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Who Is Served by Programs for the Homeless? Admission to a Domiciliary Care Program for Homeless Veterans
Robert Rosenheck; Catherine Leda
Psychiatric Services 1991; doi:
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Department of Veterans Affairs Northeast Program Evaluation Center, 950 Campbell Avenue, West Haven, Connecticut 06516; Department of psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut

© 1991 by the American Psychiatric Association

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Demograpbic and dinical data are presented on 4,138 veterans assessedin the 20-site Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Domiciliary Care for Homeless Veterans program during its first year of operation. More than two-thirds of the veterans who were screened had been hospitalized in VA medical centers during the year before assessment, and 34 percent were hospitalized at the time of assessment. Compared with veterans who were not admitted for residential treatment, veterans who were admitted were more likely to be previously involved in mental health treatment, literally homeless rather than at riskfor homelessness, and without publicfinancial support. Specialized service programs for the homeless such as the VA domiciliary care program may also be called on to play a broader role in the discharge and rehabilitative efforts of public mental health service systems.

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