$1.2M behavioral health grant to focus on homeless

July 28, 2016

Creating comprehensive, multi-agency resources across state key to program

Gateway Health was awarded a $1.2 million grant over three years from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to develop a program to provide behavioral health treatment to Rhode Island’s homeless, Gateway announced today.  

The program will offer treatment to homeless adults with chronic mental health issues, including substance abuse disorder, serious mental illness and serious emotional disturbance. Gateway, a Lifespan affiliate, will develop and manage the program using evidence-based mental health care practices endorsed by SAMHSA. Critical to the program is the coordination of diverse community resources that will play a vital role in helping ensure program participants’ continuum of care. This includes networking with primary care services, emergency departments, law enforcement, medical benefits agencies and homeless shelters.

“At the core of this effort is community,” said Richard Leclerc, president of Gateway Healthcare. “As a behavioral health care organization, we have the ability to help people regain mental strength and help them work toward a stable and healthier future for themselves and their families. To be successful, this program must involve a health care system that works together, and a community that is understanding and accepting of these individuals as they re-enter society.”

“These individuals are highly vulnerable, have very complex needs,” added James DiNunzio, administrative director of Gateway Adult Services. “But just like all of us, they have their own background and experiences. With that understanding, we will work with each program participant to determine what care and resources are best for them. This includes helping them break out of addiction cycles, gaining access to specific care and benefits resources, and finding housing options.”

The federal grant will fund support services like assessment, community support, crisis intervention and stabilization, housing, and medical benefits research.

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