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Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH) to HMIS Data Collection Update

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) – Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) – Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs (SNAPS) are working together to facilitate a successful transition of SAMHSA’s Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH) program providers to report data through HMIS by 2016. The goals of this work are to:
  • Provide the best possible community based integration of care, services, and housing for persons experiencing homelessness and who have serious mental illnesses; 
  • Report outcome measures for SAMHSA;
  • Incorporate PATH data into HUD’s Annual Homeless Assessment Report; and
  • Measure progress outlined in Opening Doors, the federal strategic plan adopted by the nineteen federal agencies on the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness. 
On May 29, 2013 SAMHSA released a new PATH Annual Report form. This is the report form that PATH funded providers will use during the next two to three years as they transition to using HMIS to collect PATH data. Some of the data elements included in the new PATH Annual Report cannot be generated from an HMIS at this time -- they are not included in the current (2010) HMIS Data Standards and not yet programmed into local HMIS software systems. SAMHSA is working with HUD in aligning the PATH data to the 2013 HMIS Data Standards. Until the PATH reporting is aligned with the HMIS Data Standards, HUD and PATH will be working to provide the following guidance to communities:
  • The HUD HMIS Data Lab will be available to provide software providers with programming specifications for the portions of the PATH report that an HMIS can generate, based on the 2010 HMIS Data Standards. These specifications will be released later this summer.
  • Local HMIS system administrators will receive guidance from HUD on how to set PATH programs up in their HMIS in order to facilitate PATH reporting.
Questions about HUD homeless programs or HMIS should be submitted to OneCPD Ask A Question.  Questions specific to the PATH program or about the 2013 PATH Annual Report should be submitted to: PATH@samhsa.hhs.gov.

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