Last week, Mayor Jenny Durkan announced expanded investments in health initiatives to serve Seattle’s most vulnerable populations. We’ve been working on many of these programs already, but we’re excited to see renewed dedication to expanding these services to serve more people like our clients. Continue reading “City of Seattle investments will expand needed healthcare programs”
Thanks to all who came to support our special groundbreaking ceremony at the site of our newest permanent supportive housing and comprehensive health clinic in Rainier Valley! Continue reading “Introducing a groundbreaking new housing and clinic!”
Please enjoy this report of DESC’s work in 2017!
University of Washington and King County researchers collaborated with DESC to examine the effects of bringing physical healthcare services to behavioral health clinics at DESC and Harborview Medical Center. Results included significant increases in access to physical health services for homeless people with serious mental illness.
Integrating Primary Care Into Community Mental Health Centers: Impact on Utilization and Costs of Health Care – Psychiatric Services (ahead of print, published online July 01, 2016)
Researchers from Depaul University and King County examined the effects of a DESC single-site Housing First program for people with serious psychiatric problems. Some tenants came from long-term street homelessness while others had less street homelessness due to lengthy psychiatric hospitalizaitons. Tenants showed high housing retention (90%) and a significant (44%) reductions in days hospitalized, in stark contrast to a comparison group who received “usual care” in the community.
Housing First as an effective model for community stabilization among vulnerable individuals with chronic and non-chronic homelessness histories – Journal of Community Psychology (Volume 44 | Issue 3, April, 2016)