Cardinal Innovations Accepts Funding to Help Homeless

Cardinal Innovations Healthcare — November 25, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CHARLOTTE, N.C. Nov. 25, 2014 – Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Solutions has accepted $324,042 in PATH funding from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services. These funds will be used in Charlotte to help connect adults with mental illness diagnoses and co-occurring substance use disorders to housing and community health services.

The PATH program funding is provided to North Carolina from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

The NC Projects in Assistance in Transition from Homelessness Program (PATH) provides assertive outreach, case management, and other support and services to adults with serious mental illness or co-occurring substance use disorders. The focus of the PATH program is to serve homeless adults or adults at risk of becoming homeless with priority given to eligible veterans.

About 20 to 25 percent of the individuals who are homeless in the United States have some form of severe mental illness, according to SAMHSA. Meanwhile, the overall percentage of Americans with severe mental illness is approximately 6 percent. Mental illness was the third largest cause of homelessness for single adults, according to a survey performed by the U.S. Conference of Mayors in 2008. Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Solutions works to support individuals seeking mental health, intellectual/developmental disability or substance use disorder services.

“One of the essential elements in the treatment and recovery of individuals with severe mental illness is adequate and appropriate housing,” said Tammy Gilmore, Cardinal Innovations Vice President of Community Programs.

The NCDHHS’s Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services will provide Cardinal Innovations the $342,042 to implement a PATH Program in Charlotte. PATH programs also are available in Asheville, Wilmington, Fayetteville, Statesville and Chapel Hill. Cardinal Innovations is currently managing the PATH Program in Chapel Hill.

The funding for Charlotte supports the following positions that would be managed by the selected community provider: one qualified mental health professional team leader, two qualified mental health professional case managers, two benefit specialists and one peer support specialist.

“The Point-In-Time Count for Mecklenburg County in 2014 documented 2,014 homeless individuals of which 860 were adults with serious mental illness and substance use disorders,” said Suzanne Storch, Cardinal Innovations’ Housing Program Administrator.

PATH requires a local match of $108,014, which cannot include federal or state funds. The required match comes from the community and can be made using cash or in-kind services such as: county dollars or other income for the purpose of supporting the PATH staff with the purchase of computers and printers or to pay for training; office space or donations of items to support individuals enrolled in PATH such as mattresses, bedding items and kitchen items; and the donation of time for services such as benefit specialist, registered nurse or psychiatrist.

Cardinal Innovations will release a Request for Interest (RFI) in early 2015 to determine which community providers in the area have an interest in implementing the PATH Program in Charlotte and would subsequently apply for the available funding. This announcement will be made through our provider newsletter, InfoSource. To sign up for InfoSource, visit www.cardinalinnovations.org/providers.

To learn more about the people we help and for more information about Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Solutions, visit www.cardinalinnovations.org.

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