Evaluation of the Housing Support and Stability Project (HSSP)
Study Dates: 2014 – 2015
Study Description: UCJC conducted an evaluation of a 3.5 year, $1.3 million program conducted by The Road Home (TRH) designed 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. UCJC evaluated whether the program increased housing stability, access to mental health treatment, and quality of life.
TRH's program, the Housing Support and Stability Project (HSSP), was developed to 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.
HSSP was funded by a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grant.