A retrospective quasi-experimental study of a transitional housing program for patients with severe and persistent mental illness

Siskind, Dan, Harris, Meredith, Kisely, Steve, Siskind, Victor, Brogan, James, Pirkis, Jane, Crompton, David and Whiteford, Harvey (2013) A retrospective quasi-experimental study of a transitional housing program for patients with severe and persistent mental illness. Community Mental Health Journal, 50 5: 538-547. doi:10.1007/s10597-013-9654-y


Author Siskind, Dan
Harris, Meredith
Kisely, Steve
Siskind, Victor
Brogan, James
Pirkis, Jane
Crompton, David
Whiteford, Harvey
Title A retrospective quasi-experimental study of a transitional housing program for patients with severe and persistent mental illness
Journal name Community Mental Health Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0010-3853
1573-2789
Publication date 2013-10-23
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10597-013-9654-y
Volume 50
Issue 5
Start page 538
End page 547
Total pages 10
Place of publication New York, NY, United States
Publisher Springer
Language eng
Abstract Transitional housing programs aim to improve living skills and housing stability for tenuously housed patients with mental illness. 113 consecutive Transitional Housing Team (THT) patients were matched to 139 controls on diagnosis, time of presentation, gender and prior psychiatric hospitalisation and compared using a difference-in-difference analysis for illness acuity and service use outcomes measured 1 year before and after THT entry/exit. There was a statistically significant difference-in-difference favouring THT participants for bed days (mean difference in difference -20.76 days, SE 9.59, p = 0.031) and living conditions (HoNOS Q11 mean difference in difference -0.93, SE 0.23, p < 0.001). THT cost less per participant (I$14,024) than the bed-days averted (I$17,348). The findings of reductions in bed days and improved living conditions suggest that transitional housing programs can have a significant positive impact for tenuously housed patients with high inpatient service usage, as well as saving costs for mental health services.
Keyword Mental health
Service evaluation
Homelessness
Transitional housing
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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