Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 37, Issue 3, pp 287–295 | Cite as

Mental Health Training in Emergency Homeless Shelters

  • Angelos Vamvakas
  • Michael Rowe


The prevalence of mental illness among homeless persons points to the importance of providing mental health training to emergency shelter staff. The authors report on their own work and argue that such training offers the potential to significantly improve shelter staff's ability to respond to the needs of shelter residents with mental illness, and to the behavioral problems some of these individuals may pose for shelter operation. Mental health care providers should take into consideration organizational dynamics when planning and implementing such training.

homelessness mental illness emergency shelters mental health training 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Angelos Vamvakas
    • 1
  • Michael Rowe
    • 2
  1. 1.ACCESS/Yale Department of PsychiatryNew Haven
  2. 2.ACCESS/Yale Department of PsychiatryUSA

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