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Impact of Supportive Housing on Acute Care Health Services

Psychiatric Services, 2006, Tia E. Martinez et al.

This study constructs a longitudinal history of public service use among 236 supportive housing tenants, 80% of whom have both psychiatric and substance abuse disorders. Researchers compared their use of public services for the year before and the year after entry into supportive housing. According to the study’s findings, housing reduced the percentage of residents with an emergency department visit (from 53% to 37%) and the total number of emergency room visits (56%). Housing also reduced the percentage of residents with a visit to the hospital (from 19% to 11%). This report, fully titled "Impact of Permanent Supportive Housing on the Use of Acute Care Health Services by Homeless Adults," was written by Tia E. Martinez and Martha R. Burt.

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Research category: Cost Savings, Health