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The Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health (CECMH) at UNC-Chapel Hill recognizes that housing and comprehensive health and behavioral health services must be enhanced with occupational therapy to optimize the independent living skills of adults with serious mental illness (SMI) and reduce homelessness. Accordingly, the CECMH, in partnership with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (Grant # 1H79SM080750-01) has established the HomeLink program to integrate occupational therapy into CECMH services and assertive outreach initiatives. The diversity in race, ethnicity, rural and urban living, income, and education in the CECMH consumer population presents an opportunity to expand our delivery of person-centered and culturally competent care to address housing, physical health, behavioral health and deficits in independent living skills in a cost-effective way that improves the participation and quality of care for individuals with SMI.

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Investigators and Key Personnel
Antoine Bailliard, PhD OTR/L
Thava Mahadevan MS  LCAS