The Perils of Outreach Work

Overreaching the Limits of Persuasive Tactics
  • Margarita Lopez
Part of the The Springer Series in Social Clinical Psychology book series (SSSC)


As the doors of mental institutions closed behind the thousands of patients who once roamed their corridors, the streets of urban centers around the country became open-air wards for unmedicated and untreated mentally ill people who numbered among the many homeless and destitute in the city streets. This product of failed social and political policies required the development and implementation of new intervention strategies for workers who provided the population of homeless mentally ill clients with sorely needed treatment and support services. This worker became known as the “outreach worker.”


Homeless People Outreach Worker Homeless Population Outreach Effort City Street 


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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Margarita Lopez
    • 1
  1. 1.New YorkUSA

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