<ul><li>20-25% of the single adult homeless population suffers from some form of severe and persistent mental illness </li></ul>
Jail Hospital Treatment Service <ul><li>“ Mental disorders prevent people from carrying out essential aspects of daily life, such as self-care, household management, and interpersonal relationships.” </li></ul>McDonalds It’s a vicious cycle… something needs to be done to fix it
The cycle isn’t that hard to break. Most of the homeless have no need to be institutionalized. Most can live in a community as long as they have the support they need. Right now there aren’t enough treatment services offered where these mentally ill can find treatment and help. There are not enough communities that can provide the necessary support for these people. If one were given supportive services, meaningful work to do, access to therapy, and appropriate housing, they would have the framework necessary to end their own homelessness. There is not enough funding to do so.
Right now, funding allows for minimal services. The article provides examples of what could be done with more funding: <ul><li>Programs that allow access to help for the homeless with mental illnesses could be expanded. Right now, the programs cannot provide for the needs of all those who need it. </li></ul><ul><li>Supplement Security Income needs to be increased. Right now recipients receive $603 dollars a month. By the time food is bought and medical services are paid for, there is not enough money left for even low-income housing. </li></ul><ul><li>The commitment to making deinstitutionalization work as it was intended needs to be renewed. People with mental illness must be able to live independently with the help of social services. These programs must be proactive not reactive. </li></ul>