We are always looking at ways we can help meet the needs of people in our community. The PATH program allows us to get out into the community and directly work with individuals that are homeless or are in imminent danger of becoming homeless. Not all people struggling with homelessness seek out Emergency Shelter services, PATH is a way we can still help those families and individual, and we are grateful to be a part of it.
Here are some details:
The PATH program is administered by the Center for Mental Health Services, a component of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The PATH Program was authorized by the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Amendments Act of 1990.
PATH is a formula grant to the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. There are over 480 local organizations that receive PATH funds.
There is currently one national PATH workgroup. The PATH Administrative Workgroup (AWG) informs SAMHSA on administrative issues and developed the PATH Definitions. It is made up of State PATHContacts. In addition, consumer providers from PATH programs around the country participate in a Consumer/Peer Workgroup, as part of SAMHSA’s Homeless Programs.
Community Integration (CI)
As people and families transition out of the Emergency Shelter, their journey continues. Solving the housing problem a person faces is only one part of ending continued homelessness. Through our CI program we are able to continue to follow folks as they further their march toward wellness. Because of this, in large part, once housed, our success rate at maintaining our clients is quite high.
Our Community Outreach services are designed to compliment the services and programs happening at the Emergency Shelter and to provide continued services to individuals following their discharge from the Shelter into any of our housing or their own housing. CI is provided for those individuals who are either currently homeless or transitioning back into the community, at risk of self-harm, causing disturbances in the community, struggling to maintain and will deteriorate without such support, or posing a threat to others, due to the signs and symptoms of their mental illness.
The specific services provided through CI can include case management, daily living support services, and skills development services. Appropriate services will be determined following an assessment of each person individually.
For more information regarding the specific services we are licensed for, as well as eligibility, please click the link below:
Community Rehabilitation Services (CRS)
Following a person's stay at the Emergency Shelter some people may be ready to move into the community, but still need a degree of structure, living skills training, case management and help with fully integrating back into the community. Specifically, Section 17 of the Maine Care Benefits Manual states “Community Rehabilitation Services support the development of the necessary skills for living in the community, and promote recovery, and community inclusion.” Similar to CI services but more intensive, the ultimate goal is to assist the client with a transition from 24 hour care and oversight to once per day. Within a time frame of 3-6 months, it is estimated that the client will have increased skills, become familiar with their community, and become engaged with alternative community resources. Ultimately, this will lessen the need for daily contact as the client becomes more self-reliant and oriented. Services are delivered by a licensed and professional team of staff with a focus on moving the people they work with toward wellness and self-reliance.
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