ERIC Number: ED338934
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
The National Evaluation of the NIMH/McKinney Services Demonstration Projects.
Straw, Roger B.
Homelessness is a troubling social problem, challenging to the best public and private efforts to provide some measure of remedy. For one group of the homeless, those with severe and persistent mental illness, that challenge is doubled: homelessness complicates the treatment of mental illness, even as mental illness complicates efforts to transition people from the streets to stable homes. Nine service demonstration projects were funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), between April and July 1988 under the authority of the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act. These projects, the "Mental Health Services Demonstration Projects for Homeless Adults Who Are Chronically Mentally Ill" were designed to provide outreach, case management, mental health treatment, housing placement, and other services to homeless mentally ill adults in the nine local communities. The evaluation plan itself was to specify a strategy for developing systematic and analytic data on the nature and scope of services being provided. Technical site visits were completed. It was decided that the outcome portion of the national evaluation would not be attempted because of the very limited compatibility of the projects in limited client level outcome data that they were collecting. The final reports should be completed and available by the middle of 1992. One important conclusion seems certain at this point: many homeless, mentally ill persons will accept services and can be rehoused without extensive transitional programs. (LLL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Stewart B McKinney Homeless Assistance Act 1987
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (99th, San Francisco, CA, August 16-20, 1991).