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Safe Havens: A Supportive Housing Model for Chronically Homeless Individuals with Substance Use and/or Behavioral Health Concerns

Learn about the recently opened Safe Havens program in Greenfield serving residents of both Franklin and Hampshire counties, featuring:

*Dan Sontag, Greenfield Site Director, Massachusetts Department of Mental Health
*Jennifer LaRoche, Vice-President, Acute & Day Programs, Clinic & Support Options (CSO)
*Kristin Smith, Greenfield Director of Crisis Services, Clinical & Support Options (CSO)
*Toni Diaz, Program Director, Safe Havens, Franklin County

Register for this free event, here.

According to the Massachusetts Association for Mental Health, “Safe Havens are a “Housing First,” supportive housing model that provides an alternative to shelter placement. The program is designed to serve hard-to-reach individuals who are chronically unhoused and often have disabling mental health and substance use conditions. Safe Havens serve a population that is chronically homeless, often with significant behavioral health conditions. They’re among the highest users of emergency departments, hospital beds, and emergency medical services, and have high rates of involvement with police and the justice system. Many have not been well served by the shelter system, due to past histories of trauma and safety concerns.”

This session is co-hosted by the Opioid Task Force of Franklin County and the North Quabbin Region and the North Quabbin Community Coalition.

A Lifeline: Mobile Outreach Services to Unhoused Individuals and Other Vulnerable Populations in Franklin County and North Quabbin

As part of the follow-up to the December 10, 2021, Franklin County/North Quabbin 4th Annual Sober Housing Summit, which examined the safety net that exists for unhoused individuals with a history of substance use disorders, we learned that a number of entities offer some type of mobile outreach services in Franklin County and the North Quabbin region.

The North Quabbin Community Coalition and the Opioid Task Force of Franklin County and the North Quabbin Region are organizing this session where members of the community can learn more about existing efforts to better support and refer unhoused individuals and other vulnerable populations to available resources and services.