UCONN School of Social Work and Community Mental Health Affiliates partner on SAMSHA grant to support homeless

Cheryl A. Parks, Associate Dean for Research at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work, has received a 5 year program evaluation contract with Community Mental Health Affiliates (CMHA) of New Britain. Funded by the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)/Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) program will serve homeless persons living in supportive housing who suffer from mental illness, substance abuse, or both, and whose symptoms jeopardize their housing stability. CMHA will work with partnering agencies, housing units, and local shelters to provide treatment in the New Britain and Bristol areas. Barris Malcolm, named as Evaluator on the project, will work with CMHA staff to evaluate PSH program development and measure program outcomes. Funding will begin in early October and the program is expected to be operational by January 2010.