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Birmingham community mental health team for the homeless

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 January 2018

Martin Commander
Affiliation:
University of Birmingham
Sue Odell
Affiliation:
Department of Psychiatry, Northern Birmingham Mental Health (NHS) Trust, Academic Unit, 71 Fentham Road, Erdington, Birmingham B23 6AL
Sashi Sashidharan
Affiliation:
University of Birmingham
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Abstract

Mental health services have been criticised for failing to respond to the needs of the rising number of homeless mentally ill. We report on the first year of referrals to a community mental health team established to meet the needs of the severely mentally ill homeless in Birmingham. Most users had a psychotic disorder and a lengthy history of unstable housing, and experienced a range of other disadvantages. Although the team is successfully reaching its priority group, examination of other characteristics of users has highlighted a number of issues which should inform the future planning and development of the service.

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Copyright © 1997 The Royal College of Psychiatrists

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