Support Housing

In as much as there is a vicious cycle of patients returning to the Psych Ward who relapse after being stabilized there is a process that takes place before they are released in the first place.

It must be established that the released patient has some place to stay. Often if the patient’s families are willing to take them in, then that would be an easy fix. The patient would be released to a responsible family member and that is that. But the reality with the majority of the mentally ill is that their families often abandon them or they do not want the responsibility to be their care taker. Luckily the mentally ill isn’t left out in the cold. There is an entire industry that has popped up to fill the void. This type of industry is in the non-profit sector called “Supportive Housing.” 

There are different types of Support Housing and many of them are run by private corporations that profess that they are not for profit, but on a whole some sort of profit is being made otherwise there won’t be any incentive to have such a program that assist people that cannot assist themselves.

The type of support housing ranges from substance abuse, senior housing, Veterans, the mentally ill, the medically frail etc. Some are temporary such as a substance abuse residence. The patients go through an organized program, and when they wean the substance abuser from being dependent on a substance; they are cut loose. The supportive residence for people who are medically frail, once their aliment is managed or they recover from their aliment; then they would move onto permeant housing. Then there are supportive housing that is long term. These type of support environment assist those who can function but not to the degree of full independence that they can fend for themselves such as holding down regular employment, managing finances or even practice healthy personal hygiene. The mentally ill that were patients in the Psych Ward fall into this category.

In this day the mentally ill are given a say so on the approach to therapy and how their condition is being managed; even though the mentally ill decision making skills and outlook are clouded by their mental impairment; legally they have the power of choice. This means that the State cannot compel an individual to participate in the programs what the supportive housing environment have to offer. Yet at the same token they will not be released from a stay in the Psych Ward if they do not have some type of residence and support. The State does not want the Psych Ward to dump any released patient on the streets to fend for themselves and contribute to the homeless population.

Before anyone one is released from the Psych Ward, if the family doesn’t want anything to do with the mentally ill family member; the Psych Ward Admin would contact representatives to various support housing, who will interview the Psych Ward patient and determine if the Psych Ward patient is a good fit for their program. If they are accepted into a support housing, the Psych Ward patient have to agree to have the support house manage their medication, finances and monitor their therapy. It is understood that the mentally ill cannot truly live independently.

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  1. Unfortunately, our mentally ill don’t get that level of support and are often left to fend for themselves. I have a severely paranoid schizophrenic brother who has only just, because he is now the age of a pensioner, been taken into proper care. Before that, he was left to fend for himself and most of the time didn’t take his required medication or look after himself at all! Such people, if violent, generally can’t stay with their families as, due to the familiarity, they feel less constrained about committing violence against them. The amount of times my brother tried to knife me or my parents was terrible!

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    • Many families have expressed similar experiences. The mentally ill person’s behavior is unpredictable.
      When the State adopted the de-institutionalize policy it flooded the streets with untreated mentally ill people who often commit some type of crime before they can get the help they need or become too old before some organization intervene to get the elderly off the street

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      • we adopted the same policy but haven’t rescinded it so our streets are flooded with mentally ill people who are then legally held responsible for any (preventable) violence against unsuspecting citizens. Not fair

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        • That’s the kicker; after the mentally ill do some type of violence when they go to court the court will rule that they are unfit to stand trial. They lock them up in a Psych Hospital for a couple of months then they get released back on the streets.
          Our politicians and uninformed people think that the mentally ill are not responsible for what they do, so they can get away with a lot of things and sometimes even murder.
          My argument is why do they have the legal standing of having personal responsibility when the courts will always rule they are not responsible for their actions. Hell, they even make delusionary allegations against somebody else even though they never had any interaction with the person whom they are accusing of doing something to them. It is a whole mess…

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