In this submission CHP identifies the need for our mental health system to recognise housing as a critical element of treatment. Drivers of poor mental health outcomes are addressed through the call for Housing First approaches, the examination of acute care exits into homelessness, and the call for housing (and health) focused justice diversion. We address prevention and early intervention where we highlight the importance of programs that reduce demand on hospital bed days.
Once we fully recognise housing as a core component of mental health care we can take steps towards preventing the onset of mental illness, achieving positive treatment outcomes, and sustaining mental health gains into the future.
Please note, this publication was published prior to CHP’s branding refresh in 2022.