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Hazelden, Pathways to Housing publish "Housing First" program to combat homelessness

December 1, 2010
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Center City, Minn. — Hazelden, the leading publisher of evidence-based resources in behavioral health, and Pathways to Housing announce the publication of Housing First: The Pathways Model to End Homelessness for People with Mental Illness and Addiction by Sam Tsemberis, Ph.D. The new Housing First manual provides clear, step-by-step instructions for how to structure policies, practices, programs in introducing the evidence-based Housing First approach – providing the chronically homeless with housing first, followed by intensive addiction treatment and support services – into new communities, and evolving existing programs into those based on the Pathways model. The related DVD vividly illustrates client success stories, helpful tips, and models support teams in action.

“Pathways to Housing’s evidence-based Housing First approach has changed the equation of homelessness for thousands of the most vulnerable individuals living long-term on our streets and languishing in shelters across our nation and around the world,” says Philip Mangano, former executive director, U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness. “In creating a trajectory toward safety, recovery, and upward mobility, the new Housing First program is the most significant innovation in ending the long misery of our homeless neighbors. Field-tested and desired by the consumer, it represents the central antidote to homelessness: a place to live.”

Housing First is a component of the Severe Mental Illness (SMI) Program, published by Dartmouth PRC-Hazelden an imprint born from a partnership between Hazelden and the Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center. The program features evidence-based curricula, multimedia resources, and services for the fully integrated treatment of co-occurring severe mental health and substance use disorders. Other components of the SMI line include Integrated Dual Disorders Treatment (IDDT): Best Practices Skills and Resources for Successful Client Care, and Supported Employment: Applying the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) Model to Help Clients Compete in the Workforce.

Housing First author Sam Tsemberis, Ph.D. is also the founder and CEO of Pathways to Housing, a nonprofit organization based on the core concept of providing those who are homeless with housing first, followed by intensive addiction treatment and support services. Today, the evidence-based “Housing First” model has been implemented in more than forty U.S. cities, including New York, Washington D.C., as well as in Europe and Canada. Learn more at or at