Housing First: Ending Homelessness for People with Mental Health & Substance Use Disorders

CABHP, in partnership with Marc Community Resources, the Arizona Foundation for Behavioral Health, and Partners in Recovery, offered this training workshop featuring housing expert Dr. Sam Tsemberis, founder and CEO of Pathways to Housing on June 18, 2014 at ASU Downtown Campus.

In 1992, Dr. Tsemberis founded Pathways to Housing, based on the belief that housing is a basic right for all. He currently serves as the CEO of Pathways, which operates programs in New York City, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and Vermont. Pathways developed the Housing First model that provides immediate access to permanent supported housing; independent apartments and intensive treatment and support services for individuals who are homeless and who have mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The program uses a person-centered harm reduction approach and does not require participation in treatment or sobriety as a precondition for housing. Housing First is recognized as an evidence-based practice, having been successfully replicated and evaluated in numerous settings across the United States.

Dr. Tsemberis is a clinical-community psychologist and serves on the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center. He has also serves as principal investigator for several federally funded multi-site studies of homelessness, mental illness, and addiction, and has published numerous articles and book chapters on these topics.