Supportive Housing Program

Target Population: Homeless/recovering/dual-diagnosed women and their children; often referred by Hennepin County as the “hardest to serve”.

Program Summary: Perspectives’ Supportive Housing Program is rooted in the philosophy that successful programming needs to be targeted to a specific population – in our case, mothers and their children. And, this programming must also involve more than just a house. The families we serve have experienced numerous traumas that have left them in despair, with little hope for a new life. Our model is designed to create a path to healing; otherwise, we will only be a revolving door. Through our multi-disciplinary team of chemical and mental health professionals, women work with case managers to design their program-life plan, one that incorporates methods of healing from their trauma so that they can move on to a promising future – free from addiction and mental illness.

Included in our philosophy is the principle that the physical environment must promote the dignity of the family. Therefore, Perspectives places high value on attractive facilities that are clean and well-maintained. Gardens, paved paths, trees, patios, and playgrounds are part of the Perspectives’ housing campus. This campus includes 53 fully furnished 1, 2, & 3 bedroom apartments.


2017 Program Objectives

  • 75 homeless, dual-diagnosed women will live in Perspectives’ Supportive Housing Program throughout 2017.
  • 110 homeless children will live in Perspectives’ Supportive Housing Program throughout 2017.
  • 75% of families will move from Perspectives Supportive Housing to permanent housing within the community after living at Perspectives for a minimum of 12 months.
  • 70% women in program will participate in school, job training, or be employed.

2016 Program Statistics

  • Total women housed:
  • Total children housed:
  • Total percentage of families moved on to permanent housing:
  • Total women employed, in school or job training:

Supportive Housing Program includes the following activities:

  • Housing: 24/7 Residential Program
  • Basic Needs: All apartments are fully furnished with couches, chairs, lamps, beds, dressers, and kitchen supplies (pots/pans, dishes, utensils). In addition, each has an approximately two-month supply of necessary toiletries and cleaning supplies.
  • Sober Housing: Random checks are made to ensure residents remain drug-free.
  • Case Management: Each resident meets weekly (sometimes daily) with a Case Manager who assists her and monitors her progress toward her program goals.
  • Family Reunification: For mothers entering our program who have children in child protection, 95 percent of these families will be reunited within the first six months of being in our program.
  • Twenty-four hours per day/seven days per week Supervision and Crisis Response: Perspectives has two on-site staff living at the apartment campus.
  • Smoke-free Environment: Apartments are smoke-free in order to promote healthy lifestyles and to protect children from exposure to secondhand smoke.
  • Access to Kids Connection Program: A comprehensive afterschool and summer youth development program that provides academic and social enrichment for children at the kindergarten through eighth grade level.
  • Life Skills Training: Includes programming to build skills in areas such as parenting, finances, wellness, etc.
  • Culturally Competent Programming: Perspectives’ staff recognizes the cultural differences within our population of residents. We have a diverse staff of case managers who bring expertise from the Native American and African American cultures. Referrals are also made to other services in communities of color.
  • Transportation: Perspectives employs two part-time mini bus drivers to transport our families to grocery stores, doctors, daycare, and to the Perspectives Family Center for programming.
  • Childcare: Free childcare is provided for our residents while they are attending our programming at the Family Center.
  • Access to Jump Start Program: Job readiness and soft skills training directed at preparing participants to increase their employability so they can earn a livable wage.
  • Community Childcare: Perspectives assists residents in identifying and accessing community childcare services, including providing transportation to and from daycare in our mini bus.
  • Emergency Food Assistance: This service is available when women first enter the program or on an emergency basis.

Parenting Time Program

Target Population: Children who are at-risk to be traumatized through their parents’ inability to formulate a safe visitation with noncustodial parent; families are referred through the Family Court System for supervised visitation.

Program Summary: Provide a trauma-informed environment for children whose parents are court-ordered to have supervised visitation. The program provides the opportunity for parent and child to reunite. A vital resource to the Hennepin County Court Services, as there is no other agency within Hennepin County that provides this critical service to families.


2017 Program Objectives

Parenting Time: (January – December 2017)
  • 100 children will be provided monitored visitation, supervised visitation, or exchanges with noncustodial parent.
  • 150 parents will be provided monitored visitation, supervised visitation, or exchanges.
  • 90% of parents will report being satisfied/highly satisfied with services.
  • 60% of parents will report significant increase in parenting skills.

2016 Program Statistics

Parenting Time Program:
  • Total families served:
  • Total children served:
  • Total adults served:
  • Sessions of supervised visitation:
  • Sessions of child exchange:

Parenting Time Program includes the following activities:

  • Supervised, Trauma-informed Visitation: Provided by trained staff.
  • Flexible Hours: Weekend and evening hours.
  • Family Kitchen: Program kitchen and dining area for parents to prepare meals and eat together with their children.
  • Responsive Classroom Approach: Implemented to foster positive attitudes and build citizenship.
  • Separate Private Meeting Areas: Safe and secure family room environment for children to be with parents.
  • Child Exchanges: Safe, secure supervised child exchanges between parents.
  • Parent Coaching: Parenting Curriculum© specifically designed for parents in conflict.
  • Children’s Mental Health Counselor: Provides intake for children before their first meeting with noncustodial parent (if needed).

