Serving Adults Who May be Homeless
The PATH Program serves those adults who may be homeless or at risk of becoming homeless and whom have a severe mental illness or who may have a severe mental illness and a co-occurring substance abuse disorder. The PATH Program is funded through federal and local match funding dollars and is one of over a dozen PATH Programs in the State of Illinois. PATH Programs are coordinated by the Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health, State-wide PATH Coordinator. The Will County Health Department, Behavioral Health PATH Program began in 1989 and is one of the originally funded PATH Programs in Illinois. The primary focus of the PATH Program shall be serving the Joliet area.
The primary source of referrals for the PATH Program come from Catholic Charities Daybreak Shelter, Morningstar Mission, and inpatient facilities. The Program has an excellent referral process for homeless providers to make referrals to PATH staff.
The PATH program is involved with committee and community activities of the Will County Continuum of Care.
The Program incorporates the following values and principles:
- Services provided are client-focused and community based;
- Services provided aim to; empower clients, and be provided in a manner that is ethnically and culturally appropriate;
- Services will be provided on and off-site;
- Services build upon the client's strengths and seek to assist the client in functioning in the community to the fullest extent possible;
- Provide services that are accountable and coordinated with community care providers, with emphasis on continuity and consistency levels of care;
- Shall protect the client's rights and assist the client in advocating for his/her rights;
- Services provided shall be in accordance with current clinical knowledge accepted.