USING NEW TECHNOLOGIES IN TREATMENT OF HOMELESSNESS, ADDICTION, AND MENTAL ILLNESS: THE BAHT MODEL
Weinstein, B., Abrams, R., Penk, W., Veterans Health Administration and Labella, J., Housingworks.net, USA
The purpose of this presentation is to introduce the audience to the Bedford Addictions Housing Team (BAHT) model for treatment ofhomelessness, addictions, and mental illness. The chaotic and insecure nature of homelessness creates a major barrier to effective treatment for both substance abuse and mental illness. The BAHT model helps homeless individuals with substance abuse problems and mental illness secure and retain housing. The BAHT treatment combines proven interventions for reducing relapse and treatment dropout with new empirically-based methods for increasing housing placement and retention. BAHT adds to the extensively tested PACT case management model a manualized motivational interviewing program that is tailored to the clinical needs and treatment orientations of homeless veterans. Furthermore, BAHT uses innovative, internet-based resources to help participants locate and obtain appropriate housing. The creation of internet-based housing databases will be described. Data will be presented showing the treatment and cost effectiveness of BAHT interventions.