Today, Places for People (PfP) received key funding from the Missouri Housing Development Commission (MHDC) that will help develop much-needed supported housing for people with severe and persistent mental illness in St. Louis.
The National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors completed a study in 2006 showing people with severe mental illness die, on average, 25 years earlier than the general population. Two St. Louis agencies – Places for People (PfP) and Family Care Health Centers (FCHC) – have partnered in response to this study taking an integrated approach to behavioral and primary health care services for underserved individuals.
Daniel Downey is bright and articulate. As he warms to a subject, his words come in a rush and he rubs his hands together nervously. He attended St. Louis University and received a degree in psychology in 1989. During his undergrad years, he sometimes got morose. Studying psychology, reading about depression, feeling down. It almost seemed natural.