Lantern is at the vanguard of utilizing evidence-based practices in supportive housing.

Lantern’s model is one of impact-oriented, evidence-based programming, comprising high quality staff training by program experts, rigorous monitoring of staff and organizational practices to ensure fidelity to proven programs, and robust data analysis to understand our programs’ impact on homelessness.

We currently offer our clients five different evidence-based interventions:

  • Motivational Interviewing, to increase self-efficacy: All clinical staff receive two-full-day training from NYU’s School of Medicine to use MI techniques to motivate clients to make positive changes, moving them towards stability and self-reliance. Staff participate in peer coaching, and submit recorded client sessions to NYU, to be checked for program fidelity.
  • Individual Placement & Support, to increase competitive employment: In 22 randomized controlled trials, IPS has outperformed traditional employment programs in job acquisition, employment rate, job tenure, and earnings. Specialists build relationships with prospective employers, and help clients identify employment goals. The Rockville Institute trains staff and provides regular coaching and on-site monitoring to ensure fidelity to IPS guidelines.
  • Illness Management & Recovery, to reduce hospitalizations: In individual and group sessions, clients acquire skills to manage their diagnoses and move towards recovery. Randomized trials have demonstrated positive impacts on hospitalizations, symptom management, and medication compliance. The University of Minnesota provides training, coaching, and on-site fidelity monitoring.
  • CLEAR, to improve health outcomes for people living with HIV: A client-centered health promotion intervention, CLEAR uses one-on-one cognitive behavioral techniques to change behavior. Training and technical support is provided by the Latino Commission on AIDS.
  • SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery, to increase income: Lantern’s Health & Wellness Coordinators use SOAR to assist eligible residents in qualifying for disability income benefit programs that ensure they have the income needed for daily living.

Two further interventions are in development, to be implemented in 2017:

  • Multi-Systemic Therapy for Emerging Adults, to increase young adults’ employment, health and housing stability outcomes: An adaptation of the top-tier evidence-based therapeutic model, tailored for high-need young adults, MST-EA is provided by trained therapists. It supports positive functioning in education, work, independent living, and relationships. Training and fidelity monitoring will be provided by the Oregon Social Learning Center and the New York Community Trust has provided part-funding for the program.
  • Stanford Diabetes Self-Management Program, to improve health outcomes for clients with diabetes: approved as evidence-based by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, these workshops have demonstrated significant improvements in depression, communication with physicians, healthy eating, patient activation, and self-efficacy. The program will be provided by IPRO.