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The Role of Effective Discharge Planning in Preventing Homelessness

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  • Document Type: Report
  • Date Created: Wednesday, January 02, 2008
  • Submitted: Wednesday, January 02, 2008
  • Attachment(s): PDF

Effective discharge planning can contribute significantly to preventing homelessness. As part of a larger continuum of care, this process can help people reach goals of stable housing, recovery, and increased quality of life in the community. Discharge planning identifies and organizes services a person with mental illness, substance abuse, and other vulnerabilities needs when leaving an institutional or custodial setting and returning to the community. A three-component model is presented, relating discharge planning to institutional assessment and treatment, and to community services. Service challenges, innovative programs (based on a state-by-state analysis), and recommendations for enhancing discharge planning also are discussed.

Authors: Thomas E. Backer, Elizabeth A. Howard, Garrett E. Moran

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