Thriving Mind and local police TEAM UP to transform the lives of the chronically homeless while saving taxpayer dollars
Importantly, this innovative program is not a drain on tax dollars. Just the opposite, getting these individuals needed health care and housing is now saving hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.
This partnership was recently recognized by the Homeless Trust of Miami-Dade County with “Changemaker” awards to both organizations for their overwhelming dedication to those in our community who find themselves homeless.
The program, called TEAM UP, targets the chronically homeless, likely to die on the streets because of their addiction to substances, putting strain on public safety with a history of arrests and involuntary commitments.
Measuring outcomes for the first 7 individuals who were fully engaged in the program, the program is actually saving taxpayers money. In one year, pre-enrollment costs for these individuals were $486,617. Post enrollment in program costs were $247,672, or a savings to taxpayers of $238,945. In addition to the favorable financials, Miami Beach residents and business owners have notified the Department’s Homeless Resource Officers Unit to applaud their efforts as they have noticed a marked difference in the amount of homeless individuals in the streets.
Contact Carol Caraballo, Vice President of Behavioral Health Services, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (786) 507-7468.