Perspectives Parenting Time Payments

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Clinical Services & Children’s Mental Health

Clinical Services Program

Target Population: Mothers living within Perspectives’ Supportive Housing.

Program Summary: Our mental and chemical health services are vital to achieving stability and positive long-term outcomes. Perspectives’ integrated team of professionals works together to provide trauma-informed services, including: on-site diagnostic assessments, treatment planning, screening, referrals, and individual, family, and/or group psychotherapy.

Children’s Mental Health Program

Target Population: Children attending Kids Connection and/or living within Perspectives’ Supportive Housing Program; the majority have experienced serious trauma as a result of abusive environments that include time living homeless shelters and with parents who suffer from addiction and mental illness. The majority of the children have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Program Summary: Early intervention is key in assisting a child to work through unresolved trauma. Perspectives’ Children’s Mental Health Therapist provides assessments, treatment plans, and both one-to-one and family counseling to assist the child in their healing process. Our therapist becomes the advocate to ensure that the child has the resources available to create long-term change.


2017 Program Objectives

Clinical Services: (January – December 2017)
  • 75% of women living in Perspectives’ Supportive Housing Program will have a mental health assessment.
  • 100% of women living in our supportive housing will participate in a services/treatment plan.
  • 75% of women living in our supportive housing who participate in Perspective outpatient treatment program will complete program.
  • 70% of women living in our supportive housing will test negative for drug use.
Children’s Mental Health: (January – December 2017)
  • 25 children participating in Kids Connection and/or living in Perspectives’ Supportive Housing Program will receive mental health services during 2017.
  • 80% of parents will report increased knowledge of their child’s mental health diagnosis.
  • 80% of children receiving mental health services will self-report increased self-esteem.

2016 Program Statistics

Clinical Services:
  • Total women served:
  • Hours of clinical service provided to adults:
Children’s Mental Health:
  • Total children served:
  • Hours of clinical service provided to children:

Clinical Services Program includes the following activities:

  • Mental Health Assessments: Diagnosis and recommendations for treatment interventions based on individual needs and personal goals.
  • Individual and Family Psychotherapy: Trauma-informed treatment planning and progress-monitoring of targeted emotional goals.
  • Group Psychotherapy: Groups available to women include Support and Relapse Prevention, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Healing Generations, Seeking Safety/Beyond Trauma, Healing through Writing, and A Woman’s Way through the 12 Steps.
  • Chemical Health Outpatient Treatment: A dual-diagnosis state-licensed program providing chemical health assessments, four weekly treatment groups, one-on-one sessions with a licensed alcohol and drug counselor, mental health group therapy, and individual therapy.

Children’s Mental Health Program includes the following activities:

  • Early Intervention: Children’s mental health therapist is able to immediately see children who are referred because of issues with social adjustment disorders and/or PTSD.
  • Assessments/Treatment Plans: Children referred for services will receive mental health assessments as well as treatment plans.
  • One-to-One Counseling: Children’s mental health therapist meets with children to provide one-to-one therapy, advocacy, and referrals as needed.
  • Family Therapy: When deemed helpful our children’s therapist will work with both child and parent in an effort to ensure the child’s mental health needs are met, providing both help and education for the child’s parent.

Jump Start: New Employment Program to Launch First Quarter 2017

Target Population: This program is specifically for women living within Perspectives’ Supportive Housing Program who lack employment skills.

Program Summary: This new program will teach our residents soft skills that employers value, such as being prompt, courteous, and exhibiting enthusiasm and motivation for their work. Participants will learn that employers place high value on an individual who can think both independently and analytically but also follow directions. Jump Start will provide the structure to create options and also hold the participant accountable. For lower-skilled individuals, especially those with multiple barriers to employment, Jump Start will coordinate strategies across systems while developing flexible, innovative training. Specifically, the program will integrate numerous support services in order to increase the chances of a participant’s success.


Jump Start Program will include the following activities:

  • One-on-one Assessments: Identify participant’s career interests, strengths (soft skills), job skills, and barriers.
  • Goal Planning: Participants will design an Individual Employment Plan (IEP), including a list of both short-term and long-term goals. Examples of goals might be securing a GED, obtaining a driver’s license, receiving on-the-job training, volunteering, developing child care options, securing financial aid for additional training/education, attending Jump Start courses, and consenting to a coach.
  • Development of Soft Skills: Behaviors and attitudes that demonstrate reliability, motivation, and ability to be a team player.
  • Financial Literacy: Participants will assess their current financial situations and set financial goals, including improving credit scores, paying off debts, and starting to increase savings.
  • Job Coaches: Volunteer mentors/job coaches will encourage participants and assist in helping to track individual goals.