Year: 1990 Source: Hospital and Community Psychiatry, v.41, no.3, (March 1990), p.306-310 SIEC No: 19900624

Data were collected on indicators of mental health status & substance abuse among 214 homeless & 250 impoverished domiciled patients. Homeless patients were more likely to have been hospitalized or arrested for alcohol or mental problems & were also more likely to have attempted suicide. Findings suggest that primary medical care settings serving the poor & homeless present an opportunity for delivering mental health services & that psychiatrists should expand their involvement in such settings.