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The PATH program is a Federal formula grant administered by the Center for Mental Health Services, a component of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), one of eight Public Health Service agencies within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The PATH Program Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness was authorized by the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Amendments Act of 1990.

PATH services are for people with serious mental illness, including those with co-occurring substance use disorders, who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless. PATH services include community-based outreach, mental health, substance abuse, case management and other support services, as well as a limited set of housing services. There are currently 20 PATH programs operating in the following counties and community mental health agencies:

  • Allegan CMH
  • Berrien CMH
  • Clinton-Eaton-Ingham CMH
  • Detroit Wayne County CMH (five subcontract agencies)
  • Genesee County CMH
  • Lifeways, Inc. (Jackson County)
  • Kalamazoo County CMH
  • Network 180 (Kent County)
  • Macomb County CMH (two subcontract agencies)
  • Muskegon County CMH
  • Oakland County CMH (two subcontract agencies)
  • Saginaw County CMH
  • St. Clair County CMH
  • Washtenaw County CMH

These programs combine assertive outreach and innovative interventions in ways that are designed to meet the needs of individuals who are homeless and mentally ill. PATH staff work to contact and engage people who are disconnected from mainstream resources. In general, PATH clients receive assistance with accessing and utilizing community supports to increase self-sufficiency and improve independence. These services include, but are not limited to:

  • help in accessing income supports such as SSI/SSDI or veteran benefits
  • assistance in locating affordable housing which may include financial assistance with security deposit, first month rent and utility deposit assistance when needed
  • help in moving and assistance in obtaining household furnishings and supplies
  • linkage to appropriate medical, mental health and educational services

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