Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Housing a Clinical Issue in Schizophrenia Care

Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Housing a Clinical Issue in Schizophrenia Care

Article excerpt

NEW YORK -- Although decent housing increases the likelihood of successful disease management for patients with schizophrenia, a bad housing environment can exacerbate illness, Kevin Martone said at a schizophrenia conference sponsored by Columbia University and the New York State Psychiatric Institute.

"Housing [for patients with schizophrenia] is a clinical issue," he said.

Mr. Martone, executive director of Advance Housing Inc. in Hackensack, N.J., presented a model housing alternative in which patients with schizophrenia live responsibly in their own apartments. Some patients, in fact, are able to bypass group housing and transition into supportive housing immediately following hospitalization.

Supportive housing combines an independent living arrangement--in an apartment, condominium, or house--with social and mental health services. Mr. Martone locates desirable apartments for patients, who, by signing a lease, are given some rights and responsibilities.

Although patients are not required to take medication, go to work, or attend group sessions, they must uphold the requirements of the lease, which Mr. Martone believes works as an incentive to stay on medication, work, and participate in therapy.

One critical aspect of supportive housing is to make the program fit the consumer, since people with schizophrenia have individual needs. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.