The Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH) program assists individuals who are homeless, or in jeopardy of being homeless, and have a serious mental illness to access medical, dental, and behavioral health services. Riverbend’s outreach staff works collaboratively with many community organizations, landlords, property managers, city and town welfare personnel.
PATH 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. There are nearly 600 local organizations that provide PATH services throughout the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
National Data reveals that PATH funding supported the following services during the 2012-2013 reporting period:
- 192,017 individuals were contacted through outreach by the PATH program
- 61% of individuals contacted who were eligible for PATH services became enrolled in PATH
- 70% of enrolled individuals received case management services
- 66% of enrolled individuals received community mental health services
To learn more about the impact of PATH and persons served by PATH, please visit the national data site.