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Nearly one-third of homeless people suffer from a mental illness, according to SAMHSA's Center for Mental Health Services. Research has shown that the majority of homeless people with a mental illness lack access to supportive services, such as housing programs and counseling centers. Yet the National Mental Health Association has found that supported housing is an effective option for communities working to meet the needs of people with mental health disorders who are homeless and trying to become productive members of society.

At Coleman Professional Services, a private, nonprofit behavioral health provider in Kent, Ohio, we recognize the benefits of supported housing programs. In fact, our efforts won us Eli Lilly and Company's 2005 Reintegration Award in the Home Sweet Home category for our housing program. In this article, we describe our housing program and how we are helping homeless people with mental illness get off the streets and into treatment. (Authors)
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