Inclusive Living Options

Homelike supportive care options for those with long-term needs

The Banyan - Hans Centre for Recovery Sciences and Inclusive Development

A small percentage of clients are unable to go home  for a variety of reasons (e.g. high-support needs, lack of a family to go back to, family’s inability to care, family is the cause of major distress etc.)

Rather than remain in a hospital setting, The Banyan provides exit pathways from institutionalised care by offering  a range of supportive inclusive living options.  These are graded care packages ranging from a cottage styled supported living accommodations to a model of care that emulates a homelike environment. These options encourage participation, independence and social inclusion in rural and urban communities.

Clustered Group Homes (CGH)

Thiruvidanthai, Kanchipuram District, Tamil Nadu

The Clustered Group Home is an initiative that began in 2007 to respond to the needs of women who are unable to return home.  At CGH, residents from a range of backgrounds and experience low to severe mental health issues have found a safe space in which to start re-learning and re-experiencing their activities of daily living.

It is co-located with The Banyan Academy of Leadership in Mental Health, and the cottages merge seamlessly with the BALM campus,  promoting social interaction between students studying at the campus and the residents.

Many of the staff  at CGH and BALM previously received treatment from The Banyan and have now recovered and work as health care workers, in the Banyan Bistro, in the convenience store.


Home Again

Shared spaces in rural and urban neighborhoods that mimic familial and homelike environments

Every house of three to five individuals is staffed by a community worker who facilitates not only psychosocial and medical interventions but also helps them participate in the goings on in the community.

Individuals are supported to engage in a diverse range of work, and embrace leisure, recreation and socialization with the community.

Home Again provides housing out to about 250 individuals in 45 homes across 3 states.


Home Again Pilot Project Outcomes


More participation in leisure, shopping and running a home.

As measured by WHO- Disability Assessment Schedule, disability decreased significantly over the 18-month period of evaluation.

In neighbourhoods where these homes are located, social distance reduced between those with mental illness and their neighbours and resulted in social mixing and enhanced opportunities for social interactions.

From 20 people in part-time work engagement and 1 person in full-time work at baseline to 32 people in part-time engagement and 8 in full-time work at the end of the investigation.

48 women exercised their right to vote in the State elections in 2016 and 42 opened bank accounts as well.

Ethnographic observations revealed an emphasis on a sense of family, fostering of hope, feelings of independence and interdependence. Members of a home adopted different roles to form their own families.

Independent Living

The choice to live independently after recovery.

Some of our service-users who cannot, or choose not to return to their homes, instead to choose to live independently.

They find jobs, and homes to rent and become largely financially independent while continuing to access the outpatient clinical and social care that The Banyan provides.

Many years ago, Jayashree was rescued from the streets by The Banyan. She was alone, disheveled, experiencing symptoms of mental illness and memory loss.

After a few months of treatment she began getting better and remembering her past. She had an alcoholic husband who made no effort to help her with the two children she had. She was constantly stressed, which led to a breakdown that put her on the streets.

She deeply desired to reconnect with her children, her husband had remarried and her son had unfortunately passed away.

The Banyan helped Jayashree locate her daughter, and the two began living together in a home in Kovalam. Jayshree now lives in that same home and works as a housekeeper in the Clustered Group Homes less than a kilometere away and her daughter is now studying to be a social worker at a university in Coimbatore.

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