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Mental Health Association of Essex County, Inc.

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Project for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH)


The mission of the PATH program is to provide outreach, intensive case management and housing that will enable adults, ages 18 and over, who are homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness, and have a serious mental illness, to engage in community based services. In doing so, we strive to improve consumers health outcomes, participation in mental health and substance abuse treatment, as well as, improve the ability to gain affordable, permanent housing.


Project for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH)

PATH is specifically designed to bring treatment and support to those who do not access traditional services and have little or no support in the community. The goal of the PATH Program is to assist those who are homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness by meeting them “where they are” whether it be on the streets, train stations, under bridges, or wherever they may call home.

PATH's geographic region includes all areas in Essex County and our outreach services are proactive in reaching those that may have fallen through the cracks of our mental health system of care. In addition to identifying housing opportunities, PATH offers flexible support services that are based on wellness and recovery principles. It is the belief of the program that with PATH’s wraparound support and access to basic needs our consumers will achieve a higher quality of life.

All PATH services are individualized to meet the needs of each consumer and are based on consumer choice. The PATH program makes every effort to provide culturally competent care and utilize the most up to date evidence based practices when engaging the homeless.

Services may include:

  • Street Outreach
  • Intensive Case Management including; referral to community mental health services, alcohol and drug treatment, primary care, habilitation and rehabilitation Services
  • Assistance obtaining financial entitlements (SSI/SSDI) and medical insurance
  • Symptoms Assessment, Management and Supportive Counseling
  • Linkage to temporary and permanent housing
  • Staff Training
  • Consumer Psycho-education and Support
  • Family/Significant Other Education and Support
  • Consumer Advocacy

Eligible Individuals

  • Individuals who are 18 years of age or older, and are diagnosed with a serious and persistent mental illness or are diagnosed with a serious and persistent mental illness and a substance abuse disorder
  •      and
  • are homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless

Method of Referral

To receive PATH Services or make a referral the behalf of a homeless individual please contact the PATH office at (973) 842-4127.


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