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Service innovations: a mental health service for homeless children and families

  • Victoria Tischler (a1), Stuart Cumella (a2), Tina Bellerby (a3) and Panos Vostanis (a3)
Abstract
Aims and Method

Description of the development of an outreach mental health service for homeless children and families, and presentation of referrals characteristics and management of 40 families.

Results

Families became homeless predominantly because of domestic and neighbourhood violence. They were usually referred to the team for assessment of parents and children, without specific mental health concerns. A range of mental health interventions was offered, as well as liaison with other agencies.

Clinical Implications

The development of such services requires coordination of different agencies working with children and their parents. Also, designated staff and resources, because of the potential conflict with generic services.

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Commander, M., Odell, S. & Sashidharan, S. (1997) Birmingham community mental health for the homeless. Psychiatric Bulletin, 21, 7476.
Cumella, S., Grattan, E. & Vostanis, P. (1998) The mental health of children in homeless families and their contact with health, education and social services. Health and Social Care in the Community, 6, 331342.
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BJPsych Bulletin
  • ISSN: 0955-6036
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Service innovations: a mental health service for homeless children and families

  • Victoria Tischler (a1), Stuart Cumella (a2), Tina Bellerby (a3) and Panos Vostanis (a3)
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