Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research

, Volume 27, Issue 6, pp 395–407

Successful Systems Integration Strategies: The ACCESS Program for Persons Who Are Homeless and Mentally Ill

Authors

  • Joseph J. Cocozza
    • Medical SchoolUniversity of Massachusetts
  • Henry J. Steadman
    • Medical SchoolUniversity of Massachusetts
  • Deborah L. Dennis
    • Medical SchoolUniversity of Massachusetts
  • Margaret Blasinsky
    • Medical SchoolUniversity of Massachusetts
  • Frances L. Randolph
    • Medical SchoolUniversity of Massachusetts
  • Matthew Johnsen
    • Medical SchoolUniversity of Massachusetts
  • Howard Goldman
    • Medical SchoolUniversity of Massachusetts
Article

DOI: 10.1023/A:1021390225515

Cite this article as:
Cocozza, J.J., Steadman, H.J., Dennis, D.L. et al. Adm Policy Ment Health (2000) 27: 395. doi:10.1023/A:1021390225515

Abstract

In 1993, the Access to Community Care and Effective Services and Supports (ACCESS) federal demonstration program was initiated. Using a quasi-experimental design, the 5-year demonstration program sought to assess the impact of integrated systems of care on outcomes for homeless persons with mental illness. The authors report on which integration strategies were chosen and how their implementation is quantified. Data collected primarily through annual site visits revealed that only two strategies were used by all nine systems. The systems integration strategies employed remained relatively stable over the 5 years. Successful implementation appears to be related to the strategies selected.

systems integrationhomelessmentally ill

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