Mental Illness and Public Administration Essay

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Mental illness is a prevalent issue in our country today. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration estimated that 20-25% of our nations homeless suffer from mental illness (National Coalition for the Homeless, 2009). Many people with mental illness end up in prison without proper care and supportive housing (NAMI, 2011). Without proper care, people with severe mental illness cannot function as productive members of society (HCH Clinician’s Network, 2000). Proper housing, care, and professionals to guide them, the quality of life for people with severe mental illness is poor. In this paper, I will review and analyze three journal studies regarding policies about homelessness, and guardianship by public administrators …show more content…
5) for the severely mentally ill. The study followed 185 seriously mentally ill and homeless clients that were about to be housed in housing programs in the Phoenix area between 2000-2001 (Mushkatel, Guhathakurta, Thompson, Thomas, & Franczak, 2009). The clients were surveyed at the beginning of their placement into housing, and then every three months over an eighteen month period (Mushkatel, Guhathakurta, Thompson, Thomas, & Franczak, 2009). The sample dwindled “to 108 after 12 months due to participants dropping out of the programs” (Mushkatel, Guhathakurta, Thompson, Thomas, & Franczak, 2009, para. 27). The authors of the study concluded that “program type and concentration of subsidized housing are notable factors in explaining respondents' perceived quality of life” (Mushkatel, Guhathakurta, Thompson, Thomas, & Franczak, 2009, para. 50).
The limitations of the study were the size of the sample group and some of the participants dropping out of the study. Due to their illness, the mentally ill are hard to study. Some people with severe mental illness have fears or mistrust of people that try to care for them (HCH Clinician’s Network, 2000). This study illustrated some of the environmental issues that need to be considered when placing the mentally ill in housing programs. A larger study should be done with a larger sample group in

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