrewal

  • Susan Wang

  • Dawn Perkins (City of Austin)

  • Joe Merante (Code for America)

  • Erin Gilmer (Health 2.0 Austin)


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