Supportive housing saves money and improves health outcomes for those with mental illness, according to Passport-funded study

iHOP_logoEstablished in 1982, Wellspring has long believed that supportive housing is the key for many people with severe and persistent mental illness to begin re-building their lives. Currently, the agency provides permanent supportive housing to about 200 adults with severe and persistent mental illness annually and is on pace to serve nearly 500 people in our psychiatric crisis units this year.

Thanks to a special Improved Health Outcomes Program (iHOP) grant funded by Passport, Wellspring was able to assess the impacts of supportive housing for adults with severe and/or persistent mental illness. The study took close to two years to complete, largely because of the challenges associated with collecting data across service systems. But the results were very promising.

According to an article in Medical News, Wellspring found that in the one-year span prior to entering permanent supportive housing, the aggregate cost of inpatient care for clients at Kentucky One was more than $2.5 million, but in the following year, that dropped more than 52 percent to $1.2 million. Emergency room costs also decreased ($1.6 million to $780,000) and outpatient care went up (38 percent). For more information, please click here.

Wellspring promotes mental health recovery for adults with severe and persistent mental illness by providing quality housing and rehabilitative services for nearly 700 clients annually. As a private, non-profit agency, Wellspring operates two Crisis Stabilization services and several Supported Housing programs in addition to affordable housing options around Greater Louisville. For more information, please click here.

Passport’s Board of Directors sets aside funds each year for research and development of programs that “improve quality, access, efficiency and cost of healthcare” for Medicaid recipients. For more information about iHOP – including ways you can apply and frequently asked questions – please click here.