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The value of hospital-based treatment for the homeless mentally ill
Am J Psychiatry 1988;145:1273-1276.
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The access of the homeless mentally ill to the benefits of psychiatric hospitalization has been excessively limited by deinstitutionalization, the devaluation of the benefits of inpatient evaluation and treatment, a shortage of public-sector psychiatric beds, and a tendency to regard the homeless mentally ill as untreatable. A pilot program was devised to increase the access of the homeless mentally ill to short-term hospital-based treatment within a public mental health system in which beds are in short supply. The program's usefulness demonstrates the value of hospital-based treatment for this population and suggests that hospital-based treatment is currently underutilized.

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