About Per Diem
The Homeless Veterans Grant and Per Diem (GPD) program is a component of the Healthcare for Homeless Veteran’s (HCHV) Program and is meant to serve as a transitional living experience for homeless Veterans in need of mental health and/or substance use treatment. Veterans can reside in a GPD program up to two years while working on recovery, employment and independent living skills.
The purpose of GPD is to promote the development and provision of supportive housing and supportive services, with the goal of helping homeless Veterans achieve residential stability, increase their skill levels and/or income, and obtain greater self-determination.
The ultimate goal of Homeless Veterans Grant and Per Diem program is to assist Veterans in their transition to independent living once he or she exits a GPD program.
To be eligible for GPD a person must:
- Be determined a Veteran and eligible for VA medical benefits.
- Be homeless based on the HEARTH Definition of Homelessness and assessed by HCHV Program staff at the Jackson VAMC.
- Have a substance use disorder or dependence.
- Not have had three or more GPD placements in the past, regardless of geographical location. If so, he/she may not be eligible for the GPD program.
There is one GPD program funded through the Jackson Veterans Affairs Medical Center located in Hattiesburg, MS: Clearview (30 day primary substance abuse treatment) and Oak Arbor (secondary substance abuse treatment).
A referral to GPD will be made a minimum of 48 hours before admission is needed. A referral does not guarantee admission nor does it secure admission on the desired date due to availability.
Important facts to know before referrals are made:
- A Veteran MUST be homeless based on the Hearth definition of homelessness.
- GPD programs charge 30% of Veteran’s income, although income is not required at time of admission.
- Narcotic pain medications, benzodiazepines and opiate medications are not permitted in GPD programs.
- Veterans are not permitted to leave the program, unless for medical appointments the first 30 days of treatment.
- Veterans are required to work while in the GPD program, unless they are receiving SSI/SSDI, NSC pension or greater than 70% service connected.
- If a Veteran has had 3 or more GPD placements in the past, they may not be eligible for the program.
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