Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 41, Issue 3, pp 267–276

Implementing Peer-Assisted Case Management to Help Homeless Veterans with Mental Illness Transition to Independent Housing

Authors

    • Mental Illness ResearchEducation and Clinical Center, Veterans Integrated Service Network 3, Bronx Veterans Affairs Medical Center
    • Department of PsychiatryMt. Sinai School of Medicine
  • Nancy H. Covell
    • Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
    • Department of PsychologyUniversity of Connecticut
  • Mara Kushner
    • Veterans Integrated Service Network 3
  • Julie Irwin
    • Veterans Affairs New York Harbor Healthcare System
  • Susan M. Essock
    • Mental Illness ResearchEducation and Clinical Center, Veterans Integrated Service Network 3, Bronx Veterans Affairs Medical Center
    • Department of PsychiatryMt. Sinai School of Medicine
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10597-005-5001-2

Cite this article as:
Weissman, E.M., Covell, N.H., Kushner, M. et al. Community Ment Health J (2005) 41: 267. doi:10.1007/s10597-005-5001-2

Abstract

Formerly homeless mentally ill veterans are at an important crossroads when they move from living in an institutional setting such as a shelter or supportive residential facility to independent living. We hypothesized that peer advisors, veterans with severe mental illness who had been homeless previously, graduated from a Healthcare for Homeless Veterans program, and subsequently maintained independent, stable housing could assist other veterans make a successful transition to independent living. Pilot data suggests that participants who received peer advisors were more likely to follow up with assessments than were controls. In this report, we describe a pilot peer advisor program, its implementation, and pilot data on program administration.

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© Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2005