Eligibility for this supplemental funding announcement is limited to the current FY 2013 CABHI-States grantees. CMHS is providing supplemental funding for this program in order a create a more comprehensive program that is consistent with the CABHI States model in order to better address the full range of individuals who experience chronic homeless and have behavioral health issues, including those with only serious mental illness and homeless veterans.
SAMHSA believes that it is cost effective and efficient to limit eligibility to the current grantees because they already have the necessary infrastructure in place to immediately begin implementing activities under this supplemental funding announcement.
FY 2013 CABHI-States grantees would be in their second year of funding at the time of the receipt of FY 2014 grant funds. At this point, grantees would have hired program staff, begun to enhance or develop their statewide plans for system-wide short and long term support to the population of focus, begun the delivery of recovery-oriented services and begun efforts to assist the state Medicaid eligibility agency in developing a streamlined application process to assist the population of focus. Supplemental FY 2014 funds would enhance these efforts with a specific focus on the provision of mental health services to veterans who experience homelessness or chronic homelessness and non-veterans who experience chronic homelessness.
In 2010, the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) approved Opening Doors, a Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness. One of the goals of this Strategic Plan is to achieve the goal of ending homelessness for veterans and chronic homelessness in general by 2015. SAMHSA is committed in the effort to achieve this and other goals in the Federal Strategic Plan. This program prioritizes veterans who experience homelessness or chronic homelessness and other individuals (non-veterans) who experience chronic homelessness with serious mental illness, substance use disorders or co-occurring substance use and mental disorders.
On a single night in January 2013, there were an estimated 610,042 sheltered and unsheltered people who are homeless nationwide. Of those, approximately 109,132 were experiencing chronic homelessness and approximately 57,849 were identified as veterans experiencing homelessness. In an effort to efficiently and effectively impact the goals of the USICH Strategic Plan, it is vital to target states and communities.
The statutory authority for this program prohibits grants to for-profit agencies.