Division of Mental Health and Disability Services (MHDS)

Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH)

Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS), Division of Mental Health and Disability Services (MHDS) is the administrator of the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH) grant.

Through the PATH grant, MHDS provides funds to provider agencies in selected Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) in Iowa.  The provider agencies provide outreach to homeless individuals and case management for enrollees, emphasizing getting enrollees into community mental health services, supportive housing, and other basic services. PATH funds are also used for screening for mental health and substance abuse, staff training, supportive and supervisory services in residential settings, and referrals for primary health care, education services, and allowed housing services.

Notes on the most recent, FFY 2011, PATH Application:

1.  Based on advice from our Federal partners, Iowa requested $337,980  (Iowa's budget was $338,000 the previous year).

2.  In June 2011 SAMHSA awarded Iowa $337,000, a $980 reduction from our request and a $1000 reduction from the previous year.

3.  Iowa absorbed the reduction in "allowable costs;" Iowa did not reduce the provider budgets nor alter their work plans.

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