This study was a two-phase, five-year knowledge development initiative to document and evaluate the effectiveness of time-limited, intensive intervention strategies to provide mental health, substance abuse treatment, trauma recovery, housing, family preservation, and other services to homeless mothers with psychiatric and/or substance use disorders who are caring for their children.
Virtually all the families in the sample had experienced trauma. Significant positive improvement occurred in most outcomes for families. Ongoing conflict and trauma were strongly associated with poorer outcomes. The average rate of change for families on most outcomes was positive, regardless of whether they were served in the target interventions or in comparison interventions. The major factor related to receipt of housing is having a housing subsidy. Differences in the level of the services available were not related to changes in outcomes with the exception of the mental health outcome.
Report Title: Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Time-Limited Interventions for Homeless Families
Agency Sponsor: SAMHSA, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Federal Contact: Pamela Fischer, 240-276-1901
Performer: Policy Research Associates
Record ID: 7725 (Report issued June 30, 2010)