Delivering comprehensive services to homeless mentally ill offenders

B. H. McFarland, G. Blair

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A consortium of social services agencies developed a comprehensive community mental health services program for homeless mentally ill offenders in Portland, Oregon. Residential services were provided in a single-room-occupancy hotel. Forty-seven clients were accepted for the program, 38 actually entered the program, and 14 graduated - that is, attained sobriety and were placed in community housing. Problems complicating program implementation included differing philosophical approaches of key agencies, staff turnover, and financial shortfalls. Many potential clients were not accepted into the program because of recent violence or potential violence; some clients were expelled or reincarcerated because of violent behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)179-181
Number of pages3
JournalPsychiatric Services
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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