Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH)
SAMHSA’s Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH) funds services for people with serious mental illness (SMI) experiencing homelessness.
SAMHSA’s PATH program is a formula grant authorized by the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Amendments Act of 1990. PATH, the first major federal legislative response to homelessness, is administered by the SAMHSA Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS). Learn more about block grants.
PATH grants are distributed annually to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Each state or territory solicits proposals and awards funds to local public or nonprofit organizations, known as PATH providers.
Supported Activities for PATH
Across the United States, 489 local organizations offer an array of essential services and supports that may not be supported by mainstream mental health programs. In total, PATH staff reached out to 189,336 individuals in 2015 and served 90,054 PATH-eligible clients with the following services:
- Outreach services
- Screening and diagnostic treatment
- Habilitation and rehabilitation
- Community mental health
- Substance use treatment
- Referrals for primary healthcare, job training, educational services, and housing
- Housing services as specified in Section 522(b)(10) of the Public Health Service Act
Some PATH providers offer all of these services, while others focus on providing one or two of them.
PATH Program Management
Each year, CMHS issues a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) prepared and submitted by PATH state contacts under the signature of the governor (or designee) of a state or territory. States and territories must complete the application included in the FOA to receive PATH funding. The FOA is available on the WebBGAS website, an online application system used for SAMHSA block grants and the PATH program. Applications are due 60 days from the release of the FOA and must be submitted through the WeBGAS site.
While the federal PATH application process for states and territories is noncompetitive, local public or nonprofit organizations may compete for grant award funding. Further, all PATH grant recipients, except U.S. territories, are required to contribute one dollar for every three dollars of federal money received.
PATH grant award recipients must adhere to specific requirements in order to maintain their funding. Government Project Officers (GPOs) are assigned to each state and territory by SAMHSA to assist PATH state contacts in managing the PATH program. GPOs address issues related to the PATH legislation, the PATH application, program monitoring, and other areas as needed.
Data Collection and PATH Data Exchange (PDX)
PATH providers are required to submit annual PATH data reports through the PATH Data Exchange (PDX), an online data collection tool. Each state or territory has a designated a PATH state contact who offers training and technical assistance to providers. PATH state contacts help providers prepare PATH data reports and use the PDX. State contacts also assist providers in administering local PATH programs.
Learn more about PATH Data Reports and PATH State and Provider Contacts.
Other SAMHSA Homelessness Programs and Services
SAMHSA’s targeted homelessness programs are part of SAMHSA’s Recovery Support Strategic Initiative. One goal of the strategic initiative is to increase access to permanent housing for people with mental and/or substance use disorders and their families. This effort aligns with the concept of safe and stable housing being a critical component of recovery. SAMHSA's homelessness programs support various behavioral health treatments and recovery-oriented services.
Other SAMHSA homelessness programs and services include:
- Cooperative Agreements to Benefit Homeless Individuals (CABHI)
- Grants for the Benefit of Homeless Individuals–Services in Supportive Housing (GBHI–SSH)
- SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR)
Find information about current grant announcements.
Learn more about block grants.
PATH Annual Report Data
Find PATH annual data reports with information on program funding, services, and client demographics.
To comply with federal grant requirements, providers that receive PATH funding must submit a PATH annual data report, which provides key information about the national impact of SAMHSA’s PATH program.
The reports detail how grant funds are used and expended in accordance with federal grant requirements. PATH annual reports must be made available to the public in order for states and territories to receive funding.
These reports are served in PDF format. Click here to download Adobe Acrobat Reader. (opens in a new window)
Submit PATH Data Reports
PATH providers fulfill their reporting requirements by submitting annual data reports through the PATH Data Exchange (PDX).
PATH state and provider contacts submit reporting data for through the PATH Data Exchange (PDX). PDX is an online tool used to record and update information about PATH programs and services. To comply with federal grant requirements, providers that receive PATH funding must submit a PATH annual data report which collect's key information about the national impact of SAMHSA’s PATH program. The report details how grant funds are used and expended in accordance with federal grant requirements. PATH annual reports must be made available to the public in order for states and territories to receive funding.
Find Path Annual Data Reports with information on program funding, services, and client demographics.
Local state contacts are a primary resource for guidance about PATH data and the annual report submission process. State contacts receive training on PDX and how to use it to help PATH providers fulfill their reporting requirements. Learn more about PATH state and provider contacts.
State PATH Contacts (SPC) and Provider Contacts
Find contact information for State PATH Contacts (SPC) and Provider contacts or learn where to update your information if you are a SPC or PATH Provider.
PATH providers are local public or nonprofit organizations that have received PATH funding to provide services to people who are not currently connected to mainstream services. PATH state contacts provide training, technical assistance, and support for PATH providers within their state or territory.
Update Contact Information
PATH state contacts and provider contacts submit and update their contact information through the PATH Data Exchange (PDX). PDX is an online tool used to record and update information about PATH programs and services in annual data reports and PATH state and provider information. Consumers can use this information to find PATH programs within their state or territory. In addition, SPC’s and providers may contact each other to collaborate on service delivery and program management.
State PATH Contacts (SPC’s)
Find Immediate Assistance
Use these free helplines, directories, and support organizations for assistance with homelessness, domestic violence, or mental health issues.
Do you or someone you love need immediate help with homelessness, domestic violence, or mental illness? Contact PATH providers who offers services for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness and serious mental illness, or use the following helplines, online directories, and support organizations to connect with assistance.
211 (opens in a new window)
Dial 2-1-1 to access a free and confidential referral service. You’ll find programs that can assist with housing, access to health care, food, and other services.
National Domestic Violence Hotline (opens in a new window)
Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline, 1-800-799-7233, to speak with an advocate about your situation. You’ll find confidential crisis intervention, safety planning, information and referrals to agencies in your area. (If you think your computer use may be monitored, use a public computer to access this site.)
Homelessness and Housing Assistance
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Housing Assistance (opens in a new window)
If you are experiencing or at risk of homelessness, use the HUD list of resources and services. You’ll find a directory of shelters, helplines, and information on how to contact housing counselors. Learn how to obtain emergency assistance, food assistance, and other services.
HUD State Information
Search for HUD homelessness resources in your state.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (opens in a new window)
If you or someone you know is suicidal or in emotional distress, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Trained crisis workers are available to talk 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They can provide crisis counseling and mental health referrals. Your confidential and toll-free call goes to the nearest crisis center in the lifeline national network.
Supplemental Security Income/Social Security Disability Insurance (SSI/SSDI) Assistance
SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) (opens in a new window)
The SAMHSA SOAR program provides SSI/SSDI application assistance to people who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness, mental illness, medical impairment, or co-occurring substance use disorder.
Social Security Representative Payment Program
If you are a beneficiary who needs assistance managing your benefits, contact the Social Security Representative Payment Program for financial management services.
National Call Center for Homeless Vets
Call the National Call Center for Homeless Vets, 1-877-4AID VET (877-424-3838), for free and confidential information about homeless prevention programs and mental health services.
National Resource Directory
If you are a wounded warrior, service member, or veteran experiencing homelessness, use the National Resource Directory to find assistance with housing, employment, access to healthcare, and other services in your state.
Veterans Crisis Line (opens in a new window)
Call the Veterans Crisis Line, 1-800-273-8255, and press 1 to talk to a Department of Veterans Affairs responder, or send a text message to 838255. Services are confidential and are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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