Kent Gets Grant For Homeless


    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Kent County Community Mental Health Authority received a five-year, $359,761-per-year grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to provide integrated dual disorder treatment and assertive community treatment to single, homeless men and women diagnosed with co-occurring disorders.

    SAMHSA this week announced 30 grants totaling $59.5 million to provide substance abuse and mental health services to homeless individuals. The grants will enable communities to expand and strengthen their treatment services for homeless individuals with substance abuse disorders, mental illness, or co-occurring substance abuse disorders and mental illness.

    “There are 2-3 million Americans homeless at some point each year,” SAMHSA Administrator Charles Curie said in a press release. “Of these, an estimated 20 percent have a serious mental illness, and up to half of those with a serious mental illness also have an alcohol or drug use problem. SAMHSA’s vision is to ensure that everyone has an opportunity for a life in the community. Clearly, the pillars of a fulfilling life must be built on a foundation of safe, stable and comfortable shelter.”

    The 30 awards in 20 states build on the 34 grants funded in 2004. The awards for 2005 are up to $400,000 per year in total costs. Continuation of these awards is subject to availability of funds, as well as the progress achieved by the grantees, Curie said.    

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