Idaho’s Treatment for Individuals Experiencing Homelessness project will implement transformative changes in the behavioral health service delivery to individuals who are diagnosed with a serious mental illness (SMI) and/or a Co-Occurring Disorder (COD); have been institutionalized in a state or community hospital setting and discharged within the past year; and are currently experiencing or are at risk of homelessness.
Idaho will 1) Provide navigation services to identified individuals at the time of project entry; 2) Provide an array of behavioral health services in the community upon release from hospitalization; 3) Provide s a step down from hospitalization that will provide a supportive living environment; and 4) Ensure connection to long term stable housing.
Idaho’s goals and objectives are to:
1) Reduce state and community hospitalization readmissions for individuals with an SMI and/or COD who experience unstable housing. Idaho will deliver mental health and/or substance use disorder services to 28 individuals during year 1 and 37 individuals each year for years 2-5 for a total of 177. Idaho will provide navigator services to at least 80% of eligible participants within 2 business days of entry into the project. At least 60% of project participants will avoid readmission to psychiatric hospital settings within twelve (12) months of entry into the project.
2) Increase project participant access and retention of safe, suitable and affordable housing. SOAR Case Management services will be provided to at least 80% of eligible project participants within six (6) months of entry into the project. Navigator will connect 80% of eligible participants with their local HUD Coordinated Entry within six (6) months of entry into the project. At least 80% of project participants without insurance will apply for Medicaid and other eligible benefits within 3 months of admission to the project.
3) Promote recovery, resilience and independence in the community of choice. At least 45% of project participants will report continued involvement with local supportive services and resources after six (6) months of admission to the project. At least 70% of participants will report no arrests in the past thirty (30) days after six (6) months of entry into the project.
4) Develop a collaborative, approach to providing services and supports. A Steering Committee will be established within 4 months of project award. The Steering Committee will be composed of consumers and other stakeholders, and will meet quarterly to review project outcomes, consult, and review evaluation results. In years 3-5, the Steering Committee will be expected to actively assist with efforts to identify collaborating partnerships and funding to ensure project sustainability after the grant period ends.