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Homeless Services for Children & Youth

The Children and Youth Homeless Outreach Project provides outreach and case management for homeless families or those at risk of homelessness to identify children and youth with Severe Emotional Disturbances (SED) or at risk of SED. The program then assists parents to secure needed mental health services for children and other family members in need.  Assistance to find or restore secure housing is also provided including temporary financial assistance with rent, utilities, and other needs that will assist the child with SED and help keep the family intact.

For an average of $1,382 per family served, this cost-effective program provides temporary financial assistance with rent, utilities, etc. as well as facilitating linkage to SED screening for youth who are homeless or at risk and linkage to mental health services for adult family members.  Without this program or similar services, many of these youth and adult caregivers can be expected to fall into serious mental illness and a cascade of more serious problems such as continued homelessness, increasing demands on publicly-funded physical and mental health treatment often through expensive but unfunded ER visits, increased involvement with the criminal justice system, and dropping out of school.

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Services are located in the following areas:

Case Management, Inc.
County Served: Shelby County

Frontier Health
Counties Served: Carter, Greene, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi, and Washington

Helen Ross McNabb Center
Counties Served: Knox and Hamilton

Mental Health Cooperative
Counties Served: Davidson, Montgomery, Rutherford, and Sumner

Pathways of Tennessee
Counties Served: Dyer, Gibson, Hardeman, Haywood, Henderson, Lake, Madison, Obion, and Weakley