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Program Descriptions

Program Number



Projects For Assistance In Transition From Homelessness (Path)


Federal Agency




Public Health Service Act, Title V, Part C, Section 521, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 290cc-21 et. seq.; Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Amendments Act of 1990, Public Law 101-645.






To provide financial assistance to States to support services for individuals who are suffering from serious mental illness or serious mental illness and substance abuse; and are homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless. Programs and activities include: (1) Outreach services; (2) screening and diagnostic treatment services; (3) habilitation and rehabilitation services; (4) community mental health services; (5) alcohol or drug treatment services; (6) staff training; (7) case management services; (8) supportive and supervisory services in residential settings; (9) referrals for primary health services, job training, educational services, and relevant housing services; and (10) prescribed set of housing services.


Types of Assistance

Formula Grants.


Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds may be used at the discretion of the State to achieve the described objectives except that funds cannot be used: (1) To support emergency shelters or construction of housing facilities; (2) for inpatient psychiatric or substance abuse treatment costs; or (3) to make cash payments to intended recipients of mental health or substance abuse services. Not more than 20 percent of the payment may be expended for housing services; not more than 4 percent of the total allocation may be expended for administrative expenses. The applicants must agree that the payments will be expended solely for making grants to political subdivisions of the State, and to nonprofit private entities (including community-based veterans organizations and other community organizations) for the purpose of providing the services.


Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

States, District of Columbia, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealths of Puerto Rico and the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Virgin Islands.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Individuals who have a serious mental illness or serious mental illness and substance abuse; and are homeless or are at imminent risk of becoming homeless.


This program is subject to 45 CFR 92, Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments.


Application and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

There is no preapplication requirement. This program is not subject to the intergovernmental review requirements of E.O. 12372, as implemented through DHHS regulations at 45 CFR 100. However, individual States may require, or an applicant State mental health agency may want to implement, coordination procedures similar to those specified in E.O. 12372.

Application Procedure

The Chief Executive Officer of a State or Territory must apply annually for an allotment. Applications include a completed application form and a set of assurances.

Award Procedure

Applications are reviewed for completeness and for compliance with legislative requirements. Grant awards are issued directly by the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) to the designated State agency.


Contact Headquarters Office listed below for deadline dates.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 8 weeks.





Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

The formula is cited in Section 524 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended by Public Law 101-645. The formula allots funds on the basis of the population living in urbanized areas of the State, compared to the population living in urbanized areas of the entire United States except that no State receives less than $300,000 ($50,000 for Territories). States must agree to make available, directly or through donations from public or private entities, nonfederal contributions equal to not less than $1 (in cash or in kind) for each $3 of Federal funds provided in such grant. Territories have no matching requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Each allotment is available for obligation for the award period (1-year); payments are made through an Electronic Transfer System.


Post Assistance Requirements


Each State shall prepare and submit to the Secretary of Health and Human Services annual reports on its activities necessary for securing a record and a description of the purposes for which funds received under Section 521 were spent and the recipients of such funds, and for determining whether such amounts were expended in accordance with the provisions of the legislation.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 24, 1997), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.


Grantees are required to maintain grant accounting records 3 years after the end of a budget period. If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit or other action involving the records has been started before the expiration of the 3-year period, the records shall be retained until completion of the action and resolution of all issues which arise from it.


Financial Information

Account Identification



(Formula Grants) FY 07 $51,873,000; FY 08 est $51,873,000; and FY 09 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$50,000 to $7,424,000; $910,053.


Program Accomplishments

It is estimated that 56 awards will be made in fiscal year 2007 and fiscal year 2008.


Regulations, Guidelines and Literature

45 CFR 92, Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments. HHS Policy Statement.


Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Not applicable.

Headquarters Office

Program Contact: Dorrine Gross, PATH Associate Co-Director, Homeless Programs Branch, Division of Knowledge Development and Systems Change, SAMHSA/CMHS, 1 Choke Cherry Road, Rockville, MD 20857. Telephone: (240) 276-1898. Grants Management Contact: Ms. LouEllen M. Rice, Grants Management Officer, SAMHSA, 1 Choke Cherry Road, Room # 7-1091 Rockville, MD 20857. Telephone: (240) 276-1404. Use the same numbers for FTS.

Web Site Address


Related Programs



Examples of Funded Projects

States have supported from one to as many as 40 local nonprofit agencies to provide PATH-funded services to persons who are homeless and have a mental illness.


Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Applications must fulfill all statutory and regulatory requirements.


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