Advertisement

Introducing a Recovery Education Centre for Adults Experiencing Mental Health Challenges and Housing Instability in a Large Urban Setting

  • Timothy Ernest Chung
  • Susan Eckerle Curwood
  • Helen Thang
  • Samuel Gruszecki
  • Michaela Beder
  • Vicky StergiopoulosEmail author
Article

Abstract

The Supporting Transitions and Recovery (STAR) Learning Centre is a Recovery Education Centre designed to support housing tenure and community integration among people experiencing mental health challenges and housing instability in a large urban setting. Grounded in principles of emancipatory adult education, and user involvement in program design and delivery, the Recovery Education Centre supports student empowerment, and strengthens key domains of individual vulnerability to homelessness. The Centre can complement traditional mental health services and foster service provider reflexivity, confronting individual and institutional discrimination towards this population.

Keywords

Homelessness Recovery education Service user involvement 

Notes

Acknowledgments

The STAR Learning Centre is funded through the Urban Angel Fund for Homeless People, an endowment to the St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation. We wish to thank the students, volunteers, facilitators, and community advisory board members for their guidance and support in program development.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflicts of Interest

Each one of the authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.

References

  1. Amore, K., & Howden-Chapman, P. L. (2007). Improving the health of Canadians: mental health and homelessness. Ottawa: Canadian Institute for Health Information.Google Scholar
  2. Beresford, P. (2002). User involvement in research and evaluation: liberation or regulation? Social Policy and Society, 1(2), 95–105.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Fazel, S., Geddes, J. R., & Kushel, M. (2014). The health of homeless people in high-income countries: descriptive epidemiology, health consequences, and clinical and policy recommendations. The Lancet, 384(9953), 1529–1540.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. Gaetz, S., Gulliver, T., & Richter, T. (2014). The state of homelessness 2014. Toronto: The Homeless Hub Press.Google Scholar
  5. Hutchinson, D. S. (2011). The recovery education center: an integrated health promotion and wellness program. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 34(4), 321–323.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  6. Jacobson, N., & Greenley, D. (2001). What is recovery? A conceptual model and explication. Psychiatric Services, 52(4), 482–485.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  7. Kuhn, R., & Culhane, D. P. (1998). Applying cluster analysis to test a typology of homelessness by pattern of shelter utilization: results from the analysis of administrative data. American Journal of Community Psychology, 26(2), 207–232.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  8. Leamy, M., Bird, V., Le Boutillier, C., Williams, J., & Slade, M. (2011). Conceptual framework for personal recovery in mental health: systematic review and narrative synthesis. British Journal of Psychiatry, 199(6), 445–452.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  9. Mezirow, J. (1990). Fostering critical reflection in adulthood. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.Google Scholar
  10. Oh, H. (2013). The pedagogy of recovery colleges: clarifying theory. Mental Health Review Journal, 18(4). doi: 10.1108/MHRJ-07-2013-0026.
  11. Perkins, R., Repper, J., Rinaldi, M., & Brown, H. (2012). Recovery colleges. London: Centre for Mental Health.Google Scholar
  12. Skosireva, A., O’Campo, P., Zerger, S., Chambers, C., Gapka, S., & Stergiopoulos, V. (2014). Different faces of discrimination: perceived discrimination among homeless adults with mental illness in healthcare settings. BMC Health Services Research, 14(1), 376.CrossRefPubMedPubMedCentralGoogle Scholar
  13. Solari, C., Cortes, A., Henry, M., Matthews, N., & Morris, S. (2014). The 2013 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress Part 2: Estimates of Homelessness in the United States. Washington D.C.: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.Google Scholar
  14. Stergiopoulos, V., Gozdzik, A., O’Campo, P., Holtby, A. R., Jeyaratnam, J., & Tsemberis, S. (2014). Housing first: exploring participants’ early support needs. BMC Health Services Research, 14(167), 1–15.Google Scholar
  15. Stergiopoulos, V., Hwang, S. W., Gozdzik, A., Nisenbaum, R., Latimer, E., Rabouin, D., et al. (2015). Effect of scattered-site housing using rent supplements and intensive case management on housing stability among homeless adults with mental illness. JAMA, 313(9), 905–915.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  16. Thornicroft, G., Brohan, E., Kassam, A., & Lewis-Holmes, E. (2008). Reducing stigma and discrimination: candidate interventions. International Journal of Mental Health Systems, 2(1), 3.CrossRefPubMedPubMedCentralGoogle Scholar
  17. van Draanen, J ,& Jeyaratnam, J. (2013). Meaningful inclusion of consumers in research and service delivery. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 36(3), 180–186.Google Scholar
  18. Whitley, R., & Siantz, E. (2012). Best practices: recovery centers for people with a mental illness: an emerging best practice? Psychiatric Services, 63(1), 10–12.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  19. Whitley, R., Strickler, D., & Drake, R. E. (2012). Recovery centers for people with severe mental illness: a survey of programs. Community Mental Health Journal, 48(5), 547–556.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  20. Zlotnick, C., Robertson, M. J., & Lahiff, M. (1999). Getting off the streets: economic resources and residential exits from homelessness. Journal of Community Psychology, 27(2), 209–224.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  • Timothy Ernest Chung
    • 1
  • Susan Eckerle Curwood
    • 1
  • Helen Thang
    • 1
  • Samuel Gruszecki
    • 1
  • Michaela Beder
    • 1
    • 2
  • Vicky Stergiopoulos
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Centre for Research on Inner City Health, Li Ka Shing Knowledge InstituteSt. Michael’s HospitalTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

Personalised recommendations