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

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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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Weissman, E.M., Covell, N.H., Kushner, M. et al. Implementing Peer-Assisted Case Management to Help Homeless Veterans with Mental Illness Transition to Independent Housing. Community Ment Health J 41, 267–276 (2005). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10597-005-5001-2

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Keywords

  • Public Health
  • Mental Illness
  • Case Management
  • Severe Mental Illness
  • Institutional Setting