Mr. R is a 60-year old man who had been experiencing homelessness since 2019 following a divorce. He was also diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder which was marked by hallucinations, delusions and severe mood swings. Because he was also opiod-dependent, his severe behavioral patterns were amplified, prompting severe manic depressive episodes that resulted in numerous short stays at various shelters, with each stay lasting only a few days due to relapses in which he would end up staying outdoors, in vacant homes, or in the hospital.
Mr. R entered shelter at NSO DHHC this past summer 2021, where he was immediately enrolled in behavioral health services and Medicated Assisted Treatment (MAT). Since beginning co-occurring treatment, Mr. R has not had any relapses with either his substance use or behavioral health and has not had any hospitalizations.
These support services has had a stabilizing effect on his life as he has been very active in his recovery and has been utilizing various services that NSO offers. He has recently been approved for a Housing Choice Voucher as well as an apartment. He is expected to move in within the next 30 days.
Once Mr. R moves into his apartment, his behavioral health services will follow him as he will be able to continue attending appointments via telehealth or by visiting the NSO 360 Neighborhood Wellness Center.
More than providing shelter services, NSO Healthy Housing Center helps people find a new lease on life by putting them on a path to physical and mental health along with permanent housing.
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