SAMHSA Homeless Services

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) within HHS provides funding for several programs that provide services to people experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

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The President’s fiscal year (FY) 2015 Budget Proposal included $74 million for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Homeless Services and $65 million for Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH). These funding levels represent level funding from the FY 2014 enacted levels.

Since the Murray-Ryan Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 set the topline spending levels, or 302(a) allocations, for both FY 2014 and FY 2015, Congress will soon work to determine 302(b) funding levels for each of the twelve House and Senate appropriations subcommittees to work within to fund programs under their jurisdictions. Then, the subcommittees, including the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies subcommittees, which set funding levels for the SAMHSA Homeless Services and PATH programs, among others, will begin to draft their FY 2015 appropriations bills. 

About SAMHSA Homeless Programs
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Homeless Services programs provide case management and other supportive services — such as outreach, mental health services, substance use counseling, and health care — linked to housing. These integrated programs are highly effective and cost-efficient. From 2007 to 2013, the number of chronically homelessness individuals decreased by approximately 25 percent nationwide. SAMHSA investments have played a role in this decrease.

The largest obstacle for many communities to continue making progress toward ending homelessness is funding for service delivery that fully integrates behavioral and physical health care interventions. An increase in resources for integrated behavioral health services is needed to overcome barriers to accessing mainstream programs, such as Medicaid, welfare, and general substance abuse and mental health services. SAMHSA’s financial support of services in these environments is a critical step on the road to ending homelessness.

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Federal Policy Brief | March 7, 2014
This one-pager provides background information on SAMHSA's Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH) program. It also explains the Alliance's recommendation that in FY 2015 the PATH program receive at least $75 million in appropriations.