Based on the successful program design of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC)’s SAMHSA Access to Wellness and Healthy Connections programs, the AFC Supportive Housing Home-Based Substance Use Treatment Program is a partnership between AFC, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Continuum of Care Supportive Housing Program, HOPWA and the Illinois Department of Human Services.
The program offers access to substance use disorder treatment and recovery support. The goal is to increase access for these services for AFC’s supportive housing program participants in order to improve health outcomes, with a focus on behavioral health needs.
The program believes that once homeless individuals with chronic medical/physical conditions and substance use issues are housed their overall health outcomes will improve once they self-identify the need for substance use counseling services.
Providing home-based treatment helps to overcome multiple barriers formerly homeless individuals experience trying to access traditional treatment.