4284.0: Tuesday, November 14, 2000: 4:30 PM-6:00 PM

Eliminating Mental Health and Community Living Disparities

Two cross-cutting themes, central to the lives of persons struggling with severe mental illness, help define the research portfolio of the NIMH-funded Center for the Study of Issues in Pubic Mental Health. These are: promoting recovery and navigating the de facto mental health system. The first is premised upon the availability of adequate and appropriate housing, opportunities for skills development and options for work. Likewise, persons with severe mental disorders are at greater risk of substance use than the general population; living in troubled communities, fighting boredom and symptoms, and dealing with idle time ups the ante of risk. Services that are required need to integrate both mental illness and substance abuse healing paradigms. In this session, four Center projects will be presented. They speak to recovery in terms of appropriate housing and pathways to work, and describe service approaches for persons with severe mental illness who also abuse substances. One paper compares the costs and effects of different housing models; another describes the "genealogies" of supported housing and shows how they work to shape strategies of social investment in communities. A third describes the mixed--and expected--results of the introduction of work opportunities into supportive housing environments. A fourth talk limns the complexities of navigating a de facto mental health system in search of services that can speak both to mental health and substance abuse needs
See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement.
Learning Objectives: Refer to the individual abstracts for learning objectives
Facilitator(s):Dixianne Penney, DrPH
Organizer(s):Carole Siegel, PhD
4:30 PMBricks and Behavior: The Costs and Outcomes of Housing for Persons with Mental Illness
Sandra J. Newman, PhD, Joseph Harkness, PhD, George Galster, PhD, James Reschovsky, PhD
4:45 PMEthnic Differences in Risk Factors for Homelessness
Carol L.M. Caton, PhD, Boanerges Dominguez, MS, Alan Felix, MD, Deborah S. Hasin, PhD, Lewis A. Opler, MD, PhD, Patrick E. Shrout, PhD
5:00 PMTwo genealogies of supported housing: Implications for outcome assessment
Susan Barrow, PhD, Kim Hopper, PhD
5:15 PM"Working pathways": Returns to work among residents in supportive housing
Kim Hopper, PhD
5:30 PMStrategies for integrating services for co-occurring severe mental illness and substance use disorders in a fragmented framework
Mary Jane Alexander, PhD, Gary Haugland, MA
5:45 PMTenant resource use associated with supported housing vs. community residences
Kristine Jones, PhD, Kimberly Kennard, MSW, Kimberly Prchal, MSW
Sponsor:Mental Health
Cosponsors:Chiropractic Health Care; Environment; Health Administration; Latino Caucus; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Caucus of Public Health Workers; Social Work

The 128th Annual Meeting of APHA