Project name: Strategies/interventions: The Friends of the Homeless Integrated Treatment and Support (FOHITS) program will utilize evidence-based practices—Housing First, Motivational Interviewing (MI), Comprehensive Case Management, TF-CBT and Seeking Safety—to significantly expand and enhance service capacity in Springfield, Massachusetts through the provision of trauma-informed addiction and mental health treatment and recovery support services for 100 chronically homeless individuals annually. Specifically, CSO will support the FOHITS program participants in achieving and maintaining recovery from addiction and mental health disorders and improve their quality of life through connection with a broad range of services. The program will offer a comprehensive range of recovery support services in conjunction with housing, health care and behavioral health treatment.
Population to be served: The FOHITS program will serve low income, homeless or unstably housed, unemployed individuals and veterans with substance abuse and mental health disorders in the primary Western Massachusetts urban population center of Springfield. All program participants will meet the SAMHSA definition of “chronically homeless.”
Number of people to be served: The FOHITS program will serve 100 participants in Year 1 and an additional 100 in each of Years 2-5 for a total of 500 participants over the 5-year project duration.
Project goals are to: 1) provide outreach and engagement strategies to increase access to and participation in treatment; 2) place all participants in housing, leading to permanent housing stability; 3) provide harm reduction and recovery supports; 4) engage participants in a comprehensive range of mental health services and trauma-informed treatment; 5) engage and connect clients to enrollment resources for health insurance, Medicaid, and mainstream benefits programs.
Measurable objectives: CSO uses a Housing First model so that 75% of participants will be permanently housed; 100% of participants will have intensive case management, care coordination and an Individual Service Plan; 90% will be screened for HIV and HVC; 75% will actively engage in behavioral health treatment; and 90% will be connected to a primary care provider.