As the CEO of a Community Mental Health Center (CMHC) right outside Richmond, Virginia, I and my executive leadership team recognized the need to increase housing options for individuals who were homeless or inadequately housed. The individuals we targeted for a program had a serious and persistent mental illness (SMI), and many also had co-occurring substance use and serious physical health problems. In 2006, we decided to negotiate a partnership with Virginia Supported Housing, the largest permanent supportive housing non-profit in Virginia, and a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), The Daily . . .
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