I Have My Own Lease-So Why the Service Plan Again? Perspectives on Service Planning in Supportive Housing

Mimi Choy-Brown, Emily K. Hamovitch, Carolina Cuervo, Victoria Stanhope

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Objective: This study aimed to understand multiple stakeholder perspectives implementing a recoveryoriented approach to service planning in supportive housing programs serving people with lived experience of mental illnesses. Method: Multiple stakeholders (N = 57) were recruited to participate in focus groups (N = 8), including 4 with tenants, 2 with service coordinators, 1 with supervisors, and 1 with leadership. Supportive housing programs were purposively sampled from a recovery-oriented organization serving 1,500 people annually. Stakeholders' experiences with service planning and implementing a recovery-oriented approach to service planning were explored. The authors conducted inductive thematic analyses combined with a conceptual matrix, which yielded themes across and within multiple stakeholder focus groups. Results: Three themes emerged: (a) an institutional reminder-service planning experiences elicited negative emotions and served to remind people of experiences in institutional settings, (b) one-size-fits-all service planning-stakeholders perceived the use of quality assurance tools within the planning process as rigid to others' interests beyond their own, and (c) rules and regulations-reconciling funder requirements (e.g., completion dates) while also tailoring services to tenants' particular situations challenged providers. Conclusions and Implications for Practice: Even in a recovery-oriented organization, findings suggest that service planning in supportive housing has limitations in responding to each tenant's iterative recovery process. Further, in this context where people can make their home, stakeholders questioned whether the very presence of ongoing service planning activities is problematic. However, tenant-service coordinator relationships predicated on mutual respect and esteem overcame some service planning limitations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)313-320
Number of pages8
JournalPsychiatric Rehabilitation Journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2016


  • Recovery-oriented practice
  • service planning
  • supportive housing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Professions (miscellaneous)
  • Rehabilitation
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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