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How to create better housing for people with mental health disabilities

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Hix will tell you, "I am the face of mental health"

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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Tennessee finds a way home for many with mental health disabilities

WUNC - North Carolina Public Radio logoAround the country, advocates have come to realize that one of the most important services for people with mental health disabilities is housing – and that most people with disabilities are able to live independently with some help. States have tried many strategies to create suitable housing options. Tennessee dedicates a small amount of state money every year to local groups that are succeeding pretty well.

Clinton Toy in front of his house

Clinton Toy stands in front of his newly renovated house in Nashville

For this third installment of North Carolina Voices, Mental Health Disorder I traveled to Tennessee to examine that state’s housing program, and to see what that it might teach North Carolina.

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