Performance Improvement 2013-2014. What Differing Characteristics and Service Needs Do Individuals Experiencing Chronic Homelessness Have?


This study examined three subgroups of people experiencing chronic homelessness and the services and housing configurations currently supporting them. Depending on their disability status and diagnosis, individuals experiencing chronic homelessness may have differing access to Medicaid and mental health services.

The health conditions of individuals experiencing chronic homelessness significantly relate to the likelihood that they receive needed services. Certain conditions require different types of care than others, and those same conditions make it more or less likely that Medicaid will be available to help cover the service costs. The population of individuals experiencing chronic homelessness can be divided into three groups, differentiated by two factors--having a serious mental illness that would meet the medical necessity criteria for receiving specialized mental health services, and being enrolled in Medicaid. Both factors have implications for access to care, and especially for what types of agencies are most likely to serve group members.

Report Title: Health, Housing, and Service Supports for Three Groups of People Experiencing Chronic Homelessness,
Agency Sponsor: OASPE, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
Federal Contact: Emily Rosenoff, 202-690-6443
Performer: Abt Associates
Record ID: 10054 (February 24, 2012)

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