The Supported Housing Initiative is one of the many programs of the Mental Health Association in Fulton and Montgomery Counties. Supported housing is an Office of Mental Health initiative, which began in the mid-1970s. Although many individuals have received beneficial rehabilitation from the community residence program, which has helped them learn how to live successfully in the community, the limitations of this approach have become apparent. People do not want to move each time they make progress in their rehabilitation; often, affordable housing is not available for people to "transition" into, and many people do not want or may not require the structure of a residential program. In recognition of these needs, New York state began the implementation of supported housing.