4106.0: Tuesday, November 14, 2000: 12:30 PM-2:00 PM

The CMHS Housing Initiative for Persons with Serious Mental Illness: Interim Findings from the Cross-site Study of Supported Housing

For persons with serious mental illness, especially those chronically homeless, supported housing is increasingly being offered as an alternative to the traditional residential continuum. Supported housing emphasizes consumer choice, use of regular housing stock, and individualized and flexible services and community supports whereas the continuum generally involves a range of residential settings differentiated by levels of staffing and service intensity. The Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) Housing Initiative is designed to advance knowledge on supported housing and other housing approaches for adults with serious mental illness. Now in Phase II, the Initiative is assessing whether a supported housing approach is more effective in helping persons with serious mental illness achieve residential stability, and increase their level of functioning, satisfaction with housing, sense of empowerment, etc. than other housing approaches. This symposium will present interim findings from Phase II at the cross-site study. As the first set of studies rigorously comparing the effectiveness of housing approaches in stabilizing homeless individuals with mental illness and fostering their well-being, the findings from this Initiative should be of interest to providers, researchers, and policy officials. Most of the research to date has been descriptive and there has been minimal attention to defining what is meant by supported housing or by other housing approaches. Debra Rog, director of the Coordinating Center, will chair the session. Following a brief description of the background and design of the Housing Initiative, there will be four presentations of key interim cross-site findings and a discussant
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Learning Objectives: Refer to the individual abstracts for learning objectives
Facilitator(s):Debra J. Rog
Organizer(s):Debra J. Rog, PhD
12:30 PMAssessing fidelity to a supportive housing model
Linda Frisman, PhD
12:30 PMDescribing supportive housing participants: propensity model results
John Hornik, PhD
12:30 PMIdentifying "active ingredients" in supportive housing: interim results
Debra J. Rog, PhD
12:30 PMInterim outcomes from the Supportive Housing Initiative
Judith Samuels, PhD
Sponsor:Caucus on Homelessness
Cosponsors:Mental Health; Social Work; Socialist Caucus

The 128th Annual Meeting of APHA