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Integrating behavioral health services for homeless mothers and children in primary care
Psychiatry Publications and Presentations
  • Linda F. Weinreb, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Joanne Nicholson, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Valerie Williams, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Frances Anthes, University of Massachusetts Medical School
UMMS Affiliation
Department of Psychiatry; Clinical and Population Health Research; Center for Mental Health Services Research; Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
Date
3-14-2007
Document Type
Article
Medical Subject Headings
Adult; Child; *Delivery of Health Care, Integrated; Diagnosis, Dual (Psychiatry); Feasibility Studies; Female; Homeless Persons; Homeless Youth; Humans; Male; Mental Disorders; Mental Health Services; *Models, Organizational; Mothers; Primary Health Care; Social Support; United States
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Abstract

This article describes an innovative trauma-informed care management model in which mental health, substance abuse, and support services are integrated for homeless families in primary care. The rationale for service integration in a health care setting is discussed and the conceptual underpinnings of the model are elaborated, drawing from the literature and clinical experience. Service encounter data collected by each staff member over a 1-year period (N = 7,214 encounters) allow for description of program functions and provider roles and activities, an essential step in developing the fidelity indicators necessary for future program replication and rigorous testing in additional settings. The feasibility of implementing an integrated set of services for homeless families in primary care is demonstrated. Practice, training, and research implications are discussed.

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Citation: Am J Orthopsychiatry. 2007 Jan;77(1):142-52. Link to article on publisher's site
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PubMed ID
17352595
Citation Information
Linda F. Weinreb, Joanne Nicholson, Valerie Williams and Frances Anthes. "Integrating behavioral health services for homeless mothers and children in primary care" Vol. 77 Iss. 1 (2007) ISSN: 0002-9432 (Linking)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/joanne_nicholson1/13/