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RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2006

The 2006 Children’s ScoreCard provides both an opportunity to highlight Los Angeles County’s progress in improving the well-being of children, and an opportunity to reflect on the rich 15-year history of the Children’s Planning Council. We have learned that our attention to data and collaborative planning—at both the systems and community level—has been integral to changing conditions for children and families. We have worked to develop...

RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2007

Health care costs are rising sharply, placing stress on employers, individuals, and families. As employers look to rein in benefit costs, they are increasingly turning towards health insurance options that feature greater employee cost sharing through higher deductibles, co-payments, and other forms of out-of-pocket expenses. Others are dropping coverage entirely. Financially stretched low- and middle-income families, however, can scarcely...

ORGANIZATION: National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH)
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2007

During the past five years, community approaches to homelessness have changed and thousands of people are working toward the shared goal of ending homelessness. Measuring their success or failure will depend on collecting and analyzing outcome data, monitoring changes in homelessness populations, and understanding which interventions lead to different outcomes. Yet, up until now, we had no recent data on how many people are homeless in the...

RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2006

This evaluation was designed to help us understand the scope of homelessness in Santa Monica, the positions and interests of the various stakeholders, and what is working and what is not. We used various evaluation methods to help gain this understanding, including interviews with more than 100 stakeholders; write-in responses from another 150 people; and analysis of budget data, performance statistics, and data on homeless people receiving...

RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2007

Great cities are places of opportunity. People arrive at, or remain in, big cities in order to make better lives for themselves. And typically they typically succeed, working in manufacturing, commerce, or government, to gain a comfortable life for themselves and their children. Others, perhaps less fortunate from the start, occasionally stumble on the path to achieving their dreams. In dire need, they often find succor and shelter – however...

RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2007

The July 22, 2007, twentieth anniversary of the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act calls for reflection on the persistence of mass homelessness in the United States, for consideration of what is needed to overcome homelessness, and for a new spirit of commitment and determination to eradicate this social evil. The undersigned national organizations call for reauthorization of McKinney Act programs by the 110th Congress, and in the...

RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2006

Chairman CRAIG. Good morning. We are doing something very unusual in the history of the Senate. We will be starting the hearing early today because we have been thrown a curve, and that is we are in a marathon voting session with the budget resolution. At about 10:40, Senator Akaka and I are going to have to leave for a series of votes, so we are going to have to abbreviate the whole process today. We still want to get all of you in, those...

JOURNAL NAME: Psychiatric Services
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 1996

Since 1988 a 24-hour psychiatric out reach service has been in operation in the inner city of Sydney to provide services to residents of refuges for the homeless. A total of 506 homeless persons with schizophrenia were referred to the outreach service between April 1988 and mid-1992, of whom 91 failed to attend. Hospitalization data were collected for the four years before and the four years after each individual's referral to the...

RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2002

With the implementation of the Shelter Reconfiguration Plan complete, Bureau of
Housing and Community Development (BHCD) recognized that a responsive public policy needs to address changing community circumstances and that the existing system could use some modifications. Further, Directors of organizations in the Homeless Single Adult System realized a need for increased collaboration and enhanced working relationships among...

JOURNAL NAME: Behavioral Health Care
RESOURCE TYPE: Magazine
PUBLICATION DATE: 2006

Nearly one-third of homeless people suffer from a mental illness, according to SAMHSA's Center for Mental Health Services. Research has shown that the majority of homeless people with a mental illness lack access to supportive services, such as housing programs and counseling centers. Yet the National Mental Health Association has found that supported housing is an effective option for communities working to meet the needs of people with...

RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2007

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has developed the Strategic Action Plan on Homelessness to outline a set of goals and strategies that will guide the Department’s activities related to homelessness over the next several years. This strategic action plan serves as the next iteration of the strategic action plan released in 2003, Ending Chronic Homelessness: Strategies for Action, which outlined the Department’s strategy for...

JOURNAL NAME: American Journal of Public Health
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2005

OBJECTIVES: We analyzed whether a method for identifying latent trajectories--latent class growth analysis (LCGA)--was useful for understanding outcomes for individuals subject to an intervention. METHODS: We used LCGA to reanalyze data from a published study of mentally ill homeless men in a critical time intervention (CTI) program. In that study, 96 men leaving a shelter's on-site psychiatric program were randomly assigned to...

RESOURCE TYPE: E-book
PUBLICATION DATE: 2003

Dual Diagnosis, the second volume in the Key Readings in Addiction Psychiatry Series, broadly illuminates the nature, presentation, evaluation and treatment of persons with co-occurring mental and substance use disorders. Selected from high quality, peer-reviewed journals, the presented articles are authored by some of the most eminent researchers in their respective fields. The reader will come away with up-to-date, evidence-based...

JOURNAL NAME: Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2004

Recently, there has been increased interest in consumer-provided mental health services. Two models have been proposed: One emphasizing full independence from professional services, and one in which consumers work within the mental health system. In this paper we describe Vet-to-Vet, a consumer-professional partnership model in which consumer services are embedded in a mental health system. We describe the advantages of this approach and...

