Serving the dually diagnosed homeless: Program development and interventions

Laura E. Blankertz, Ram A. Cnaan

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In this paper the authors present the specific characteristics of the dually diagnosed (severely mentally ill and substance abusers) population and describe a hybridized program and interventions which have been empirically shown to be effective in working with these multiply impaired individuals. The article is based upon a three-year federally funded demonstration project. The following interventions were found to be effective: engagement, care and nurturing, structure, limit setting and the development of responsibility, positive reinforcement, and self esteem. The authors describe these interventions and highlight their impact in both staff management and working with funding sources.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)100-112
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Behavioral Health Services and Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1993
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Leadership and Management


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