Original Paper

The Journal of Primary Prevention

, Volume 28, Issue 3, pp 281-293

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Sober Housing and Motivational Interviewing: The Treatment Access Project

  • Deborah FiskAffiliated withDepartment of Psychiatry, LCSW, Connecticut Mental Health Center, Yale School of Medicine Email author 
  • , Dave SellsAffiliated withDepartment of Psychiatry, Program on Recovery and Community Health, Yale School of Medicine
  • , Michael RoweAffiliated withDepartment of Psychiatry and Institution for Social and Policy Studies, Program on Recovery and Community Health, Yale School of Medicine


This paper describes an innovative program that provides rental subsidies for sober housing and supportive services to persons in early recovery who are homeless and have substance use disorders. Preliminary data point to the success of this program in enhancing recovery and exiting from homelessness. In supporting sober house placements, the Treatment Access Project creates a bridge that supports these individuals in their transition from clinical treatment services to the community. Integration with natural community supports can help to build self-efficacy, which can enhance the likelihood that this population will obtain and maintain abstinence, gainful employment, and permanent housing.


Homelessness Substance abuse Sober housing Housing supports