A pilot project started in January 2012 to help 10 residents of the San Antonio State Hospital move into homes of their choice in the community. The project’s goal is to enable long-term residents of state psychiatric hospitals to the live independently in the community and prevent readmission. The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) will fund supportive services under the Project Access State Hospital Pilot, while the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) administers 10 U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) housing choice vouchers.
The pilot will continue through 2016, and its results will be used in proposing state-level change in the Texas long-term care and mental health systems. This pilot is limited to San Antonio State Hospital residents to take advantage of the services available through the Bexar Money Follows the Person Behavioral Health (MFP BH) pilot. This behavioral health pilot provides an evidence-based rehabilitative service, known as Cognitive Adaptation Training (CAT). It enables individuals to relearn daily living skills, establish daily routines, organize their environment, and build social skills. Substance abuse treatment is also available, if needed.
This program has had an 87 percent success rate in transitioning individuals with physical disabilities and mental illness from nursing facilities. Participants will also be eligible for Medicaid health care and mental health services through the local mental health center.