Supported Housing

Supported housing is an approach that has emerged in the last two decades that shows promise in providing stable housing and community integration for individuals with severe mental illness. This approach is in contrast to a transitional continuum approach where individuals are first placed in restrictive, supervised, or group settings and graduated into more independent housing. The supported housing model immediately places individuals in independent normal housing and provides flexible individualized supportive services to aid clients in their recovery. The approach emphasizes client choice and in vivo learning. The ACT Center in collaboration with Adult and Child and Pathway to Recovery is currently conducting a study to examine the effectiveness of combining integrated dual disorders treatment (IDDT) and supported housing for homeless individuals with dual disorders. Both objective indicators of community integration and subjective outcomes of recovery, hope, and satisfaction are being measured.

For more information, please visit the US Department of Health and Human Services web site and the New York state Office of Mental Health web site.

The toolkit is also available through the SAMHSA websit