Substance Abuse and Mental Health Treatment

Mental health disorders and addiction often can be at the root of homelessness. Connecting homeless individuals to treatment — whether it’s enrolling in drug rehabilitation or working with mental health professionals to obtain care — can help homeless individuals overcome a key obstacle to stability. Our coalition members offer an array of services to help homeless individuals start on a path to recovery.

Next Step

  • Boston Public Health Commission operates a number of transitional programs for homeless individuals in need of transitional sober housing. These programs, lasting from 30 days to two years, assist homeless adults with relapse prevention, behavior modification, interpersonal skill development , and re-socialization skills.
  • At the Boston Rescue Mission’s Residential Recovery program, homeless adults leaving detoxification programs are referred to an individual case manager who will work with them to break a lifestyle that fosters abuse. On a yearly basis, the program helps more than 400 people transform their lives.
  • St. Francis House’s Counseling and Mental Health Department provides individual and group counseling, as well as psychiatric care, for guests who want to become stable and sober. St. Francis House clinicians provide over 12,000 hours of general and mental health counseling per year. On a daily basis, Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous groups are hosted on site.
  • Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program has teams of clinicians dedicated to providing behavioral health treatment including therapy and psychopharmacology to homeless adults and families at numerous sites throughout Boston. BHCHP also offers medication-assisted therapies such as Buprenorphine. The team also provides referrals to detoxification and rehabilitation beds.