Homeless Outreach

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;
  • Assessment for mental health, substance abuse and co-occurring disorders to offer linkages and referrals;
  • 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;
  • Linkage and referral to mainstream resources, employment services and supports, medical resources and housing resources .

Homeless Youth Outreach

Our Homeless Youth Outreach program maintains support to street youth with outreach, food, crisis intervention, counseling, medication clinic supports and follow-through care. The goal: to improve youth-protective factors, promote their physical safety and boost social and emotional competence.

KBH engages street youth where they are (libraries, warming centers, the woods, schools, etc.) and helps identify goals, build skills and identify youth competency, as well as safety gaps or challenges. KBH’s Youth Outreach program provides for:

  • Family outreach to prevent out-of-home placements: When youth are still at home but at-risk, the YOPC will review and provide options related to in-home counseling, outpatient counseling, mediation, and informal host/kinship placement or respite plans in order to promote family integration. When youth have already left their homes, the YOPC will assess their age, willingness to contact their parents, type of communication with parents, what the youth want, and what would it take to reunify;
  • Case management;
  • Crisis intervention support:  The YOPC provides each youth with after-hours crisis contact information, obtains a copy of existing crisis plans (for youth that have them), and verifies that the information is current. The YOPC will work with youth and family, friends, other professionals, etc. to create a plan when one is needed. After-hours crisis intervention in the youth shelter is provided through KBH’s on-call procedures. 
  • Mental health, substance abuse and/or sexual identity support:  Youth’s needs for mental health, substance abuse, and sexual identity support are assessed at intake. KBH employs a “no wrong door” approach that allows intakes to be done at different locations and staff, greatly facilitating access to services.
  • Referral to/coordination with other services. Staff work with primary care physicians, or will help them obtain outpatient services. Staff also links youth to counseling or other services identified in their individual plan.