Executive Summary: The Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center (LCHD/CHC) will create a mental illness/substance abuse (MISA) team to serve individuals who have a substance abuse/co-occurring disorder and are experiencing homelessness. LCHD/CHC will deliver psychiatry, counseling and case management. Clients will be linked to housing and support services. Outreach will be provided by a community partner.
Project Name: Lake County GBHI Project
Population to Be Served: The Lake County GBHI project will target individuals who have a substance abuse or co-occurring disorder and are experience homelessness. Data indicates that there are currently 1,060 individuals experiencing homelessness in Lake County. Of these, 27.5% have a serious mental illness and a projected 38% have a substance abuse disorder.
-The project will target individuals throughout Lake County with the focus on five communities in Lake County with significant low-income populations (Waukegan, North Chicago, Zion, Highwood and the Round Lake Area). Demographic and clinical characteristics:
-Demographic: At least 50% of the population enrolled in services is expected to be a racial/ethnic minority or have a preferred language other than English
-Clinical: Clients will be assessed at intake to determine whether they have a substance abuse or co-occurring disorder. Only individuals who have such a disorder AND who are experiencing homelessness will be enrolled in the project. Clinical outcomes will be tracked through mental health assessments completed at intake and at least annually thereafter.
Strategies/Interventions: The Lake County GBHI project will work with a county partner, PADS Lake County, to outreach to individuals who have a substance abuse or co-occurring disorder and who are experiencing homelessness. Once identified, these individuals will be enrolled in care with a MISA team that will provide psychiatry, counseling and intensive case management. Clients will be linked to supportive services including housing, primary care, specialty behavioral health care and other services. For housing specifically, LCHD/CHC will work with existing partnerships and resources to connect individuals to housing.
Project Goals/ Measurable Objectives: The GBHI program has five goals. Measurable objectives are included in full application. Goal 1: Provide treatment and case management to target population; Goal 2: Link GBHI participants to housing; Goal 3: Maintain clients in housing; Goal 4: Connect clients to supportive services; Goal 5: Help clients obtain clinical mental health improvements.
GBHI Enrollment goals: By year 5, LCHD/CHC aims to provide at least 225 new, unduplicated individuals with GBHI services.