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Many individuals who are homeless also experience mental illness and/or substance use disorder. In his February 12 Night of the Open Door talk, Dr. Shafer explored the intersection between our nation’s healthcare delivery system and homelessness, including the potential impact of healthcare reform — and of approaches to housing first and treating addiction and mental illness second. Until very recently, health insurance policies were allowed to severely restrict access to mental health and substance abuse treatment. As a result, many individuals with early stage substance abuse or mental illness went untreated for many years until their condition had deteriorated so badly that they lost their jobs, lost their families, lost their homes and ended up in jail or on the street.
Dr. Shafer's speech was part of a series of Public Service Impact Talks put on by the College of Public Service & Community Solutions. Night of the Open Door will be held Friday, February 12, 5:30-7:00 p.m. in University Center (UCENT) Rm 286. University Center is located at 411 N. Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004.
More information is available at the event webpage here.