(5-2-16) The Justice Department, many mental health advocates and federally funded protection and advocacy groups are opposed to group homes and housing that resembles an institutional setting. The goal is for everyone to live independently in their own apartment.
But is it realistic to believe that everyone can live on their own if they have a severe mental illness and other debilitating challenges?
My good friend Trudy Harsh, the driving force behind the non-profit Brain Foundation, believes that some individuals need services that are best delivered in a group setting or multi-person facility. That’s currently a politically unpopular point of view, but Trudy is speaking from her experiences not only as a housing activist but also as a mother.