The Role of Effective Discharge Planning in Preventing Homelessness

This article in The Journal of Primary Prevention provides an overview of successful strategies being implemented to prevent homelessness. The article not only references model program but makes recommendations for discharge planning. This is a must read for those working to end homelessness.

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Abstract  Effective discharge planning can contribute significantly to preventing homelessness. As part of a larger continuum of care, this process can help people reach goals of stable housing, recovery, and increased quality of life in the community. Discharge planning identifies and organizes services a person with mental illness, substance abuse, and other vulnerabilities needs when leaving an institutional or custodial setting and returning to the community. A three-component model is presented, relating discharge planning to institutional assessment and treatment, and to community services. Service challenges, innovative programs (based on a state-by-state analysis), and recommendations for enhancing discharge planning also are discussed.