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Policy Overview

A lack of safe housing is a huge challenge to the recovery of individuals with mental illness or addiction. Supportive housing can provide the stable environment people need to successfully work toward positive goals. Appropriate housing also is a key to rebalancing Ohio's long-term care options, saving taxpayer dollars and increasing independence for people who do not require institutional care.

The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) is dedicated to enhancing supportive community living options for people living with or recovering from mental illness and/or substance use disorder. It is the policy of OhioMHAS to strengthen a continuum of community housing options through advocacy, education and collaboration with other state departments, local boards and provider organizations.

  1. Developing New Housing
  2. Preservation of Existing Housing
  3. Sustainability/Housing Operations
  4. Quality Improvement/Access to Housing Services