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Substance Use Guidelines

Year Developed: 2024

Resource Type: Toolkit.

Primary Audience: Clinicians
Secondary Audience: Administrative Staff Board of Directors C-Suite (CEOs, CFOs, CIO, COOs, CMOs, etc.) Enabling Staff Outreach Staff PCAs

Language(s): English

Developed by: National Health Care for the Homeless Council
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Resource Summary: The National Health Care for the Homeless Council's Substance Use Guidelines are brief substance-specific guidelines intended for use by anyone who is a consumer of services or a service provider working with people experiencing homelessness and people who use drugs.

Resource Details: The guidelines were developed with the help of national and community-based experts and made possible through funding from the US Health and Human Services Administration. The guidelines can be used as individual documents or as a unified resource. Each guideline provides information on the substance covered, outlines how experiences of homelessness might impact experiences of use, access to treatment, and overall health, and provides harm reduction-based supports and resources that can be utilized by service providers across roles and settings.

Resource Topic: Clinical Issues, Special and Vulnerable Populations

Resource Subtopic: Substance Use Disorders, Social Determinants of Health (SDOH), Health Equity, Community, Health, and Housing Partnerships.

Keywords: Access to Care, Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS), Health Risk and Behavior, Housing, Opioids, Persons Experiencing Homelessness, Residents of Public Housing.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $6,625,000 with 0 percentage financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit