Supportive Housing Services
About Supportive Housing:
The Supportive Housing Program is an evidence based practice that provides housing for individuals with serious mental illness. This program is designed to offer worthwhile housing options for persons with a serious mental illness who would not have a viable housing option without this service. Housing and supportive services are operated in a manner consistent with principles of evidence-based supportive housing contained in DMH presentations and training events, including the following:
- Housing is integrated into setting available to persons who do not have a mental illness.
- Consumers hold a standard lease or sublease that provides right of tenure.
- Consumer has the responsibility for residential maintenance with supportive assistance.
- Subsides are provided such that the consumer pays no more than 30% of available income for housing and utility costs.
- Consumers have the opportunity to choose from among a variety of available housing settings.
- A Community Support Specialist (or Case Manager) is assigned to provide supportive housing services.
- Supportive housing services assist individuals in finding, selecting, obtaining, and maintaining affordable, appropriate housing.
- The person responsible for "landlord" functions is separate from the person who provides supportive services.
- Housing is provided in a community environment that is not inherently a treatment setting. The focus is on a place to live rather than to receive treatment.
- Housing is provided without regard to a consumer's agreement to participate in specific treatment services. Consumers may choose to attend the Rehabilitative Day Program, Outpatient services, or any other program.
- Services are available to assist individuals in linking to other essential services.
Who qualifies to reside in Supportive Housing:
• Individual with a serious mental illness
• Individuals who do not have another viable housing option
Who does not qualify to reside in Supportive Housing:
• Principle diagnosis of substance abuse
• Medical problems requiring hospitalization or 24 hour nursing care
• Principle diagnosis of brain damage or mental retardation
• Inpatient care is warranted
• Individuals who cannot or will not abide by rental agreement
If you would like to learn more about the supportive housing, you may contact Sandy Flowers at (334) 222-2525 ext. 70331 or via e-mail.
To make a referral, please contact your therapist. Availability is limited and consumers are placed on a waiting list if they are deemed appropriate for admission.