SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – In order to help individuals dealing with severe mental illness and addiction, state Rep. Cyril Nichols, D-Chicago, helped pass legislation that creates a program providing stable housing for residents at-risk of overdosing or being unnecessarily institutionalized.
“Addiction and severe mental illness takes an enormous toll on individuals and are difficult to manage, which is why it is critical that we are supporting the members of our community who are dealing with these issues,” said Nichols. “The path to recovery starts with having access to housing, and this program will ensure individuals have stable housing and access to the support they need.”
Nichols voted in favor of House Bill 449, a bipartisan bill which was recently signed into law. The bill creates the Housing is Recovery Pilot Program, which helps residents with serious mental health issues, such as schizophrenia and substance use disorders, by providing them with affordable housing and support services. The program aims to help reduce the number of incarcerations, overdoses and institutionalizations caused due to a lack of housing.
“The stability that comes with having a home is key to overcoming the many difficulties that come with addiction and mental illness,” said Nichols. “We cannot allow residents dealing with these issues to struggle without any support, and I will continue to work in Springfield and at home to provide critical resources to those who need them most.”