JOURNAL NAME: Administration and Policy in Mental Health
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2006

The impact of organizational and individual factors on outcomes of care were assessed for 424 adult consumers with chronic mental illness who were receiving services from one of 14 Community Mental Health Organizations (CMHOs) in Colorado over a 30-month period, as part of a larger statewide evaluation of the impact of Medicaid capitation on mental health services. Data on organizational culture and climate were aggregated from surveys of...

RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2006

Each State or Territory that receives Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH) funds has a State PATH Contact who provides oversight to the program's local implementation. Among other activities, State PATH Contacts identify topics that are of special interest to the PATH program and select workgroups to study these topics in depth. In early 2003, the PATH Consumer Involvement Workgroup, under the leadership of...

JOURNAL NAME: American Journal of Psychiatry
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2007

OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to assess the effectiveness of assertive community treatment in the rehabilitation of homeless persons with severe mental illness using a meta-analysis.

METHOD: A structured literature search identified studies for review. Inclusion criteria were the use of an assertive community treatment-based rehabilitation treatment in an experimental or quasi-experimental model, exclusive treatment of...

JOURNAL NAME: Psychiatric Services
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2007

This resource provides the abstract and link to a study which examines the implementation process for supported employment programs amongst homeless veterans with either mental health or substance abuse diagnoses.

OBJECTIVE: There has been growing interest in the dissemination of supported employment, but few studies have used a control group to examine the benefits of multisite dissemination efforts for clients or have addressed the...

RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2005

This study explores the historical dynamics of homeless advocacy in Philadelphia from 1981 to 2003. It is both a history of the politics of homelessness in Philadelphia and a comparative ethnography of two homeless service provider organizations in which fieldwork was conducted from May 2002 to September 2003. One central theoretical issue addressed in this study is the effect of contracting on third sector organizations. I employ a...

JOURNAL NAME: American Journal of Community Psychology
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2005

In this ethnographic study of a mental health service agency staffed by “consumers,” or fellow “recipients” of services for serious mental illness, the concept of community narrative provides the framework for examining how such an agency preserves its consumer identity while providing services dictated by the established service system. Locating the agency's narrative in its “origins tale,” analysis revealed five principles comprising...

JOURNAL NAME: Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2003

The authors present three ethical arguments to address the controversy of mandatory community treatment: rights-based versus beneficence, utilitarian, and communitarian. Each approach suggests that mandatory community treatment can be an ethical intervention for individuals with severe mental disorders in well-defined circumstances. It is critical to recognize that such interventions cannot be effective in the absence of an adequately funded...

RESOURCE TYPE: Government Document
PUBLICATION DATE: 2004

Homeless Management Information Systems (HMISs) are community-wide software solutions that are designed to capture client-level information over time on the characteristics and service needs of men, women, and children experiencing homelessness. In response to a Congressional directive, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has required all Continuums of Care (CoCs) across the country to implement HMIS at the local level....

JOURNAL NAME: Research on Social Work Practice
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2006

This study shows that adults with co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse can remain stably housed without increasing their substance use. It draws on data from a longitudinal experiment contrasting Housing First and treatment first programs.

The literature on homeless adults with severe mental illness is generally silent on a critical issue surrounding service delivery—the contrast between housing first and treatment first...

RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2007

Preliminary outcomes for states that participated in the initial round of the SOAR (SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and Recovery) Technical Assistance Initiative are presented. (Author)

RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2005

This information release from the national partners in homeless education summarizes the main points of federal law as related to the education of students displaced by hurricanes. (Authors)

RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2002

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (Subtitle B—Education for Homeless Children and Youth), reauthorized in January 2002, ensures educational rights and protections for children and youth experiencing homelessness. This brief summary introduces the basic concepts in the legislation. (Authors)

RESOURCE TYPE: E-book
PUBLICATION DATE: 2002

This book is a revised and expanded second edition of a widely referenced publication that clinicians use to learn about the practice of motivational interviewing.

Since the initial publication of this breakthrough work, motivational interviewing (MI) has been used by countless clinicians. Theory and methods have evolved apace, reflecting new knowledge on the process of behavior change, a growing body of outcome research, and the...

RESOURCE TYPE: Government Document
PUBLICATION DATE: 2007

Each year, one percent or more of the nation’s population experiences homelessness. An estimated 842,000 people are homeless in any given week. Of these, 66% are single adults and 34% are members of a homeless family (23% of homeless people are children). Homelessness has many underlying causes, ranging from economic crises that dislocate individuals and families to the debilitating effects of chronic (and, frequently, co-occurring) disorders...

RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2007

This report examines the housing landscape of prisoner reentry in the District of Columbia through an analysis of neighborhoods that had high rates of returning prisoners and a survey of housing-related providers. This report fills important gaps in information vital to the District's continuing efforts to implement effective strategies for reintegrating and supervising returning parolees. More specifically, this research has been...

RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2006

In the months since Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, shock has given way to deep concern about what to do now, next, and down the road to bring back this unique city to social, cultural and economic health. Many of New Orleans' problems, which—to varying degrees—afflict other U.S. central cities, predated the storm. (Authors)

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