The primary goal of CABHI (Cooperative Agreement to Benefit Homeless Individuals) is to ensure that the most vulnerable people experiencing homelessness and chronic homelessness receive access to housing, treatment, and recovery support services.

History of CABHI

SAMHSA’s Cooperative Agreements to Benefit Homeless Individuals (CABHI) programs are competitive grant programs, jointly funded by the SAMHSA Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) and the SAMHSA Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT).

The CABHI programs support state and local community efforts to provide behavioral health treatment and recovery-oriented services. These services are provided within a permanent supportive housing approach for people with:

  • Substance use disorders
  • Serious mental illness
  • Serious emotional disturbance
  • Co-occurring mental and substance use disorders

In October of 2015, through the Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH), Rhode Island secured a national CABHI grant for three years to serve those Rhode Islanders experiencing homelessness.

purpose of CABHI

CABHI’s primary goal is to ensure that the most vulnerable people experiencing homelessness and chronic homelessness receive access to housing, treatment, and recovery support services. These people often include veterans, families, and youth.

The cooperative agreements are designed to bring together stakeholders across the homeless service system to improve access to treatment and supportive services for homeless and previously homeless individuals.


(1) To increase statewide policies to address planning, coordination and integration of behavioral health and primary care services and permanent supportive housing to decrease homelessness.

(2) To increase the number of people in permanent supportive housing who receive behavioral health treatment and recovery support services.

(3) To increase the number of persons placed in permanent supportive housing and enrolled in Medicaid and other mainstream benefits including TANF, SNAP and SSI/SSDI.

(4) To work collaboratively with the Department of Corrections to outreach, identify and assess incarcerated persons who may experience chronic homelessness upon release from intake.

(5) To provide direct services, including mental health and substance abuse treatment, recovery services and peer supports, to 150 individuals (50 per year) who are experiencing chronic homelessness or veterans who have mental health, substance use disorders or co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. An additional 150 persons (50 per year) who are currently living in permanent supporting housing in need of treatment, recovery supports and/or peer supports will also receive direct services.

CABHI has the potential to transform how we deliver services to those Rhode Islanders who are experiencing chronic homelessness.
— Karen Flora, CABHI Project Director, BHDDH, State of RI

who we are

Riverwood Mental Health Services was proud to be awarded the grant to administer the CABHI grant. Riverwood Mental Health Services was founded in 1982 to provide community mental health services for persons who suffer from serious mental illnesses, primarily schizophrenia, bi-polar, and depressive disorders. Over the years, Riverwood has evolved from operating a single group home into a multi-faceted community service provider covering southeastern Rhode Island from Providence to Newport while providing a wide variety of behavioral health services. In 2006 Riverwood expanded it's mission and began providing services for individuals and families that were experiencing chronic homelessness.