- Outreach services are often successful in engaging and housing street homeless individuals. People experiencing homelessness have greatly increased rates of mental illness and substance abuse.
- Given the relative lack of research involving street homeless individuals, this retrospective chart review examined factors associated with successful housing by a multidisciplinary street outreach team, including the use of hospitalization as an intervention within a housing first framework. The majority of clients were successfully housed by the end of outreach team involvement. An admission to hospital was strongly associated with successful housing for those with a psychotic disorder.
- Multidisciplinary outreach teams, specifically those with psychiatric and nursing support, successfully work with and house people experiencing street homelessness and psychosis. Mental health nurses embedded in the community are an essential link between inpatient and outpatient care for highly vulnerable street homeless individuals.
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- 1Department of Nursing, University of Toronto, Toronto.
- 2Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Toronto.
- 3Department of Economics, University of Toronto, Toronto.
- J Psychiatr Ment Health Nurs. 2016 Mar;23(2):98-107. doi: 10.1111/jpm.12287.
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