By Paul Webster

Paul is an advocate, legislative and policy expert, and the Director of Hope Street Coalition. Hope Street focuses on the intersection of homelessness, mental illness, and chronic addiction. He has worked at the local, state, and federal levels most recently as a Senior Policy Advisor at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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I agree with Teresa’s testimony that treatment should be mandatory for
SMI’s people with anosognosia, like her son, but safe, affordable housing must be in place to avoid revolving door hospitalizations also, especially when there are not nearly enough beds available for treatment. Ideally, we need transitional housing for hospital released SMI’s to transition back into their communities, which is available in only one county (Athens in Athens County) In Ohio. We need to work with the Treatment Advocacy Center (TAC) for Court Ordered Assistant Treatment laws in all states (AOT) to enforce medication adherence to
people suffering from no-fault neurobiological brain diseases which leaves them vulnerable in the cycle of jails, arrests, re-hospiltalizations
and the streets, where too many end up.

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