No issue comes up more often among families of people with mental illness than housing. Their greatest goal is to see their ill relative able to live and function in the community, knowing that after they have passed away, their family member will be housed with comfort and dignity.
Nationally, the mental health field is moving toward the concept of supported housing. This concept is based on three key ideas: choice, use of normal housing in the community, and availability of mental health support services.
People with mental illnesses have the right to safe, affordable, decent housing, just like all people. They should be able to decide with whom they live, and to choose their housing from the housing options that are available to the general public. Flexible supportive services should be available to assist them to choose, get, and keep their housing.
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