TREATMENT INVOLVEMENT AND OUTCOMES FOR FOUR SUBTYPES OF HOMELESS VETERANS

Authors


  • Research was supported by the VA Mental Health Strategic Group and Health Care Services Research and Development Service.

Center for Health Care Evaluation, VA Palo Alto HCS, Menlo Park Division (152), 795 Willow Road, Menlo Parte, CA 94025

Abstract

A longitudinal study examined treatment services and outcomes in a nationwide sample of 565 homeless veterans who were classified as alcoholic, psychiatrically impaired, multiproblem, or best-functioning. All four groups experienced some improvement in their primary problem area, in employment status, and in residential quality at eight-month follow-up, but there were significant differences in degree of improvement across groups. Implications for the design of homeless programs and policies are discussed.

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