Coordinated Intake & Assessment

As of January 2015, the Big Bend Continuum of Care has adopted the use of the VI-SPDAT (The Vulnerability Index – Service Prioritization Decision Assistance Tool) to use as our community’s coordinated intake and assessment tool. The VI-SPDAT is a pre-screening, or triage tool that is designed to be used by all providers within a community to quickly assess the health and social needs of homeless persons and match them with the most appropriate support and housing interventions that are available.

This tool is comprised of questions pertaining to 4 areas of the clients life:

History of Housing and Homelessness

Risks; risk of harm to self or others, involvement in high-risk and/or exploitative situations, interactions with emergency services, legal issues, managing tenancy

Socialization and Daily Functions; self-care and daily living skills, personal administration and money management, meaningful daily activities, social relations and networks

Wellness; mental health and wellness and cognitive functioning, physical health and wellness, medication, substance use, experience of abuse and/or trauma

After a caseworker has completed a VI-SPDAT on a client, it is then entered into HMIS (Homeless Management Information System) and scored to determine which intervention is best for the client. Many agencies and partners providing services and housing are part of the system and can send and receive referrals for clients within the system to quickly place them in the most appropriate housing intervention including rapid re-housing, transitional housing, permanent supportive housing, etc.

Below you will find the VI-SPDAT tool designed to be used with families or individuals, you will also find an instructional video on the tool here https://vimeo.com/86520820. There is an instructional video specifically for the family version of the  VI-SPDAT here https://vimeo.com/126591317 . There is also a PowerPoint and one-page instructional on how to enter a clients information to get them on our community’s housing list.
If you have questions about accessing HMIS or getting clients entered, please contact Johnna Coleman @ jcoleman@bigbendhc.org or 850-792-9420