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)
CHASERS, DESC’s client web/database system, has achieved certification as Electronic Health Record – DESC Press Release (July 22, 2015)
Daniel Malone Steps up to Lead DESC – DESC Press Release (June 30, 2015)
Giving Alcoholics A Home Helps Them Manage Their Addiction – KPLU Radio 88.5 (June 4, 2015)
Stop the Counterproductive Conversation About Homelessness – UWKC Blog, May 13, 2015
Mayor Murray announces 100-bed homeless shelter to open in a City-owned property – Seattle.gov (April 17, 2015)
1811 Eastlake: Where Formerly Homeless Alcoholics are Allowed to Drink – KUOW.org News (March 5, 2015)
After 10-Year Plan, Why Does Seattle Have More Homeless Than Ever – KUOW.org News (March 3, 2015)
Our annual report for the year 2015 provides updates about our clients, our programs, and lays out some plans for our future!
Read the full report online here
This article in Housing, Care and Support describes the key features and evidence base of the “single-site” Housing First model in use at DESC, using our 1811 Eastlake program as a case study. See:
Single-site housing first for chronically homeless people – Housing, Care and Support (Volume 18 | Issue 2, 2015)