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Housing

The Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS) maintains a strong commitment to both the provision of housing and housing support services and advocacy for increased housing options for people with mental illness and/or addiction disorders.

ODMHSAS funds, both directly and through collaborative grant efforts, a variety of housing services and services targeted at assisting homeless individuals and families:

"And homeless near a thousand homes I stood" - William Wordsworth

Host Home OK

Host Home OK is a collaborative community project to address shelter and appropriate housing shortages for youth and young adults experiencing homelessness.

Transitional Housing

Supervised Transitional Living: Supervised Transitional Living programs are supervised places of temporary transitional residence for mental health consumers needing on-site support twenty-four hours a day.  These programs are intended to assist residents with stabilization and acquisition of skills necessary to transition to an independent living situation.

Supported Transitional Housing: Supported Transitional Housing programs are temporary transitional group apartments or other residential settings with staff available as needed (not 24-hour on-site supervision).  These programs are intended to assist residents with acquisition of skills necessary to transition to an independent living situation.

Safe Haven

Safe Haven programs are a place of temporary shelter for a homeless person with mental illness; however, the length of stay is not defined and can be long term.  Safe Haven services assist homeless persons to build relationships with mental health service providers, access community programs and facilitate the eventual transition to permanent housing.

Permanent Supported Housing

Permanent Supported Housing may be either a complex with multiple units where more than 50% of the residents are consumers or maybe scattered-site (house, duplex, apartment). Includes the full rights of tenancy, including a lease, a key, privacy, and the choice of a roommate. Must offer on-going and regular, specialized housing support services in the home/community targeted to assist people with mental illness or co-occurring mental illness and addiction disorders with maintaining safe and affordable housing. Participation in services is not a required condition of tenancy.

Rental Assistance Programs

Discharge Planning Subsidy Program: The Discharge Planning Housing Subsidy Program provides funds used to assist very low-income individuals (age 18 and older) with mental illness or co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse disorders who are discharging from psychiatric inpatient care, Department of Corrections, or aging out of the foster care system, with accessing and maintaining decent, safe, sanitary, and affordable housing.   To facilitate access to such housing, program funds are used to provide time-limited assistance to eligible applicants with housing costs such as rent, utility costs, rent deposits and utility deposits. The amount and type of assistance are determined based on individual income level and identified need.  Discharging facilities must make the referral for this assistance prior to discharge.

Transition Youth Subsidy Program: This program is designed to help individuals with mental illness and/or substance abuse disorders, between the ages of 17-24, who are enrolled in an ODMHSAS designated Transition Project. afford decent, safe housing. To facilitate access to such housing, program funds are used to provide time-limited assistance to eligible applicants with housing costs such as rent, utility costs, rent deposits and utility deposits. The amount and type of assistance are determined based on individual income level and identified need.

Recovery Residences

Recovery Residences are specifically designed to support individuals with substance use issues initiate and sustain long-term recovery. They can go by many names such as Oxford Houses, sober livings, recovery homes and therapeutic communities. Some use the term "recovery housing" interchangeability with recovery residences.

The National Alliance for Recovery Residences has identified four general types, known as Levels of Support. While all provide alcohol and licit drug free living environments and are founded on social model recovery principles, they differ in bundled services as well as staffing and governance.

Recovery Housing Scholarship - Applicants for the scholarship must have a history of opioid and/or stimulant use. No funding will be allowed to be dispersed to the participant. All payments will be paid directly to the housing program which must be OKARR certified, an Oxford House, or scattered site rental unit with access to support services/best practices provided by a contracted ODMHSAS provider or community partners who follow best practices. These funds may also be used for utilities and other needs that assist with recovery housing sustainability.

Recovery Housing Voucher - Applicants for the voucher must have a substance abuse diagnosis and meet low-and-moderate income guidelines. No funding will be allowed to be dispersed to the participant. All payments will be paid directly to the housing program which must be OKARR certified, an Oxford House, or scattered site rental unit with access to support services/best practices provided by a contracted ODMHSAS provider or community partners who follow best practices. These funds will only assist the individual with housing and utilities for a period not more than two years or until permanent housing is secured, whichever is first. Determination on length of assistance is individually based. Priority is given to transition age youth (ages 18-25), women with children, families with children, and NARR/OKARR level II residents. Vouchers may not be used in Oklahoma and Tulsa counties.

Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH)

Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH) are programs that provide community-based outreach, mental health, substance abuse, case management, and other support services to individuals (age 18 and older) who have a mental illness or co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders, and who are homeless.  These services focus primarily on outreach and engagement of homeless persons and services to assist them with exiting homelessness through connecting with and transitioning to, mainstream resources such as income/benefits, housing, and long term mental health and substance abuse services.

Other Resources

The Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS) funds Behavioral Health Case Management services within all designated Community Mental Health Centers (CMHC).  These services are available to assist people who are homeless and have a mental illness with accessing needed treatment and support services.   In addition, ODMHSAS funds specialized Case Management services for homeless individuals at the Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless.

Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless, Inc.
415 W. Archer Street
Tulsa, OK 74103
918-583-5588

Mental Health Association Oklahoma
1870 South Boulder
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74119
Phone (918)585-1213
Fax (918)585-1263
www.mhaok.org

Neighborhood Services Organization
413 SW 11
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Oklahoma City, OK 73109
405-236-0413
www.nsookc.org

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