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Moving Forward, Together: Integrating Consumers as Colleagues
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The Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH) program is administered by the Center for Mental Health Services, a component of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), which is one of eight Public Health Service agencies within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The PATH program was authorized by the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Amendments Act of 1990.
About the Program
PATH is a formula grant to the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. There are nearly 600 local organizations that provide PATH services. The Homeless and Housing Resource Network (HHRN) assists SAMHSA in providing support to the states and local providers.
PATH provides services to people with serious mental illness, including those with co-occurring substance use disorders, who are experiencing homelessness or at imminent risk of becoming homeless.
PATH funds can be utilized by local providers for a variety of services. Some local PATH programs offer all of these services, while others focus on providing one of two of these services:
Screening and diagnostic treatment services;
Habilitation and rehabilitation services;
Community mental health services;
Alcohol or drug treatment services;
Staff training, including the training of individuals who work in shelters, mental health clinics, substance abuse programs, and other sites where individuals who are homeless require services;
Case management services;
Supportive and supervisory services in residential settings;
Referrals for primary health services, job training, educational services, and relevant housing services; and
Assistance with identifying and securing appropriate housing.
Virtually all states use PATH funds to provide outreach services to contact and engage people who are disconnected from mainstream resources. Data reveals that PATH funding supported the following services during the 2011-2012 reporting period:
92% of all providers offer outreach to persons experiencing homelessness
87% of all providers offer case management services
85% of all providers assist clients in accessing primary health care services, job training, education services, and housing
75% of all providers assist consumers in applying for housing assistance
For additional data related to PATH services and persons served through PATH, please visit the
Find a PATH program near you
To locate a PATH program near you, please visit the
. You can search for PATH programs by state or territory, enter your address to locate a program near you, or view lists of all of the State PATH Contacts and PATH providers by state.
For more information about the PATH program, please contact us at:
Tison Thomas, M.S.W.
Director, PATH Program
Homeless Programs Branch
Division of Service Systems Improvement
Center for Mental Health Services
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
SAMHSA Web Site
Grantee Resource Center
SAMHSA Web Site
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