Preventing psychiatric discharge to homelessness

Cheryl Forchuk, Mike Godin, Jeffrey S Hoch, Shani Kingston-MacClure, Momodou S. Jeng, Liz Puddy, Rebecca Vann, Elsabeth Jensen

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The present study assessed the effects of an intervention that was designed to provide on-site, predischarge housing assistance for psychiatric clients. Participants included clients from acute (n = 219) and tertiary (n = 32) care hospital sites. Data were collected from hospital and shelter databases. Results revealed that in the majority of cases, the intervention reduced the number of individuals discharged to homelessness or no fixed address. In addition, the costs of implementing and maintaining the intervention were less than the increased medical costs associated with homelessness and housing individuals in shelters.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17-28
Number of pages12
JournalCanadian Journal of Community Mental Health
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Collaborative approaches
  • Homelessness
  • Housing intervention
  • Prevention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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