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Mental Health and Homelessness in Our Community

Mental illness and homelessness are highly related issues. Compared to roughly 4.5% of the general population, around 20-25% of homeless individuals have a severe mental illness (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2017). In Allen County, the prevalence of serious mental illness among homeless individuals is approximately 20%.

It is important to understand the mental health challenges faced by people experiencing homelessness and knowing how to help them during their time of need.


1) Attendees will have an understanding of the impact of mental illness on those experiencing homelessness.

2) Attendees will be able to draw at least 2 inferences on how COVID-19 impacted the mental health of those experiencing homelessness.

3) Attendees will have an understanding of the services available to our community through The Rescue Mission.


Date: July 27, 2021
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: Zoom (Attendees will receive a link to join the training the morning of July 27)
CEUs: 1.0

About the Speaker

Brent Stachler has been employed with The Rescue Mission for over 10 years. His current role is Vice President of Restoration and Therapeutic Services, and his previous roles have consisted of Clinical Director and Director of Restoration House and Therapeutic Services. Brent previously worked for Park Center, Inc., for over 14 years in the roles of Case Manager, Addictions Counselor, and Therapist. He earned his bachelor’s degree in education from The University of Toledo in 1991 and earned his master’s degree in counseling from Indiana University / Pursue University Fort Wayne in 2001. He is credentialed as a Licensed Clinical Addiction Counselor (LCAC), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), Master Addiction Counselor (MAC), and ordained minister. Brent is a member of NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals and Next Leader Association. He is married to his wife, Renee, of 22 years, has triplet 19 year-olds (2 sons and a daughter), and has a dog named, Zoey.

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