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A “critical time” intervention reduced homelessness in inner city men with psychiatric problems
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Objective

To evaluate a “critical time” intervention for the prevention of recurrent homelessness in inner city men.

Design

Randomised controlled trial with 18 month follow up.

Setting

Community based study in New York City, USA.

Patients

96 men (60% ≥35 y of age, 74% African American) who were discharged to community housing from an on site psychiatry programme in a New York City men's shelter. All patients had major mental illness, such as schizophrenia or bipolar psychoses. Housing ranged from intensively supervised community residences to single room occupancy hotels with on site social services. Follow up was 98%.

Intervention

Patients being resettled were …

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