Schizophrenia: Three Moms in the Trenches

Housing That Heals: Essential for Many with SMI (Ep 56)

November 10, 2022 Randye Kaye Season 2 Episode 6
Schizophrenia: Three Moms in the Trenches
Housing That Heals: Essential for Many with SMI (Ep 56)
Show Notes

guests:- Teresa Pasquini and Lauren Rettagliata, 2 California Moms on a Mission for a System of Care that Works

From NAMI CA website: Housing That Heals project:

“As two California moms on a mission, we invite you to join our journey across the state and into our future dreams for Housing that Heals for Families Like Ours

Housing That Heals is more than a house, a program, or a room key. It is a system of care that wraps a person in all of the necessary medical, clinical, rehabilitative, and social supports that they need in order to live and die in dignity.

We began this journey in 2019, using years of experience as moms, advocates, and community leaders as our compass. We set out looking for solutions that would mend our broken hearts and the broken system. We were hopeful that this would be the year that California would recognize that people who live heroically with serious mental illness need more than “Housing First.” First, they need a full system of care that provides care before, during, and after homelessness, crisis, hospitalization, or incarceration. Housing That Heals is a prevention and intervention plan that will systemically flatten the harm curve for those who live with serious mental illnesses.

We ask:

  • What experiences have you had that make housing so important to you? 
  • Is there disparity in your state between funding for housing for those with a Serious Mental Illness and Intellectual Developmental Disabilities? 
  • Why Housing First and Harm Reduction are not HUD principles that are tied to building affordable housing do not work for many with a Serious Mental Illness? 
  • Does Ideology drive the disparity for those with a Serious Mental Illness? 
  • Why does your paper talk about marrying the Recovery Model with the Medical Model? 
  • What criteria did you use to measure if the housing you visited was Housing That Heals? 
  • What Housing have you seen that seems to embody Housing That Heals? 
  • Is it possible for this housing to be accessible to those who are on Medicare and enrolled in their states' public system of care?


The paper:

Our Housing That Heals Facebook Page:

Here is the NY Times Article:

Mindy and her book:

Randye and her book:

Miriam and her book:


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