ODMH recaps progress of housing projects for people with mental illness
Ohio Department of Mental Health (ODMH) Director Tracy Plouck issued a memo to community mental health partners providing a recap of the Department's housing-related projects during the past year. According to the memo, ODMH has "undertaken steps to re-energize emphasis on housing within the mental health system" and have focused on four areas:
- Creation of housing: As a result of a new capital allocation, ODMH and Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) are exploring leveraging opportunities to maximize funding for permanent supportive housing projects for people with mental illness.
- Preservation of existing housing stock: ODMH's partnership with OHFA has resulted in several initiatives to support existing housing options for people with severe and persistent mental illness, such as the Permanent Supportive Housing Capital Investment Pilot Program, Adult Care Facility Critical Repair Grant, and training for local boards and agencies.
- Sustainability of housing operations: ODMH designated Block Grant funds to support housing sustainability and related services through housing mini grants, homeless assistance grant match, and regional core competency trainings.
- Effective housing support services to assist individuals in their recovery.
Read the memo: ODMH memo to Community Mental Health Partners (PDF file)
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