Mental Health Services Act Housing Program Training
Under a contract with the California Institute for Mental Health, CSH provides training and technical assistance to help California counties develop supportive housing for persons with mental illness.
CSH matches county Behavioral Health Departments with housing developers, teaches the components of developing and operating supportive housing, helps counties to identify and leverage other sources of funds, and ensures that the elements are in place to provide recovery-oriented housing and services. Technical assistance is provided project by project to help housing developments through new construction and rehabilitation.
Impact and Outcomes
Creating supportive housing is always challenging – but 5,000 new units of housing have been created under the Mental Health Services Act Housing Program. Almost 1,500 of those units are restricted to persons with severe and persistent mental illness. With stable housing and affiliated services, tenants will have a better chance to engage in recovery and to pursue their personal and vocational goals.
California Department of Mental Health, California Housing Finance Agency, California Mental Health Directors Association, California Institute for Mental Health