Psychiatric Care for People Experiencing Homelessness

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Homelessness is persistent as a major social problem, and addressing behavioral health challenges for people experiencing homelessness has become a classic domain of modern community psychiatry. This chapter discusses the current epidemiology and causes of homelessness as they relate to behavioral health and outlines the resultant overall landscape of services and interventions for affected adult populations. It details challenges in care and covers clinical technique, both psychosocial and biological, while also describing a comprehensive and systematic model to guide the use of all interventions to support transition from the street to home.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTextbook of Community Psychiatry
Subtitle of host publicationAmerican Association for Community Psychiatry, Second Edition
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9783031102394
ISBN (Print)9783031102387
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • Assertive community treatment
  • Clinical engagement
  • Co-occurring mental illnesses and chemical dependency
  • Critical time intervention
  • Cultural competence
  • Evidence-based practices
  • Homelessness
  • Housing
  • Housing first
  • Models of care
  • Outreach
  • Peer workers
  • Poverty
  • Primary care
  • Promising practices
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Recovery
  • Stages of change
  • Trauma
  • Vocational rehabilitation


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