Lauren Rettagliata and Teresa Pasquini, AKA as “ Moms on a Mission,” took a CA road trip in 2019 to search for housing solutions for people with serious mental illness. “Housing First” is not a viable option; their loved ones require a full system of care that provides care before, during, and after homelessness, crisis, hospitalization, or incarceration. Housing That Heals is a prevention and intervention plan that will systemically flatten the harm curve for those who live with serious mental illnesses.
Part One of this two-part interview introduces us to Lauren and Teresa and their families and the struggle to advocate for care for their now adult sons. Also to be discussed: how CA arrived at this place and insights into public policy, financing, law and the inadequate housing continuum that exists for people with severe mental illness
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Housing that Heals: A Search for a Place Like Home for Families Like Ours. By Teresa Pasquini and Lauren Rettagliata, May 2020.
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Special thanks to Peer Mental Health for their technical support.