Housing for persons with mental illnesses

(Preliminary draft)

Background

  • Homelessness remains a key issue facing persons with serious mental illnesses.  While the majority of persons who are homeless do not have a mental illness and the majority of persons with mental illnesses are not homeless, a disproporitionate percentage of homeless persons have a mental illness.
  • It is difficult and expensive to provide appropriate, recovery-oriented mental health services to persons who are homeless.
  • "Housing first" programs are highly successful at maintaining persons with mental illnesses in the community.  Illinois has a serious shortage of housin