The Office of Behavioral Health has recently received two federal grants to help homeless Coloradans experiencing mental health and substance abuse issues.
The first award – Cooperative Agreements to Benefit Homeless Individuals for States – provides $712,000 per year over three years for treatment services and supports at the Fort Lyon project, a residential treatment program for the chronically homeless, including veterans, who have mental health and/or substance abuse disorders.
CDHS has selected the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless and Colorado West Regional Mental Health Centers as its community partners to implement this project.
The second grant - $910,000 – comes through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Project for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH) program.
It is a network of state and local agencies that contribute community-based services, such as health care, substance abuse treatment and housing, to help people with mental health disorders who are at risk of becoming, or already are, homeless.
PATH providers in Colorado are: Aurora Mental Health Center; Colorado Coalition for the Homeless (with Mental Health Partners and Urban Peak); Northeast Behavioral Health (with Centennial Mental Health, Northrange Behavioral Health and Touchstone Health Partners); San Luis Valley Mental Health Center; and, Spanish Peaks Behavioral Health Center.
SAMHSA administers both grant programs.