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Supportive Housing for Mentally Ill Offenders Reduces Burdens on Social Services: Forensic Intensive Supportive Housing (FISH) in Seattle, Washington

By Kevin St. Jacques, Declan Wynne, and Richelle Nordeen

ABSTRACT:   The article addresses a housing program designed for mentally ill homeless populations who have been traditionally the highest users of emergency care, criminal courts, and other costly social services. The Forensic Intensive Supportive Housing (FISH) program was developed through a public-private partnership between King County, Washington and Seattle-based Sound Mental Health to reduce costs through the social services system and to meet the complex bio-psycho-social needs of this population of mentally ill citizens. The article provides an overview of the program and its components, while featuring a client profile to illustrate the ways the program has been successful.

Posted Fri, Aug 26 2011 1:57 PM by Tracey Vessels


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