How to create better housing for people with mental health disabilities

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In the last 10 years, multiple studies have concluded that housing people with mental health disabilities in adult and family care homes is not the best plan for them.  Each study has recommended phasing out use of the homes and improving the system. Despite that, the number of homes has increased along with the number of adults with mental illness who live in them.

 

This final installment of North Carolina Voices – Mental Health Disorder, surveys how North Carolina can address the housing needs of people with mental health disabilities, before the federal government forces the state to craft a solution.

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Story guest-edited by Cheryl Devall, news editor, Southern California Public Radio

One response to “How to create better housing for people with mental health disabilities

  1. Society’s fear not philandrophy controls how much it will spend for mental patient management. An industry saying that it will “manage” society’s mentally ill problem for it–i.e., keeping it safer–has as we’ve seen grown up abundantly as long as government monies are available. The myth they perpetuate is that our society’s mental illness problem is being curbed, but statistics reveal that rather it is being cultivated. The Metamorphosis Club once said in a room filled with mental health providers from multitudinous origins that if all mental patient services were to end on one day, society probably wouldn’t notice–things would appear the same. After their collective gasp ended, the reality is that provider services do not make us safer–it is they who get richer.