PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — Gateway Healthcare announced today that they will be developing a new program to provide behavioral health treatment to Rhode Island’s homeless.
Funding for the new program was a $1.2 million grant over 3 years awarded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), said Gateway, a Lifespan affiliate.
According to Gateway, the program will offer treatment to homeless adults with chronic mental health issues, including substance abuse, serious mental illnesses, and serious emotional disturbance. It will be developed and managed according to evidence-based mental health care practices endorsed by SAMHSA.
“At the core of this effort is the community,” said Richard Leclerc, president of Gateway Healthcare. A news release stated that the program will only success under the joint efforts of primary care services, emergency departments, law enforcement, medical benefit agencies and homeless shelters.
“As a behavioral health care organization, we have the ability to help regain mental strength and help them work toward a stable and healthier future for themselves and their families,” Leclerc added.
The federal grant will fund support services like assessment, community support, crisis intervention and stabilization, housing, and medical benefits research, according to a news release.