Expanding Access to and Use of Behavioural Health Services for People At Risk for or Experiencing Homelessness

Published by
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

This guide highlights strategies for behavioural health and housing providers to conduct outreach and engage with individuals experiencing homelessness, initiate use of behavioural health treatment as they wait to receive stable housing and retain them in their recovery efforts once housed.

This guide contains a foreword and five chapters. Each chapter is designed to be brief and accessible to program administrators, clinicians, direct care staff, and community partners interested in interventions for treating individuals experiencing sheltered and unsheltered homelessness who have mental health and/or substance use disorders. This guide focuses on when a person is experiencing sheltered or unsheltered homelessness and has not yet moved into stable housing.