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Vicky Stergiopoulos
Objectives: Research on the mental health and service needs of homeless seniors has been scant. This paper reviews the available literature and presents findings of a Toronto survey in an effort to describe the demographics of...
Susan Eckerle Curwood, Vicky Stergiopoulos
Recent research estimates that more than 50 per cent of homeless individuals in Canada have been diagnosed with a mental illness, and when undiagnosed illnesses are considered, that percentage is likely much higher. The 2012 Mental Health Commission...
Tara A. Burra, Vicky Stergiopoulos, Sean B. Rourke
The primary goals of this systematic review were to assess studies of homeless adults and cognitive functioning, and to explore the clinical implications and potential impacts on social functioning of these cognitive deficits. The MEDLINE, CINAHL,...
Vicky Stergiopoulos, Carolyn Dewa, Janet Durbin, Nancy Chau, Tomislav Svoboda
OBJECTIVE: A level-of-care needs assessment was undertaken at Ontario's largest shelter to establish homeless clients' mental health service needs and identify service gaps. METHODS: A level-of-care planning model was applied to data on 356 men....
Vicky Stergiopoulos; Stephen W. Hwang; Agnes Gozdzik
The At Home/Chez Soi study recruited adults experiencing homelessness and mental illness and stratified them into high- and moderate-needs groups. The prevalence of depression among unselected homeless adults is reported to range from 0% to 49%.1 A...
Maritt Kirst, Suzanne Zerger, Vachan Misir, Stephen Hwang, Vicky Stergiopoulos
There is strong evidence that Housing First interventions are effective in improving housing stability and quality of life among homeless people with mental illness and addictions. However, there is very little evidence on the effectiveness of...
Vicky Stergiopoulos, Carolyn S. Dewa, Gordon Tanner, Nancy Chau, Mike Pett, Jo Lynn Connelly
This article describes a collaborative interagency multidisciplinary outreach team, designed to house individuals who are absolutely homeless (living outdoors), have not successfully responded to other programs, and who have either a severe and...
Tara A. Burra, Stephen W. Hwang, Sean B. Rourke, Vicky Stergiopoulos
This study examines differences in services available at the time of discharge for homeless and housed psychiatric inpatients. Participants diagnosed with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder were recruited from a general hospital psychiatric...
Stephen W. Hwang, Vicky Stergiopoulos, Patricia O'Campo, Agnes Gozdzik
The At Home/Chez Soi (AH/CS) Project is a randomized controlled trial of a Housing First intervention to meet the needs of homeless individuals with mental illness in five cities across Canada. The objectives of this paper are to examine the...
Jenna van Draanen, Simon Corneau, Thomas Henderson, Adam Quastel, Robin Griller, Vicky Stergiopoulos
The Toronto Community Addictions Team (TCAT) is an intensive case management intervention designed to serve people with addictions who are frequent service users, thus addressing a health system priority. Questionnaires given to 65 participants at...
Vicky Stergiopoulos, Stephen Hwang, Patricia O’Campo, Jeyagobi Jeyaratnam, Katherine Kruk
This report describes findings from the Implementation Evaluation phase of the Toronto Site. It describes the context and pathways by which the MHCC intervention works (refer to Appendix A for description of local project context: site description,...
Vicky Stergiopoulos, Stephen Hwang, Patricia O’Campo, Jeyagobi Jeyaratnam, Katherine Kruk
This report reflects findings from the one year follow-up Implementation Evaluation conducted at the Toronto site. It includes the results of a fidelity assessment completed in April 2012 by a Quality Assurance team for the At Home project, as well...
Maritt Kirst, Suzanne Zerger, Deborah Wise Harris, Erin Plenert, Vicky Stergiopoulos
Objectives Hope is widely embraced as an important factor in the recovery process. The role of housing in inspiring hope and facilitating recovery has been explored with homeless populations but is not well understood. This study...
Maritt Kirst, Renira Narrandes, Kate Francombe Pridham, Janani Yogalingam, Flora Matheson, Vicky Stergiopoulos
In Toronto, police officers are often called to respond to mental health crises. To begin to address this issue, Toronto hospitals and Toronto Police Services developed ‘Mobile Crisis Intervention Teams’ (MCITs), each of which has one psychiatric...
Vicky Stergiopoulos, Agnes Gozdzik, Patricia O’Campo, Alixandra R. Holtby, Jeyagobi Jeyaratnam, Sam Tsemberis
Background: Housing First has become a popular treatment model for homeless adults with mental illness, yet little is known about program participants’ early experiences or trajectories. This study used a mixed methods design to examine participant...