$600,000 awarded to fund treatment services for homeless in Northern Illinois

$600,000 awarded to fund treatment services for homeless in Northern Illinois


Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson recently announced a grant for $600,000 to expand and strengthen community treatment services in northern Illinois for homeless individuals with substance abuse disorders, mental illness, or with “co-occurring” substance abuse disorders and mental illness.

The grant will be awarded to the Northern Illinois Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse for treatment expansion to homeless women and women in danger of becoming homeless.

“As a society, we will be judged by our ability to help our most vulnerable members,” Secretary Thompson said. “We cannot allow those in northern Illinois who have severe substance abuse or mental health problems to live in the streets. We must assure that they have adequate shelter, and adequate treatment for their disorders.”

“On any given night, upwards of 600,000 persons are homeless,” Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Administrator Charles G. Curie noted. “These funds will help meet needs by promoting entry to housing and helping individuals remain housed, while they are receiving the treatment they need for substance abuse, mental illness or both.”

Annual awards will be made subject to continued availability of funds and progress achieved by the grantee, and can be awarded for up to three years. SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) will administer the grant.

A list of the other projects follows:

Development of Comprehensive Drug/Alcohol and Mental Health Treatment Systems for Persons Who are Homeless Grants;

The Center for Health Care Services, San Antonio, Texas—$599,924—to implement a program that blends treatment models to create a systems integration approach to prevent or reduce substance use, increase stable housing, prevent or reduce involvement in the criminal justice system, enhance vocational opportunities, and improve the health and mental status of homeless project participants.

University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, N.M.—$600,000—to expand services to Albuquerque’s runaways by expanding, linking and enhancing services for street youth. The program will offer substance abuse and mental health treatment that addresses the needs of homeless persons.

Integrated Life Center, Inc., Decatur, Ga.—$600,000—to provide a 12-week intensive outpatient co-occurring treatment program for homeless males.

Unity Health System, Rochester, N.Y.—$523,738—to prevent recurring episodes of homelessness, incarceration and hospitalization among 100 persons with severe mental illness and/or substance abuse disorders. The program will use long-term intensive intervention to ensure that clients receive a comprehensive array of needed services.

Meta House, Inc., Milwaukee, Wis.—$600,000—to expand and enhance services to homeless women and their children by using a “one stop shop” for housing, other basic needs, and culturally and gender appropriate treatment

Community Connections, Inc., Washington, D.C.—$586,711—to serve individuals with mental health and/or substance use disorders who are living in time-limited housing in Washington, D.C.

Camillus House, Inc., Miami, Fla.—$599,769—to address the severe gaps in treatment and system weaknesses associated with the intertwined issues of homelessness, substance abuse and mental health in Miami. The initiative will serve 202 homeless individuals with co-occurring disorders.

The Fortune Society, New York. N.Y.—$600,000—to target homeless ex-offenders by expanding its outpatient substance abuse treatment program to provide treatment for 120 homeless, recently released prisoners with diagnosable substance abuse disorders.

Star of Hope, Houston, Texas—$470,398—to enhance and expand its supportive housing program to include comprehensive mental health treatment for homeless women and their children, focusing on those with a recent history of substance abuse.

San Francisco Department of Public Health, San Francisco, Calif.—$599,769—to integrate behavioral health treatment into the services provided for the recently homeless residents of the six locally funded, supportive housing sites. The project will provide direct behavioral health counseling, case management, off-site substance abuse and mental health treatment, and methadone maintenance.

Ridgeview Psychiatric Center, Inc., Oak Ridge, Tenn.—$599,922—to integrate core treatment practices for rural homeless persons with co-occurring disorders.

Health & Hospital Corporation of Marion County, Indianapolis, Ind.—$600,000—to expand access to services for homeless persons with co-occurring mental health and addictions disorders by building upon community partnerships between homeless service agencies and treatment providers.

Horizon House, Inc., Philadelphia, Pa.—$586,574—to bring individuals with long histories of substance abuse, street homelessness, and serious mental illness in from the streets and stabilize them in permanent housing.

Gateway Community Services, Jacksonville, Fla.—$600,000—to deliver case management, addictions and mental health services to 210 homeless, dually diagnosed, medically complex persons.

Amethyst, Inq., Columbus, Ohio—$382,274—to enhance treatment services for women to include substance abuse treatment, physical and mental health services, recovery from trauma, case management, family programming and employment readiness.

Contra Costa County Health Services, Martinez, Calif.—$600,000—to create new assessment and outpatient recovery resources centers for the homeless. This will include new residential treatment slots for substance abuse. dedicated dual diagnosis treatment slots, and dedicated sober living beds within a homeless shelter in combination with intensive day treatment slots.

Colorado Coalition for Homeless, Denver, Colo.—$599,642—to implement a range of culturally competent and integrated substance abuse treatment and mental health services, coupled with housing, health care and supportive services for homeless adults.

Truman Medical Center, Inc., Kansas City, Mo.—$558,601—to create a treatment continuum designed for homeless adults with serious mental illness and co-occurring substance abuse disorders.

SAMHSA, a public health agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the lead federal agency for improving the quality and availability of substance abuse prevention, addiction treatment and mental health services in the United States. Information on SAMHSA’s programs is available on the Internet at www.samhsa.gov.

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