AltaPointe operates several programs that meet the wide variety of needs for the newly homeless and chronically homeless. Most patients are in active psychiatric treatment, while a few have lost contact with their treatment teams due their homeless status. Some patients need a higher level of psychiatric and community resources than others. Some patients live alone, some live in small groups. Some residences are single-family dwellings while others are apartments. All residents and residences are diligently monitored by AltaPointe professionals to guarantee the high standards AltaPointe demands. The objective of all our homeless initiatives is to link patients with community resources in order to build the skills necessary to eventually live productive, independent lives.
Shelter Plus Care
Operated under the auspices of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), this independent living program temporarily places patients in apartments until they can master the skills required to secure their own living arrangements. While in the Shelter Plus program, patients practice community living skills and learn to secure the available resources that will increase their chances of success. Case managers closely monitor each patient’s progress and ensure they receive any psychiatric services they need.
Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness PATH
PATH is a federally-funded program aimed at adults with serious mental illness as well as those with co-occurring substance abuse disorders who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Most of these individuals are not involved in active treatment due to their homeless status. For these hard-to-serve patients, AltaPointe professionals deliver needed services where the patients are, whether that is a community shelter, a homeless camp or on the street. Our goal is to get these patients the medical and psychiatric treatment they need to stabilize, begin recovery and secure housing.
This supervised housing program is designed for homeless patients with severe mental illness who need outpatient psychiatric services, but possess the basic living skills required to live independently. Up to three patients are temporarily housed in each single-family dwelling leased by AltaPointe with funds from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Homeless Initiative Program. While in this transitional program, patients receive the psychiatric treatment they need while working to develop skills that will allow them to live independently.
With funds provided by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Homeless Initiative Program, AltaPointe provides a variety of independent living arrangements for patients with several mental illnesses who are able to live independently with minimal support. These high-functioning individuals have basic living skills, can cook, clean and arrange for their own transportation. Dwellings may be apartments or single-family residences. Some placements are permanent while some are transitional. Some are for the newly homeless while others serve the chronically homeless. Some specifically target patients with severe mental illness combined with other disabilities. In all cases, patients receive the psychiatric services they need on an outpatient basis.
Homeless Program Event Photos – Courtesy of Sharon Steinmann and Al.com