1999 Exemplary Program Initiative
Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
Colorado Coalition for the Homeless (CCH) of Denver, Colorado, has
operated its PATH program out of the Stout Street Clinic for the
past seven years. For its consistent dedication to serving homeless
people with serious mental illness, Maxine Bennett of the Colorado
Department of Human Services nominated CCH as an exemplary program
for FY 1999.
"This is an agency that has opened its doors and brought people
out of the cold in more ways than one," Bennett said.
One of three PATH-funded local providers in Colorado, CCH received
$155,235 in PATH funding in FY 1999 - more than 75 percent of its
total budget for services for homeless people with serious mental
illnesses. Using PATH funds, CCH employed nine staff members and
served 242 homeless people with serious mental illnesses in FY 1999.
CCH offers emergency, transitional and permanent housing, physician
and medication services, referrals to vocational rehabilitation,
substance abuse treatment programs, case management, and emergency
Mental Health and Housing Services
Psychiatric evaluation and treatment services, including medications
and necessary laboratory work, are provided at the Stout Street
Clinic. Case managers or other PATH staff refer clients to the psychiatrist,
with services to clients provided at no cost to the PATH program
or the consumer. CCH also provides medical and psychiatric
medications free of charge to anyone who is prescribed medication
by a Clinic provider.
CCH offers numerous housing opportunities to its clients, including:
- emergency housing for up to 30 days (consumers can bypass the
lottery system for admission if they are working with PATH
- transitional living for up to two years for women; and
- permanent, subsidized housing at various sites.
Aside from the housing options listed above, CCH maintains a strong
working knowledge of affordable properties in the Denver metro area.
CCH staff work closely with shelters, apartment, rooming house and
hotel managers, various property management companies, the Denver
Housing Authority, and supported living facilities.
The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless is the primary organization
responsible for advocacy for homeless persons in the state of Colorado.
It is also one of 130 grantees nationwide receiving funding from
the federal Health Care for the Homeless Program. Located together
at the Stout Street Clinic, the Health Care for the Homeless and
PATH programs provide integrated mental health and primary health
care services to homeless people in the Denver area.
CCH PATH staff work closely with numerous community agencies to
provide needed services, including regular visits and consultations
with shelters to assess the mental health needs of their residents.
CCH staff also work with local hospitals, the Mental Health Corporation
of Denver, alcohol and drug treatment service providers, and the
criminal justice system.
Further, CCH is a member of the Metro Denver Homeless Initiative,
a multi-year, multi-agency effort to provide long-term planning
and coordinated care for homeless people in the Denver area. CCH
also coordinates a monthly forum for local service providers who
work with people who are homeless.
and Family Involvement
The CCH PATH program uses the "strengths model" of case
management, which begins by identifying clients' social supports
and other strengths. Building on this assessment, an individual
service plan is developed that identifies key people in a consumer's
life and what role they can play in recovery.
Both CCH and its PATH program employ a racially and ethnically
diverse staff. The staff speak multiple languages, including Spanish,
German, French, Russian, Sign, Filipino, Pushtu, Lakota and Gebuano.
For more information about the Colorado Coalition for the
Homeless, contact Mike Misgen at (303) 293-2220, or firstname.lastname@example.org