Psychiatry takes to the streets: The New York City initiative for the homeless mentally ill

L. R. Marcos, N. L. Cohen, D. Nardacci, J. Brittain

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Abstract

The authors describe New York City's program to remove seriously mentally ill homeless people from the streets to a public hospital. They report on the 298 patients hospitalized during the first year of this program. Most of the patients were male (66%), single (77%), and from outside of New York City (79%) and claimed a history of previous psychiatric hospitalization (92%) and that they had been homeless for more than 1 year (66%). Most of the patients suffered from schizophrenia (80%) and had additional medical diagnoses (73%). Follow-up contact with the patients 2 years after initiation of the program revealed that 55% of the patients either were living in a community setting or were under institutional care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1557-1561
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Psychiatry
Volume147
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - 1990
Externally publishedYes

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