COMPLETION OF OUR FIRST FEDERALLY-FUNDED BEHAVIORAL HEALTH PROGRAM
Our three-year “Hurry Home” Program drew to an end on September 30, 2018 and was replaced with a new five-year program that began December 1, 2018. Both of these programs are funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
A big thank you to our team for their work on the Hurry Home Grant from December 2015 through September 2018! And kudos to Mesilla Valley Community of Hope who worked with us to provide housing to 105 of our program participants. Over the course of three years, we helped approximately 300 people, and assisted in navigating them through various social services. These folks, plus the 105 who were officially enrolled into the program, make a total of approximately 405 individual clients that we interacted with over the course of the grant. Here is some of our program success data:
- Housing retention: 75% (meaning only 26 people lost housing due to jail or lease violations in three years)
- 97% of people received mental health services, and about 75%-80% maintained ongoing mental health services (through our agency and others like La Clinica)
- 45% of clients received SOAR services (SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery)
- 43% of clients received Supported Employment services
So, all in all, our uphill daily battles paid off immensely and the majority of our clients are far more stable emotionally, physically, and otherwise because of our teamwork.
The Housing Health and Recovery for Homeless Individuals (HHRHI), affectionately known as, Hurry Home, was a collaboration with St. Luke’s Health Care Clinic (now called Amador Health Center), St. Martin’s of Albuquerque, and Life Link of Santa Fe.It was managed through the University of New Mexico Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Division of Community Behavioral Health; and the New Mexico Department of Health and Human Services, Behavioral Health Division.
Program: Café Salud
Monthly, we reach out to the homeless community in a comfortable environment with healthy snacks and drinks to talk about health and wellness issues. We also offer services like auricular detoxification, HIV testing, syringe exchange, and harm reduction services with our partners Alianza and FYI, New Mexico Department of Health Region V, and Crossroads Acupuncture.
Café Salud is well-attended with families and children enjoying the fellowship of each other while learning about healthier ways to live. Our goal is to build a stronger, healthier community through prevention, education, interaction, and fun.
Program: Hurry Home
In 2014, the New Mexico Human Services Department sub-awarded us a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) – a federal agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The grant funds our Housing Supports, Health, and Recovery for Homeless Individuals, or Hurry Home program. The program enhances New Mexico’s capacity to provide care for individuals experiencing chronic homelessness, severe mental illness, and/or substance use disorders.
We were one of three direct service providers participating in the program; providing an assortment of trauma-informed, evidence-based practices, which include: 1) Permanent Supportive Housing; 2) Supported Employment; 3) Peer Recovery Support Services; 4) Seeking Safety Services; and 5)SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery. Program participants also receive access to psychiatric services.
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