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Cincinnati Benefits and Resources is a useful centralized website with links and contact information for local social services agencies, including many that serve people with mental illness and people who are homeless.

The Drop Inn Center is a shelter in Over the Rhine that provides services to those who are homeless.

Centerpoint Health, an affiliate of Talbert House provides mental health services, support services, and crisis intervention to adults, children, and families.

The Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services is a tri-state agency providing a range of services to adults with severe mental illness. Their PATH/Homeless Outreach program works proactively with area shelters and providers of services to the homeless and goes out into the community to engage homeless mentally ill persons with service.

The Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless coordinates the work of 45 agencies with the goal of eliminating homelessness in Cincinnati, providing housing, health services, and many other forms of assistance. National and local statistics on homelessness can be found on their website.

The Interfaith Hospitality Network coordinates the work of area churches and synagogues to provide meals, shelter, and support services to homeless families.

Lighthouse Youth Services serves young people and families in need, including those dealing with homelessness.

Lonely Instruments for Needy Kids or LINKS, sponsored by the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and Buddy Roger's Music, gathers used musical instruments from the community and places them with needy children in local elementary, middle and high school bands and orchestras, as well as with students in the CCM Preparatory Department

The Mental Health Arts Collaborative strives to eliminate the stigma of mental illness through the creation and celebration of the arts, which have the power to foster empathy and understanding. Many area arts and mental health services organizations are members. For information on the organization and its services, please contact Linda Richey Linda.Richey@cchmc.org.

The Recovery Center works to empower individuals to recover from mental illness and provides information on mental health recover to individuals, health professionals, and families.

Tender Mercies provides housing and related services to homeless persons with histories of emotional and/or mental disabilities.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the nation's largest grassroots organization for people with mental illness and their families. There is a Hamilton County chapter.

WebMD: Schizophrenia provides information about schizophrenia, including an overview, treatment options, hot topics, and support resources.

Mental Health America was formerly known as the National Mental Health Association. Their website provides information about diagnosis and treatment, support groups, and affiliates.

The Lamp Community of Los Angeles provides housing to homeless people living with mental illness.

Mental Health America Village of Los Angeles is an adult integrated services recovery program of Mental Health America of Los Angeles. This site houses many of Dr. Mark Ragins' writings including a downloadable version of "Road to Recovery"

The Nathaniel Anthony Ayers Foundation, established by Ayers' sister, supports arts programming for the artistically gifted mentally ill.

For a discussion of The Soloist and homelessness in Cincinnati, view the CET Focus program about On the Same Page, featuring representatives from the library, Tender Mercies, and Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services.

For more information about Steve Lopez and his stories about Nathaniel Ayers, visit Steve Lopez Online, the author's official website; view the CET interview with Lopez; view or listen to the NPR story and interview with him; and read the LA Times story about The Soloist.