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The Life Link

Where People are People – Not an Illness

The Life Link is a nonprofit 501(c)(3), and has been in existence for over 25 years.

In the beginning, the intention was simple – get homeless families back on their feet. It took a split-second to recognize that many of these families had substance problems, and then another second to recognize there may be mental health concerns. Those few seconds defined the direction of The Life Link. Our programs primarily focus is on housing, mental health, and substance abuse. We provide help to people that are in need of one service and any combination of the three.

As a New Mexico Licensed Community Mental Health Center, we are interested in people’s behavioral health. We offer up-to-date mental health and substance abuse treatments that have undergone clinical trials.

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Hours:

We are open from 8 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday.
Off-schedule appointments may be available.

 

Locations:

The Life Link
Santa Fe Clubhouse and Healthy Homes
Successful Living Initiatives and Sojourners
Las Alas
La Luz de Santa Fe

 

We serve adults through individual, group, and intensive outpatient programs.

We accept insurance and use a sliding-fee scale . Please call for details.

Yes, we treat those with severe conditions. However, just like in physical health, it makes sense to address any condition before it becomes severe. We serve people regardless of the severity, and we can do screenings.

Did you know? According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 8.9 million people have a concurrent mental and substance use disorder. Yet, only 7.4% of individuals receive treatment for both at the same time. 55.8% receive no treatment at all.

Our programs work together and are integrated to follow best-practice.

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THE PROOF OF SUCCESS IS IN THE SAVINGS!

Supportive Housing is the most intensive solution to combat homelessness,
especially for those with behavioral health challenges.

The Life Link’s Supportive Housing Programs
In a perfect world, there would be enough affordable housing and supportive services to ensure that no one has to experience homelessness. In this perfect world, housing would be safe, affordable, located where the household wants to live and be the right size for the families living in it. However, most communities including Santa Fe face a gap between need and availability. This gap is associated with limited resources on all levels. This is especially true for households that are dealing with mental disorders and/or substance use disorders.

PSH _ Image In 1987, The Life Link recognized that the turning point and foundation for real change in the life of a homeless person was housing. Looking not at the individual who was between apartments, or the family with income looking for a new place to rent or buy, but at the mentally ill person experiencing homeless. The significant barriers that make it impossible for those individuals with serious mental illness to acquire and retain stay and stably housed. Life in homeless shelters and on the streets requires that enormous energy be put into basic survival. Those circumstances are not conductive to participating in treatment and managing mental and physical health issues.

Thus, began our work with homeless services, supportive housing, behavioral health treatments, assistance with employment and the securing of supplement food assistance and disability benefits. Right from the beginning, combining housing with support services. This program is called “Permanent Supportive Housing.” It gets the most vulnerable members of our community off the streets and into a safe environment that eventually become a home.

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Successful Living Initiative

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The Life Link’s Successful Living Initiative (SLI) a SAMHSA funded federal grant is now beginning its fifth and final year. SLI targets chronically homeless individuals and families with serious mental illness and co-occurring substance abuse disorders, providing them with the support and tools they need to more successfully integrate into their communities. Housing, employment, social connections and a more effective management of both mental health and substance abuse issues allow participants in the project to embrace recovery, resiliency and a healthy and fulfilling life. SLI is the most intensive clinical program offered at The Life Link, serving our most vulnerable and challenging population.

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