Mayor Francis Slay announced that St. Louis received a five-year, $3.6 million federal grant from SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) to transform service delivery and housing for people living with serious and persistent mental health illnesses. The initiative, the St. Louis Partnership for Mental Health and Housing Transformation, will be coordinated by the St. Louis Mental Health Board and will involve several leading service providers in St. Louis: Community Alternatives, Inc., St. Patrick Center, Queen of Peace Center, and Places for People, all recognized as leaders in providing excellent care.
The grant responds to the well-recognized connection between homelessness and serious mental illness. It will increase the accessibility of safe, affordable housing and will also improve the effectiveness of services needed to ensure long-term stability for people working on recovery.
The 5-year project period begins October 1, 2010, and runs through September of 2015. Annually, grant funding will be $734,500, and direct services will benefit at least 600 people over five years.