The purpose of this study is to analyze the characteristics and health service use patterns of homeless people with special needs, and how the homeless population with alcohol, drug, and mental health problems compares to the general population. Issues to be addressed include: a) comparison of the rates of alcohol, drug, and mental health problems, and related treatment patterns with the general or low- income population; b) development of severity indexes on domains such as health, mental health, substance abuse, employability, and receipt of benefits; c) variation of service utilization patterns and their association with other significant variables (e.g., effect of Medicaid or other type of insurance on type and frequency of treatment); d) the relationship between severity indexes, service use patterns, and the history or nature of homelessness (e.g., relationship between treatment history and homelessness); and e) the factors associated with reported service needs and problems (e.g., reports of difficulty accessing primary/dental care). Core data (available in August 1999) will be drawn from the National Survey of Homeless Assistance Providers and Clients (NSHAPC), the first national-level and comprehensive survey of homeless clients since 1987. The NSHAPC has data on providers in 76 U.S. geographic regions, 52 urban and 24 small/rural cities, and a nationally representative sample of clients served by these providers. It was conducted by the Census Bureau on behalf of 12 Federal sponsoring agencies.
EXPECTED DATE OF COMPLETION:09/30/2001
AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of the Administrator
FEDERAL CONTACT: Lynette Araki, 301-443-6204
PIC ID: 7250
PERFORMER: Westat, Inc., Rockville MD