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NCJ Number: 119011 Find in a Library
Title: Homeless Mentally Ill: Service Needs of the Population
Corporate Author: Macro Systems, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 10
Sponsoring Agency: Macro Systems, Inc
Silver Spring, MD 20910
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
National Institute of Mental Health
Bethesda, MD 20852
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Document: PDF
Type: Citizen Involvement Material
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This public information booklet profiles the homeless, identifies causes of homelessness, discusses the connection between homelessness and the mentally ill, and suggests service needs and citizen activities for the homeless.
Abstract: Approximately one-third of the homeless suffer from a major mental illness. Under a policy of deinstitutionalization, most mental disorders are treated through outpatient care in the community. When these services are inadequate or the mentally ill do not access these services, they often become homeless. The range of services needed by the homeless mentally ill include emergency services of food, clothing, and shelter; transitional services that include housing with appropriate supports such as mental health services and supervision; and long-term services that include permanent housing, income assistance or employment, and planning for continued health and mental health treatment. Citizens can help by providing transportation, fundraising, volunteer outreach, contributions, services, support for expanded housing opportunities, and assistance in informing others about the needs of the homeless. A list of local, State, and national resource organizations.
Main Term(s): Homeless persons
Index Term(s): Community involvement; Mental health services
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