Blueprint for change: Ending chronic homelessness for persons with serious mental illnesses and/or co-occurring substance use disorders

Susan Wells


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and its Center for Mental Health Services, in collaboration with SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), have developed this Blueprint for Change to disseminate state-of-the-art information about ending homelessness for people who have serious mental illnesses, including those with co-occurring substance use disorders. This edition of the Blueprint does not fully consider the growing knowledge base that addresses homelessness among people with substance use disorders who do not have a serious mental illness. A future edition will cover this in greater depth. This document is more than a review of current and past research. It offers practical advice for how to plan, organize, and sustain a comprehensive, integrated system of care designed to end homelessness for people with serious mental illnesses and/or co-occurring substance use disorders.

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