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August 12, 2014

Supported Housing for People Living with Mental Illness

The August 2014 PASRR webinar "Supported Housing for People Living with Mental Illness" occurred on Tuesday, August 12th, at 1 PM EST (10 AM PST).

The webinar was led by Bob Currie of Tennessee.

You can download a PDF copy of the PowerPoint slides at the bottom of the page.

Synopsis of the Topic:

Tennessee's Creating Homes Initiative has created over 11,000 safe, affordable housing opportunities with support services as needed for people living with mental illness since 2000. This presentation will describe how these affordable housing opportunities were created and how support services are provided to residents. Participants will learn strategies to assist in developing similar opportunities as well as how to identify and access similar services in their communities as alternatives to nursing home placements.


Bob Currie has been working with people living with mental illness or substance abuse disorders for 40 years. Since 2004, this work has focused on developing safe, affordable housing opportunities with support services as needed for people with extremely low income and mental illness or co-occurring substance abuse through Tennessee's award-winning Creating Homes Initiative (CHI). Mr. Currie started with the initiative as the Regional Housing Facilitator in Nashville, and acted as the statewide director of the program for five years.

Acknowledgment of Commercial Support

There was no commercial support received for this CME activity.

Objectives - After attending this program, participants should be able to:

• Describe how Tennessee’s Medicaid system may differ from their state’s system
• Summarize the purpose, history, and current outcomes of Creating Homes Initiative (CHI)
• Identify 2 current trends in supportive housing development in Tennessee

Bibliographic Sources: Please see presentation slides

Copyright: All faculties in this activity have given their permission for publication.

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