Housing Strategies Seek To Help Homeless People With Mental Illnesses

On its front page, USA Today (8/28, A1, Jervis) reports in a 2,500-word story, part of is “The Cost of Not Caring” series, that “more than 124,000 – or one-fifth – of the 610,000 homeless people across the USA suffer from a severe mental illness, according to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.” These people are dealing with “schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or severe depression — all manageable with the right medication and counseling but debilitating if left untreated.” Strategies now “gaining favor in treating the homeless who are mentally ill are the ‘Housing First’ approach, which puts homeless individuals into housing first, then treats their ailments, and permanent-supportive housing, which couples housing with counseling and access to” medications. These strategies, however, are hampered due to a lack of political commitment as well as Federal dollars.

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— “Mental disorders keep thousands of homeless on streets,” Rick Jervis, USA Today, August 27, 2014.

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