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New Supportive-Living Facility Expands Mental-Health Housing Resources in Hamilton County

UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Tennessee, the Helen Ross McNabb Center, and local and state officials gathered in Chattanooga today to celebrate the completion of the Bailey Home, a new supportive-living facility in Hamilton County to serve the needs of adults living with mental illness.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (June 21, 2016) – UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Tennessee, the Helen Ross McNabb Center, and local and state officials gathered in Chattanooga today to celebrate the completion of the Bailey Home, a new supportive-living facility in Hamilton County to serve the needs of adults living with mental illness. 

The Bailey Home was created by the Helen Ross McNabb Center through a $340,300 grant from UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Tennessee to help adults recovering from mental illness live healthier and more independent lives. The Bailey Home will provide comprehensive support services to each resident through onsite and community resources with a dedicated staff who will work 24 hours a day to help with daily-living skills, ensure that medication needs are met and coordinate daily life skills groups. The new facility has five bedrooms, and it will house 10 clients at full capacity. 

“People who are living with and recovering from mental illness deserve the opportunity to live healthier and more independent lives,” said Rita Johnson-Mills, CEO of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Tennessee. “We are grateful for the opportunity to support the Helen Ross McNabb Center and help make that a reality for more Tennesseans with the Bailey Home.” 

In 2013, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Tennessee committed $1 million in grant funding to help support organizations that provide safe, affordable, quality and appropriate housing for people living with mental illness after having been discharged from a mental health facility. In June 2015, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Tennessee presented the Helen Ross McNabb Center with its grant to develop the Chattanooga project. 

“Our Housing Services team helps provide permanent, safe, affordable housing to people who are homeless and experiencing symptoms of a mental illness,” said Helen Ross McNabb Center CEO Jerry Vagnier. “We currently offer 162 units in Knox and Hamilton counties, and we greatly appreciate the generosity of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Tennessee to help us increase the number of housing units we can make available to people in need.” 

“I appreciate and commend UnitedHealthcare for its recognition that people living with mental illness are not only deserving but also capable of thriving in our communities with balanced and productive lives,” said Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke. “In partnership with the Helen Ross McNabb Center and with the support of the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, this investment will make a true impact in the Tennessee communities we serve together.” 

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), more than 245,000 adults and 65,000 children in Tennessee live with serious mental health conditions. Many of them are homeless and survive on low incomes. The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse estimates that nearly 190,000 Tennesseans with mental illness are in need of housing assistance. 

The state of Tennessee has been a leader in encouraging the creation of housing options for people with mental illness and co-occurring disorders. Since 2001, the Tennessee Creating Homes Initiative has leveraged public, private and nontraditional funding sources to create more than 4,600 housing options for Tennesseans diagnosed with mental illness and co-occurring disorders. 

“There is a wealth of literature, both national and local, to support the essential role of stable, safe, quality and affordable permanent housing in the recovery process for people with mental illness,” said E. Douglas Varney, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. “I appreciate how this partnership among the Helen Ross McNabb Center, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Tennessee and other organizations will help put housing within reach for more Tennesseans.” 

About the Helen Ross McNabb Center

The Helen Ross McNabb Center is a premier not‐for‐profit provider of behavioral health services in East Tennessee. Through its supportive living programs, hundreds of individuals with behavioral health disorders are provided a safe and stable place to call home and a therapeutic and supportive environment for recovery. Since 1948, the Center has provided quality and compassionate care to children, adults and families experiencing mental illness, addiction and social challenges. As the Center celebrates more than 70 years of providing services to communities in Tennessee, its mission remains clear and simple; “Improving the lives of the people we serve.” For more information, visit www.mcnabbcenter.org.  

About UnitedHealthcare

UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers, military service members, retirees and their families, and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with 1 million physicians and care professionals, and 6,000 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide. UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company. For more information, visit UnitedHealthcare at www.uhc.com. 


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