New Beginnings, Bluegrass' mission is to provide quality housing and recovery-oriented support services to persons with serious mental illness (SMI).
New Beginnings, Bluegrass, Inc. was formed in 1997 by a group of family members, consumers, members of NAMI Lexington, and mental health professionals who saw a need for safe, affordable, permanent housing for individuals with serious mental illness.
In an effort to make these needs known, they began a legislative campaign that would eventually lead to a $1 million endowment from the Kentucky State General Fund. This money was used to purchase housing in Fayette County that would provide a continuum of options for persons with a serious mental illness. The Board of Directors was able to obtain additional funding for supportive services, operations, and program development.
New Beginnings' program is modeled after the evidence-based practice of Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH), which is independent housing coupled with the provision of community-based services. PSH is viewed as an ideal and cost-effective model that offers independence and opportunity for community integration for persons with SMI. This model has been shown to decrease utilization of homeless shelters, hospitals, emergency rooms, jails, and prisons. While PSH reduces the cost of caring for some of our most vulnerable citizens, the greater impact is that it allows individuals to enhance their quality of life as demonstrated by becoming more active, integrated members of the community while sustaining safe, decent, and affordable housing in the community.
• Housing Stability: There are currently 76 individuals with SMI being served in our programs. 84% (64/76) of those served are permanently housed in their own leased units. • Community Involvement: Through encouragement and support of our Housing Support Specialists, 59% (45/76) of our participants have identified and are engaged in individualized socialization activities.• Employment: Ten of our program participants maintain gainful employment in the community.• Increased Access to Resources: We have assisted 49 program participants with accessing permanent rental subsidies.
Specialized housing services for individuals with serious mental illness in Fayette County are very limited. The total array of housing options for persons with SMI offered by New Beginnings is unduplicated in our area. We hope to identify additional sources of revenue to support our goals to expand our program.
Elizabeth has a master's degree in social work and has over five years of experience supervising programs serving persons with severe mental illness.
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