ADAMH to Increase Services to Homeless Adults in Franklin County

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ADAMH, the Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Board of Franklin County will invest more than $600,000 in new treatment and support services targeted at adults who are homeless and in need of mental health or addiction treatment.

Earlier this month, the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) received a three-year grant from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to increase capacity to provide accessible, effective, comprehensive, coordinated/integrated and evidence-based treatment services; permanent housing; peer supports and other critical services for veterans and non-veterans who experience homelessness or chronic homelessness.

ADAMH and Southeast, Inc. were selected for this expansion grant as a result of their long and strong experience with serving homeless individuals in Franklin County. This three-year commitment will provide over $225,000 each year to assist in the expansion of services to adults who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless and have a severe and persistent mental illness or substance abuse issue.

“ADAMH understands the importance of a stable living environment and the role it plays in a person’s well-being,” said David Royer, ADAMH CEO. “By providing individuals at risk of homelessness with supportive services and treatment, the ADAMH system of care can enhance the recovery process and increase the chances of success.”

An additional ADAMH investment of $380,000 will allow Southeast Inc. to develop two new teams to reach homeless individuals with untreated mental health and substance abuse issues who are not currently engaged in or need more intense treatment through motivational interviews, assertive community treatment, and integrated dual diagnosis treatment.

With this increased investment from OhioMHAS and ADAMH, Southeast Inc. will expand its Projects for Assistance through Transition from Homelessness (PATH) Program to pilot new street outreach approaches to improve engagement of people who are living on the land, in shelters, or who are at risk of losing their place to live. These individuals will be offered treatment services, housing and benefits that promote recovery.

“Southeast has a long history of serving people in our community who are homeless. These expanded services will allow us to help even more people access mental health and addiction treatment, find a home and get a job,” said Bill Lee, Southeast Inc., Executive Director.

The ADAMH Board of Franklin County is a strong collaborator with the Community Shelter Board (CSB) through the Continuum of Care planning effort. ADAMH’s new investment is designed to be an adjunct to CSB’s innovative Homeless to Home initiative that begins in October 2014. This new approach will match single adults who are homeless with navigators, or case managers, to help them find homes, stay in their new homes and become self-sufficient. The ADAMH investment is designed to provide vital mental health treatment, alcohol and drug treatment and support services to homeless adults who are living in shelters or on the land to support their recovery.

ADAMH is Franklin County’s authority for planning, funding and evaluating mental health, alcohol and drug abuse prevention and treatment services. ADAMH-funded services are provided by a local network of more than 35 not-for-profit providers and offered on a sliding-fee scale, making them affordable for any county resident, regardless of income.

Contact Aimee Shadwick, ADAMH at 614.222.3767 or Myken Pullins, Southeast Inc. at 614.225.0980 for more information.

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