In 2009, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA) announced an initiative to move toward PATH reporting in the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS). Street Outreach and Supportive Services programs will be required to participate in HMIS in federal fiscal year 2016.

More information about the PATH Program and its requirements can be found online at the PATH Program page.

Questions about HMIS participation in PATH-funded programs should be submitted via the HUD Exchange Ask a Question.

PATH HMIS Resources

HMIS Programming Specifications for the PATH Annual Report

These programming specifications detail how data entered into HMIS is transformed into the SAMHSA PATH Annual Report

Date Published: September 2021

PATH Program HMIS Manual

The PATH Program HMIS Manual is intended to support data collection and reporting efforts of HMIS Lead Agencies and PATH Program grantees. This manual provides information on HMIS program setup and data collection guidance specific to the PATH Program.

Date Published: September 2021

PATH Annual Report Manual

In this manual, SAMHSA outlines its reporting expectations for the PATH Annual Report. The information in this manual matches the questions and response options for the report that are found on the PATH Data Exchange (PDX) site, which is the web portal that PATH projects utilize to submit their PATH Annual Report.

Date Published: 2019

PATH Learning Community Listserv

Use this link to sign up for the PATH listserv, and receive information on the PATH HMIS Learning Community Meetings, as well as any PATH HMIS updates that are shared by SAMHSA.

PATH Data Exchange (PDX)

The PATH Data Exchange (PDX) website is the web portal for PATH providers to submit their PATH Annual Report. The site also includes SAMHSA resources and guidance on PATH. It can only be accessed by PATH grantees and SAMHSA staff.

General HMIS Resources

HMIS Guides and Tools

These resources are intended to assist HMIS Lead agencies, CoC representatives, and HMIS vendors in designing, implementing, and maintaining an HMIS. Resources available include data standard manuals; trainings, templates and tools; and sample policies and procedures.