College of Professional Studies
People experiencing homelessness with a mental health and substance use disorder are at greater risk for encountering worse health outcomes. In 2020, approximately 52.9 million of U.S. adults aged 18 or older lived with a mental illness and only 24.3 million adults received some type of mental health service. Rural communities struggle to provide adequate behavioral health services to disadvantaged individuals. Street psychiatric is a person-centered model that recognizes people experiencing homelessness have distinctive health needs. Street Psychiatry has been successfully implemented in urban communities, and has the potential to reduce the gap in behavioral health services in rural areas.