Homeless Adult Outreach
KBH provides Adult Outreach services to homeless adults in Kennebec, Somerset and Knox counties and provides access to outreach services in Waldo and Lincoln counties. These services are supported by Maine DHHS, through a State of Maine PATH grant. PATH is an acronym for Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness.
Caseworkers will work from KBH clinic locations as well as in the field to deliver services and supports to those adults frequenting in shelters, hotels, soup kitchens and other community centers as well as those living on the streets, in abandoned buildings and in cars, tents and other locations.
Services provided include:
- Outreach and engagement in community settings such as emergency shelters, hospitals, soup kitchens, libraries and other places not meant for habitation (i.e., abandoned buildings, tents, cars and on the streets);
- Assessment for mental health, substance abuse and co-occurring disorders to offer linkages and referrals to help stabilize and place targeted populations;
- Case management services for those with no payor source for traditional supports;
- Housing services including: planning of housing; technical assistance in applying for housing assistance; improving the coordination of housing services and costs associated with matching eligible homeless individuals with appropriate housing situations;
- Linkage and referral to mainstream resources include but are not limited to: MaineCare; income resources: SSI, SSDI, VA benefits, general assistance, food stamps, TANF; employment services and supports; medical resources (MH, SA, co-occurring services, PCP, dental, vision and other resources as needs are assessed and identified); and housing resources such as BRAP, Shelter Plus Care, Section 8, project-based housing, VASH Section 202/811 housing and other forms of subsidized housing and resources.
Persons who meet the PATH homeless definition and who have a mental illness and/or co-occurring substance abuse disorder may be considered to be eligible for PATH enrollment.
PATH resources: Maine DHHS
History of PATH
PATH was created as part of the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Amendments Act of 1990. Since 1991, PATH has funded the 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and four U.S. Territories (the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands). The goal of the PATH Program is to reduce or eliminate homelessness for individuals with serious mental illnesses or co-occurring substance use disorders who are homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless. PATH funds are used to provide a menu of allowable services, including street outreach, case management and services which are not supported by mainstream mental health programs.
For more information about KBH’s Homeless Adult Outreach Program contact the Access Center at 1-888-322-2136.