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Implementing Supported Housing in State and Local Mental Health Systems
Martha B. Knisley; Mary Fleming
Psychiatric Services 1993; doi:
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The authors thank Shirley McGlone, Dena Plemmons, LouAnn Price, and Susan Weaver for their contributions to this paper.

Wake County Mental Health Program in Raleigh, North Carolina; Ohio Department of Mental Health

Franklin County Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services Board, 447 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215

1993 by the American Psychiatric Association

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The Ohio Department of Mental Health has aggressively promoted the development of supported housing-affordable, permanent community housing along with a system of needed support services-for adults with serious mental illness. The authors outline the development of supported housing programs by the state and by Franklin County, Ohio, beginning in the mid-1980s. The county's program, implemented mainly through the county authority for substance abuse and mental health services and a separate nonprofit housing corporation, was assisted by a major grant and loan from the Robert Wood Jobnson Foundation Program on Chronic Mental illness, federal Section 8 housing certificates, and special grants from the Ohio Department of Mental Health. Both the state and the county formulated and followed comprehensive housing development plans. Both entities used creative financing mechanisms, including leveraging, to bring in additional public and private funds, and they worked to involve consumers and families in formulating policies and developing services.

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