Transforming Housing for People with Psychiatric Disabilities Report

Publication Date: January 2006

Publisher: Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law

Author(s): Michael Allen

Research Area: Health; Social conditions

Keywords: Mental health systems; Board and care homes; Community-based care

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


Section I summarizes the problems of board and care homes for people with psychiatric disabilities and lists ten recommendations identified at the meeting to improve the quality of life of board and care residents. An in-depth discussion of the history and demographics and common concerns of board and care homes for residents with psychiatric disabilities are offered in Section II.

The next section discusses measures that have been taken to promote integration and good living conditions of persons with psychiatric disabilities in communities. Section IV delineates recommendations for improving the quality of life for board and care residents.

The report concludes with a call to end reliance on board and care homes and to improve conditions in existing homes in Section V.