Homelessness and Premature Mortality Among Veterans

Authors, Primary Katz,Ira R.
Title Primary Homelessness and Premature Mortality Among Veterans
Periodical Full Psychiatric Services
Pub Year 2013
Volume 64
issue 7
Start Page 605
Abstract This editorial discusses the issue of homelessness and premature mortality among veterans. This issue of Psychiatric Services includes several contributions from Veterans Affairs (VA) researchers. Two of the papers are related to homelessness among veterans and another to the effects of VA's ongoing mental health enhancements on suicide rates among veterans. The papers suggest that enrollment in a health system and receipt of homelessness services are not sufficient to address the problem of homelessness. Recognizing the problem, VA has implemented a campaign to end homelessness among veterans that includes a number of important programs. In another program, VA is developing specialized medical homes for homeless veterans that integrate general medical, mental health, and substance abuse treatment and other supportive services. It may take the combination of permanent housing and a comprehensive medical home to address homelessness. Together, outcomes such as homelessness and suicide and other forms of premature death among veterans may be among the most severe effects of war for the veterans. If VA's programs for homeless veterans and its mental health enhancements prove to be effective, the histories that are written may speak of the war as a catalyst for advances in mental health care for veterans and, by extension, for the nation as a whole. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2013 APA, all rights reserved)
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Author/Address Katz, Ira R.: ira.katz2@va.gov; Katz, Ira R.: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, US
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Reference Type(s) Journal Article
Topic Tag(s) Comprehensive Care;Specialty Medical Home
Special Population(s) People with Mental and Behavioral Health Issues
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