I wrote this published paper, Policy Recommendations to Address Housing Shortages for People with Severe Mental Illness at the request of a client. I started the paper to simply describe in layperson’s language the components necessary for developing housing for people with this disability. I then drafted a proposed policy that could develop and operate sufficient housing to make a lasting difference to people with serious mental illnesses. By the time I was done researching, writing and rewriting, I became more convinced than ever that for too long, people with this disability have gotten the short end of the stick for help with their illness. I have seen too many individuals suffer from their illness and witness the heartache of family members unable to intervene. It’s unconscionable to me that more hasn’t been done.
Thank you to the foundations that fund the series of Think Bigger, Do Good policy papers for allowing me to write this paper. My thanks to Howard Goldman, MD, PhD. for guidance and editing the paper. I am grateful for Peg’s Foundation, one of the funders of this series and my client, who thought my knowledge and skills strong enough to write this paper.