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Birmingham community mental health team for the homeless

  • Martin Commander (a1), Sue Odell (a2) and Sashi Sashidharan (a1)
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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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Birmingham community mental health team for the homeless

  • Martin Commander (a1), Sue Odell (a2) and Sashi Sashidharan (a1)
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