What are some strategies for addressing housing for patients with serious mental illness?

Stable housing is essential for patients’ ability to engage in treatment as well as to improve their overall well being. Supportive housing provides financial and clinical support for people with serious mental illness to live as tenants in community housing. There is a wide range of housing approaches, from supervised group housing with onsite staff through independent living arrangements. Care management alone may be insufficient to achieve stable housing outcomes, and where possible should be combined with Section 8 vouchers (rent subsidies) or 811 vouchers (subsidies for low-income, disabled populations). The time after discharge from inpatient hospitalization may be particularly important for addressing housing as part of an aftercare plan. Consider working with your homeless patients and patients with unstable housing to address their housing needs as soon as possible, even if their psychiatric or substance use conditions are not fully stabilized.

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