Molly Batschelet (she, her, hers) has over 18 years of experience working in homeless services in both direct services and program coordination. Ms. Batschelet specializes in the area of Veteran homelessness and served over 13 years with the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Health Care for Homeless Veterans program. She possesses deep knowledge of VA programs and services, including Grant and Per Diem, Low-Demand Safe Haven, Supportive Services for Veteran Families, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development – Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program.
Ms. Batschelet has expertise in harm reduction strategies and in the implementation and improvement of homeless outreach and engagement services, as well as in the development and implementation of low-demand housing services for Veterans experiencing serious mental illness and substance use disorders. She has thorough knowledge of federal benefit eligibility and access through the Veterans Benefits Administration and the Social Security Administration, and is formally trained and experienced in the application of the SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and Recovery (SOAR) program.
Ms. Batschelet has worked extensively on enhancing community homeless response networks and establishing strong relationships between the VA, community service providers, medical school residents, first responders, and law enforcement. She has provided trainings to service provider and law-enforcement communities, as well as presenting at state and national conferences on clinical issues and approaches, as well as on ethical considerations in outreach and engagement with Veterans experiencing homelessness.
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, Ms. Batschelet has clinical expertise in the areas of serious mental illness and substance abuse disorders and the application of evidence-based practices to improve prevention and treatment services, which helps to further inform and strengthen her work in the field of technical assistance and consultation.