Knowledge about the homeless population in the United States has expanded rapidly in the past 5 years because of a substantial increase in research on the topic. Faced with an increasingly visible social problem, a number of cities have commissioned studies about homelessness to help them understand the dimensions of the dilemma and to provide information that might point to solutions.1 In addition, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has funded a number of studies in an attempt to elucidate the connections among mental illness, mental health policies (particularly deinstitutionalization), and homelessness.2 Most studies to date have yielded findings about the overall homeless population, although the NIMH-funded research also has provided in-depth information about homeless people who are mentally ill.
KeywordsPsychiatric Hospitalization Homeless People Mental Health Policy Homeless Population Homeless Veteran
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