Treatment Access Project II

Meharry Medical College offers a program for the homeless designed to treat substance abuse and mental health issues.

The TAP II (Treatment Access Project II) program is available to patients who are homeless and have substance abuse issues or a dual diagnosis (more than one mental health condition).

TAPII takes a unique treatment approach to therapy because in addition to a focus on treating a patient's emotional needs, the program's clinical team incorporates nutrition and fitness. It takes a holistic approach by incorporating out-of-the-box treatment methods such as yoga breathing and Tai Chi.

The program is made possible by a $1.5 million grant awarded to the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Meharry.

Meharry received the grant in late 2010 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to help the homeless population over a five-year period. The award was one of 23 grants totaling $40 million SAMHSA awarded to community service organizations across the country to deliver behavioral health services to people who are homeless.

According to the SAMHSA, 20 to 25 percent of America's homeless population suffers from mental illness, compared to 6 percent of the general population.