Video by Dr. Dawn Elise Snipes on integrative behavioral health approaches to improving mental health and reducing mental illness.

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Behavioral Health Services for People
Who Are Homeless
Dr. Dawn-Elise Snipes
Objectives
• Recognize and address homelessness as a special dynamic that affects your clients.
• Help prevent potential crises that result from becoming homeless.
• Provide preventive services for individuals and families who are homeless,
• Be more aware of the effects of psychological trauma and co-occurring disorders (CODs) among people who are homeless.
• Provide integrated, more effective services to people who are homeless.
• Understand and know how to utilize resources for homelessness in your community.
• Influence the understanding of others in your community regarding the interrelationship of homelessness, substance abuse, and mental illness.

Summary
– It is likely there will be a surge in people who are homeless after major negative economic or pandemic events
– Most people who are homeless desire stable, safe housing.
– Secondary prevention should focus on helping to person develop a safer living situation and prevent worsening of current medical, dental and psychiatric issues (if any)
– Tertiary prevention should focus on preventing development of additional problems: Addiction, hepatitis, Covid etc.
– In Part 2 we will discuss unique issues for those who are homeless and unsheltered and the prevalence and impact of homelessness on children

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