These principles reflect our desire that stigma against people with mental health disabilities ends. We want people to receive voluntary and appropriate services of their choice.
Homelessness is a complex social problem that has many causes including a shortage of affordable housing; lower wages and loss of jobs that lead to eviction; inadequate general assistance and SSI payments; and local land use decisions that limit where shelters and affordable housing may be placed as a result of Not In My Back Yard (NIMBY) and other discrimination.
In Olmstead v. L.C., the United States Supreme Court held under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) unjustified segregation of people with disabilities is a form of discrimination.
Individuals with mental health disabilities often face stigma and bias because of the false assumption that people with mental health disabilities are dangerous or violent. The perpetuation of misconceptions about violence and mental health disabilities results in these individuals facing discrimination in housing, employment, social situations, and basic civil rights protections.