SAMHSA’s Cooperative Agreements to Benefit Homeless Individuals (CABHI) programs help people with behavioral health issues find housing and supportive services.
CABH programs are competitive grant programs, jointly funded by the SAMHSA Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) and Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT). CABHI programs support state and local community efforts to provide behavioral health treatment and recovery-oriented services. These services are provided within a permanent supportive housing approach for people with:
- Substance use disorders
- Serious mental illness
- Serious emotional disturbance
- Co-occurring mental and substance use disorders
CABHI’s primary goal is to ensure that the most vulnerable people experiencing homelessness and chronic homelessness receive access to housing, treatment, and recovery support services. These people often include veterans, families, and youth.
Initiated in 2011, the CABHI program awarded grants for up to 3 years to community-based public or nonprofit entities to serve people experiencing chronic homelessness. Key program requirements include establishing community consortiums and steering committees to help guide program integration and implementation.
In 2013, SAMHSA initiated a CABHI-States program and awarded grants for up to 3 years to states to enhance and develop the service infrastructure of states and their treatment systems. A key CABHI-States program requirement is to establish a state interagency council on homelessness to enhance or develop a statewide plan. The statewide plan should sustain partnerships across public health and housing systems. The plan should result in short- and long-term strategies for supporting people experiencing homelessness who have behavioral health issues.
In 2016, the CABHI program was expanded to include communities and tribal and nonprofit organizations, as well as states. Funding was provided to enhance or develop the infrastructure needed to provide accessible, effective, comprehensive, coordinated/integrated, and evidence-based treatment services including, permanent supportive housing, peer supports, and other critical services for veterans, youth, and families experiencing homelessness or chronic homelessness and who also have serious mental illnesses or serious emotional disturbances, substance use disorders or co-occurring substance use and mental disorders. Nearly $19.5 million was awarded across 30 CABHI program grantees in FY2016.
Supported Activities for CABHI Programs
Grantees are required to develop and provide integrated services and supports to reduce homelessness and chronic homelessness among their population of focus. CABHI services may include:
- Permanent housing support for program participants
- Outreach and engagement for the population of focus
- Behavioral health screening and assessment
- Direct treatment for substance use disorders, serious mental illness, serious emotional disturbance, or co-occurring disorders
- Peer support services and peer support specialists
- Case management and recovery support services
- Enrollment for health insurance, Medicaid, SSI/SSDI and other mainstream benefits
Other SAMHSA Homelessness Programs and Services
SAMHSA’s targeted homelessness programs are part of SAMHSA’s Recovery Support Strategic Initiative. One goal of the strategic initiative is to increase access to permanent housing for people with mental and/or substance use disorders and their families. This effort aligns with the concept of safe and stable housing being a critical component of recovery. SAMHSA’s homelessness programs support various behavioral health treatments and recovery-oriented services.
Other SAMHSA homelessness programs and services include:
- Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH)
- Grants for the Benefit of Homeless Individuals–Services in Supportive Housing (GBHI–SSH)
- • SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR)
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