Array of services for homeless mentally ill in six canadian cities: Non-governmental organizations’ contributions and perspectives

Alain Lesage, Carol E. Adair, Marie Josée Fleury, Guy Grenier, Charles Gaucher, Tim Aubry, Carolyn S. Dewa, Michelle Patterson, Julian Somers, Paula Goering

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Abstract

During the period 2010–2011, when the At Home project was conducted, a questionnaire was sent to 420 non-governmental organization (NGO) key managers in six Canadian cities to enquire about their collaboration with public services and their perspective on the services for homeless people with serious mental illness (SMI). NGOs constituted a dense network of collaboration among themselves. With regard to public services, housing and shelters were two services that NGOs had frequent contact with, followed by the healthcare addiction sectors and, to a lesser extent, social service and the justice sectors. Education and employment were both located in the network periphery. In general, NGOs viewed housing availability and accessibility to health services as largely unsatisfactory. They called for better public support, coordination, and funding.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9-24
Number of pages16
JournalCanadian Journal of Community Mental Health
Volume39
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2020

Keywords

  • Homelessness
  • Housing First project
  • Interorganizational collaboration
  • Network
  • Severe mental disorders

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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