Increasing Accessibility of Mental Health Services for Unhoused Populations in Rural and Urban Communities

The SJLA Learning Series is for professionals of all levels who are dedicated to embracing social justice principles to bring equity to communities and systems of care.

Mental health and substance use treatment is often inaccessible for unhoused populations. In this webinar, we will focus on the importance of supporting unhoused populations and connecting them with necessary services without judgment or stigma. Our speakers will highlight the social determinants of health that impact access to treatment in rural and urban communities. We will also explore innovative approaches to working with unhoused populations, including children, youth and adults, so they can successfully navigate local systems and receive critical resources and care. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the barriers to mental health and substance use treatment for unhoused populations. 
  2. Learn how to effectively work with unhoused populations in rural and urban settings. 
  3. Explore innovative approaches to helping unhoused populations navigate the housing system and access necessary mental health and substance use services. 


  • Henry Miller, Executive Director, The Samaritan House of Orangeburg County
  • Cathy Batista, LCSW, Chief Program Officer, Anthos Home