Mental health and housing: the feasibility of calculating an investment case

An evaluation framework to demonstrate the positive business case for supported housing models.
Nick O'Shea

10 February 2021

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This new briefing from the Mental Health Economics Collaborative (MHEC) on supported housing offers:

  • An evaluation framework which could be adopted by health and housing providers to demonstrate the positive business case for supported housing models
  • A worked example of an investment case to convey what could be presented with further data. It is based on the methodologies used in previous MHEC projects, such as the evaluation of New Care Models and the Nottingham Psychological Care in Primary Medicine Team.

Intermediate care for patients leaving acute hospital beds helps them to return to independent community living by offering a bridge between the two. However, whilst some foundation trusts and housing providers have worked together to create innovative examples, the expansion of intermediate care has been unexpectedly limited.

This briefing describes nine months of researching this sector with health and housing providers in order to understand the reasons why this approach should be expanded. We have found innovative models of intermediate care and have worked with providers to examine their existing data and determine if there is an evaluation gap; one which prohibits wider and greater investment.