ERIC Number: ED275980
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Sep-30
Reference Count: 0
General Welfare Assistance: Barriers to Mentally Disabled Homeless Adults.
Robertson, Marjorie J.
The present study describes specific conditions which are thought to interfere with application for general welfare assistance by homeless persons with mental disabilities. This report summarizes the observations and recommendations of direct-service providers who serve the target population in the Skid Row area of Los Angeles. In-depth structured interviews with eight key informants from a variety of public and private service agencies suggested that: (1) applicants for General Relief (i.e., general assistance) who are most disabled mentally are most likely to be excluded from services; (2) mentally disabled persons are often mistakenly categorized as work-ready and "employable" due largely to screening by untrained staff; and (3) intensive case management, not currently provided by the Department of Public Social Service, is a key to successful application by disabled homeless persons. Potential strategies to enhance access are discussed. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association (114th, Las Vegas, NV, September 28-October 2, 1986).