Project Summary: The Mobile Integrated Behavioral Health Team (MIBHT) project provides outreach and recovery supports to adults experiencing homelessness diagnosed with a serious mental illness and/or co-occurring substance use disorder in Kalamazoo County, MI. The team will use Peer Supports and evidence based practices to provide outreach in the community, engage individuals in treatment and link them with housing opportunities and benefits.
Target Population: Kalamazoo County adults experiencing homelessness are the population of focus. A significant percentage of them have a mental illness and/or co-occurring substance use disorder, are racially diverse (49% African American/Black compared to 12% of the county population), have experienced significant trauma, and are geographically transient (55% previously lived outside of the county). Two subpopulations have been identified for this project including individuals with military experience and African American/Black individuals.
Strategies/Interventions: Services will be culturally sensitive and trauma informed. Evidence based practices used will include Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral and Treatment (SBIRT), Motivational Interviewing, and Peer Support services. MIBHT partners with Ministry with Community, a daytime shelter, drop-in center for the homeless, for outreach and engagement strategies. A total unduplicated count of 270 individuals will be enrolled in the project over 5 years; Year 1 = 30, Year 2 = 60, Year 3 = 60, Year 4 = 60, and Year 5 = 60.
Goal 1: Increase access to culturally competent, integrated behavioral health treatment services for individuals experiencing homelessness. Objective 1: Conduct outreach throughout Kalamazoo County to 500 individuals. Objective 2: Provide evidence based, integrated mental health/substance use disorder treatment for 270 enrolled individuals. Objective 3: Provide Peer Support services to 270 enrolled individuals.
Goal 2: Improve housing status by coordinating services that support permanent sustainable housing. Objective 1: Link and coordinate housing referrals through the Kalamazoo County Coordinated Entry System (CES) for 270 enrolled individuals. Objective 2: Assist 135 enrolled individuals with application for benefits. Objective 3: Assist 100 enrolled individuals to transition from homelessness to permanent housing options.
Goal 3: Increase the coordination of and access to available community services for the population of focus. Objective 1: Link and coordinate access to primary care for 100 enrolled individuals. Objective 2: Coordinate outreach services to military service members with the Veteran Navigator staff and other Veteran’s services to all enrolled homeless military service members. Objective 3: Annually, MIBHT staff will enroll an increasing percentage of African American individuals who are homeless into the project.