Addiction Professional - NAADAC

Ending Chronic Homelessness for Those with Co-Occurring Disorders


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16 CE credit hours training
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$80.00
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Target audience and instructional level of this voice: intermediate

Course Description

About half of all adults who are homeless have substance use disorders, and many have co occurring mental illnesses, as well. Yet, the outlook is far from bleak. Federal demonstration programs and the experience of hundreds of community-based providers offer a rich reservoir of evidence-based and promising practices. For example, recent studies reveal that the cost of providing permanent, supportive housing for people with serious mental illnesses is more than offset by savings incurred by the public hospital, prison, and shelter systems (Culhane et al., 2001). When nothing is done, people with serious mental illnesses and/or co occurring substance use disorders who are homeless often cycle between the streets, jails, and high-cost care, including emergency rooms and psychiatric hospitals. This is inhumane, ineffective, and costly.

Further, research reveals that people with serious mental illnesses and/or co occurring substance use disorders who are homeless, once believed to be unreachable and difficult-to-serve, can be engaged into services, can accept and benefit from mental health services and substance abuse treatment, and can remain in stable housing with appropriate supports (Lam and Rosenheck, 1999; Morse, 1999; Lipton et al., 2000; Rosenheck et al., 1998).

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