Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 38, Issue 3, pp 199–211

Employment Histories of Homeless Persons with Mental Illness

  • Susan A. Pickett-Schenk
  • Judith A. Cook
  • Dennis Grey
  • Michael Banghart
  • Robert A. Rosenheck
  • Frances Randolph


This study examined the work histories of 7,228 homeless persons with mental illness who were enrolled into the multi-site Access to Community Care and Effective Services and Supports (ACCESS) research demonstration program. Multiple logistic regression analyses suggest that use of vocational services is significantly associated with increased likelihood of paid employment. The role of vocational rehabilitation services in removing persons from homelessness and improving their quality of life is discussed.

homelessness mental illness employment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Susan A. Pickett-Schenk
    • 1
  • Judith A. Cook
    • 1
  • Dennis Grey
    • 1
  • Michael Banghart
    • 2
  • Robert A. Rosenheck
    • 3
  • Frances Randolph
    • 4
  1. 1.Mental Health Services Research Program, Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Illinois atChicago
  2. 2.Renaissance Social Services, Inc.Chicago
  3. 3.Northeast Program Evaluation Center, Veteran's Affairs, Connecticut. Department of PsychiatryYale UniversityUSA
  4. 4.Homeless Programs Branch, Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services AdministrationUSA

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