How is supported housing different than an “Assisted Living Facility”?

Assisted Living is a higher level of care than support housing.  An assessment is conducted to determine the right level of care for every person in the behavioral health system and when there is a need for the person to live in a setting with monitoring and direct staff oversight, Assisted Living is used.  Supported housing is focused on helping a person live independently in the community with an emphasis on daily activities and pursuits as determined by the person.  Work, volunteer activities, participation in ACMHS classes and group meetings might be some of the things people will pursue in supported housing.  The residents of the supported housing program will hold leases for their apartments and will be held to all the privileges and responsibilities of such a lease.