Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH)
The Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH) Program is a federal formula grant to assist homeless persons with serious mental illness. The grant was authorized under the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Amendments Act of 1990 (Public Law 101-645, Title V, Subtitle B), and is administered by the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). PATH is designed to provide funds to each state to support services for persons with serious mental illnesses (SMI), as well as individuals with co-occurring substance use disorders (SUD), who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Additional information regarding the federal PATH program is available here.
The Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) receives PATH funding that is dispersed to Community Mental Health Centers and other organizations serving individuals with SMI who are also homeless.
The overall objectives of the program are:
- Increase the number of persons with SMI, who may also experience a co-occurring SUD and who are experiencing homelessness, who are contacted. (Target: 191,926 nationwide)
- Increase the percentage of enrolled persons experiencing homelessness who receive community mental health services to 66%.
- Increase the percentage of persons experiencing homelessness and SMI who become enrolled in PATH services to 58%.
- Increase the number of PATH providers trained on SSI/ SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) to ensure eligible clients experiencing homelessness are receiving benefits. (Target: 2,296 nationwide)
The services supported by PATH funding include outreach, screening and diagnostic treatment, community mental health services, alcohol and drug treatment, staff training, case management, housing assistance, supportive services in residential settings, outreach and services to youth in transition, psychiatric medication management services, benefits acquisition and retention, and referrals for other services.
Currently, the geographic areas of the state that receive PATH funds are as follows:
- Colorado Coalition for the Homeless serving primarily Denver and Boulder counties, however, services are available in the entire metropolitan Denver area;
- San Luis Valley Behavioral Health Group serving the six counties of San Luis Valley in the southern region of Colorado;
- Northeast Behavioral Health serving the northeast region of the State, including Ft. Collins, Greeley, and Fort Morgan; and
- Aurora Mental Health Center serving the city of Aurora
PATH Location Map Rev062017
Stacey Teegardin, MS, LPC, CRC