Evaluation of the Housing Support and Stability Project (HSSP)
Study Dates: 2014 – 2015
Study Description: This project is part of a 3 year $1.3 million Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to develop and evaluate the Housing Support and Stability Project (HSSP). This program was designed by The Road Home (TRH) to improve housing and behavioral health outcomes for persons who have been chronically homeless and have substance use disorders and who may also have mental health disorders. Project staff will address existing gaps in services by providing substance abuse and mental health treatment to participants in TRH chronic homeless programs who have a primary diagnosis of substance abuse and are, therefore, ineligible for Medicaid. Without Medicaid, these individuals have limited access to behavioral health treatment, even when living in permanent supportive housing (where they receive ongoing case management). HSSP aims to address this gap in services by providing treatment to residents living in permanent supportive housing placements who have been denied Medicaid, whose Medicaid spend down is prohibitive to enrollment, or whose mental health symptomology is itself a barrier to Medicaid enrollment. With access to such treatment, HSSP clients would be expected to demonstrate increased housing stability, increased access to mental health treatment, and increased quality of life. The HSSP evaluation will track client characteristics, interventions, and outcomes.