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Forensic Intensive Supported Housing Program (FISH) Evaluation Report - March 2012

The Forensic Intensive Supportive Housing (FISH) Program provides supportive housing, using a housing first approach, with capacity to serve up to 60 homeless veterans and non-veterans diagnosed with mental illness.

Program Description

The FISH program is an intensive program tailored to provide effective prevention and intervention strategies for those most at-risk and most in need as a means to reduce or prevent more acute illness, high-risk behaviors, incarceration and other emergency medical or crisis responses. The "housing first" approach provides housing to participants without requiring participation in mental health and substance use disorder treatment; however, treatment is continually offered and provided when participants consent.

Services include:

  • Time-unlimited services provided from a recovery and resiliency perspective
  • Vocational training
  • Housing support and stability services
  • Medication management
  • Benefits assistance
  • Intensive case management
  • Integrated mental health and substance abuse treatment
  • 24-hour crisis services

Target Population

The program will serve 60 homeless veterans and non-veterans diagnosed with mental illness over a three year period.111222_FISH_pic_for_website


  1. Homeless adults who have been seen by the King County District Court Regional Mental Health Court (RMHC) or the City of Seattle Municipal Court Mental Health Court who are unable to participate in a MHC because they have been found to be not legally competent and a dismiss and detain order has been entered by the court.
  2. Homeless adult U.S. military veterans with any mental health disorder or co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders in a jail in King County and identified by the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs as qualified for services under established eligibility criteria.  

Service Provider/Funding

The FISH is part of the King County Diversion and Reentry Services, with funding provided by the King County Veterans and Human Services Levy.  The contracted service provider is Sound Mental Health, 1600 E. Olive Street, Seattle, WA  98122 (206) 302-2200.

For more information contact Jeanne Camelio, Hospital and Forensic Services Diversion and Reentry Coordinator.

Contact Us

Phone 206-263-9000

TTY Relay: 711

Fax: 206-296-0583