Feasibility of Shelter-Based Mental Health Screening for Homeless Children

Authors, Primary Lynch,Sean;Wood,Julia;Livingood,William;Smotherman,Carmen;Goldhagen,Jeffrey;Wood,David
Title Primary Feasibility of Shelter-Based Mental Health Screening for Homeless Children
Periodical Full Public health reports
Pub Year 2015
Volume 130
issue 1
Start Page 43-7
Abstract Homeless children are known to be at risk for mental health and behavioral disorders due to housing instability and family and environmental risk factors, such as domestic violence. However, homeless children seldom receive screening for mental health and behavioral disorders with validated instruments. Moreover, few examples exist of programs that integrate outreach, screening, referral to appropriate diagnostic and therapeutic services, and care coordination. We describe early results of the Medical Home for Homeless Children Project, whose nurse care coordinators work with homeless families to conduct standardized nursing assessments that include evidence-based screening for child mental health and behavioral disorders with referral and case management for mental and behavioral health services. Screening identified a group of children with mental health issues that warranted referral, and many of those referrals were successfully completed.
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Topic Tag(s) Comprehensive Care
Special Population(s) Children with Special Needs;Children without Special Needs
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