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RESPONDING TO MENTAL HEALTH CONCERNS IN COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS


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ommunity associations are well-equipped to maintain their properties, create budgets, establish reserve


funding and regulate the appearances of their neighborhoods. Increasingly, community associations are faced with issues relating to the conduct of owners, residents and guest arising from mental health concerns. These issues are typically not the strong suit of community associations, and there is little guidance in our controlling statutes or association governing documents. Volunteer directors and community managers faced with how to handle these situations can easily become overwhelmed trying to balance the needs of the community with the sensitive issues raised by mental illness.


20 Community Associations Journal | November/December 2019


  illness in the United States. Of those, approximately 11.2  mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder resulting in serious functional impairment, which substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities.” The numbers are even higher for adolescents. The chances are if you haven’t already faced issues with mental health in your community association, you probably will.


WHERE TO BEGIN


When a board of directors or its community manager encounters a mental health issue, it 


statutes, which are quite clear about ratifying budgets, levying


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